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Legion baseball: Belchertown, Northampton both pick up victories
07-12-2024 8:36 PM

The challenges keep coming, but Belchertown Post 239 continues to thwart all comers in the American Legion Senior Division.Visiting Westfield held Post 239 to just three hits on Friday night, but Beau Elson smacked a home run and the pitching combo of...

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Local baseball: Big first inning powers Northampton Post 28 past Westfield
07-11-2024 8:33 PM

A four-run bottom of the first inning propelled Northampton Post 28 to a 9-4 victory over Westfield in an American Legion Senior Division contest on Thursday night at Arcanum Field in Northampton.Andrew Gagne smacked a three-run double and knocked in...


Former UMass star Heather MacLean finishes 7th in 1,500 meters at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-30-2024 8:22 PM

Former UMass star Heather MacLean was less than 400 meters away from a second consecutive Olympic berth on Sunday night.The 28-year-old from Peabody, who qualified for the 2020 Olympics after taking third place in the 1,500 meters at the previous U.S....


Gabby Thomas, Heather MacLean advance to semifinal rounds at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-27-2024 9:23 PM

It’s onto the semifinals for a pair of athletes with local ties at the 2024 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials.Former Williston Northampton standout Gabby Thomas, and former UMass star Heather MacLean both advanced through the opening rounds of their...


Photos: End of an era: Pizza Factory in Florence to close
05-30-2024 4:55 PM

FLORENCE — The Pizza Factory in downtown Florence, which nearly closed two years ago to make way for a marijuana dispensary, will open its doors for the final time on Friday.The longtime pizza business at 143 Main St., at the corner of Main and North...


High schools: Top-seeded PVCICS boys tennis punches ticket to Class C final (PHOTOS)
05-21-2024 9:32 PM

The top-seeded PVCICS boys tennis team looked the part in its Western Mass. Class C opener against No. 4 Frontier on Tuesday. The Dragons swept all five matches, advancing to the finals with a 5-0 victory at Hampshire College. PVCICS will face No. 3...


UMass baseball: Dayton holds off Minutemen 4-1 in opening round of Atlantic 10 tourney
05-21-2024 9:27 PM

Playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament for the first time in 12 years, the UMass baseball team dropped their opening game in the double-elimination event on Tuesday night.Third-seeded Dayton erased a 1-0 deficit and got past No. 6 UMass,...


Local golf: Holyoke’s Chris Tallman paces pack at Longmeadow CC local qualifier, advances to U.S. Open final qualifying
05-13-2024 8:25 PM

For the second year in a row, Holyoke’s Chris Tallman found some magic at a Western Massachusetts golf course with advancement toward the U.S. Open on the line.Tallman fired a 6-under-par 64, earning medalist honors in a 2024 U.S. Open Local Qualifier...


High schools: Sofia Holden, Amherst softball hold off late Belchertown rally in 5-3 victory (PHOTOS)
05-10-2024 9:18 PM

Amherst’s Sofia Holden locked it down in the circle on Friday against the Belchertown softball team. A day after recording her 600th career strikeout, Holden went the distance, struck out 11, scattered four hits and walked two while keeping the...


UMass lacrosse: Minutewomen edged by Richmond 14-13 in Atlantic 10 women’s title game
05-05-2024 3:20 PM

For the second year in a row, the Richmond women’s lacrosse team had UMass’ number in the Atlantic 10 championship game.Alexis Morton scored the game-winning goal for the Spiders with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift No. 2...


High schools: Big seventh inning lifts Smith Vocational baseball past Pathfinder
05-01-2024 9:47 PM

Knotted up 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh, the Smith Vocational baseball team erupted for five runs to break the game open and pull out a 6-1 win over Pathfinder on Wednesday afternoon.Patrick Millin struck out nine over all seven innings in...


High schools: Ava Shea, Belchertown girls tennis get past South Hadley (PHOTOS)
04-25-2024 9:34 PM

Ava Shea continued her dominant season at No. 1 singles, helping the Belchertown girls tennis team to a 4-1 victory over South Hadley during independent action on Thursday at Mount Holyoke College.Shea notched a 6-0, 6-0 win over South...


High schools: John Viola shuts down Monson as South Hadley baseball picks up 1-0 win
04-10-2024 9:23 PM

Two days removed from a 1-0 loss to Ware, the South Hadley baseball team came out on top in another pitchers’ duel on Wednesday.John Viola went the distance for South Hadley, striking out four while walking just two and scattering three hits to help...


Amherst’s Ivorie Arguin among locals honored by Bessone Committee as Kasey Bellamy Award winner
03-25-2024 3:07 PM

After another outstanding winter on the ice, several Hampshire County hockey players will be rewarded for their efforts at the annual Amo Besson Awards Committee reception on April 11.Amherst’s Ivorie Arguin, who plays on the Pope Francis girls’...


Youth basketball: Granby teams post undefeated seasons
03-25-2024 3:06 PM

It was an outstanding winter on the hardwood for the youth basketball programs in Granby.Two programs posted undefeated seasons and won championships in their respective divisions.The girls’ 7th/8th grade squad won their bracket championship in the...


Photos: A bounty of blooms at Smith College Bulb Show
03-05-2024 12:42 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Smith College Spring Bulb Show officially opened last Saturday at the Lyman Conservatory and will run through March 17. Featuring more than 9,000 bulbs brought to flower, visitors can take in a preview of spring colors and scents at...


Holyoke mayor announces $1M public safety plan in wake of Oct. 4 shooting
10-31-2023 2:27 PM

By James PentlanD

HOLYOKE — Mayor Joshua A. Garcia is calling for $1 million in new spending to hire 13 additional police officers, boost police enforcement, foot and bike patrols and install a citywide surveillance camera system in response to a downtown shooting Oct....


State education commissioner tells Holyoke contingent that ‘climate favorable’ to end school receivership
10-25-2023 12:19 PM

By James Pentland

HOLYOKE — The state’s education commissioner recently told a contingent from the city’s School Committee that “the climate was favorable” for ending receivership, according to committee member Erin Brunelle. Following up on the committee’s petition...


Holyoke Police arrest Greenfield woman walking with weapons in trash bag
09-19-2023 11:40 AM

HOLYOKE — A Greenfield woman with no license to carry or FID card was arraigned in Holyoke District Court on Monday after being arrested by police while walking on High Street carrying guns and knives in a trash bag.Sheri Sulewski, 58, pleaded not...


Fire displaces Easthampton family
07-06-2023 8:45 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

EASTHAMPTON — A city family was displaced by a fire that broke out Wednesday morning at their Everett Street home, the Fire Department reported.The fire was called in at 8:37 a.m. by the sole occupant who was safely outside when crews arrived. They...


Amherst, UMass strike new partnership deal
06-28-2023 4:59 PM

By Scott Merzbach

AMHERST — The town will get approximately $5.5 million, including $700,000 annually for emergency medical and fire service, under the terms of a new five-year strategic partnership deal announced Wednesday.The deal, which is retroactive to July 1,...

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