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MIAA Div. 2 boys basketball: No. 35 Archbishop Williams knocks off Amherst, 63-62, in overtime

02-28-2024 9:42 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — Amherst had the play drawn up. The Hurricanes were going to set a screen and have senior captain Ryder Rietkerk curl off of it with another option behind the 3-point line. But Archbishop Williams blew it up, and Brandon Stewart’s 30-footer...


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UMass women’s basketball snaps 15-game losing skid with victory over St. Bonaventure

02-28-2024 9:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The streak is finally over.Following an abysmal stretch of 15 consecutive losses, the UMass women’s basketball team finally put an end to its skid with a 58-45 win over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Kristin...


Williston girls hockey cruises into NEPSAC semis with 8-1 victory over Tabor (PHOTOS)

02-28-2024 8:59 PM

By GARRETT COTE

EASTHAMPTON — The No. 2 Williston girls hockey team raced out to a 2-0 lead in the blink of an eye, as Wildcats seniors Monique Lyons and Camille Armaganian each found the back of the net in the first five minutes and change to seize early control in...


Girls basketball: After winning a first-ever WMass title, South Hadley quickly re-focusing with state tourney on the horizon

02-28-2024 1:01 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SOUTH HADLEY – Paul Dubuc’s beard is long.It’s white and full. And it’s been seven years since the South Hadley girls basketball coach has given it a proper trim.Midway through this season, his players asked him if he would shave it if they won the...


Indoor track: Amherst’s 4x800 meter relay team enjoying historic season with big meets still ahead

02-28-2024 11:00 AM

By BRADYN COTE

With the 2024 indoor track season on the cusp of wrapping up in western Massachusetts, teams geared up to race at the MIAA Meet of Champions hosted at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center last weekend.Arguably one of the most competitive meets...


Girls basketball: Smith Academy clamps down, advances in MIAA Division 5 state tourney with win over Hopkins (PHOTOS)

02-27-2024 9:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HADLEY — What a difference a week makes.Just six days ago, the Smith Academy girls basketball team lost by nine points to rival Hopkins Academy. When Falcons head coach David Zononi saw the MIAA bracket release on Saturday, he was thrilled his team...


UMass basketball: Big first half gets Minutemen back in win column with victory over George Washington

02-27-2024 9:26 PM

The UMass men’s basketball team looked like a squad set on avenging its loss to St. Bonaventure over the weekend.Taking on George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, the Minutemen shot 53.1 percent from the field in...


Boys basketball: Chace Earle, James Fitzgibbons power Hopkins Academy to state tourney win

02-27-2024 9:22 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HADLEY – The 31st-seeded Hopkins Academy boys basketball team jumped out to a 14-0 lead and coasted to a 53-41 home victory over No. 34 South Shore Charter in the MIAA Division 5 preliminary round on Tuesday night at Reed Gymnasium.South...


Northampton’s Keller Mahoney paces local pack at MIAA Alpine Ski Championships

02-27-2024 6:28 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

WESTMINSTER — Three local schools had athletes qualify and compete in Tuesday’s MIAA Alpine Ski Championships at Wachusett Mountain.Hampshire Regional, Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School and Northampton all put skiers into Tuesday’s...


Which Hampshire County basketball teams have a chance to make a state title run?

02-27-2024 5:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

With the Western Mass. tournaments officially over and the preliminary rounds of the MIAA state brackets taking place this week, a handful of Hampshire County teams are ready to make runs at a state title.Across the five divisions, including boys and...


Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette McGlade responds to UMass’ decision to leave the Atlantic 10: “This news does not alter the mission of the A-10”

02-27-2024 3:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — For nearly half a century, University of Massachusetts athletics have been an integral part of the Atlantic 10 Conference in a variety of sports – ranging from basketball, to lacrosse, to swimming and much more. The institution was one of...


Fan base conflicted on UMass’ decision to leave Atlantic 10, move to the MAC

02-27-2024 2:38 PM

News that’s been imminent for months finally broke Monday afternoon — UMass is leaving the Atlantic 10 Conference and joining the MAC.And while finding a conference home for the school’s football program has been at the forefront of conversation for...


MIAA tourneys: Isiah James provides spark as South Hadley runs away from South Lancester in Div. 4 prelim

02-26-2024 9:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Coming out of the halftime break with a nine-point lead, the South Hadley boys basketball team dug deep on the defensive end.Its full-court press hadn’t worked as well as head coach Chris Gerber had hoped through 16 minutes, but he...


Girls basketball: Granby rolls to 71-26 state tourney win over Calvary Chapel Academy (PHOTOS)

02-26-2024 8:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY — Ten different Granby players scored points, and the 22nd-seeded Rams recorded a resounding 71-26 home win over No. 43 Calvary Chapel Academy in the preliminary round of the MIAA Division 5 state tournament Monday night.“This was an awesome...


Women’s basketball: Smith College draws Maine Maritime in first round, will host NCAA Division 3 pod

02-26-2024 5:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — After winning its fourth consecutive NEWMAC tournament championship on Sunday, the Smith College women’s basketball team woke up Monday for the annual selection show to see where and when it would be playing in the first round of the...


UMass basketball: After disappointing loss, Minutemen head to George Washington in need of a win

02-26-2024 5:06 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Saturday was one of the those games that the UMass men’s basketball team had to win – regardless of by how much or how pretty it looked.The biggest Mullins Center crowd (7,016) since 2015 was on hand as were a ton of alumni sitting courtside. The...


UMass will reportedly join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in all sports in 2025-26

02-26-2024 3:30 PM

By GARRETT COTE

According to multiple sources, the University of Massachusetts is set to join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for an all-sports move beginning in the 2025-26 academic year.The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach and ESPN’s Pete Thamel were among those to...


Women’s basketball: Smith College blasts Babson, captures 4th straight NEWMAC title

02-25-2024 6:07 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON – Since the 2019-20 season, the Smith College women’s basketball team has always finished at the top of their conference standings. That streak continued on Sunday as the Pioneer won their fourth consecutive NEWMAC championship via a 90-59...


Colleges: UNH rallies late, takes down UMass hockey in OT

02-24-2024 9:48 PM

Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, the UMass hockey team was just a few minutes away from a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. The Minutemen defeated the Wildcats at the Mullins Center 3-2 on Friday night, and headed to Durham for...


Class C finals: No. 3 Granby unable to get going offensively, falls to No. 1 Mahar (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 8:58 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

HOLYOKE — Baskets were hard to come by in the Western Mass. Class C championship game between top-seeded Mahar and the No. 3 Granby boys basketball team on Saturday. The Rams held the Senators to just seven points in the second quarter but conversely...



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