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Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts
Returning veteran Franklin Tech shortstop Mackenzie Coburn applies the tag on a sliding Putnam baserunner last year during Tri-County League softball action. After a down year, the Eagles and Coburn are confident the team will display marked improvement this season. 
photo by J. Anthony Roberts

Blanchard, Eagles trying to jump back into Tri-County hunt

Monday, March 31, 2014

Time to right the ship. That’s probably the thought going through Franklin County Technical School softball coach Michael “Bubbles” Blanchard’s mind as his team prepares for the 2014 season. The Eagles are scheduled to open their 20-game schedule Friday afternoon at 4 against High School of Commerce at Marshall Roy Field in Springfield. Blanchard’s teams have experienced a good deal … 0

Frontier looking up; Senators loaded

Monday, March 31, 2014

Outdoor track and field is starting to benefit from its winter counterpart. Many area athletes from the indoor arena have continued in the sport this spring and will compete in the fresh air. Frontier Regional School hasn’t started an indoor track program, but the Red Hawks haven’t needed it; their roster has averaged … 0

Athol spikers have reason for optimism

Monday, March 31, 2014

Coming off a year during which an extremely young and inexperienced Athol High School squad recorded a 10-10 regular-season record and a trip to the Western Massachusetts Boys’ Volleyball Tournament, where it lost in the first round to East Longmeadow High School, head coach Donna Lajoie enters the 2014 season feeling positive about … 0

Tribe back in catbird seat

Monday, March 31, 2014

With all of the question surrounding individual teams and players, there’s at least one sure thing in regard to softball’s Franklin County League in 2014 — a new league champion will be crowned. With the defection of 2013 … 0

Wave is on upswing; Tribe still formidable

Monday, March 31, 2014

Franklin County’s two Tri-County League entries, Greenfield High School and Turners Falls High School, have high hopes for the upcoming season. The third Franklin County squad, Mohawk Trail Regional High School, is just happy to have a boys’ … 0

Mohawk, Greenfield’s sights set high

Monday, March 31, 2014

Four Franklin County girls tennis programs are about to get their Tri-County North League seasons underway: Frontier Regional School, Greenfield High School, Mohawk Trail Regional High School, and Turners Falls High School. They will be joined in the … 0

Tech rounding into form

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last season was a difficult one for first-year Franklin County Technical School baseball coach Brian Winslow. The Eagles were loaded with freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup and it showed, as they won just four games and … 0

Popusoi, Warriors are ready to shine

Monday, March 31, 2014

Is Vlad Popusoi still the best high school pole vaulter in Massachusetts? The Greenfield High School senior won the event at the Massachusetts All-State meet as a junior last spring and will try to repeat as champion this … 0

New-look Hampshire League loaded

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Hampshire League has undergone a major makeover this season. Long one of western Massachusetts’ top baseball leagues, the HL proved it last spring when two of its nine teams won Western Mass. championships. Greenfield High School won … 0