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In this Nov. 26, 2014 photo, Phillips Academy assistant coach Michael Larson left, poses with Phillips Academy player Jamal Brown, 19, at their practiced field in the south side Chicago. “Football isn't as hard as our everyday lives,” said Brown, a former dropout and gangbanger who now lives with Larson and is headed to college on a football scholarship. (AP Photo/ Paul Beaty)

Against odds, Chicago school aims for high school football championship

Thursday, November 27, 2014

CHICAGO — Unlike some resource-rich powerhouses that typically vie for Illinois’ high school football championships, the Phillips Academy Wildcats must lug their helmets and pads nearly a mile to a South Side Chicago city park to practice. They have no field of their own. A former gang member-turned-star safety sleeps at the assistant coach’s house because he and six other …

Update: Snow sacks Thanksgiving Day high school football schedule

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Day meals will taste a little different this year. Inclement weather postponed five high school football games on Thursday. The games will be played either Friday or Saturday with turkey day leftovers for post-game feasts. The Battle of the Bridge between Northampton and Amherst will be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at …

Northampton eyes Thanksgiving Day win over rival Amherst Regional

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It’s been a rebuilding campaign for the Northampton football team, but a win Thursday morning over Amherst Regional would mean the Blue Devils close on a winning streak and keep the upper hand over their archrival. The opening kickoff is set for 10 a.m. in Amherst for the 10th “Battle of the Bridge” …

Granby girls soccer falls to Wahconah Regional in Western Massachuestts Division 3 title game

Saturday, November 15, 2014

WESTFIELD — A one-goal victory over Wahconah Regional began the Granby girls soccer team’s run to the state final last season. With a much younger squad, the Rams again matched up evenly with the Warriors Saturday, but the …

Friday night football: South Hadley stumbles in 42-38 loss to Holyoke

Friday, November 14, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Another week of penalties and turnovers plagued the South Hadley football team as a late flag killed its comeback bid in a 42-38 loss to Holyoke on Friday night. “It was a close game, everyone fought hard,” sophomore running back Ryan Mooney said. “I don’t …

Friday night football: Frontier Regional rolls past Mount Greylock, 32-14

Friday, November 14, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Frontier Regional dominated both sides of the ball Friday night and in the process routed Mount Greylock, 32-14. The Red Hawks finish the year on Thanksgiving eve in Buckland against rival Mohawk Trail, which took a 50-0 loss Friday at the hands of Lee. Frontier …

Friday night football: Belchertown responds, beats Ware 28-22

Friday, November 14, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — It’s been a season of adversity for the Belchertown football team, but Friday proved to be a night of character for the Orioles. Belchertown allowed a touchdown on its first defensive play and then surrendered the lead late in the fourth quarter, but rebounded to claim …

Friday night football: Smith Voke closes season with 47-8 loss to Palmer

Friday, November 14, 2014

PALMER – After securing its first win of the season a week ago, Smith Vocational head coach Doug Slaughter thought his team finally had a breakthrough it could carry into the offseason. But after beating Dean Tech soundly on Nov. 7, the good times didn’t keep rolling for …

Thursday night football: Amherst pulls away from Putnam in second half for 20-6 win

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — After a slow start on the road, Amherst Regional picked up the tempo and scored three second-half touchdowns to defeat Putnam, 20-6, Thursday at Berte Field. Putnam’s defense, headed by Darryl Denson and Gary White, stymied the Hurricanes’ offense in the first half. White put the …

Frontier rallies to beat Case 3-2, earns shot at fifth straight state volleyball title

Thursday, November 13, 2014

HUDSON — Nothing could stop Frontier Regional from its date with destiny. Not a strong Lynnfield team, nor a bout of inconsistent play that twice brought the Red Hawks to the brink of elimination. Frontier rallied to win …

Erin Voss enjoys World Cup experience, climbs world rankings in process

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Erin Voss spent the beginning of the month in Asia, swimming in her first major international competition. She entered the FINA World Cup just wanting to enjoy the experience, but came out with a plethora of knowledge and …

Gateway Regional beats Lee 4-0, rolls into WMass Division 4 final

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The second-seeded Gateway Regional girls soccer team needed to settle down in order to erupt for four-second half goals and a 4-0 win over No. 3 Lee in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinals at Northampton High School on Wednesday night. “In the second half, our …

Frontier shut down in 1-0 loss to Auburn in state Division 2 field hockey semifinals

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Frontier Regional field hockey team’s season came to an end on Wednesday night. The Red Hawks threw everything they had at Auburn but Carly Zona’s goal with 4 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the …