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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 …

Greenfield Post 81 eliminates Northampton Post 28 in District 1/2/3 American Legion Tournament

Friday, July 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — It’s one of the oldest axioms in baseball: bases on balls will almost always come back to haunt a team. Northampton Post 28 pitchers allowed just two hits but walked eight batters, and three came around …

Northampton stops Frontier comeback for 4-3 Mickey Mantle win

Friday, July 17, 2015

WHATELY — Bases loaded. Two outs. Bottom of the seventh. Frontier was at the plate and down by one with a chance to pull off a comeback versus a team on the opposite pole of the standings. All it needed was a hit. On the final play, Kyle …

Thursday’s summer baseball: Amherst holds off Holyoke in Mickey Mantle action

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dylan Donaghue went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs as the Amherst Mickey Mantle baseball team held off Holyoke, 8-6, on the road Thursday. Trevor Fil went 1 for 3 as Amherst improved to 14-4. Nathan Masteralexis tossed the last two innings and struck …

Northampton Post 28 strikes early, eliminates Easthampton Post 224

Thursday, July 16, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton American Legion Post 28 baseball team wasted little time putting Wednesday’s shutout loss in the rear-view mirror. Post 28 needed only three batters to take the lead and scored five times in the first …

East Springfield Post 420 eliminates South Hadley Post 260 in Legion playoffs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — One big inning cost South Hadley Post 260 its season, as it couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 14-8 to East Springfield Post 420 in the American Legion District 1/2/3 double elimination tournament at Walker Grandstand in Forest Park on Thursday. “They are not the type …

Aldenville cools down Easthampton Post 224 in American Legion playoffs

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHICOPEE — After rallying in its last three games, Easthampton Post 224’s bats were silenced in the American Legion District 1/2/3 playoffs. Aldenville Post 337’s DJ Lehouiller threw a three-hitter while striking out 11 to lead his team …

Northampton Post 28 shut out for first time, falls to Ludlow in district tournament

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

LUDLOW — The Northampton American Legion Post 28 baseball team has boasted one of the highest-scoring offenses in western Massachusetts, but it failed to break through in the opening game of the District 1/2/3 double-elimination tournament Tuesday evening. Despite a solid pitching performance by Kevin Banas, Post 28 …

Wednesday’s local results: West wins softball gold at Bay State Games

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alex Ferris keeps winning softball championships. The Hampshire Regional rising senior pitched West to a gold medal in the Bay State Games Wednesday. Ferris struck out three, walked one and allowed eight hits in an 8-3 victory over Central at Veterans Memorial Athletic Complex in Waltham. “It was …

Northampton wins Sandy Koufax A Division championship

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WARE — After claiming another NEYSA A Division championship Tuesday night, Northampton Sandy Koufax baseball coach Tim Molaghan lauded his players for finishing off a second straight perfect season. “We’ve now gone 22-0 the past two seasons, which …

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 …