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High school notebook: New Amherst Regional girls basketball coach Dustin James eager to start season

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Amherst Regional girls basketball team will be under new leadership for the second time in three years when Dustin James takes over the program this winter. James is filling the void left by Liz Kay’s departure for the head girls basketball position at Wahconah High School. After five years of coaching at the boys junior varsity level — the last two at Ludlow — this will be his first …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston girls soccer shuts out Wilbraham & Monson

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gabby Thomas of Florence scored a goal and Madison Fulcher-Melendy of Easthampton picked up two assists as the Williston Northampton girls soccer team blanked Wilbraham & Monson 3-0 at home Wednesday afternoon. Caroline Wysocki had a goal and an assist, with Emma Lawrence adding an assist for Williston. Alana Serafino stopped both shots she faced. Academy at Charlemont 1, Stoneleigh Burnham 1 — …

Tuesday’s high schools: Easthampton spikes Chicopee, keeps postseason hopes alive

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

With its postseason hopes riding on every point Tuesday night, the Easthampton girls volleyball team dug deep to win the final two sets and defeat Chicopee 3-2 on senior night. The Eagles earned all three of their set victories by the narrowest of margins, winning 26-24, 22-25, 19-25, 27-25, 15-13. Ruthenee Nhem had …

Wednesday’s high schools: Gateway Regional girls soccer secures Pioneer South league title

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jessica Van Heynigen’s hat trick led the Gateway Regional girls soccer team to the Pioneer South title as it remained undefeated in league play behind in a 6-1 win over Ware on Wednesday. Smith Academy’s win over Holyoke Catholic gave the Gators (10-3, 7-0) the championship with one …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Charley Mercier, Williston slip past Cheshire in boys soccer

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Charley Mercier (Granby) had a goal and assist to led the Williston Northampton boys soccer team to the 3-2 road win over Cheshire on Wednesday. Anthony Aquadro also scored for the Wildcats (2-6-1) and Davis Smith (Amherst) had an assist. Terry O’Brien made two stops for the Wildcats. …

Hampshire Regional qualifies for postseason with victory over St. Mary’s in final golf match

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HAYDENVILLE — The Hampshire Regional golf team faced off against St. Mary’s in a win-or-go-home match at Beaver Brook Golf Course Wednesday. It was raining and the pressure was on for Sean Ryan and the Raiders, who needed to win to qualify for the postseason. Ryan carded a …

Soccer coaches out after team taunts African about Ebola

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Two high school soccer coaches in eastern Pennsylvania have resigned after their players hurled Ebola taunts at an opponent from West Africa. Northampton Area Superintendent Joseph Kovalchik said the coaches resigned Tuesday. He met with the team Wednesday and vowed to discipline any students who violated …

Hampshire blanks Southwick, begins push toward Holley League title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With the postseason clinched during league crossovers, the Hampshire Regional boys soccer team is focused on winning the Holley League after a rocky start at the beginning of the season. The Raiders opened the second half …

Tuesday’s high school golf: Granby rallies to beat Pathfinder, earn share of Bi-County East title

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a day it received just a half-point from the top two matches, the Granby golf team relied on its other four players to beat Pathfinder 151/2-81/2 in the regular-season finale and gain a share of the Bi-County East title. Tristan Guzik, Alex Joao and R.J. Rosazza each …

Tuesday’s high school soccer: Amherst boys power past Minnechaug

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Amherst Regional boys soccer team scored four goals in the final 20 minutes, including three off set pieces, as the Hurricanes beat Minnechaug 4-1 to gain sole possession of first place in the Smith League. Keith Dixon scored from Andy Zyskowski to tie the game for Amherst …

Tuesday’s high school cross country: Northampton boys, girls sweep Amherst Regional

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Northampton cross country program stated its case as the best in western Massachusetts on Tuesday. The Blue Devils won’t be able to officially do it, however, until Nov. 8, the date of the Western Massachusetts Championships. On Tuesday, the boys and girls teams swept the reigning sectional …

Tuesday’s high schools: Belchertown girls volleyball beats Chicopee for Southern League title.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Belchertown girls volleyball team rallied after dropping the first set to beat Chicopee 3-1 Tuesday and clinch the Southern League title. The Orioles (12-2, 7-0) won 20-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-18. Emily Woodford posted team highs for Belchertown in kills (seven) and aces (five). Cara McKenzie had six …

Frontier Regional earns silver medal at VolleyHall Classic

Monday, October 13, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — Volleyball was invented in 1895 in Holyoke, home to the Volleyball Hall of Fame. But on a rainy Columbus Day in 2014, the sport was on display at Springfield College. The Volleyball Hall of Fame’s eighth …