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Baseball: Matt Foley notches record-breaking 244th victory as South Hadley blanks Chicopee, 10-0 (PHOTOS)
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SOUTH HADLEY – No one on the South Hadley baseball team could secure a Gatorade jug in time.Instead of dousing coach Matt Foley with one glorious orange splash Monday after the Tigers defeated Chicopee 10-0 in five innings, they sprayed him repeatedly with every bottle of water in the dugout. The sh...
Softball: Easthampton holds off South Hadley in Class B quarters, 8-4 (PHOTOS)
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EASTHAMPTON — After four and a half innings, the Western Mass. Class B softball quarterfinal between No. 3 Easthampton and No. 6 South Hadley was knotted up at 4 and appeared destined for a nail-biter of a finish.South Hadley ace Ella Schaeffer was giving the Eagles trouble at the plate, and the Tig...
‘We, if we are lucky, are always on our way’: Mount Holyoke College graduates 577
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SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College’s graduation was packed with distinguished speakers and honored graduates, as evidenced by the thick program informing attendees about the students’ accomplishments as they prepared to receive their diplomas.But amid a heat wave expected to break high-temperature...
Western Mass. Div. 2 Track: Clark, Vecellio shine for boys, Frontier girls earn first (PHOTOS)
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BUCKLAND — You would have never known South Hadley’s Jonas Clark was coming off an injury that kept him sidelined for over a month. The senior couldn’t run in April due to a hamstring injury, just returning to the track last weekend. Despite that, Clark finished with a first-place finish in the 100-...
High schools: Hampshire Regional’s Skylar Duda records 100th career point
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Skylar Duda knew her wait was over as soon as she received the pass.The Hampshire Regional senior received the ball from her younger sister Summer then ripped a shot into the back of the net against Monson on Thursday.The goal gave her 100 career points, ending three games of nervous pressure and wa...
Baseball: Tyler Evans tosses shutout on Senior Day as South Hadley blanks Amherst, 2-0 (PHOTOS)
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SOUTH HADLEY – Senior day adrenaline surged through Tyler Evans’ veins.He led off the bottom of the first inning for South Hadley and swung at the first two pitches he saw from Amherst’s Chuck May, depositing the second into a gap in the outfield. The double put him in scoring position.“You want to...
2021-22 Gazette Boys Basketball of the Year: Jael Cabrera, Holyoke
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Juan Maldonado received a warning when he took over the Holyoke boys basketball program: watch out for Jael Cabrera. The then-sophomore played and carried himself with a passion that some viewed as out of control or counter productive.“Some people were telling me ‘good luck with this kid’ in a sarca...
Guest columnists Pelle Lowe and  Anne-Louise Smallen: The need for pro-democracy candidates
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If you’ve been paying attention, you knew this day was coming. A leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court confirms our worst fears — that an unelected, extremist Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade, which has protected the right of pregnant Americans to have safe abortions for the last 50 yea...
Columnist Joe Gannon: Passionate intensity trumps a lack of conviction on Roe
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Sometimes, in times of trouble, I look to the old wisdom to help show the way. And one of the most immortal lines for such times is the poet W.B. Yeats’ most quoted words to explain a gathering darkness, against which there is no foreseeable light: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are...
Environmental Police cite Deerfield resident after unleashed dogs chase, kill deer
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DEERFIELD — The state Environmental Police on Tuesday cited a Deerfield resident whose unleashed dogs had chased a deer through the Deerfield River and killed it.The man was given 21 days to appeal the citation or pay a $60 fine for the incident. As the individual was issued a non-criminal violation...
$52M budget, capital spending approved at South Hadley Town Meeting
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SOUTH HADLEY — For the past two years, Town Meeting in South Hadley has featured some peculiarities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.In 2020, members held red or green paddles out of their car windows to vote in a drive-in format. In an outdoor 2021 meeting, the sprinkler system went off right next to...
Batali acquitted of sexual misconduct
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BOSTON — Mario Batali was found not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Tuesday, following a swift trial in which the celebrity chef waived his right to have a jury decide his fate. Batali, who pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in 2019, had faced up to 2½ years in jail and wo...
Musk says he would reverse Twitter’s ban of Trump
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LONDON — Elon Musk said he will reverse Twitter’s permanent ban of former President Donald Trump if the Tesla CEO follows through with his plan to buy the social media company.Musk, speaking virtually at a Future of the Car summit hosted by the Financial Times, said Twitter’s Trump ban was a “morall...
Sheriff: Inmate, jailer set for shootout
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The murder suspect and his jailer who evaded authorities for more than a week after walking out of an Alabama lockup were carrying $29,000 in cash, four handguns and an AR-15 rifle and were prepared for a shootout when they were captured, an Indiana sheriff said Tuesday. The escaped convict Casey Wh...
Russia pummels vital port of Odesa
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ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Russia pummeled the vital port of Odesa, Ukrainian officials said Tuesday, in an apparent effort to disrupt supply lines and Western weapons shipments as Ukraine’s foreign minister appeared to suggest the country could expand its war aims.With the war now in its 11th week and...
Town budget, selectmen name change, loose dog bylaw on Pelham TM warrant
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PELHAM — Municipal spending will be the main focus of Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, as residents could determine whether the top policy board adopts a gender-neutral name, and might again discuss how best to deal with an ongoing issue of loose dogs on trails and conservation land.Town Meeting con...
South Hadley school board to name acting superintendent amid Mosley’s continuing absence
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SOUTH HADLEY — The South Hadley School Committee will hold a special meeting Thursday to name an acting superintendent as current superintendent Jahmal Mosley remains out on paid leave.On Tuesday, the School Committee posted an agenda that includes a vote on the “appointment of acting superintendent...
Sunderland voters elect new Select Board, Board of Health members in uncontested races
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SUNDERLAND — Residents elected new Select Board and Board of Health members during Saturday’s election, which had no contested races.Voters elected Nathaniel G. Waring to a three-year term on the Select Board with 88 votes. Waring replaces David Pierce, who opted not to run for re-election. Milonda...
Budget, capital spending top South Hadley Town Meeting agenda
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SOUTH HADLEY —Voters will be asked to approve a nearly $52 million town budget for the next fiscal year along with many other financial items at Town Meeting on Wednesday, including $2.24 million in capital spending. The annual Town Meeting begins at 6 p.m. at South Hadley High School. Other warrant...
Forrest Proper: Remember Holodomor
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Those insisting that there are two sides to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, or that Ukraine should just submit quietly for the sake of peace, might consider that during the Holodomor in 1932-1933 the Russians who controlled the Soviet Union intentionally starved almost 4 million Ukrainians to death...
Anna and Ladimer S. Nagurney: Grateful to McGovern
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We were so pleased to see the photo and the front page article in the May 2 Gazette on our Congressman Jim McGovern, who joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi and five other members of Congress on a visit to meet with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv.The support of the United States of freedo...
Guest columnist Gene Stammell: Living in the rough
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A few weeks ago, I did what I call a body survey. Beginning at my skull and ending at the bottoms of my feet, I counted up all of the external parts of my body – two eyes, two ears, one nose ... two shoulders, two elbows, 10 fingers … two knees, two ankles, 10 toes – I ended up with a total of 48 or...
Guest columnist Annique Boomsma: Immigration column lacks facts
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Richard Fein’s latest anti-immigration column (“Grading the Biden presidency to date,” April 25) leaves out a few crucial facts.1. Seeking asylum is legal under both U.S. and international law, which Trump broke and Biden has not successfully reversed yet. In the aftermath of World War II, the U.S....
High schools: Charlie Anichek leads South Hadley boys lacrosse to double-OT win
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Charlie Anichek whipped the game-winning goal into the back of the net with 2 minutes, 14 seconds on the clock to deliver the South Hadley boys lacrosse team an 11-10 double overtime victory over West Springfield at home Friday. He finished with six goals and two assists for the Tigers.South Hadley’...
Baseball: Frontier walks off over Hopkins in wild 8-inning affair (PHOTOS)
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SOUTH DEERFIELD — Both Frontier Regional and Hopkins Academy refused to lose on Tuesday.Whether it was a line drive double play committed by each team to keep the game tied in the late innings, a Frontier relay to nab a runner out at home in the sixth inning, a diving catch with the potential game-w...
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