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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...

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Div. 4 boys tennis: Doubles teams close it out as PVCICS clips Fairhaven for spot in first-ever Final Four (PHOTOS)
06-07-2024 9:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — For the first time all season, the No. 2 Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School boys tennis team found itself in a 2-1 hole after three matches in the MIAA Division 4 state quarterfinals.If the Dragons wanted to punch their ticket to 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....


Mount Holyoke’s decision to cut tennis program “really shocking,” according to players
05-31-2024 4:03 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Earlier this month, the Mount Holyoke College tennis team say they were blindsided by an email from the school’s administration announcing that the program is being dropped.On May 13, exactly two weeks following the end of the Lyons’...


High schools: Belchertown girls tennis team sweeps into Div. 4 Round of 16
05-29-2024 9:24 PM

The Belchertown girls tennis team backed up its top 10 ranking in Division 3 during its MIAA Round of 32 match against No. 24 Pentucket on Wednesday afternoon. The No. 9 Orioles felt right at home at Wilbraham Monson, as they swept Pentucket 5-0 in...


Class C boys tennis: PVCICS cruises to 2nd straight sectional title thanks to 4-1 win over Lee
05-28-2024 8:42 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School is only 16 years old, but that would actually be one of the older ages on the boys tennis team.Buoyed by the play of stellar eighth-graders Derek and Devan Ye and sixth-grade rising star Lee...


Class B girls tennis: Led by 10 seniors, Belchertown breaks through to capture championship with 5-0 win over St. Mary’s
05-24-2024 9:06 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – Ava Shea ripped a crosscourt backhand, turned around, faced her teammates and raised her arms in the air. A wash of relief spread across her face.Belchertown’s No. 1 singles player had just clinched the Orioles’ first Western Mass. girls...


Class B boys tennis: Belchertown falls to East Longmeadow in title match, shifts focus to state tourney
05-24-2024 9:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WILBRAHAM — The entire No. 3 Belchertown boys tennis team sat behind the fence of the third singles court where sophomore Luke Dudek battled with No. 4 East Longmeadow’s Ryan Kulla.Trailing 3-1 on the team scoreboard with just the one match remaining,...


Class A boys tennis: Longmeadow holds off Northampton 3-2 to capture WMass title
05-24-2024 5:42 PM

By GARRETT COTE

LONGMEADOW — With two matches still being played, the No. 2 Northampton boys tennis team held a 2-1 advantage over No. 1 Longmeadow during Friday afternoon’s Western Mass. Class A championship match at Blinn Tennis Courts.After losing 3-2 to the...


Tennis: Seniors power Belchertown girls past South Hadley, into Class B final (PHOTOS)
05-22-2024 9:32 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BELCHERTOWN – Four years ago, Belchertown girls tennis advanced all the way to the Western Mass. Class B championship match, only to be swept by Longmeadow.Last year, they made it back, but lost a heartbreaker to Ludlow, 3-2.This year, after handling...


Boys tennis: Sixth grader Lee Ferguson key cog in PVCICS’ win over Belchertown, undefeated start to the season (PHOTOS)
05-01-2024 9:45 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BELCHERTOWN — Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School boys tennis coach Mike Locher has a Star Wars character assigned to each player on his team.After every match, he sends his players a game recap, along with a YouTube video of their Star...


High schools: Ava Shea, Belchertown girls tennis get past South Hadley (PHOTOS)
04-25-2024 9:34 PM

Ava Shea continued her dominant season at No. 1 singles, helping the Belchertown girls tennis team to a 4-1 victory over South Hadley during independent action on Thursday at Mount Holyoke College.Shea notched a 6-0, 6-0 win over South...


High schools: Northampton boys tennis takes down Amherst in rain-shortened title-game rematch (PHOTOS)
04-24-2024 9:41 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Amherst’s Miles Jeffries took the first set from Northampton’s Reilly Fowles on Wednesday afternoon, but rain shortened what had the potential to be the best boys tennis match of the season in Hampshire County. Amherst coach Kevin Jeffries...


Tennis preview 2024: PVCICS loaded again, looking to defend WMass title
04-04-2024 4:13 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Less than a year removed from a Western Mass. Class C championship, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School boys tennis team is gearing up for yet another deep postseason run this spring.The Dragons defeated Lee 4-1 in the title match last...


Former UMass women’s tennis coach Judy Dixon staying busy this fall
11-07-2023 5:18 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Judy Dixon has spent most of her life playing and championing the game of tennis. The 74-year-old is constantly on the move, and her decades of hard work fighting for equity in tennis culminated in a recent unexpected honor from the United States...


‘Queen of the Court’: Madeleine Blais’ new book takes a fresh look at tennis star Alice Marble of the 1930s 
10-23-2023 10:27 AM

By STEVE PFARRER

Tennis star. Tennis innovator. A celebrity in her day who appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine. A woman who also sang professionally, designed clothes, worked as a sports columnist, hobnobbed with movie stars, and rebuilt her tennis career after a...


USTA grant helps All Out Adventures offer adaptive tennis, pickleball programs 
07-31-2023 7:38 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

All Out Adventures lives up to the name above its door — the nonprofit provides opportunities for both people with disabilities and their family and friends to participate in a variety of recreational programming, from bicycling to kayaking and...


2023 Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the Year: Ava Shea, Belchertown
07-17-2023 5:39 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Belchertown junior Ava Shea came into this tennis season with clear goals and laser focus. Athletically, Shea was already a formidable opponent, with a serve that makes her opponents quake in their sneakers and the experience of playing No. 2 singles...


2023 Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Reilly Fowles, Northampton
07-11-2023 4:16 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Reilly Fowles works with wood as a hobby. He’s built a workout bench, tables, shelves and a desk among other projects. The Northampton sophomore peers into life’s corners and crevices that interest him.The Daily Hampshire Gazette Boys Tennis Player of...


Girls tennis: Ludlow outlasts Belchertown to capture Class B title, 3-2 (PHOTOS)
05-27-2023 6:31 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BELCHERTOWN – The Western Massachusetts Class B final delivered everything the Belchertown girls tennis team could ask for except the final score line.Playing No. 2 Ludlow at home, the top-seeded Orioles opposed familiar faces. Many of the players...


Boys tennis: Dragons take down Lenox to secure PVCICS’ 1st-ever Western Mass. championship (PHOTOS)
05-26-2023 9:19 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Teddy Scott noticed the dust in the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School trophy case.The runner up trophy from last season’s Western Massachusetts Class C boys tennis final loss against Lee also caught his eye. Scott...

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