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KEVIN GUTTING
Amherst senior captains Isamu Bix, left, and Keith Dixon and coach Michael Rudd accept the finalists trophy after the Hurricanes' 4-0 loss to Needham in the Div. 1 State Championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday.

Amherst Regional falls 4-0 to Needham in state Division 1 final

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — The Amherst Regional boys soccer team had only allowed nine goals in 22 games, giving up two just once in a midseason victory. The Hurricanes couldn’t overcome a two-goal first half by Needham, falling 4-0 and ending their unbeaten streak in the state Division 1 championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. “We could match them for skill, …

Wayland scores in first minute of overtime to end Belchertown repeat bid for state soccer title

Saturday, November 22, 2014

WORCESTER — One year later, the Belchertown boys soccer team again found itself in overtime playing for the state Division 3 championship. But this time, the golden goal did not come from an Oriole, as Wayland scored in the first minute of overtime to take the crown 1-0 Saturday at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. …

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 …

Division 3 boys soccer: Belchertown shuts down Wahconah, advances to semifinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Defense was Belchertown’s calling card during its run to the state title last season and it appears to be the same thing this time around. Despite graduating eight starters, Belchertown is back in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinals following a 4-1 triumph over Wahconah …

Division 5 football: Pittsfield stops Easthampton, 28-12, in semifinal

Friday, November 7, 2014

PITTSFIELD — Lucius Burrell got loose once early in the game and again late, but in between he and the Easthampton football team were held in check Friday night. After the Eagles scored first, Pittsfield put up the next four touchdowns in a 28-12 victory in the Western …

Division 5 football: Frontier Regional shut out by Hoosac in semifinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

ADAMS — Frontier Regional quarterback Oliver Fox didn’t have to think very long to answer this question: Was Hoosac Valley the best football team the Red Hawks had played all year? “Definitely,” said Fox. “They’re a tough team. We knew that going into it. We prepared our best.” …

Friday night football: Westfield sacks Northampton, 34-6

Friday, November 7, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — After a 34-6 loss to Westfield, the Northampton football team didn’t look like they had just suffered a bad loss at home. Quite the opposite in fact, they were exuding confidence. The Blue Devils moved the ball efficiently on Friday night and never faced a punting …

Division 3 boys soccer: Frontier Regional knocks off Hampshire Regional, 1-0, in quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

WESTHAMPTON — After scoring a rare goal, Frontier Regional’s Dan Bronke was going to make sure it held up. The sophomore center back was part of a terrific defensive effort down the stretch as the No. 6-seeded Red Hawks withstood No. 3 Hampshire Regional’s late onslaught to complete …

Friday’s high schools: Hopkins Academy holds off Gateway in Division 4 boys soccer quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Hopkins Academy boys soccer ran into Gateway Regional for the second straight year in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 Tournament. And much like last season, the Golden Hawks held on for a one-goal win. The second-seeded Golden Hawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held on …

Division 1 girls soccer: West Springfield eliminates Northampton in quarterfinals

Friday, November 7, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The No. 8 Northampton girls soccer team was eliminated by top-seeded West Springfield, 4-1, in the Western Massachusetts Division 1 Tournament quarterfinals at Clark Field. West Springfield (17-0-2) will play the winner between No. 4 Ludlow and No. 5 East Longmeadow in the semifinals. The …

Thursday night football: West Springfield rallies, holds off Amherst Regional 40-38

Thursday, November 6, 2014

AMHERST — Brandon Rivera had the best game of his career for the Amherst Regional football team against West Springfield Thursday night. Unfortunately for Rivera and the Hurricanes, it was in a 40-38 loss on a rainy and cold night. The senior running back rushed for 175 yards …

Division 2 girls volleyball: Belchertown’s run ends with 3-1 loss to Ludlow in semifinal

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — What happened during the regular season doesn’t always translate into postseason success. Just ask the Belchertown girls volleyball team. Ludlow avenged a regular season loss to Belchertown as the Lions beat the Orioles, 3-1, Thursday in a Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal. Ludlow won 25-19, …

Division 1 field hockey: Northampton needs overtime to knock off Mahar, reach finals

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Northampton field hockey team had a pre-game dance off as part of its preparation for Wednesday’s semifinal game at Clark Field. The third-seeded Blue Devils picked up where they left off after Reilly Griffin …