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JERREY ROBERTS
Lucius Burrell, left, of Easthampton, scores after evading Jake Bradway, of Belchertown, Friday in Belchertown.

High school notebook: Lucius Burrell nears 4,000-yard rushing milestone as Easthampton looks to qualify for postseason

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lucius Burrell can join a very exclusive fraternity Friday night, but he’s more concerned about his team joining a group of four. The Easthampton senior running back sits just 82 yards from the career 4,000-yard mark, while the Eagles need to win at Ludlow to secure a Western Massachusetts Division 5 postseason berth. “Getting to 4,000 while helping the team …

Division 1 field hockey: Northampton shuts out Holyoke 2-0, advances to semifinal round

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NORTHAMPTON ­— Enthusiastic fans piled into Smith College to watch the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Field Hockey Tournament as Northampton took on Holyoke. The No. 3-seeded Blue Devils came out as enthusiastic and ready as their fans did on the cold Thursday night. Northampton controlled the ball from the start in its 2-0 win over the sixth-seeded Purple Knights …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Amherst Regional sweeps Putnam, faces Longmeadow in quarterfinals

Thursday, October 30, 2014

AMHERST — The No. 5-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team defeated No. 12 Putnam 3-0 in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament Thursday. Amherst easily won the first set 25-5 and won the second and third sets by closer margins — 25-20 and 25-16. Shaya Shally Jenson led the Hurricanes’ attack tallying 19 kills, two blocks and an ace. Christina Vasilladis added seven …

Friday night football: Turnovers sink Belchertown in 21-0 loss to Ludlow

Friday, October 24, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — The Belchertown football team suffered its second shutout of the season as turnovers burned the Orioles in a 21-0 loss to Ludlow on Friday night. “We put ourselves in some bad positions offensively and they were able to capitalized on some of those,” coach Chris Bourget …

Friday night football: Chicopee runs over Amherst Regional, 20-7

Friday, October 24, 2014

CHICOPEE — The run games were in full force on a frigid Friday night as Chicopee defeated the Amherst Regional football team 20-7 at Szot Park. Both teams combined for just 10 passing attempts in the low-scoring affair. The Pacers (3-4, 2-3 Suburban) ran all over the Hurricane …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational falls 40-6 to Palmer

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Amidst another lopsided loss for the Smith Vocational football team, there was a glimmer of hope for the future. The Vikings lost to Palmer 40-6 Friday night at Smith Vocational, but a new look on offense produced a big play for the home team. Jared Pease, …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy girls soccer beats Hopkins Academy, nears tournament berth

Friday, October 24, 2014

The present and the future collided in Hatfield Friday. Seniors Olivia Hanson and McKenzie Wilson hooked up on the first goal, and middle schoolers Carrie Ellis and Maggie Hession connected on the second goal as the Smith academy girls soccer team beat Hopkins Academy, 3-1. The Falcons (8-7-1, …

Northampton field hockey upends South Hadley in regular season finale, earns share of Central League title

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In sports, games toward the end of the regular season tend to have an implication of some sort. A win or loss could decide a team’s playoff fate or a regular season league title could be at stake. On Friday afternoon, the Northampton field hockey team …

What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied …

Frontier Regional girls volleyball beats Minnechaug for first Eastern League title

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team finished off a task it started last season. With a 3-0 sweep of Minnechaug on Thursday, the Red Hawks could proudly call themselves Eastern League champions in their second …

Another school football season ends over hazing

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — School officials on Thursday canceled the remaining two football games at a suburban Philadelphia high school after concluding rookie players had been subjected to “humiliating and inappropriate” initiation rites. The pre-season hazing at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown included a requirement that rookies …

Amherst Regional boys soccer pulls out 1-1 draw with West Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team isn’t used to coming from behind this season, but to remain undefeated, it had to fight for a soggy 1-1 tie with West Springfield on Wednesday night. “It’s always a little surprising when we go down one, because our defense …