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South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel, right, is shown during the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament championship at Curry Hicks Cage last March. Guiel has retired after 16 seasons and seven sectional championships.

South Hadley boys basketball coach Jeff Guiel retires

Monday, November 30, 2015

Editor’s note: This story will be updated. 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 …

Frontier’s senior class comes together to find unprecedented success in 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

The white soccer ball caromed from Zach Ells’ head, bouncing off the goal line as keeper Dylan Husted could only turn and watch it dance in the netting. Douglas High School’s senior striker ended Frontier Regional’s boys soccer run with a diving flick inside the 6-yard box after flying through the 40-degree air. …

Alex DeSantis, UMass men’s soccer look to continue run in A-10 Tournament

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

AMHERST — No matter what happens in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the UMass men’s soccer team has already exceeded expectations. Picked 12th among the league’s 13 teams in the preseason, the Minutemen, under first-year coach Fran O’Leary, will …

Wednesday’s prep schools: Williston field hockey rallies to beat Deerfield

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Williston Northampton field hockey team overcame a two-goal deficit to beat host Deerfield, 3-2 in overtime, Wednesday. Trailing 2-0, Lauren Helm scored from Delaney Belinskas to put the Wildcats on the board. Belinskas then scored from Caroline Channell to tie the game. In overtime, Alexis Ryan tipped …

WMass girls soccer: Experience, youth carry Granby past Monument in D-3 semifinals

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CHICOPEE — Playing in the sectional semifinals for the seventh consecutive season, the postseason experience of the Granby girls soccer team helped the Rams get through a tough opponent in Monument Mountain. But just as important Wednesday was the Rams’ depth, as one of their tournament newcomers provided …

WMass boys soccer: Frontier shocks 4-time defending champ Belchertown in the semifinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Chicopee — An early Frontier Regional counterattack knocked the crown off the Belchertown boys soccer team’s head. Red Hawks senior Connor Hamilton finished a ball from Andy Habel with 7 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the first half …

WMass boys soccer: Granby’s season ends after Monson barrage

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CHICOPEE — Zach Gorman and the Granby boys soccer defense withstood Monson’s pressure for 50 minutes, 56 seconds. Then Connor Hicks broke through with the Mustangs’ first goal on an assist from Noah Malo. The Mustangs then scored …

Wmass girls volleyball: Belchertown pushes Chicopee to distance, but falls in Division 2 quarterfinals

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — Chicopee and Belchertown were rather familiar with each other. Playing in the Southern League, the Pacers and the Orioles split during the regular season. Both teams earned their victories on the road as Belchertown won in four sets on Sept. 30. Chicopee then returned the favor …

WMass girls volleyball: Amherst shut out by Longmeadow in Division 2 quarterfinal

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

LONGMEADOW — The sixth-seeded Amherst Regional girls volleyball team lost in straight sets — 25-19, 25-22, 26-24 — to No. 3 Longmeadow in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament quarterfinal round Tuesday. Each game was close between the two evenly matched teams, but what pushed the Lancers (13-6) …

WMass girls soccer: Lenox downs Gateway Regional on PKs in Division 4 semifinal

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Dominant for most of the Western Massachusetts Division 4 semifinal but trailing for an even larger portion, the Gateway Regional girls soccer team earned an opportunity to extend its season in extra time. The Gators maintained their control over two 10-minute overtime sessions, but after they …

WMass girls volleyball: Frontier not troubled by Sabis in D3 quarterfinals

Monday, November 9, 2015

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The drive toward the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team’s potential 11th straight sectional title and possible sixth state championship in a row began at the service line Monday. Many points in the top-seeded Red Hawks’ …

WMass field hockey: Megan McCarthy’s 2OT winner sends Northampton to Division 1 sectional final

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Minnechaug field hockey team stormed the field, while a dejected Northampton team watched the celebration. But there was a moment of hesitation following the apparent game-winning goal, and the referees huddled near the net at the Western …