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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Class A final: Powerhouse Central pulls away late for 48-30 win over Northampton (PHOTOS)
02-24-2024 8:54 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – For the third time this year, the Northampton girls basketball team came up short against Springfield Central, dropping a 48-30 decision in the Western Mass. Class A championship Saturday afternoon at Westfield High School.Central won its...


UMass basketball: St. Bonaventure beats Minutemen at own game, scores 75-67 win in front of largest crowd of the season at Mullins Center
02-24-2024 7:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Throughout the season, it’s clear the UMass men’s basketball team has built its identity doing the dirty work. Following several conference matchups over the past month, most coaches took the time to say the Minutemen are the most resilient...


Class B final: Drew Alley, South Hadley rally past Pittsfield for program’s 1st-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)
02-24-2024 6:10 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HOLYOKE – At the turn of the New Year, the South Hadley girls basketball team sat at 3-3.Fifteen games later, they’re 18-3, and for the first time in school history, Western Mass. champions.On Saturday afternoon at Holyoke Community College, the No. 2...


MIAA releases statewide tournament brackets for basketball, hockey
02-24-2024 3:35 PM

Seeds and brackets for the upcoming state basketball and hockey tournaments were announced on Saturday.The South Hadley girls basketball team earned the best seed of any local school, checking in at No. 3 in the Division 4 bracket.Here’s a breakdown...


Colleges: Samuli Niinisaari scores pair, UMass hockey overcomes adversity in 3-2 win over New Hampshire
02-23-2024 9:40 PM

Challenges, disallowed goals, penalties… it was all on display Friday night at the Mullins Center.The 14th-ranked UMass hockey team had two goals disallowed due to video replay, and survived five shorthanded situations to No. 16 New Hampshire. Despite...


High school basketball: Trio of local teams seek Western Mass titles on Championship Saturday
02-23-2024 5:50 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for three local high school basketball programs.The South Hadley and Northampton girls, and the Granby boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts...


UMass basketball: Winners of three of their last four, Minutemen look to keep momentum going against St. Bonaventure
02-23-2024 2:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The UMass men’s basketball team found a good time to play its best basketball of the season. The Minutemen have won three of their last four contests, with Tuesday’s victory over VCU certainly checking in as one of their best victories of the season....


High schools: Northampton boys edge Amherst to punch state tournament ticket
02-22-2024 9:17 PM

While they were likely in anyway, the Northampton boys basketball team officially punched its ticket to the MIAA Division 2 state tournament on Thursday.The Blue Devils survived a wild final minute against rival Amherst at Feiker Gymnasium, holding...


Colleges notebook: Hampshire Regional alum Maddie Pond sets new Westfield State 3-point record
02-22-2024 4:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

It felt like throwing a rock in the ocean for Maddie Pond.The Westfield State guard was unconscious during the No. 3 Owls’ MASCAC quarterfinal game against No. 6 Fitchburg State on Tuesday, as she poured in a career-high 39 points – including a...


A league of their own: Division Q, a new basketball league created by and for queer players, hopes to grow after successful first season
02-22-2024 1:52 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Every Sunday morning from November to early February, dozens of people rolled up to Easthampton Mountain View school to play basketball.Games started at 10 a.m., but players always showed up early to shoot around and warm up (some sleepier than...

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