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Colleges: UNH rallies late, takes down UMass hockey in OT

02-24-2024 9:48 PM

Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, the UMass hockey team was just a few minutes away from a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. The Minutemen defeated the Wildcats at the Mullins Center 3-2 on Friday night, and headed to Durham for...


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Class C finals: No. 3 Granby unable to get going offensively, falls to No. 1 Mahar (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 8:58 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

HOLYOKE — Baskets were hard to come by in the Western Mass. Class C championship game between top-seeded Mahar and the No. 3 Granby boys basketball team on Saturday. The Rams held the Senators to just seven points in the second quarter but conversely...


Class A final: Powerhouse Central pulls away late for 48-30 win over Northampton (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 8:54 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – For the third time this year, the Northampton girls basketball team came up short against Springfield Central, dropping a 48-30 decision in the Western Mass. Class A championship Saturday afternoon at Westfield High School.Central won its...


Indoor track: Amherst’s 4x800 relay team takes 3rd at MIAA Meet of Champions

02-24-2024 8:23 PM

The Amherst High School 4x800-meter boys relay team put a bow on its tremendous season at the MIAA Indoor Track Meet of Champions at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday.Nicolas Lisle, Kyle Yanko, Miguel Pinero-Jacome and David Pinero-Jacome...


UMass basketball: St. Bonaventure beats Minutemen at own game, scores 75-67 win in front of largest crowd of the season at Mullins Center

02-24-2024 7:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Throughout the season, it’s clear the UMass men’s basketball team has built its identity doing the dirty work. Following several conference matchups over the past month, most coaches took the time to say the Minutemen are the most resilient...


Class B final: Drew Alley, South Hadley rally past Pittsfield for program’s 1st-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 6:10 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HOLYOKE – At the turn of the New Year, the South Hadley girls basketball team sat at 3-3.Fifteen games later, they’re 18-3, and for the first time in school history, Western Mass. champions.On Saturday afternoon at Holyoke Community College, the No. 2...


MIAA releases statewide tournament brackets for basketball, hockey

02-24-2024 3:35 PM

Seeds and brackets for the upcoming state basketball and hockey tournaments were announced on Saturday.The South Hadley girls basketball team earned the best seed of any local school, checking in at No. 3 in the Division 4 bracket.Here’s a breakdown...


Colleges: Samuli Niinisaari scores pair, UMass hockey overcomes adversity in 3-2 win over New Hampshire

02-23-2024 9:40 PM

Challenges, disallowed goals, penalties… it was all on display Friday night at the Mullins Center.The 14th-ranked UMass hockey team had two goals disallowed due to video replay, and survived five shorthanded situations to No. 16 New Hampshire. Despite...


High school basketball: Trio of local teams seek Western Mass titles on Championship Saturday

02-23-2024 5:50 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for three local high school basketball programs.The South Hadley and Northampton girls, and the Granby boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts...


UMass basketball: Winners of three of their last four, Minutemen look to keep momentum going against St. Bonaventure

02-23-2024 2:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The UMass men’s basketball team found a good time to play its best basketball of the season. The Minutemen have won three of their last four contests, with Tuesday’s victory over VCU certainly checking in as one of their best victories of the season....


After injuries threatened her lacrosse career, Mount Holyoke’s Hannah Bisson ready for big senior season

02-23-2024 1:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Hannah Bisson sat in disbelief. It was a warm August day at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she was awaiting her third surgery to repair chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) – which causes pain and swelling to affected muscles...


Wrestling: Holyoke receives MIAA Sportmanship Award

02-23-2024 1:31 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Holyoke High School wrestling team received the MIAA Sportsmanship Award at the Division 2 state tournament last weekend. The sportsmanship award is given by the MIAA to one team in each sport.Award criteria includes teamwork, fair play/respect...


Class C semis: No. 3 Granby locks down defending champion Drury, earns first title-game berth since 2005

02-22-2024 9:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

NORTH ADAMS — As soon as the Granby boys basketball team learned they would be facing Drury in the Western Mass. semifinals, head coach Dylan Dubuc immediately began scouring the Blue Devils’ YouTube channel.Every single Drury home game resides on the...


High schools: Northampton boys edge Amherst to punch state tournament ticket

02-22-2024 9:17 PM

While they were likely in anyway, the Northampton boys basketball team officially punched its ticket to the MIAA Division 2 state tournament on Thursday.The Blue Devils survived a wild final minute against rival Amherst at Feiker Gymnasium, holding...


Colleges notebook: Hampshire Regional alum Maddie Pond sets new Westfield State 3-point record

02-22-2024 4:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

It felt like throwing a rock in the ocean for Maddie Pond.The Westfield State guard was unconscious during the No. 3 Owls’ MASCAC quarterfinal game against No. 6 Fitchburg State on Tuesday, as she poured in a career-high 39 points – including a...


UMass hockey: After being swept by BC, Minutemen turn page to series against UNH

02-22-2024 3:59 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

With just six regular season games remaining on the schedule, the UMass hockey team must quickly turn the page after a pair of tough losses to top-ranked Boston College this past weekend. After falling to the Eagles, 5-1, on Friday, the Minutemen...


Class A semis: No. 2 Northampton grinds past Minnechaug 43-39, earns spot in WMass final

02-21-2024 10:56 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

NORTHAMPTON — Just over two months on the calendar separated two similar meat-grinder ballgames between Northampton and Minnechaug, but Wednesday night’s rematch promised the golden ticket to Saturday’s Western Mass. girls Class A championship.On Dec....


Local roundup: Balanced Smith College routs Clark, into NEWMAC semifinals

02-21-2024 9:43 PM

Behind five players with double-digit points, the Smith College women’s basketball team cruised to a 95-40 victory over Clark in the quarterfinal round of the NEWMAC Tournament on Wednesday night at Ainsworth Gymnasium in Northampton.Ally Yamada led...


Class A semis: Banked-in last-second 3 lifts Pope Francis boys past Holyoke in OT

02-21-2024 9:36 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – The fourth-seeded Holyoke boys basketball team held a one-point lead as No. 1 Pope Francis passed the ball around the three-point line with the seconds ticking down in overtime of the Western Mass. Tournament Class A semifinals.The ball...


Class B semis: Poised South Hadley holds off SICS for 14th straight win, punches title-game ticket (PHOTOS)

02-21-2024 9:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — CC Gurek slowed things down for what felt like the first time all game as the clock approached the final two minutes to go in the fourth quarter.Everyone in the gym took a breath.The South Hadley guard sensed the importance of the...



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