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Notebook: Jackson Porter trying to catch on fast at receiver for UMass

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Long after many of his teammates were headed to the shower, done for the night, Jackson Porter was still on the field catching passes from wide receivers coach Spencer Whipple. The sophomore has officially been a wide receiver less than a week after converting from cornerback. With just 11 days separating the end of Tuesday’s practice and UMass’ Sept. 12 opener at Colorado, Porter was trying to catch …

UMass declines to further sanction football player Da’Sean Downey

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AMHERST — Da’Sean M. Downey will remain a fully eligible member of the UMass football team as his legal process plays out and won’t be further disciplined by the university. Downey will be arraigned Oct. 21 in Eastern Hampshire District Court, according to a criminal complaint filed by Hadley Police last week. He is charged with two counts of assault and battery causing …

James Oliphant popping as a returner, defensive back for UMass

Monday, August 31, 2015

AMHERST — James Oliphant got his nickname long before becoming a football star. His grandfather nicknamed all of his grandchildren and called Oliphant “Pop.” The moniker stuck. Now a freshman at UMass, Oliphant’s teammates have repurposed the nickname. “My teammates say my nickname is Pop because every time I get a return, I …

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

MAC Survivor Pool - Week I
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UMass notebook: Starters Nick Mariano, Zach Oliveri transfer from men’s lacrosse team

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Two key pieces of the UMass men’s lacrosse team will finish their careers elsewhere. UMass coach Greg Cannella confirmed Wednesday that leading scorer Nick Mariano, who just completed his sophomore year with 22 goals and 20 assists, is transferring to Syracuse. Mariano will be eligible immediately as first-time …

Two future UMass defensemen picked in the NHL draft

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A pair of future UMass defensemen were taken Saturday on the second day of the NHL draft. It’ll be a year before Jake Massie, who played for Kimball Union Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins last year, joins the Minutemen, but the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman was draft eligible …

UMass’ Cady Lalanne picked 55th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in NBA draft

Friday, June 26, 2015

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne’s final predraft workout turned out to be his most important one. Lalanne worked out for the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and shortly after midnight Thursday, the Spurs picked him 55th overall in …

UMass linebacker Trey Seals’ thoughts are on his home state of South Carolina following last week’s tragedy

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

When he heard the news, Trey Seals’ first concern was his brother. Greg Seals’ home in Charleston, South Carolina, is just 15 minutes from the site of last week’s shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. “He was …

Former UMass big man Cady Lalanne eager for NBA draft to arrive

Monday, June 22, 2015

It’s been a fun experience. It’s been a learning experience. It’s been an anxious experience. Cady Lalanne is glad he went through it, but he’s eager for it to be done. On Wednesday, the former UMass big man …

Former UMass pitcher Dennis Torres continues to write improbable success story in Double-A

Thursday, June 18, 2015

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — If Dennis Torres was excited, nervous, eager or anxious when he emerged from a short meeting with pitching coach Alan Mills, nothing about his demeanor revealed it as he resumed a conversation in the …

UMass to cover cost of attendance for basketball teams

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Like the rest of the Atlantic 10, UMass will cover the increased cost of attendance of its basketball teams for the 2015-16 seasons. Which other UMass athletes will immediately benefit financially from the NCAA rule change that allows …

Former Amherst Regional, UMass softball standout Quianna Diaz-Patterson to play for Puerto Rico national team

Monday, June 15, 2015

Quianna Diaz-Patterson didn’t know what to expect when she clicked “answer” to an unknown phone number with a Florida area code last year. She’s glad she picked up. The caller’s name was Ivan Rivera. He was calling on …

UMass’ Quianna Diaz-Patterson named ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year; Orioles draft Amherst College OF Mike Odenwaelder

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Former UMass shortstop Quianna Diaz-Patterson was named the ECAC Division I Softball Player of the Year on Wednesday. The Amherst native bookended her career after being named the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2012. Diaz-Patterson is the fourth Minutewomen to earn the award, joining legends Danielle Henderson …

Derek Kellogg thinks NCAA rules changes should help UMass

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

UMass men’s basketball coach Derek Kellogg thinks his team will be well-prepared for the NCAA’s rule changes that will debut in 2015-16. They’re designed to promote faster play, something the Minutemen have already been doing. The rules are: …