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Johnny Williams, of Northampton, is the top seed in the 50-yard and 100-yard butterfly at Saturday's Western Massachusetts Championships, held at Springfield College.

Northampton swimmer Johnny Williams on the cusp of 100 butterfly state record

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Northampton — Johnny Williams seeks out quiet places to focus before he races. The Northampton High School swimmer will take a stretching mat to a corner or even into the locker room to meditate and relax. He sees the chest-slappers and the headphone-wearers behind the blocks. That style doesn’t suit him. “I’ve done some experimenting as far as what works …

UMass softball looking to overcome early bumps before conference play begins

Thursday, February 11, 2016

UMass softball coach Kristi Stefanoni is ready for the early bumps that await her team. It’s a young and largely inexperienced team that she’ll take …

Bergeron scores twice and Bruins beat Jets 6-2

Thursday, February 11, 2016

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Patrice Bergeron scored twice, Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 6-2 on Thursday night …

Gazette writer Matt Vautour shares his thoughts about the Minutemen and college sports.

College hoop week guide: Dec. 14
Sunday, December 13, 2015

Gazette writers Mike Moran and Mike Wilkinson post online-only content, commentary and nightly scores.

WMass Tournament Scores/Schedules
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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  • JERREY ROBERTS
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School students perform during "Subject to Change", a dance thesis show for seniors, Tuesday in the PVPA Mainstage Theater. This piece, "I Want to Dance", was choreographed by senior Melinda Hurteau.

    JERREY ROBERTS Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School students perform during "Subject to Change", a dance thesis show for seniors, Tuesday in the PVPA Mainstage Theater. This piece, "I Want to Dance", was choreographed by senior Melinda Hurteau. Purchase photo reprints »

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Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shake hands after signing the Community Compact at Northampton City Hall Thursday.

    CHRIS LINDAHL Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito shake hands after signing the Community Compact at Northampton City Hall Thursday. Purchase photo reprints »

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Good Time Stove Company founder Richard Richardson, left, and his daughter Sara LaBonte, who runs the shop with her father, Thursday in Goshen.

    DAN LITTLE Good Time Stove Company founder Richard Richardson, left, and his daughter Sara LaBonte, who runs the shop with her father, Thursday in Goshen. Purchase photo reprints »

‘Great Expansion’ of 1967 showed NHL was for real

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The NHL’s “great expansion” of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the “Broad Street Bullies” and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports. Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the …

Panthers turn page to 2016 after deflating Super Bowl loss

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl — winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general …

Gazette High School Football Player of the Year: Griffin Fitzell, South Hadley

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Gazette Player of the Year Griffin Fitzell, senior, South Hadley Season highlights: Fitzell was among the top running backs in western Massachusetts, and performed many other roles in helping South Hadley to a Division 4 …

Northampton’s Charlie Denhart, Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell lead local finishers at PVIAC Alpine Ski Championships

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Charlemont — Mohawk Trail’s Dan Burke completed both of his runs in cutoff jean shorts and a white tank top. Team tables were filled with grills, chips and candy. A group of male skiers took a victory lap …

Lucic scores in return to Boston; Kings rout Bruins 9-2

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Milan Lucic looked as though he didn’t want the night to end, taking the ice after both teams left to thank the fans who showered him with cheers most of the game. It was a banner …

On the beam

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Khris Middleton’s free throw lifts Bucks over Celtics 112-111

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton made one of two free throws with 0.6 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 112-111 in improbable fashion on Tuesday night. Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley to get …

Tuesday’s high school basketball: Kayla Henry hits for career-high 29 as Belchertown beats Minnechaug

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kayla Henry scored a career-high 29 points as the Belchertown girls basketball team held off Minnechaug for a 56-51 win in Wilbraham Tuesday night. The Orioles (11-3) held the lead throughout but had to fight off the Falcons (5-10) down the stretch. Cara McKenzie (six points) added 10 …

UMass snaps 9-game losing streak with 4-3 OT win over AIC

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — The UMass coaches and players couldn’t decide if there was more relief or celebration in their locker room following Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over American International at the MassMutual Center. After over a month of frustration, any combination of both was plenty welcome for the Minutemen, …

Tuesday’s colleges: Amherst skates past Salem State

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Nine players found the net as the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team blew past Salem State, 10-0, at Orr Rink Tuesday. Erin Martin had two goals and three assists for AC (16-1-3). Caitlyn Ryan, Camille Herzog, Brenna Sullivan, Alex Toupal, Eileen Harris, Molly Connolly, Emma Griese and …