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Monday’s high school boys basketball: Easthampton beats storm, Smith Vocational

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dakota Wheeler and the Easthampton boys basketball beat the snow storm and Smith Vocational Monday. Wheeler had 21 points as the Eagles won 91-42 in a game moved up to the early evening at Easthampton, well before the snow storm hit the county. Joe Czarnik added 16 points, LJ Bara had 13, and Sam Brodeur and Liam Healey each had 10 for the Eagles (7-5). Damon Soto had 26 points …

Gazette Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Alex Laraja, Amherst Regional

Monday, January 26, 2015

FIRST TEAM Joe Afflitto, senior, Smith Academy Billy Aldrich, senior, Belchertown Isamu Bix, senior, Amherst Regional Jamie Blinder, senior, Frontier Regional Bryan Brasil, senior, Hampshire Regional Steve Bruscoe, senior, Smith Academy Brendan Bzdel, senior Hampshire Regional Connor Curtain, junior, Belchertown Evan Delaney, senior, Hopkins Academy Keith Dixon, senior, Amherst Regional Tom Heavren, senior, …

Zach Kelley, Hopkins Academy rally late to down Pioneer Regional

Friday, January 23, 2015

HADLEY — Zach Kelley and the Hopkins Academy boys basketball team could not find the basket through the first 28 minutes against Pioneer Regional. The Golden Hawks missed inside, outside and at the free-throw line. They also struggled defensively as Brad Hastings and the Panthers built an eight-point lead with just over four …

Friday’s high schools: Athol snaps South Hadley’s home win streak at 17

Friday, January 9, 2015

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s home win streak was snapped at 17 games as Athol had four double-digit scorers in a 60-44 win on Friday. The Red Raiders (10-0) held Tigers’ leading scorer Sophie Gatzounas to 12 points. Gatzounas, who pulled down 14 rebounds, was averaging 24.4 …

Amherst’s John Leonard nears 100 points for powerhouse Cathedral hockey

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cathedral junior forward John Leonard increased his Western Massachusetts leads in both goals and points, while inching closer to a career milestone Thursday night. The Amherst resident scored two goals in a 6-1 victory over Bridgewater-Raynham at The …

Wednesday’s high school wrestling: Granby honors Nolan Hodgins’ milestone, cruises past Gateway Regional

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After earning his 100th career win Saturday, Granby wrestler Nolan Hodgins could sit back and relax on Wednesday night, along with nine of his teammates. Ten Rams won by forfeit in a 72-12 home victory over Gateway Regional. …

Wednesday’s high schools: Easthampton ices undefeated Chicopee Comp for second straight win

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Make that two wins in a row for the Easthampton hockey team. Jon Brodeur and Mike Grise each notched two points as the Eagles handed Chicopee Comp its first loss with a 4-2 win, Wednesday at Lossone Rink in Easthampton. Brodeur had a goal and an assist, while …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Hopkins Academy boys storm past South Hadley

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Hopkins Academy boys basketball team continued its torrid start to the season Tuesday night with perhaps its most impressive win to date. The Division 4 Golden Hawks went on the road to D-2 South Hadley and emerged …

Tuesday’s high school swimming: Easthampton girls beat Agawam for first win

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Easthampton girls swimming team had one goal for Tuesday and that was to play water polo on Wednesday. To achieve the goal, the Eagles had to win their first meet of the season and they did just that. Behind a high school personal-best split of 1 minute, …

Easthampton returns to court with lessons learned from late coach Jay Fortier

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GRANBY — He wasn’t there, but Jay Fortier’s presence was still felt in the Granby High School gym on Tuesday. As the Rams built a lead and cruised to a 64-33 win over Easthampton, the Eagles never backed …

Western Massachusetts basketball community mourns the loss of Jay Fortier, 61

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Last year, Jay Fortier coached the Easthampton girls basketball season while battling throat cancer. With his life motto of “go big or go home,” Fortier wanted to do it again this year. Days before the current season opened, …

Mike Moran: Through the noise, Jay Fortier brought out the best in his players

Monday, January 5, 2015

His voice echoed throughout gymnasiums. Ashley! ... Cara! ... Annie! ... Jen! In loud, straight-to-the-point orders, he got his instructions across; not only to his players, but seemingly to every parent and fan in the stands. He was …