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COURTESY SGT. RICHARD BLUMENSTEIN
Amherst Regional senior Taj-Amir Torres, second from left, stands with his mother, Charon Hazard, football coach David Thompson, right, and Marine Corps Capt. Thomas Abbott on Friday, during a jersey presentation at Amherst Regional. Torres is one of 100 high school athletes across America selected to participate in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. in California. The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.

Amherst senior Taj-Amir Torres selected to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

Friday, November 21, 2014

AMHERST — Western Massachusetts high school football is generally overshadowed by teams closer to the coastline and as a region, New England is like the rest of the country’s long lost football cousin — until Friday. Amherst Regional standout Taj-Amir Torres has spent his high school career tearing up the gridiron and the surrounding track. In the high school gymnasium, …

Amherst boys soccer looks for program’s first state trophy

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team has the chance to finish a quest it started in 2012 — winning a state championship. That year, the Hurricanes beat Ludlow in penalty kicks for their first Western Massachusetts Division 1 title, but fell 1-0 to Needham in the state final. On Saturday, the two sides …

Different Belchertown team on state title defense

Thursday, November 20, 2014

It took a combined 200 minutes of play and 17 rounds of penalty kicks, but the Belchertown boys soccer team is in position to defend what the program earned last season. Within a span of just over 48 hours, the Orioles needed PKs to win the Western Massachusetts Division 3 final Sunday 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 …

Granby topples Hampshire in OT, advances to Division 3 WMass final

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CHICOPEE — The best teams learn from their setbacks and build momentum into and through the postseason. No team prides itself in those areas more than the Granby girls soccer team. For the second time in six days, …

MacDuffie girls soccer advances to NEPSAC Class D semifinals

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The third-seeded MacDuffie girls soccer team stayed undefeated following a 4-0 win over No. 6 Christian Heritage in the NEPSAC Class D Tournament quarterfinals round, Wednesday in Granby. Sophomore Maddie Levesque scored twice to power the Mustangs (14-0-0), who will face Dexter Southfield in Brookline Saturday. Eighth-grader Ania …

What2Watch4: Week 11 high school football previews

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Amherst Regional at Putnam Thursday, at Springfield Central, 7 The Hurricanes (1-8) will look to build off Brandon Rivera’s monster performance (14 carries, 186 yards, four touchdowns) when they try to take down the Beavers (2-7), who have …

Amherst turns aside Pittsfield, advances to Division 1 sectional final

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Set plays and different scoring options gave the top-seeded Amherst Regional boys soccer team a 3-1 win over No. 4 Pittsfield in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament at Central High School’s Berte Field on Tuesday. …

Hopkins shuts out Lenox, reaches fourth straight WMass final

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Evan Delaney and the other senior members of the Hopkins Academy boys soccer team drew inspiration Tuesday night from the team’s last loss in a sectional tournament. The seniors were freshmen in 2011, when Lenox beat …

Monson too strong for Smith Academy in Division 4 semifinals

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CHICOPEE — Even before taking the field, the Smith Academy boys soccer team knew it was about to face a daunting task. Smith Academy had not faced a team of Monson’s caliber before Tuesday and the Mustangs certainly …

Division 3 boys soccer: Belchertown beats Frontier 3-0, advances to sixth straight sectional final

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

CHICOPEE — On one side of Tuesday’s Western Massachusetts Division 3 Boys Soccer Tournament semifinal, there was a Frontier Regional team that overcame a lack of size this season with an abundance of team speed. On the other, …

Frontier Regional wins WMass Division 2 field hockey title

Sunday, November 9, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — It figured that in a season of rebuilding that was not supposed to culminate in a sectional field hockey championship, a freshman and sophomore each scored goals in the title game for Frontier Regional. Freshman …