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KEVIN GUTTING
Amherst senior captains Isamu Bix, left, and Keith Dixon and coach Michael Rudd accept the finalists trophy after the Hurricanes' 4-0 loss to Needham in the Div. 1 State Championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday.

Amherst Regional falls 4-0 to Needham in state Division 1 final

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team had only allowed nine goals in 22 games, giving up two just once in a midseason victory. The Hurricanes couldn’t overcome a two-goal first half by Needham, falling 4-0 and ending their unbeaten streak in the state Division 1 championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. “We could match them for skill, …

Wayland scores in first minute of overtime to end Belchertown repeat bid for state soccer title

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — One year later, the Belchertown boys soccer team again found itself in overtime playing for the state Division 3 championship. But this time, the golden goal did not come from an Oriole, as Wayland scored in the first minute of overtime to take the crown 1-0 Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. …

Amherst senior Taj-Amir Torres selected to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — Western Massachusetts high school football is generally overshadowed by teams closer to the coastline and as a region, New England is like the rest of the country’s long lost football cousin — until Friday. Amherst Regional standout Taj-Amir Torres has spent his high school career tearing up the gridiron and the …

Northampton runs over Easthampton, 36-14

Sunday, November 16, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — The Northampton football team ran for 232 yards as the Blue Devils defeated Easthampton 36-14 in the first-ever meeting between the programs at Sawyer Field on Saturday night. Blue Devils coach Pat Sledzieski sees great potential in the future for his backfield that is full of …

Williston comeback falls short in 35-34 loss to Lawrence in NEPSAC Hugh Caldera Bowl

Saturday, November 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — When Williston Northampton football coach Mark Conroy walked into the locker room at halftime down 27 points to Lawrence Academy, he said he knew that his team would find a way to fight through adversity in the NEPSAC Hugh Caldera Bowl. Senior running back Max Chipouras …

Amherst Regional upends West Springfield 1-0 for WMass Division 1 boys soccer title

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD ­— Alex LaRaja knows what it feels like to make the boys soccer state tournament. He also knows what it feels like to lose a tournament game on penalty kicks. After 76 scoreless minutes, LaRaja gave top-seeded …

Northampton boys fifth, girls seventh at state cross country championship

Saturday, November 15, 2014

BOSTON — For the first time this season, neither the Northampton boys or girls cross country teams finished first in a non-invitational meet. But this was no ordinary meet and neither team was expected to win. It was the state Division 1 championship and the competition was fierce. …

Granby girls soccer falls to Wahconah Regional in Western Massachuestts Division 3 title game

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD — A one-goal victory over Wahconah Regional began the Granby girls soccer team’s run to the state final last season. With a much younger squad, the Rams again matched up evenly with the Warriors Saturday, but the …

Friday night football: South Hadley stumbles in 42-38 loss to Holyoke

Friday, November 14, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Another week of penalties and turnovers plagued the South Hadley football team as a late flag killed its comeback bid in a 42-38 loss to Holyoke on Friday night. “It was a close game, everyone fought hard,” sophomore running back Ryan Mooney said. “I don’t …

Friday night football: Frontier Regional rolls past Mount Greylock, 32-14

Friday, November 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional dominated both sides of the ball Friday night and in the process routed Mount Greylock, 32-14. The Red Hawks finish the year on Thanksgiving eve in Buckland against rival Mohawk Trail, which took a 50-0 loss Friday at the hands of Lee. Frontier …

Friday night football: Belchertown responds, beats Ware 28-22

Friday, November 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — It’s been a season of adversity for the Belchertown football team, but Friday proved to be a night of character for the Orioles. Belchertown allowed a touchdown on its first defensive play and then surrendered the lead late in the fourth quarter, but rebounded to claim …

Friday night football: Smith Voke closes season with 47-8 loss to Palmer

Friday, November 14, 2014

PALMER – After securing its first win of the season a week ago, Smith Vocational head coach Doug Slaughter thought his team finally had a breakthrough it could carry into the offseason. But after beating Dean Tech soundly on Nov. 7, the good times didn’t keep rolling for …

Thursday night football: Amherst pulls away from Putnam in second half for 20-6 win

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After a slow start on the road, Amherst Regional picked up the tempo and scored three second-half touchdowns to defeat Putnam, 20-6, Thursday at Berte Field. Putnam’s defense, headed by Darryl Denson and Gary White, stymied the Hurricanes’ offense in the first half. White put the …