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Athlete of the Week: Ludlow’s Alex Lafayette

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May 8th, 2014
LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) -- As the postseason nears, it is crucial to have experienced leadership on your roster. Ludlow baseball is in no shortage in that department and it is all lead by their hard-hitting catcher, Alex Lafayette. abc40's Casey...

Athlete of the Week: Hopkins’ Andrew Omer

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May 1st, 2014
HADLEY, Mass (WGGB) -- When you have the work ethic like Hopkins pitcher Andrew Omer, it is important to be sure to get the needed rest not only from a physical stand but also from a mental standpoint. In this week's edition of Athlete of the...

Athlete of the Week: Palmer’s Emily Czaja

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April 24th, 2014
PALMER, Mass. (WGGB) -- There is no rest for the weary for an athlete trying to separate themselves from the rest and make the most substantial impact on the field. Despite it being an off day during her spring break, Palmer second baseman Emily...

Athlete of the Week: Westfield’s Maddy Atkocaitis

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April 17th, 2014
WESTFIELD, Mass (WGGB) -- Whether it be on the softball diamond or in everyday life, it is amazing how an animated personality can elevate the surrounding vibes. Westfield third baseman Maddy Atkocaitis, the vocal leader for the Bombers,...

Athlete of the Week: Agawam’s Seamus Curran

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April 10th, 2014
AGAWAM, Mass (WGGB) -- 2013 was an up-and-down campaign for Agawam first baseman Seamus Curran who ultimately closed the season on a high with a torrent stretch in the final 10 games. In this week's edition of Athlete of the Week, Curran sits...

Athlete of the Week: Central’s Isan Diaz

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April 3rd, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- One of the more rewarding feelings as an individual is to see your hard work and dedication flourish into something special. In this week's installment of Athlete of the Week, abc40's Casey Viera meets Central...

Athlete of the Week: Longmeadow’s Taj Lewis

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March 20th, 2014
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WGGB) -- In order for an athlete to maintain success, they need motivation. Longmeadow's Taj Lewis finds motivation from critics who have forever doubted her. The Lancers' undersized center lets her game silence the...

Athlete of the Week: Sabis’ Nelson Zayus

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March 13th, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- Every athlete enters a season with goals as to how they're going to make an impact for their team. Nelson Zayus has had the mentality to continually improve as an athlete since the day he took to the hardwood at...

Athlete of the Week: Belchertown’s Kyle Greene

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February 27th, 2014
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. -- This time last season, Belchertown hockey and Western Mass powerhouse were far from synonymous. After a one-win season in 2013, the only way the team could go is up. How far up would that be? How about a nine-win season and a...

Athlete of the Week: Smith Academy’s Keith Natale

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February 13th, 2014
HATFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) -- One of the great aspects of high school sports is watching the talent achieve major feats. For Smith Academy's Keith Natale, cracking the 1,000 point plateau was not just a personal achievement. With a packed house...

Athlete of the Week: Longmeadow’s Omar Natour

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February 6th, 2014
LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- When love for sports is developed at a young age, it often is a result of the stars on television. Omar Natour's case was a little different. It took some persuasion from his little brother to get Longmeadow's backstop on...

Athlete of the Week: Southwick’s Tara Dowd

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January 30th, 2014
SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WGGB) -- It is not very often for high school students in this day and age to have the academic world in the palm of their hand. Southwick senior guard Tara Dowd finds herself in that rare territory as the number two student in the...

Athlete of the Week: Minnechaug’s Dominic Falvo

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January 23rd, 2014
MINNECHAUG, Mass. (WGGB) -- When you’re an underclassman playing on a varsity level, very often it is easy to hide in the shadows and not embrace a leadership role. For Minnechaug’s sophomore winger Dominic Falvo, it is a spotlight he embraces,...

Athlete of the Week: West Springfield’s Andy McNulty

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January 16th, 2014
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass -- When growing up in tight-knit communities, it's easy to recognize your involvement in the future. West Springfield's Andy McNulty knew from a young age how he wanted to get involved and that was impressing on the basketball...

Athlete of the Week: Holyoke’s Guillermo Godreau-Rivera

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January 9th, 2014
HOLYOKE, Mass --- For many people who are introduced to difficult realities growing up, it's tough to avoid getting swooped into those troubles. For Holyoke's Guillermo Godreau-Rivera, he has maintained a level head and escaped those woes through...