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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2006, file photo, supporters of the football team at Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, collect donations at the high school's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium to care for a tiger cub leased to serve as the team's mascot, "Obie." The football team has had a live tiger cub mascot at games for decades, but the team's 2015 season may begin without a tiger cub at games unless state officials receive an affidavit required by Ohio's revised wildlife regulations enacted in 2012, attesting tiger cubs leased to serve as mascots will live at an accredited facility and be cared for throughout their lives. (Glenn B. Dettman/The Independent via AP, File)

Mascot fight between high school, Ohio goes down to the wire

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot because of rules implemented after a suicidal man released dozens of dangerous animals in 2011. Boosters typically lease a cub called Obie each year to play the mascot of Massillon’s Washington High School …

BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman. Burke, a longtime area coach, has served has Granby High School’s golf …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Local baseball/softball: Easthampton Savings Bank forces another Game 3, tops Wilbraham Funeral Home, 9-3

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Easthampton Savings Banks’ bats cracked early and beat Wilbraham Funeral House 9-3 to tie the best-of-three series in the second round of Tri-County playoffs on Sunday. Connor McMahon went the distance on the mound, striking out seven while …

Amherst opens with a comeback, edges Easthampton, in eight innings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team had to chase the entire game Thursday evening, but with a little help from its opponent caught up just in time in its postseason opener. Amherst used some uncharacteristically sloppy defense by Easthampton to tie it in the seventh and …

Easthampton Savings Bank snaps scoreless streak to beat Chicopee and force Game 3

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Easthampton Savings Bank baseball team stood one out from its 11th consecutive scoreless inning to start the Tri-County League playoffs. But catcher Brandon Kubik ended that streak and sent Easthampton on its way to a …

High school running rivals come together in Mass Dash

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After competing against each other in dual meets and championship races, current and former Northampton and Amherst Regional distance runners teamed up for a good cause. Rising seniors Liam Sullivan of the Blue Devils and the Hurricanes’ Owen …

Local baseball: South Hadley slugs past Holyoke in Mickey Mantle tournament

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Evan Levrault and Thomas Shea both went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to power South Hadley to a 12-6 road win over Holyoke in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Mickey Mantle tournament. James Roux walked three and fanned two in the first five innings until Levrault relieved …

Easthampton bats attack late to beat Frontier, 5-1, in Mickey Mantle postseason action

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — After two and a half innings of a pitchers duel, Easthampton Mickey Mantle stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the third inning and quickly loaded the bases with no outs. Then Frontier’s Kyle …

New England Basketball Hall of Fame set to induct 12 locals

Monday, July 20, 2015

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame is placing special attention on western Massachusetts with this year’s class and reception. A lengthy list of local high school coaches and former athletes are among the many to be inducted in this year on August 8 at the DCU Center …

Gateway girls roll past Frontier, stay undefeated in PVSSL action

Monday, July 20, 2015

SUNDERLAND — The Gateway girls left the field the same way they arrived — undefeated. After notching two goals in the first 6 minutes of play, it seemed Gateway was barreling down its well-worn path toward an easy …

Former Smith Academy ace David Longstreeth commits to Quinnipiac

Monday, July 20, 2015

David Longstreeth’s baseball plans for the 2016 season had already been established by the time he concluded a dominant high school pitching career about a month ago. But he also hoped to have the following four years squared …

Weekend summer baseball: Northampton reaches state final in Cal Ripken 11U Tournament

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Northampton Cal Ripken baseball team never trailed during its four games this weekend in the state 11-and-under tournament in Northbridge. Hamp went 4-0 and will play for the state championship on Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. in Northbridge. It will face the winner of Monday’s semifinal between Hudson …