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Friday’s colleges: Amherst native Michael Hixon places second on 3-meter at NCAA Division 1 championships

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amherst native Michael Hixon just missed defending his 3-meter springboard championship Friday. The Indiana sophomore placed second in the event with 492.40 points and earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at University of Iowa. Miami’s Samuel Dorman won with 529.10. Hixon was in the second place with 494.90 points following the preliminary round. Hixon won the 1-meter and 3-meter titles as a …

UMass star receiver Tajae Sharpe is mentoring a potential future star receiver this spring

Friday, March 27, 2015

AMHERST — Tajae Sharpe has been where Lamarriel Taylor is. It wasn’t that long ago in fact that Sharpe was the promising young UMass receiver trying to learn the game on the fly. He’d watch Deion Walker and Alan Williams, trying to emulate what they did in hopes of becoming successful. It worked. …

Bowl game or bust: UMass football players attacking spring practice with lofty aspirations for the fall

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AMHERST — After winning just five games in his first three years as a UMass football player, improvement in baby steps won’t be good enough for Jovan Santos-Knox in his senior season. Santos-Knox said he the other players who’ll be seniors in the fall have set lofty goals for their final season, giving …

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

Notebook: UMass facing commitment questions on the eve of Atlantic 10 tournament

Sunday, March 8, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — Just three weeks after a win over Duquesne gave UMass a six-game winning streak and a share of first place in the Atlantic 10, the Minutemen are stumbling to the finish line. Since then they’ve dropped five of six games, including Saturday’s 87-65 loss to …

UMass men’s basketball team falls to George Washington, 87-65

Saturday, March 7, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. — After skidding for the past two weeks, the UMass men’s basketball team crash-landed in its season finale. In the Smith Center, the same building where the Minutemen overcame foul trouble and injury for a huge win last year, UMass delivered its worst showing in 2015, …

After recorded breaking series opener, UMass season ends in Hockey East playoffs

Saturday, March 7, 2015

After picking up its first tournament win since 2009 on Friday, the UMass hockey team couldn’t turn it into a series win as Notre Dame won 7-0 to take the best-of-three first round Hockey East tournament series, 2-1, …

UMass, Mark Whipple ready to start spring practice

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — Mark Whipple admitted he hasn’t quite gotten over the way his team played in the final two games of the 2014 season. But the UMass football coach was eager to continue preparation for 2015 as spring …

UMass, George Washington set to battle for postseason positioning

Friday, March 6, 2015

AMHERST — At points this season, UMass and George Washington had realistic hopes of earning NCAA tournament at-large bids. Those hopes are in the rearview mirror as both teams have staggered through a tough February. Instead, when they meet at the Smith Center Saturday at 3:30 p.m., both …

Thursday’s colleges: UMass season ends with loss to Richmond in Atlantic 10 women’s tournament second round

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Depsite leading for much of the first half and hanging in until the final buzzer, the UMass women’s basketball team’s season ended Thursday afternoon with a 67-63 loss to Richmond in the second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Richmond, Virginia. Kim Pierre-Louis scored a team-high 18 …

Frank Vatrano, UMass hockey eager for Hockey East playoff series with Notre Dame

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A year ago, Frank Vatrano was just getting his feet wet. After the NCAA forced him to sit out the entire regular season after switching his enrollment from Boston College to UMass, Vatrano made his Minuteman debut in the playoffs. At the time, the first round of Hockey …

Blake Frohnapfel, UMass getting the most out of each other

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST There are only 24 hours in Blake Frohnapfel’s day. Just seven days in his week. That may seem obvious of course, except being a star quarterback, graduate student, active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), …

Wednesday’s colleges: UMass women beat St. Bonaventure to advance in Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The UMass women’s basketball team’s season remained alive as the 13th-seeded Minutewomen beat No. 12 St. Bonaventure, 55-49, in the Atlantic 10 tournament Wednesday in Richmond, Virginia. Kim Pierre-Louis had 22 points and Cierra Dillard added 10. UMass (12-17) will play No. 5 Richmond at 2 p.m. Thursday. …

Notebook: UMass to play a first-round Atlantic 10 tournament game

Thursday, March 5, 2015

AMHERST — UMass will play in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen entered Wednesday’s game with a slim chance to finish in the top four and earn the bye to the quarterfinals that comes with it. But their 56-53 loss to Richmond meant UMass …