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SARAH MOOMAW
Northampton native and Blair Academy (N.J.) boys basketball coach Joe Mantegna works with players Wednesday during his camp at Smith Vocational.

Like father, like son: Joe Mantegna Jr. keeps coaching in the family

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Joe Mantegna Jr. watched two basketball scrimmages from the second rung of the bleachers inside Smith Vocational’s gym on Wednesday morning. The third day of the Northampton native’s basketball camp needed to wrap up, so Mantegna checked his watch and blew his whistle. The scrimmages paused, the teams rearranged and played a few more minutes. For a coach …

Tuesday’s local softball: Amherst/Deerfield falls to Southwick

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mikah McNamara (two RBIs) and Amanda Deskavich (run) each had two hits, but the Amherst/Deerfield Metro League softball team fell 12-3 to Southwick, on the road Tuesday. Hanna LeClair (run) doubled in the loss for Amherst/Deerfield (6-11). Softball Southwick 12, Amherst/Deerfield 3 (6) A/D 101 001 —3 7 3 Southwick (10)20 00x —12 6 1 WP - Harley; LP - Cousland Records: A/D (6-11) Southwick (9-6) Baseball Easthampton SB …

Amherst downs Easthampton for Mickey Mantle championship

Monday, July 27, 2015

DEERFIELD — Amherst’s Stephen McCudden had never pitched on back-to-back days until this week. On Monday, the rising junior followed Sunday’s shortened start with a lengthy relief appearance in which he struck out eight to guide Amherst to a 10-5 win over Easthampton in the Pioneer Valley Youth Baseball League Mickey Mantle championship …

Easthampton Post 224 clubs East Longmeadow to win series 2-1

Monday, July 13, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A deep bullpen and patient at-bats kept the season alive for the Easthampton Post 224 American Legion baseball team, as it beat East Longmeadow Post 224, 11-5, in six innings Monday. Post 224 clinched the best-of-three …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

PHOTOS: South Hadley beats Frontier 8-6 in Mickey Mantle

Saturday, July 11, 2015

With the final week of Mickey Mantle approaching, South Hadley beat Frontier 8-6 at Herlihy Field in South Deerfield on Friday. Both teams are tied for fifth place with six points. South Hadley is 3-11, while Frontier is …

With missing players, Amherst Legions closes regular season with 13-1 loss to Aldenville

Friday, July 10, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Amherst Post 148 American Legion baseball team hopes to have its full compliment of players when the postseason begins Saturday. But with only nine players and roughly half its regular starting lineup missing for Friday night’s regular-season finale, Amherst suffered a 13-1 loss to Aldenville …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Under Brian McGan, success of Hampshire Regional softball team parallels earlier dominance by girls basketball

Friday, July 10, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School sits atop a hill in Westhampton, overlooking a plateau of athletic fields. The softball diamonds are tucked into the southwestern corner next to the track. The baseball fields meet the wooded area …

Local baseball: Northampton’s Connor McLindon no hits Holyoke in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Connor McLindon tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Northampton as it dominated Holyoke, 10-0, Thursday in Mickey Mantle action at Northampton High School. Jesse Carlino-Threlfall had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kate Sarnacki, Granby

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kate Sarnacki, sophomore, Granby Season highlights: Sarnacki led all of western Massachusetts with 93 goals in helping lead the Rams to their first postseason appearance. She added 28 assists for a total of 121 points, which was tops …