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Locals lift West to softball gold medal at 2024 Bay State Games
07-11-2024 6:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

DEVENS — When the best-of-the-best from around the state gathered to play in the gold medal game of the 2024 Bay State Games, high-level performances are expected.And through seven innings of Thursday’s softball finale at Willard Field Complex,...

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Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Reilly Fowles, Northampton
07-11-2024 4:24 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Newly-minted junior captain Reilly Fowles of the Northampton boys tennis team headed to the tennis courts at John F. Kennedy Middle School to get some extra practice in.He had noticed a large improvement in his play from his freshman season to his...


Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the Year: Ava Shea, Belchertown
07-10-2024 4:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Heading into this spring, Belchertown girls tennis star Ava Shea needed 15 victories to reach the 50-win plateau for her career. The senior sat down before the season started and created a list of goals for herself, trying to figure out...


Gazette Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Logan Alfandari, Amherst
07-09-2024 12:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

LEVERETT — Logan Alfandari was cleaning his attic in late February when he stumbled upon a DVD set he hadn’t seen in years.He popped the disc for “Avatar: The Last Airbender” into his brother’s PlayStation and started watching.Alfandari had just come...


Gazette Baseball Player of the Year: Liam Flynn, Hopkins Academy
07-07-2024 2:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HADLEY — Hopkins Academy baseball head coach Dan Vreeland was torn between whether or not he would keep a freshman with potential on varsity to be a plug-and-play guy, or stick him on junior varsity where he would play every inning of every game.But...


Gazette Softball Player of the Year: Ella Schaeffer, South Hadley
07-05-2024 12:01 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SOUTH HADLEY – On April 15, South Hadley pitcher Ella Schaeffer reached 500 career strikeouts, normally a milestone reserved for the very best seniors at the end of their careers. She was just a junior, and at 16, a year young for her grade. By June...


Gazette Boys Volleyball Player of the Year: Michael Swanigan, Granby
07-04-2024 2:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

GRANBY — During the Granby boys volleyball team’s run through the Western Mass. Class C tournament, it seemed to have one plan of attack when it needed a clutch point.Any time the Rams’ backs were against the wall, they would feed their star senior,...


Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Cedar Conrad, Amherst
07-03-2024 3:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — Cedar Conrad led the girls lacrosse team into a math classroom on a Wednesday afternoon at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School and started class.Every player took a seat and put their head down on their desk. Then, Conrad and Amherst’s other...


Belchertown athletic director Jen Gouvin moving on after 5½ years
06-20-2024 7:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Following 5½ years with Belchertown High School, athletic director Jen Gouvin has taken a full-time role in the same position at Clinton Public Schools in eastern Massachusetts.Running the athletics department at Belchertown wasn’t her...


High school baseball: Amherst earns HFBUA Sportsmanship Award for 2024 season
06-19-2024 4:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

What started as a friendly gesture turned into a common occurrence for Jeff Gladu and his Amherst Regional High School baseball team this spring.Early in the season, opposing coaches addressed Gladu following the handshake line after their games to...


A life in the locker room: Belchertown’s Nico and Nick St. George grow together through sport
06-18-2024 4:36 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BELCHERTOWN – Cheeseburgers were sizzling on the Blackstone, pulled pork was fresh out of the smoker and a pickup lacrosse game was on the horizon.Belchertown boys lacrosse had just finished its last regular season game of the year, a 16-6 win over...


Div. 4 boys tennis: PVCICS’ undefeated season ends to Manchester-Essex in state semifinals (PHOTOS)
06-11-2024 9:05 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School boys tennis’ dream undefeated season came to a close on Tuesday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to Manchester-Essex in the MIAA Div. 4 semifinals at Forest Park.The No. 3 Hornets not only ended...


Northampton girls ultimate team scores impressive 5th place at Nationals
06-10-2024 4:23 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The final stop for the end of the Northampton girls varsity ultimate team’s historical season was the national tournament in Rockford, Ill. over the weekend.After winning their first-ever Amherst Invitational and Massachusetts state championship...


‘Contagious spirit’ shapes Hampshire Regional High School’s Class of 2024; 101 graduates say goodbye
06-09-2024 1:16 PM

By Lily Reavis

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional High School’s Class of 2024 is a collective of 101 artists, athletes, musicians, leaders, and scholars who graduated on Friday evening surrounded by a sea of proud family and friends on the school’s Dorunda Field.The...


Amherst’s Moriah Luetjen, Logan Alfandari pace local pack at 77th New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships
06-08-2024 8:15 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Amherst placed in the top 10 in five events at the 77th New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.State 400 meter champ Moriah Luetjen placed fourth in the event (55.94 seconds),...


Div. 4 softball: Top-seeded Joseph Case uses big 6th inning to take down Hampshire Regional in quarters
06-08-2024 8:04 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SWANSEA – They were six outs away.Six outs from a second straight trip to the MIAA Division 4 semifinals, six outs from an upset over the No. 1 seed and six outs from revenge over the team that beat them in last year’s state title game.But then it all...


Hurricanes forever: 215 Amherst Regional High School graduates celebrate accomplishments, get ready to work for the future
06-08-2024 12:32 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — As members of the 2024 class graduate from Amherst Regional High School, they will likely face adversity and be pushed to their limits in the years ahead. But Class President Neil Cunniffe, speaking during Friday’s graduation ceremony, told...


Div. 5 baseball: Top-seeded Georgetown pulls away late, knocks out Hopkins Academy 9-2 in state quarterfinals
06-07-2024 8:04 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GEORGETOWN — The Hopkins Academy baseball team flooded out of the dugout and crowded around home plate. First baseman Liam Flynn had just cranked a two-run bomb over the right-center field fence, and the No. 9 Golden Hawks were now up 3-1 in the fifth...


MIAA tourneys: Previewing the 5 quarterfinals featuring Hampshire County programs
06-06-2024 5:51 PM

By GARRETT COTE

And then there were five.Following MIAA Round of 16 matchups, Hampshire County is down to just five teams standing in the state tournament. Each of them will be in action this weekend, with two teams on Friday, two on Saturday and one on Sunday.Of the...


MIAA tourneys: Ella Schaeffer strikes out 17 as South Hadley softball blanks Amesbury for spot in Div. 4 quarters
06-05-2024 8:56 PM

What’s better than 16 strikeouts?Seventeen.After fanning 16 batters in the South Hadley softball team’s 3-0 win in the MIAA Division 4 Round of 32 over No. 23 Cohasset, Tigers ace Ella Schaeffer struck out 17 and scattered five hits as she blanked No....


Div. 4 softball: Offense erupts as Hampshire Regional thumps Clinton, books quarterfinal spot (PHOTOS)
06-05-2024 8:00 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — When Hampshire Regional freshman pitcher Ryanne Dubay got Clinton’s Ava Varakis to ground out to short to end the top of the first inning, not one player on the Raiders’ roster seemed fazed by its early two-run deficit as the Gaels’...

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