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Belchertown’s Luke Giguere, Northampton’s Jack Mattison-Gulotta strong at MIAA Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships 
02-18-2024 7:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

CAMBRIDGE – The boys took to the pool on Sunday ready to cap off their season in style at the MIAA Division 2 Swimming and Diving Championships at MIT.As for Hampshire County participants, the area entered Sunday with five top-five seeds – meaning...

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Northampton’s Ursula Von Goeler (diving), Amalia Guerra (100-yard backstroke) capture state titles at MIAA Division 2 Swimming & Diving Championships
02-17-2024 10:29 PM

CAMBRIDGE – Hampshire County certainly made its mark in the pool over the weekend.The MIAA Girls Division 2 Swimming & Diving Championship took place on Saturday at MIT, with a pair of local athletes battling it out for first place on the diving...


MIAA swimming: Several Hampshire County swimmers enter state meet as No. 1 seeds
02-16-2024 5:26 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Hampshire County’s Division 2 swimmers will jump in the pool for one last time this weekend in the MIAA Swimming & Diving Championships held at MIT.The girls will swim on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. with the boys meet to follow on Sunday at the same time in...


Northampton’s Amalia Guerra, Ursula Von Goeler capture titles at Central/West Swimming Championships
02-11-2024 8:53 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SPRINGFIELD — It was quite the day for Northampton’s Amalia Guerra.The junior had already qualified for the state meet ahead of Sunday night’s MIAA Central/West Swimming Championships at Springfield College, so she viewed the sectionals as a tune...


Luke Giguere, Belchertown put it all together as Orioles capture Central/West Swimming championship
02-11-2024 3:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SPRINGFIELD — Luke Giguere emerged from the water, and his eyes immediately darted to the scoreboard in the Springfield College pool. When he saw “BELCHERTOWN” accompanied by the number one, his emotions took over.Giguere slapped the water and let out...


High schools: Ava Azzaro, Chloe Derby propel Northampton past Holyoke 
01-29-2024 9:26 PM

Ava Azzaro scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half, helping the Northampton girls basketball team to a decisive 59-31 victory over Holyoke on Monday night.Northampton led 18-10 after one quarter and 34-14 at halftime.Chloe Derby drained a pair of...


Swimming: Senior Day the culimination of a fun season for Amherst, Northampton programs
01-26-2024 9:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The bleachers alongside Amherst Middle School’s pool filled with supporters of the Amherst and Northampton boys and girls swim teams as the ‘Canes hosted their senior night in their final dual meet of the season on Friday evening.Amherst...


High schools: Addie Miklasiewicz, Ali Jenkins help Hampshire past Amherst 59-41 (PHOTOS)
01-12-2024 9:41 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON – After a close first quarter between the Amherst and Hampshire girls basketball teams, the Raiders ramped up the pressure and got hot on the offensive end.The Hurricanes had no answer.Hampshire outscored Amherst 21-5 in the second quarter...


Northampton alum Miranda Wingfield continues open water foray by swimming Catalina Channel
08-18-2023 4:32 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Miranda Wingfield thought her swim across the English Channel would be her swan song.The Northampton High School alum has always been a distance swimmer, but she didn’t find open water swimming until her college years. Shortly after graduation, she...


Local roundup: Westfield State hires Belchertown’s Matt Nodell as women's swimming and diving head coach; Northampton Post 28 walks off with 3-2 win over Wilbraham
06-29-2023 8:08 PM

Belchertown High School swimming coach Matthew Nodell has been named Westfield State’s women’s swimming and diving coach, the school announced Thursday.Nodell, a Monson native, spent the past three seasons coaching the Orioles. He was a four-time CSCA...


2022-223 Gazette Boys Swimmer of the Year: Luke Giguere, Belchertown
04-13-2023 4:09 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Luke Giguere nearly stopped swimming before his junior season at Belchertown.“I didn’t really like it anymore,” the junior said. “I was doing it so much the past six years, every day for the past two years almost.”Both he and the Orioles are glad he...


2022-23 Gazette Swimmer of the Year: Lucy Smith, Amherst
04-01-2023 11:48 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

A special waiver allowed Lucy Smith to join the Amherst Regional high school swim team as a seventh grader.The Hurricanes couldn’t have fielded the squad without adding middle schoolers for the 2017-18 season.“It was definitely a little intimidating....


D2 girls state swimming & diving: Amherst adds another trophy with 2nd-place finish
02-18-2023 6:37 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

CAMBRIDGE – Lucy Smith placed one hand on fellow Amherst Regional senior Deborah Wells’ back, said, “I’ve got something for you.”She handed over the MIAA Division 2 Girls Swimming state finalist trophy she’d held since the Hurricanes received it to...


Girls swimming: Final relay win sends Amherst to 2nd consecutive Central/West title (PHOTOS)
02-13-2023 5:38 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD – Amherst could only chase a time.The Hurricanes trailed Longmeadow by a point entering the final event of Sunday’s Central/West Girls Swimming & Diving championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay. Amherst, the No. 1 seed and defending...


Swimming: Belchertown, Amherst split meet (PHOTOS)
01-02-2023 9:14 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BELCHERTOWN – Amherst’s defending state champion girls swim team won nine events against Belchertown on Monday at the Chestnut Hill Community School pool and defeated the Orioles, 105-65.Belchertown held serve at home in the boys meet, 104-65.Lucy...


Swim preview: Defending state champion Amherst turns to new coach
12-19-2022 4:02 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Amherst’s blockbuster girls swimming season ended with its first state championship in 2022. The Hurricanes will shoot the sequel with a new director.A four-time conference swimmer of the year in the mid 90’s at New Hampshire, Denise Leckenby took...


City cautions against using unofficial swimming hole at Connecticut River Greenway Park
08-09-2022 8:21 PM

By BERA DUNAU and REBECA PEREIRA

NORTHAMPTON — City officials are cautioning people against using an unofficial swimming area at Connecticut River Greenway Park, a posted no swimming site that, despite deep water and strong currents, has gained popularity this summer among swimmers...


Belchertown swimmers Dennis Lelic, Haley Synan announce college commitments
04-19-2017 9:02 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BELCHERTOWN — Riley Synan should get a finder’s fee.Both directly and indirectly, she helped two Belchertown swimmers find their fits on college swim teams in central New York.Senior Dennis Lelic will be joining her at SUNY Oswego, while her younger...


Eric Castonguay thrown in the deep end for South Hadley swimming
12-14-2016 12:54 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SOUTH HADLEY — Eric Castonguay’s swimming knowledge began and ended with a single Springfield College class: Water Safety Instructor.Yet there he was Tuesday on the Michael E. Smith Middle School pool deck, stopwatch in hand.He’s coaching the South...

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