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High School Sports

JERREY ROBERTS
Dakota Wheeler, left, of Easthampton, Mitch Ouimette, right, of Hampshire Regional, and others try to win a rebound Thursday at Hampshire.

Division 3 Boys Basketball: Top-seeded Hampshire shuts down rival Easthampton to reach semifinals

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — There were a number of motivational points for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team going into its Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal against Easthampton Thursday night. With their 77-56 victory, the Raiders avenged last season’s postseason loss to their archrival and swept the season series in their final home game. But most importantly, top-seeded Hampshire (18-4) advanced to the Curry Hicks Cage for the first time since 2007. “This is a great feeling, going to the Cage and beating our rival three straight times after they knocked us out last year,” senior guard Nick Malo said. “We came out tonight ready to go …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the 70-42 loss. “We were in it in the first half, but almost putting up a …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Turners Falls outlasts Granby, 56-49

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The last time Liam Ellis took the floor at the Curry Hicks Cage as a member of the Turners Falls boys basketball team, he was in eighth grade. Now a senior, Ellis and the third-seeded Indians will get a chance to return to the historic venue, courtesy of a hard-fought 56-49 victory over sixth-seeded seed Granby in the quarterfinals of …

Undefeated Granby earns No. 2 seed in Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Coaches and players say it every year — regular season records don’t mean anything in the Western Massachusetts Tournament. The Granby girls basketball team finished the season undefeated for the second time in program history and …

Hampshire earns top seed, Amherst and Hopkins Academy No. 2s in WMass boys basketball tournaments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It was a good day for local boys basketball teams at the Western Massachusetts Tournament seeding meeting. Hampshire Regional was awarded a No. 1 seed in Division 3. Amherst Regional and Hopkins Academy earned No. 2 seeds in …

Resurgent Amherst Regional hockey team ready for the postseason

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional hockey team has made a point of focusing on the task ahead and not dwelling on the past, whether positive or negative. But the Hurricanes were well aware that their 13th win Friday …

Belchertown 400 free relay takes state swimming title to pace Orioles to fourth-place finish

Friday, February 20, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — What the Belchertown boys swim team lacks in overall depth and experience, it makes up for in pure power. Despite having only a quartet of competitors in the state Division 2 championship meet, the Orioles’ fourth-place …

Friday’s high schools: Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Nolan Hodgins and Saul Soto remain alive for state wrestling titles

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir’s quest for a third straight Division 3 state title got off to a good start at Wakefield Friday. Weir, the top seed at 138 pounds, pinned Aaron Smith of Gloucester in 1 minutes, …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Granby girls hoop beats Hampshire to cap perfect regular season

Thursday, February 19, 2015

GRANBY — When Granby senior Meghan Sullivan was an eighth grader on the varsity girls basketball team, the Rams had to win their season finale to make the 2011 postseason. Before this season, coach Tom Burke told his …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …

Smith Vocational qualifies for girls basketball tournament for first time in 26 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — For the first time in 26 years, the Smith Vocational girls basketball team has qualified for the postseason. With a 52-15 blowout win over Westfield Vocational on Wednesday, the Vikings clinched a share of second place in the league and berth to the Western Massachusetts Division …