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High School Sports

In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, Phillips Academy assistant coach Michael Larson left, poses with Phillips Academy player Jamal Brown, 19, at their practiced field in the south side Chicago. “Football isn't as hard as our everyday lives,” said Brown, a former dropout and gangbanger who now lives with Larson and is headed to college on a football scholarship. (AP Photo/ Paul Beaty)

Against odds, Chicago school aims for high school football championship

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CHICAGO — Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois’ high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They have no field of their own. A former gang member-turned-star safety sleeps at the assistant coach’s house because he and six other …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at …

Northampton eyes Thanksgiving Day win over rival Amherst Regional

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Northampton football team, but a win Thursday morning over Amherst Regional would mean the Blue Devils close on a winning streak and keep the upper hand over their archrival. The opening kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in Amherst for the 10th “Battle of the Bridge” …

Amherst Regional, Belchertown set sights on state boys soccer semifinals

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Belchertown and Amherst Regional are set to make their trips to the state boys soccer tournament Tuesday night. The Orioles (14-3-4) will play Oakmont (13-3-4) in the Division 3 semifinals at 7 p.m. at Westfield State University. …

Belchertown prevails in penalty kicks, wins 4th straight boys soccer sectional title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — In his first varsity season, junior goalie Connor Curtin led the Belchertown boys soccer team to its fourth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division 3 title, but not without working for it. The Orioles survived 100 minutes of …

Championship rematch goes to Monson as Division 3 defending champ Hopkins Academy falls 1-0

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — The defending Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys soccer champions couldn’t repeat history Sunday. The top-seeded Monson defense was too strong for No. 2 Hopkins Academy in a 2-0 loss in a finals rematch at Westfield State …

MacDuffie School captures NEPSAC Class D girls soccer championship

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The MacDuffie School girls soccer team capped its history-making season with a 2-1 overtime victory over Hamden Hall Sunday in the NEPSAC Class D championship game. The Mustangs finished the season 16-0-0 with the win at Williston Northampton in Easthampton. “What a journey,” coach Meirion George said. Mia …

Frontier Regional wins fifth straight state Division 3 girls volleyball title

Sunday, November 16, 2014

FITCHBURG — Winning a state title is always special, but this one may just give off a little extra shine. The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team took home its fifth straight Division 3 state championship Saturday, beating Joseph …

Monson too strong, beats Gateway Regional 2-0 in WMass Division 4 girls soccer final

Sunday, November 16, 2014

WESTFIELD — The Gateway Regional girls soccer team entered Sunday’s Western Massachusetts Division 4 title game with a 13-game unbeaten streak, and the Gators hadn’t lost to a divisional opponent all season. But Monson is not a typical …

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. …