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Jonathan Morrison, left, of Hopkins Academy, and Jalen Sanders, of Turners Falls, go to a loose ball during the Division 4 semi-finals Monday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Hopkins Academy clamps down on Turners Falls, advances to WMass Division 4 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

AMHERST — The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team had an eight-point lead but took firm control of the game without adding points on the board. The second-seeded Golden Hawks, led by Joe Yusko, Zach Kelley and Jon Morrison, imposed their will on the interior and wore Turners Falls down in the second half of a 68-46 victory Monday in a …

Amherst Regional beats Chicopee 73-63, advances to WMass Division 1 final

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The two games during the regular season between the league rival Amherst Regional and Chicopee boys basketball teams were both blowouts. It appeared their Western Massachusetts Division 1 semifinal rubber match would be decided late in the contest, but a pair of showstopping plays placed the Hurricanes in firm control of …

Quaboag too much for Hopkins in girls basketball Division 4 semifinal

Monday, March 2, 2015

AMHERST — Every game is a learning experience and for the Hopkins Academy girls basketball team, the toughest of the season was at the Curry Hicks Cage on Monday. The No. 5 Golden Hawks were not able to get their offense going and were outsized by No. 1 Quaboag as they fell, 52-27, …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Hopkins Academy cruises past Pioneer Christian

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — The Hopkins Academy girls basketball team didn’t have any postseason jitters and as a result its first tournament game didn’t have any suspense. With players and coaches from top-seeded Quaboag in the stands watching and scouting, the No. 5-seeded Golden Hawks were sharp out of the …

Division 3 Girls Basketball: South Hadley runs away from Greenfield, sets up quarterfinal matchup with rival Hampshire Regional

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley girls basketball team executed its game plan early, built a quick lead and cruised to a 49-28 win over Greenfield in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 tournament on Tuesday. “They did everything I wanted them to,” South Hadley …

Division 4 Girls Basketball: Holyoke Catholic races past Franklin Tech in first-round win

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HOLYOKE — A slow start could not hold back No. 4 Holyoke Catholic as it knocked out No. 13 Franklin Tech, 39-22, Tuesday in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Girls Basketball Tournament at Holyoke Community College. With the win, the Gaels (14-7) will face …

Gateway Regional’s Austin Hermon finishes 10th on giant slalom at state alpine championship

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Gateway Regional senior Austin Hermon had the lone top-10 finish at the state alpine championships, Tuesday at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. Hermon placed 10th on the boys giant slalom in 51.77 seconds. Hermon’s time of 37.97 seconds in the slalom positioned him outside the top 10. Georgina von …

Division 4 boys basketball: Granby runs past McCann Tech

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

GRANBY — Sixth-seeded Granby mowed over No. 11 McCann Tech 60-41 in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 boys basketball tournament Monday night. The Rams (12-9) will go on to face No. 3 Turners Falls Thursday night at Turners Falls High School. The Rams controlled …

Hadley parents call for baseball coach Jordan Branson’s reinstatement

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

HADLEY — Three days after receiving an award from the Massachusetts Baseball Coaches Association for guiding the Hopkins Academy baseball team to the state Division 4 final, Jordan Branson took a shocking call. On Jan. 28, Hopkins athletic …

Division 3 boys basketball: Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton knock down No. 9 Palmer

Monday, February 23, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Behind a balanced offensive attack led by Dakota Wheeler, No. 8 Easthampton defeated No. 9 Palmer on Monday night in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament, 72-59. The Eagles (12-8) advance to the quarterfinals and will face No. 1 Hampshire Regional (17-4) …

Division 4 boys basketball: Lenox eliminates Holyoke Catholic

Monday, February 23, 2015

LENOX — The Holyoke Catholic boys basketball team watched up-and-down season come to an end Monday as Lenox pulled away in the second half for an 82-67 win in the first round of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 tournament. “It’s tough, but everybody on this team gave everything …

David Longstreeth scores 1,000th career point in Smith Academy’s WMass Division 4 win over Mount Everett

Monday, February 23, 2015

HATFIELD — Until this season, it didn’t really appear that Smith Academy senior David Longstreeth could reach 1,000 career points. Always the other option, Longstreeth played second, third and sometimes fourth fiddle to more established offensive weapons. A …

Amherst Regional earns No. 3 seed for WMass Division 3A Hockey Tournament

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Despite owning the best record in Western Massachusetts Division 3A hockey, Amherst Regional missed out in claiming one of two byes for the sectional tournament. With only six teams in the field, top-seeded Chicopee (13-5-2) and No. 2 Chicopee Comp (11-5-4) move right into the semifinal round. The …