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JERREY ROBERTS
Joe Szlosek, left, of Smith Voke, returns a kick off as teammate Victor Madera-Therrien blocks Kyle Johnson, of Franklin Tech, Friday at Smith Voke.

Friday night football: Smith Vocational hangs tough with Franklin Tech in 28-0 loss

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith Vocational football team only has three seniors, and on their night, the future of the program was on display despite falling 28-0 to Franklin Tech Friday night. “We still have our problems with a high level of execution and doing all the right things at all the right times, but we’re getting better and it’s starting to show,” Smith Voke coach Doug Slaughter said. “We made (Franklin Tech) work a little harder than they thought they had to get the win. I’m encouraged by the progress we’re making, but it’s still tough to take another loss.” The Vikings are young and …

Friday night football: Mistakes plague Northampton in 22-7 loss to Chicopee

Friday, October 31, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The projected starting backfield for the 2015 Northampton football team received its first start together Friday night. But the Blue Devils still couldn’t break away from what’s ailed them in 2014. Northampton committed four turnovers and turned the ball over on downs twice in a 22-7 loss to Chicopee at David Wright Field. “Obviously there were too many mistakes at bad …

Historic day for Easthampton: RB Lucius Burrell, coach Joe Kocot hit milestones in playoff clincher

Friday, October 31, 2014

LUDLOW — Lucius Burrell surpassed 4,000 yards in career rushing. Coach Joe Kocot earned his 100th victory. Both Burrell and Kocot downplayed their accomplishments because of something more important — Easthampton is in the Division 5 playoffs. Easthampton survived a furious comeback bid by Ludlow and the Eagles punched their ticket to the …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational falls 40-6 to Palmer

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Amidst another lopsided loss for the Smith Vocational football team, there was a glimmer of hope for the future. The Vikings lost to Palmer 40-6 Friday night at Smith Vocational, but a new look on offense produced a big play for the home team. Jared Pease, …

Friday’s high schools: Smith Academy girls soccer beats Hopkins Academy, nears tournament berth

Friday, October 24, 2014

The present and the future collided in Hatfield Friday. Seniors Olivia Hanson and McKenzie Wilson hooked up on the first goal, and middle schoolers Carrie Ellis and Maggie Hession connected on the second goal as the Smith academy girls soccer team beat Hopkins Academy, 3-1. The Falcons (8-7-1, …

Northampton field hockey upends South Hadley in regular season finale, earns share of Central League title

Friday, October 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — In sports, games toward the end of the regular season tend to have an implication of some sort. A win or loss could decide a team’s playoff fate or a regular season league title could be at stake. On Friday afternoon, the Northampton field hockey team …

What2Watch4 — Week 8 high school football previews

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chicopee Comp at Northampton Friday, 7 With two games left, it is highly unlikely the Blue Devils (1-5, 0-3 Suburban) have enough to make a push for the postseason. Even with a victory over the third-rated and first-place …

Thursday’s high schools: Easthampton girls volleyball survives five sets with Sabis, qualifies for postseason

Thursday, October 23, 2014

For the second time in three days, the Easthampton girls volleyball team was one set away from postseason elimination. But after saving their season Tuesday, the Eagles once again came back from the brink Thursday and clinched a tournament berth by beating Sabis 3-2 in Springfield. Easthampton rallied …

Frontier Regional girls volleyball beats Minnechaug for first Eastern League title

Thursday, October 23, 2014

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team finished off a task it started last season. With a 3-0 sweep of Minnechaug on Thursday, the Red Hawks could proudly call themselves Eastern League champions in their second …

Another school football season ends over hazing

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — School officials on Thursday canceled the remaining two football games at a suburban Philadelphia high school after concluding rookie players had been subjected to “humiliating and inappropriate” initiation rites. The pre-season hazing at Central Bucks High School West in Doylestown included a requirement that rookies …

Amherst Regional boys soccer pulls out 1-1 draw with West Springfield

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team isn’t used to coming from behind this season, but to remain undefeated, it had to fight for a soggy 1-1 tie with West Springfield on Wednesday night. “It’s always a little surprising when we go down one, because our defense …

Wednesday’s high schools: Smith Academy boys soccer upends Holyoke

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tanner Natale scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in regulation to lift the Smith Academy boys soccer team to a 3-2 victory over Division 1 Holyoke Wednesday afternoon in Hatfield. Quinn Rickert and Joe Afflitto added …

Hampshire falls to Monson 2-0, loses shot at Grieve title

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — With a league title on the line, the Hampshire Regional girls soccer team fell to Monson 2-0 on Wednesday in the frigid wind and rain. The last time these two teams met they finished to a 2-2 tie and this game proved to be another battle. …