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JERREY ROBERTS
The Belchertown team celebrates their win against Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament semifinal Wednesday at Curry Hicks Cage.

Belchertown wins overtime thriller, beating defending champ Longmeadow in Division 2 girls semifinal

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

AMHERST — On Tuesday, Belchertown girls basketball players sat tucked into the stands of the Curry Hicks Cage at UMass. The Orioles were on a scouting mission, not of their opponent for Wednesday’s Western Massachusetts Division 2 semifinal game, but for the Cage’s atmosphere and a possible sectional final matchup. Almost exactly 24 hours after watching the No. 2 Pittsfield …

Wahconah knocks off top-seeded Hampshire, 53-48, in Division 3 semifinals

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — A season of promise for the Hampshire Regional boys basketball team came to a crashing halt on Wednesday. The top-seeded Raiders had no answer for No. 4 Wahconah’s second big run and fell 53-48 in a Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament semifinal at Curry Hicks Cage. “We’re extremely disappointed,” Hampshire coach …

Williston boys hoop top Exeter, girls fall to Promfet in NEPSAC tournament

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — A strong second half from Jake Ross led the Williston boys basketball team to a 61-56 win over No. 7 Phillips Exeter Academy in the NEPSAC Class A tournament quarterfinals Wednesday night. “It was a great playoff atmosphere,” Williston coach Mike Shelton said. “We knew that it was going to be a great game, we knew that it was going to …

4x800 leads Amherst Regional to third-place showing at All-States

Sunday, February 22, 2015

BOSTON — Entering the final event of the day, the Amherst Regional boys indoor track team still had a title within its grasp. All the Hurricanes needed to do was overcome long odds to win the 4x400-meter relay and the All-State indoor track championship could have belonged to …

Undefeated Granby earns No. 2 seed in Western Massachusetts Division 3 Girls Basketball Tournament

Saturday, February 21, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Coaches and players say it every year — regular season records don’t mean anything in the Western Massachusetts Tournament. The Granby girls basketball team finished the season undefeated for the second time in program history and …

Hampshire earns top seed, Amherst and Hopkins Academy No. 2s in WMass boys basketball tournaments

Saturday, February 21, 2015

It was a good day for local boys basketball teams at the Western Massachusetts Tournament seeding meeting. Hampshire Regional was awarded a No. 1 seed in Division 3. Amherst Regional and Hopkins Academy earned No. 2 seeds in …

Resurgent Amherst Regional hockey team ready for the postseason

Monday, February 23, 2015

AMHERST — The Amherst Regional hockey team has made a point of focusing on the task ahead and not dwelling on the past, whether positive or negative. But the Hurricanes were well aware that their 13th win Friday …

Belchertown 400 free relay takes state swimming title to pace Orioles to fourth-place finish

Friday, February 20, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — What the Belchertown boys swim team lacks in overall depth and experience, it makes up for in pure power. Despite having only a quartet of competitors in the state Division 2 championship meet, the Orioles’ fourth-place …

Friday’s high schools: Brendan Weir, Brandon Weyant, Nolan Hodgins and Saul Soto remain alive for state wrestling titles

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior Brendan Weir’s quest for a third straight Division 3 state title got off to a good start at Wakefield Friday. Weir, the top seed at 138 pounds, pinned Aaron Smith of Gloucester in 1 minutes, …

Northampton, Amherst Regional indoor track teams eye All-States

Friday, February 20, 2015

A pair of western Massachusetts indoor track squads are looking for repeat performances this Saturday as state Division 3 champion Amherst Regional and Division 4 champion Northampton will compete in the All-State meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. A week after winning their fourth straight PVIAC …

Thursday’s high schools: Pair of locals top seeds for state wrestling tourneys

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hampshire Regional senior wrestler Brendan Weir takes aim this weekend at a career sweep of state titles. After winning his third consecutive sectional championship last Saturday, Weir seeks a fourth straight state crown. The feat would be a …

Granby girls hoop beats Hampshire to cap perfect regular season

Thursday, February 19, 2015

GRANBY — When Granby senior Meghan Sullivan was an eighth grader on the varsity girls basketball team, the Rams had to win their season finale to make the 2011 postseason. Before this season, coach Tom Burke told his …

Wednesday’s high schools: Mike Grise one shy of 100 goals after big game for Easthampton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Missing the first four games of his final high school hockey season lessened the chances of Easthampton star forward Mike Grise reaching 100 career points. But a blistering pace of nearly three points per game following his return …