Fall athletes show community and teamwork


South Hadley football players during the senior game

Erin Marx

Girls Cross Country 

The girls cross country team finished the season 7-0 and captured its third league title in the last four years. Jocelyn Rondeau finished the regular season a perfect 6-0. Captains Hope Earle and Carolyn Watkins helped mentor an extremely young group of young ladies to the success that we had throughout the season.

A number of freshman also made huge gains while continually getting faster throughout the year include Shelby Edwards, Emily Sowers, Sthela Sibley-Welch and Cora Graves. Allison Bergeron and Faith Mccullum added needed depth in many of our races. This is a young team that is looking forward Western Mass championship meet on the 13th of November.  (Coach Luke Archambault)

Field Hockey

Field hockey coach Tara Cole describes her team as, “a hardworking group of great kids, on and off the field.” Their undying hard work has shone through as they made playoffs


The South Hadley cheerleaders are off to a terrific start to their season, led by six talented and dedicated seniors! The team started the season at UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) summer camp in Pine Forest, Pennsylvania in August and has been working hard ever since. The team was awarded a Superior Award at camp and offered an invitation to perform at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida in December.

The goals of our cheer program are to support as many athletic teams as possible during the fall season, to perform important community service, and to compete in the Game Day cheer division. This season the team has worked at construction of the Mosier School playground with the fall athletic teams and will participate for the 11th year at the Rays of Hope breast cancer walk on October 30.

The first competition was held 10/22/16 at Holy Name HS in Worcester and the Tigers place 1 st and were awarded the sportsmanship award! We are off to a great start! League championships are November 4 at Central HS and the state Game day championship November 13 at Marlboro High School. The teams’ goal is to be the first SHHS cheer team to earn a bid to nationals at the state competition. (SHHS cheer coach, Jill Gagne)


Coach Shane Harrington has been coaching football for almost 6 years. He explained how the team itself is similar to a family, and how he “gets to know the players as people rather than a relationship that he would have with a normal student.” The team creates a sense of community with all the players supporting each other in a positive way. One of the team’s captains, senior Teddy Doyle, said how he looks up to all the players. “We are all a team. We are all in it together.”

All the coaches on the team motivate their players, as Matthew Loughery, a junior on the team explained. They push us to our potential, and past that.” A sophomore on the team, Jacey Rondeau , said, “the coaches want to see us succeed and become better people, which means a lot.” The South Hadley football team is a family to one another, supporting each other every step of the way. (By Kaisie Forbes and Trinity Sperry)