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Spring Sports Preview
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