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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2006, file photo, supporters of the football team at Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, collect donations at the high school's Paul Brown Tiger Stadium to care for a tiger cub leased to serve as the team's mascot, "Obie." The football team has had a live tiger cub mascot at games for decades, but the team's 2015 season may begin without a tiger cub at games unless state officials receive an affidavit required by Ohio's revised wildlife regulations enacted in 2012, attesting tiger cubs leased to serve as mascots will live at an accredited facility and be cared for throughout their lives. (Glenn B. Dettman/The Independent via AP, File)

Mascot fight between high school, Ohio goes down to the wire

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A high school football team that has featured a tiger cub at games for decades might kick off the season without its beloved mascot because of rules implemented after a suicidal man released dozens of dangerous animals in 2011. Boosters typically lease a cub called Obie each year to play the mascot of Massillon’s Washington High School …

BRIEFS: Granby High School coach Tom Burke to replace Florence Bank CEO John Heaps Jr. as chairman of WMass Sports Commission

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday that Tom Burke will serve as chairman of the Western Massachusetts Sports Commission. Burke replaces John F. Heaps Jr., president and CEO of Florence Bank, who served a two-year term as chairman. Burke, a longtime area coach, has served has Granby High School’s golf …

MIAA announces state basketball finals to be played in Springfield starting next season

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Any Western Massachusetts basketball teams that advance to the state finals will have a bit of a home-court advantage starting in 2016. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced in a press release Wednesday that all state basketball championship games will be played in Springfield. The entire championship weekend will be hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Western Massachusetts …

Local baseball: American Legion playoffs open, Northampton sweeps into second round

Monday, July 13, 2015

Northampton Post 28 swept the first round of American Legion playoffs with two wins over Springfield Post 21, winning 4-1 on Saturday and 8-5 on Sunday. Northampton, and other best-of-3 winners, advance to an eight-team double elimination tournament that starts Wednesday. Three series are still in action, with …

PHOTOS: South Hadley beats Frontier 8-6 in Mickey Mantle

Saturday, July 11, 2015

With the final week of Mickey Mantle approaching, South Hadley beat Frontier 8-6 at Herlihy Field in South Deerfield on Friday. Both teams are tied for fifth place with six points. South Hadley is 3-11, while Frontier is …

With missing players, Amherst Legions closes regular season with 13-1 loss to Aldenville

Friday, July 10, 2015

CHICOPEE — The Amherst Post 148 American Legion baseball team hopes to have its full compliment of players when the postseason begins Saturday. But with only nine players and roughly half its regular starting lineup missing for Friday night’s regular-season finale, Amherst suffered a 13-1 loss to Aldenville …

Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Ferris, Hampshire Regional

Friday, July 10, 2015

Alexis Ferris, pitcher, junior, Hampshire Regional Season highlights: The junior pitcher finished the season 18-4 and 209 strikeouts, with a season-high of 18 against Belchertown and hit double-digits in eight others. Ferris threw nine shutouts and allowed 30 …

Under Brian McGan, success of Hampshire Regional softball team parallels earlier dominance by girls basketball

Friday, July 10, 2015

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School sits atop a hill in Westhampton, overlooking a plateau of athletic fields. The softball diamonds are tucked into the southwestern corner next to the track. The baseball fields meet the wooded area …

Local baseball: Northampton’s Connor McLindon no hits Holyoke in Mickey Mantle

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Connor McLindon tossed a five-inning no-hitter for Northampton as it dominated Holyoke, 10-0, Thursday in Mickey Mantle action at Northampton High School. Jesse Carlino-Threlfall had a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth that invoked the …

Gazette Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year: South Hadley senior Sam Duda

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year Sam Duda, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: The senior attack was one of five western Massachusetts players to be named an All-American by US Lacrosse. He joined Chris Menard, Evan Marcus and …

Local baseball: Max Wojcik homers in the 8th to lift Belchertown over Southampton in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Max Wojcik’s walk-off two-run home in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a classic in the final game of pool play in the District 2 Little League (11-12) Tournament as Belchertown edged Southampton, 8-7. After the teams were tied 6-6 after six, neither team scored in the …

Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Kate Sarnacki, Granby

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Kate Sarnacki, sophomore, Granby Season highlights: Sarnacki led all of western Massachusetts with 93 goals in helping lead the Rams to their first postseason appearance. She added 28 assists for a total of 121 points, which was tops …

Sports briefs: Northampton Parks & Rec. offering gold lessons, fall field hockey

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Drive hoops looking for local players Drive Hoop is looking for boys junior varsity and middle school basketball players, and girls middle school athletes for its summer leagues, which runs July 20th through August 20th. For more info please contact Angelo Thomas at 413-824-6679 or angelo@drivehoopsbasketball.com. Union 38 …