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Ryan Mooney, left, of South Hadley, intercepts a pass intended for Kelzy Rodrigues, center, of Amherst Regional, near the Amherst goal line Thursday in South Hadley. Andrew Piquette defends opposite Mooney.

South Hadley jumps on Amherst Regional, wins first of season 18-7

Friday, September 19, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — After back-to-back weeks of trying to come from behind, the South Hadley football team scored first and often to beat Amherst Regional, 18-7, for its first win of the season Thursday night. “It was a tough year last year and it’s nice to get that first one,” Tigers interim coach Scott Taylor said. “Hopefully, we can build …

Thursday’s high schools: Danielle Easton nets three goals and Holyoke Catholic beats Hopkins Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Easton posted a hat trick Thursday afternoon to guide the Holyoke Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 home victory over Hopkins Academy. Julie Pirog assisted on Easton’s game winner with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation. Meg Goncalves also had an assist for the Gaels (3-3, 1-1 Pioneer South), while Kylee Windyka made six saves. Jay Ruiz scored from Hannah Berard, …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for Hopkins (6-2, 5-1 Bi-County East). Hopkins Academy 20, Ware 4 at Hickory Ridge, par 36 …

Monday’s high school field hockey: Northampton blows out Palmer

Monday, September 15, 2014

Kristina Ramsden, Reilly Griffin and Missie Maiewski each scored twice to lead the Northampton field hockey team to a 7-1 home win over Palmer on Monday. Ramsden and Griffin also had an assist apiece for the Blue Devils (2-1, 2-1 Central). Kerry Fleming added a tally, while Emily …

Monday’s high school soccer: Hampshire boys strike for first win

Monday, September 15, 2014

After opening the season with back-to-back scoreless ties, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team’s offense woke up and shut out Palmer with an 8-0 win at home Monday. Bryan Brasil (two goals, assist) and Brendan Bzdel (two assists, goal) each collected three points in the blowout for the …

Monday’s golf: Granby rolls past Mahar, stays perfect

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shane Hollenbeck shot a match-best 38 and was one of five Granby golfers to earn individual sweeps in a 201/2-31/2 victory over Mahar Monday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol. Alex Joao, Tom Rezzani, Jesse Molin and Dominic Rosazza also won their matches 4-0 for the unbeaten Rams …

Aggressive offense lifts Easthampton past Hopkins Academy, 5-0

Monday, September 15, 2014

HADLEY — On a sunny late afternoon at Hopkins Academy, spectators surrounded the soccer field placed right in front of a never-ending cornfield that resembled the picturesque “Field of Dreams.” The beautiful scenery was the venue for a …

Weekend high schools/preps: Smith Academy boys soccer stays perfect with win over Hopkins

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Smith Academy boys soccer team scored a pair of goals in the second half off corner kicks to upend Hopkins Academy 2-1 Saturday in Hatfield. With 15 minutes remaining, Kevin Banas converted a Joe Afflitto feed to put the Falcons (4-0) ahead for good. About five minutes …

Friday night football: Smith Voke can’t put out win, falls 6-4 to Dean tech

Friday, September 12, 2014

HOLYOKE — It’s the little thing that can keep you in a football game with a chance to win at the end. For Smith Vocational, a picture-perfect 53-yard punt by Jared Pease pinned Dean Tech at its own …

Friday night football: Amherst Regional falls 55-27 to East Longmeadow

Friday, September 12, 2014

EAST LONGMEADOW — A second week of penalties, mistakes and turnovers cost the Amherst Regional football team its first win of the season, falling 55-27 to East Longmeadow Friday night. “We had a couple 15-yard penalties that set us back,” Hurricane coach David Thompson said. “They got it …

Friday night football: Northampton hangs tough but falls to Longmeadow, 34-18

Friday, September 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Northampton football coach Pat Sledzieski has pledged steady improvement throughout this season. After a 38-point home loss in the season opener, immediate progress was quite noticeable Friday night. The Blue Devils hung tough with powerhouse Longmeadow for most of the first half, then showed some late …

Friday night football: South Hadley falls to 0-2 with 40-30 loss to Minnechaug

Friday, September 12, 2014

WILBRAHAM — Shortly after the start of the second quarter, the scoreboard at Falcon Field at Minnechaug Regional went on the fritz, flashing randomly as the horn sounded. That’s just about the only thing that went wrong for South Hadley’s hosts in the first half Friday night as …

Friday night football: Turners Falls runs over Belchertown, 28-7

Friday, September 12, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — It would be tough to find a better way to launch a defense of a league championship than the performance the Turners Falls football team turned in Friday night. The Indians rode a three-touchdown night from junior Jalen Sanders and a stifling defensive performance to …