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Baseball: Chicopee Comp strikes early, takes down Amherst (PHOTOS)
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — It didn’t take very long for the Chicopee Comp baseball team to assert itself.The visiting Colts hung 10 runs on Amherst in the top of the first inning, and doubled that total over the next four innings as the host Hurricanes dropped their...

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Three finalists named for Ryan Road School principal in Northampton
04-17-2024 10:04 AM

STAFF REPORT

NORTHAMPTON — A selection committee has chosen three finalists for the job of principal at Ryan Road Elementary School, Superintendent Portia Bonner announced Tuesday.The finalists are Rebecca LeBeau, the current interim principal at Ryan Road;...


High schools: Belchertown, Easthampton split dual track meet (PHOTOS)
04-16-2024 9:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

EASTHAMPTON — The Easthampton and Belchertown track and field teams put a pause on their April vacations on a perfect Tuesday afternoon, as the two tangled for a dual meet at Mountain View School.The two teams split dual meets, with the Eagles...


High school ultimate preview: Amherst, Northampton hoping for big seasons
04-16-2024 5:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The defending Division 1 state champions are going to look much different this spring. After capturing the state’s top ultimate Frisbee title in 2023, only six players return from that roster return to the Amherst boys team for head coach Joe...


Crocker School kids draw on historical picture books for library banner project
04-16-2024 5:03 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — An unfolded brown paper bag is being transformed, through use of crayons, pencils and paint markers, into a banner showcasing an acclaimed American naturalist, artist and academic.“I think Anna Comstock was very impressive in her work,” says...


High school: Northampton softball slugs past Mahar for season's first victory (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 9:20 PM

Following four frustrating losses to start the season, including three straight in five innings, the Northampton softball team was on the other side of a mercy-rule contest on Monday afternoon.The Blue Devils scored at least three runs in each of the...


Baseball: Smith Academy can't overcome early deficit in 13-6 loss to Mahar
04-15-2024 8:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


Softball: South Hadley’s Ella Schaeffer records 500th career strikeout in loss to East Longmeadow
04-15-2024 7:37 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — With a pitcher as exceptional as Ella Schaeffer in the circle, a five-run lead seems plenty good enough – especially when she’s dealing.Well, the South Hadley softball team spotted the junior ace five runs thanks to a six-run bottom of...


All about conviction: PVPA team wins state, heads to nationals of Mock Trial Championship
04-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — Prepare, prepare, prepare.That’s the motto that mock trial coach Gary Huggert passes along to each new mock trial team at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter School, a motto that took the team to the state finals for the past three...


High schools: Holyoke boys volleyball sweeps Athol for 5th straight victory (PHOTOS)
04-12-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Already down two sets to none against Holyoke, the Athol boys volleyball team was in a do-or-die situation late in the third set. With the frame tied at nine apiece, the Bears used a 7-2 run to storm ahead 16-11 and capture all momentum...


Track & field preview 2024: Not happy with last year’s performance, Northampton boys seeking redemption
04-12-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Northampton boys team entered last year’s Western Massachusetts outdoor track and field championships with lofty expectations.The Blue Devils felt they had plenty to not only compete with their peers, but win the whole thing. And following a...


High schools: South Hadley girls lacrosse pulls away from Belchertown for 14-7 win (PHOTOS)
04-11-2024 9:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Entering the second quarter of Thursday afternoon’s game between visiting Belchertown and the host South Hadley girls lacrosse teams, the score was tied at three apiece after each team held a one-goal lead but couldn’t gain any more...


Boys lacrosse preview 2024: Amherst program led by family, friends
04-11-2024 4:18 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Rich Ferro has been around Amherst boys lacrosse for decades. He played at Amherst in the 1990s, served as the Hurricanes’ athletic director from 2001-2019 and has been coaching hockey and lacrosse on and off for most of the past two decades.This...


Belchertown Select Board gives Saunders earful over state funding
04-11-2024 12:45 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

BELCHERTOWN — A week after the town’s school system laid off 17 staff members due to funding woes, the Select Board had a simple message for state Rep. Aaron Saunders during a recent meeting — help us.Saunders, D-Belchertown, however, was not brimming...


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...


Softball: Bats come alive as Granby pulls away from Smith Academy 21-8 (PHOTOS)
04-10-2024 8:56 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY – After an even first few frames, the Granby softball team’s bats came to life late against Smith Academy. The Rams captured a 21-8 victory under a consistent drizzle on Wednesday afternoon.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth...


Girls lacrosse preview 2024: Hampshire Regional program continues to grow
04-10-2024 4:15 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Hampshire Regional girls lacrosse team has come a long way since head coach Grace Ahrensdorf helped start up the program in 2017.Hampshire joined St. Mary and Westfield Tech’s cooperative program in 2018 and played a varsity schedule under the St....


High schools: Hampshire Regional baseball thumps Easthampton
04-09-2024 9:30 PM

Each of the Hampshire Regional baseball team’s nine starters crossed home plate as the Raiders picked up their second Hampshire County win of the week via a 17-4 five-inning victory over Easthampton on Tuesday afternoon.Hampshire senior Liam Pond went...


Boys lacrosse: Northampton rolls past Chicopee Comp, moves to 2-0 (PHOTOS)
04-09-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — After surrendering an early first quarter goal, the Northampton boys lacrosse team shook off some early nerves and responded accordingly.The Blue Devils rattled off the game’s next 13 goals, and Chicopee Comp had no answer for the hosts’...


High school softball preview 2024: Can Hampshire Regional keep it rolling?
04-09-2024 5:19 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Hampshire Regional softball team lost just two seniors from last year’s squad that won the program’s fourth consecutive Western Mass. title, but the Raiders have quite a bit of production to make up.Jocelyn Mettey, the 2023 Daily Hampshire Gazette...


Two finalists for NHS principal position will visit later this month
04-09-2024 11:40 AM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

NORTHAMPTON — Two finalists for the position of principal of Northampton High School have been announced, with the community getting an opportunity to meet both of them later this month.Jonathan Bruno, currently a mult-tiered systems of support...

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