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South Hadley head coach Jeff Guiel cheers on his Tigers in the first half of a 59-41 loss to Brighton in the 2013 state Division 2 championship. It was the program's first and only trip to the state final. Guiel announced his retirement after 16 years recently.

Mike Moran: Decision to retire not easy for South Hadley basketball coach Jeff Guiel

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Like all of Jeff Guiel’s decisions, this one didn’t come quickly. A lawyer by day, father of two boys and husband by night, in between all that Guiel found time to spend 16 years patrolling the basketball sidelines at South Hadley High School. Decisions come at every turn in his life, yet this one was an important one. Basketball has …

South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel retires

Monday, November 30, 2015

The defending champion South Hadley boys basketball team enter the season with a new coach. Jeff Guiel, who returned following a one-year absence to guide the Tigers a seventh sectional championship last March, has retired after 16 years. South Hadley athletic director Tad Desautels learned of the decision two weeks ago. “He’s built …

Hampshire cross country duo competes at Foot Locker Northeast regionals

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A pair of Hampshire Regional senior girls cross country standouts finished in the top 60 of the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, New York. Taylor Blow completed the 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 47.7 seconds to come in 54th. Ally Roessling was 60th at 20:01.3. In the boys race, South Deerfield’s Arcangel Velazquez finished 106th with …

Friday night football: Frontier pulls out wild 28-26 overtime win over Amherst Regional

Saturday, November 14, 2015

AMHERST — There was a mirror effect throughout the non-playoff football game between Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional Friday night — until the final play. Each time the Red Hawks scored, the Hurricanes answered back on their next possession, including in overtime. But the Frontier defense stopped Amherst …

Friday night football: Northampton weather’s Putnam’s early scoring burst

Friday, November 13, 2015

Springfield — A 15-point storm washed over the Northampton football team in the first quarter. Putnam took a two-score lead with the help of three big plays of more than 20 yards before the Blue Devils turned to their rock. Elijah Davis ran for 126 yards and four …

Friday night football: South Hadley shuts down Minnechaug for 14-0 win

Friday, November 13, 2015

WILBRAHAM — The swing pass to Griffin Fitzell wasn’t designed to go the distance. But Fitzell is the type of player who is a threat to reach the end zone any time he touches the ball. Fitzell took a short pass from Joe Allard, picked up a couple …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational closes 2015 with 39-12 loss to Athol

Friday, November 13, 2015

ATHOL — The Athol football team won its third straight game Friday night, beating Smith Vocational, 39-12, at O’Brien Field. Athol (4-6) received the opening kickoff and wasted no time, carving through the Vikings’ defense on a five-play, 70-yard drive, all runs. The drive was capped by a …

Friday night football: Mohawk runs over Belchertown, 46-0

Friday, November 13, 2015

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail football team’s rushing attack was on point Friday night as the Warriors rushed for six touchdowns in a 46-0 blowout over Belchertown in an independent football game at Pollard Field. The Warriors (2-8) racked up 405 yards on the ground, led by junior …

What2Watch4: Week 10 football previews

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northampton at Putnam Friday, 7 The Blue Devils (4-5) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they face the Beavers (3-6) out of the AA Conference. Putnam has dropped five straight. Hamp will look to contain …

Local briefs: Northampton wins WMass Fall Baseball League championship

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Northampton wins fall baseball championship Northampton won the Western Massachusetts High School Fall Baseball League Varsity Division championship last month. Northampton finished 8-1 in the regular season and went 3-0 in the playoffs, beating East Longmeadow, Springfield and Holyoke. Hamp beat Holyoke 6-5 in eight innings for its …

WMass boys soccer: Longmeadow counters end Amherst’s tournament run

Thursday, November 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — The alarm bells sounded early on the Amherst Regional boys soccer sideline. Ryan Cove put No. 7 Longmeadow on the board first with a counterattack goal in the seventh minute, forcing a change. The No. 3 …

WMass field hockey: Frontier repeats as champions behind Jordyn Roberts’ 2 goals

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Penalty corners tripped up the Frontier Regional field hockey team all season. The Red Hawks simply struggled to score from them even in reaching Wednesday’s Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament championship at Clark Field. Since …

WMass field hockey: Northampton stays smiling after 3-0 loss to Longmeadow in finals

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

West Springfield — Even after losing the Western Massachusetts Division 1 field hockey final 3-0 to Longmeadow on Wednesday, Northampton’s captains showed all smiles. Senior defender Morgan Moffett even held the runner-up trophy in the air and whooped …