Mother Nature wins; HS games ppd.

WESTFIELD – It has been a sputtering start for some local high school winter sports teams, thanks to one common opponent.
Nearly a half-dozen local squads have battled Mother Nature and lost. The Westfield Voc-Tech and Gateway high school boys’ basketball teams, and the Westfield boys’ and girls’ swim program, each had their respective sporting events postponed Tuesday due to snow.
All three games have been rescheduled for Wednesday.
The Westfield boys’ and girls’ swim team will host Palmer, beginning at 4 p.m. The Gateway boys’ hoops team will host Pioneer Valley Christian School at 6:30 p.m. Voc-Tech’s road contest against Hampden County Charter School at the Chicopee Boys’ and Girls’ Club has been moved to the Tigers’ home gymnasium. The tip-off has also been moved back to 7:30 to allow for the girls’ JV and boys’ JV teams to take the court beforehand.
It will also be a busy day for some other local sports teams as the Westfield boys’ hoops team opens up against the Purple Knights in Holyoke, while the Bombers’ girls tip off at Chicopee Comp. Both games are set for 7 p.m.
In other games, St. Mary hockey travels to Berkshire School to take on Mount Everett at 7, and the Southwick and Gateway wrestling teams travel to Franklin Tech and Sabis, respectively for matches at 7.
It is not the first time that poor weather conditions have brought local sports to a screeching halt.
On Saturday, the Westfield High School hockey team’s season opener against Minnechaug was postponed to a later date. The Bombers will now open Wednesday against South Hadley at Fitzpatrick Arena at 8.
For a full report of Wednesday’s action, pick up Thursday’s edition of The Westfield News or visit

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