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Ryan Mooney, left, of South Hadley, intercepts a pass intended for Kelzy Rodrigues, center, of Amherst Regional, near the Amherst goal line Thursday in South Hadley. Andrew Piquette defends opposite Mooney.

South Hadley jumps on Amherst Regional, wins first of season 18-7

Friday, September 19, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — After back-to-back weeks of trying to come from behind, the South Hadley football team scored first and often to beat Amherst Regional, 18-7, for its first win of the season Thursday night. “It was a tough year last year and it’s nice to get that first one,” Tigers interim coach Scott Taylor said. “Hopefully, we can build …

Thursday’s high schools: Danielle Easton nets three goals and Holyoke Catholic beats Hopkins Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Danielle Easton posted a hat trick Thursday afternoon to guide the Holyoke Catholic girls soccer team to a 3-1 home victory over Hopkins Academy. Julie Pirog assisted on Easton’s game winner with roughly 11 minutes left in regulation. Meg Goncalves also had an assist for the Gaels (3-3, 1-1 Pioneer South), while Kylee Windyka made six saves. Jay Ruiz scored from Hannah Berard, …

Thursday’s high school golf: Hopkins Academy sweeps aside Ware

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Hopkins Academy golfers swept their individual matches Thursday afternoon as the Golden Hawks breezed to a 20-4 victory over Ware at Hickory Ridge. Medalist Caleb Farnham shot a 40 to earn a 4-0 win at No. 2. Spencer Butterfield, Joe Yusko and Liam Higgins followed suit for Hopkins (6-2, 5-1 Bi-County East). Hopkins Academy 20, Ware 4 at Hickory Ridge, par 36 …

High school football: Easthampton pulls away from Taconic in season opener

Saturday, September 6, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Lucius Burrell made an assortment of impressive runs in Easthampton’s 38-20 win over Taconic High School Saturday afternoon at White Brook Middle School. But a 1-yard gain by Burrell in the fourth quarter might have been …

High school football: Mistakes cost Amherst Regional in season opening loss to Westfield

Saturday, September 6, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional high school football team acknowledged that several costly mistakes, mental errors and key penalties were the deciding factor in the team’s season-opening loss Saturday afternoon. The Hurricanes suffered a hard-fought 21-14 defeat against the Westfield Bombers on a hot day. “We beat ourselves …

Friday night football: South Hadley drops second straight opener to East Longmeadow

Saturday, September 6, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley football team got down early and stayed there en route to a 36-12 loss to East Longmeadow to open the season on Friday. “The kids didn’t quit and that’s what we talked about,” Tigers interim coach Scott Taylor said. “We talked about …

Friday night football: Wahconah rumbles over Northampton in opener

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton football team knew the beginning of its season might present some growing pains for a roster with only seven returning players. Although there were positive signs in its season opener Friday night, Hamp fell …

Friday night football: Smith Vocational stumbles against Mohawk in season opener

Friday, September 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A new season began for the Smith Vocational football team on Friday night. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the result was similar to what the team endured during their debut season last year. A long night ended in a 44-6 loss to Mohawk Trail. Cameron Van Buren …

Friday’s high school recaps: Frontier, Amherst stay perfect with five-set victories in girls volleyball

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Frontier Regional and Amherst Regional girls volleyball teams each needed five sets Friday to stay undefeated two matches into the season. The four-time state champion Red Hawks dropped a close fourth set, but rallied with a quick fifth to beat West Springfield 3-2. The Hurricanes let a …

Smarter than the gurus? What are your football picks? What to watch and what will happen

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Friday Wahconah at Northampton, 7 The Blue Devils open with the rival Warriors in the Route 9 Rumble. Hamp’s stable number of running backs will look to fill the shoes left by Malik Renner and John Grimaldi, who …

Thursday’s high school golf: New-look Hopkins Academy opens with road win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Hopkins Academy golf team received victories from three of its new starters in a 141/2-91/2 season-opening win over Pathfinder Thursday afternoon at Mill Valley Golf Club. The defending WMass Division 3 champion Golden Hawks (1-0) needed to replace half of their starting lineup. Justin Butterfield and Molly …

Thursday’s high school soccer: Granby girls cruise in opener

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Granby girls soccer team scored six times in the second half to turn its season opener into an 8-0 home rout over Ware. Kate Desormier (two goals, one assist), Jessica Patruno (goal, two assists) and Summer Molin (goal, assist) each had multiple points as the Rams (1-0) …

Thursday’s high school field hockey: Smith Academy rolls to first win

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jen Adamites and Olivia Cavanaugh each scored two goals for the Smith Academy field hockey team in a 5-0 shutout at Athol Thursday afternoon. Izzy Duseau also had a goal for the Falcons (1-1, 1-1 North), while Kayla Miastowski made 10 saves. South Hadley 2, Palmer 0 — …