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Hampshire’s Nick Brisson wins 800 meters to pace locals at Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)

05-17-2024 10:08 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BUCKLAND – Nick Brisson stumbled to the infield grass, laid on his back and did a snow angel.After 750 meters stuck in the pack, Brisson had just completed a comeback in the final stretch of the 800 to win a Western Mass. Division 2 Track & Field...


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High schools: Granby softball rallies back to beat Smith Vocational

05-17-2024 9:55 PM

The Granby softball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning, only to watch visiting Smith Vocational take an 11-10 lead into the bottom of the seventh.The Rams rallied however, plating a pair of runs to walk off with a wild 12-11...


UMass baseball: Amherst’s Justin Masteralexis tosses shutout as Minutemen earn doubleheader split with Saint Louis

05-17-2024 8:26 PM

It’s the biggest series of the season for the UMass baseball team, and the Minutemen opened with a doubleheader split against Atlantic 10-leading Saint Louis on Friday at Earl Lorden Field in Amherst.UMass fell, 8-3, in game one before claiming a 6-0...


High schools: Jason Kim backstops Amherst boys lacrosse to impressive win over Northampton

05-16-2024 9:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — With just under 10 seconds left in the game, the Northampton boys lacrosse team was finally able to clear its defensive zone and avoid a seventh consecutive Amherst goal as a defender sent the ball flying down field in the direction of...


Track & field: Hampshire County expected to fare well at Western Mass. Championships this weekend

05-16-2024 7:49 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Hampshire County track athletes kick off the postseason this weekend with the Western Mass. outdoor track & field championships. Belchertown, Easthampton, Frontier, Hampshire Regional and South Hadley will compete at the Division 2 championships on...


Largest ultimate tournament in New England set for this weekend as Pioneer Valley Invitational returns to the Oxbow

05-16-2024 5:30 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — It’s been a busy month for the local ultimate programs.Two weekends after the Amherst Invitational, the longest-running annual ultimate tournament in the country, the Pioneer Valley Invitational returns this weekend. The event, hosted by...


The Real Score: Will AI necessarily make sports better? Will AI make the sport experience better?

05-16-2024 4:02 PM

Artificial intelligence is experiencing a renaissance. Tools like ChatGPT and Copilot are becoming a daily part of conversations. AI’s history stretches back nearly as far as computers themselves, but the advent of generative AI has made it more...


UMass basketball: Minutemen assistant coach Brett Nelson leaving for job at NC State; to be replaced by Matt Figger

05-16-2024 11:38 AM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — UMass men’s basketball assistant coach Brett Nelson has jumped ship to North Carolina State to accept another assistant role under Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts.North Carolina State is coming off one of the most impressive Cinderella runs...


High schools: Will Hogan tosses shutout as Hampshire Regional blanks Greenfield 2-0

05-15-2024 9:30 PM

Will Hogan shut down the Greenfield baseball lineup, helping Hampshire Regional cap its regular season in fine fashion on Wednesday.Hogan tossed all seven innings, striking out three and allowing just two hits and two walks as the Raiders notched a...


Boys lacrosse: Connor McDonell, Granby take down Smith Voc to capture first-ever league title (PHOTOS)

05-15-2024 7:51 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — The Granby boys lacrosse team hadn’t played in a bigger game in program history than Wednesday afternoon’s contest with Smith Vocational, as the Rams were playing for their first-ever league title.One quarter into it, the Vikings looked...


UMass basketball: Putnam Science’s Amadou Doumbia commits to Minutemen

05-15-2024 3:53 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — It looks as if the UMass men’s basketball team has rounded out its roster for the 2024-25 season.On Wednesday morning, high schooler Amadou Doumbia of Putnam Science Academy in Connecticut, announced on his social media pages that he would...


High schools: Easthampton softball rolls past West Springfield

05-14-2024 9:36 PM

After a tight game with West Springfield earlier this season, the Easthampton softball team cruised to victory in the rematch on Tuesday.The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and rolled from there, taking down the Terriers 14-2...


Baseball: Hopkins Academy ‘happy to be home’ as new ballfield christened against Pittsfield (PHOTOS)

05-14-2024 8:51 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HADLEY – Hopkins Academy shortstop Chace Earle had been counting down the days until May 14.First of all, it’s his birthday. But it also served as the opening day of play at the Golden Hawks’ brand-new baseball field.“I’ve been waiting months to play...


Boys lacrosse: Amherst’s furious comeback falls just short in loss to West Side

05-14-2024 8:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — They looked like an entirely different group in the second half, but the Amherst boys lacrosse team dug themselves too deep of a hole to overcome on Tuesday afternoon.The Hurricanes scored seven of the game’s final eight goals, including...


UMass football: Minutemen cancel 10 future games to make room for MAC schedule

05-14-2024 6:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — With the UMass football team’s return to the Mid-American Conference (MAC), the Minutemen have canceled 10 future football games to make room for their built-in conference games – FBSchedules.com reported on Monday.Those games, four of which...


High schools: Belchertown baseball rallies past Chicopee

05-13-2024 9:32 PM

The Belchertown baseball team had nothing going for itself through five innings on Monday, as the Orioles trailed Chicopee 3-0 heading into the sixth. But in the top of that frame, Belchertown struck for five runs and never looked back – defeating the...


Local golf: Holyoke’s Chris Tallman paces pack at Longmeadow CC local qualifier, advances to U.S. Open final qualifying

05-13-2024 8:25 PM

For the second year in a row, Holyoke’s Chris Tallman found some magic at a Western Massachusetts golf course with advancement toward the U.S. Open on the line.Tallman fired a 6-under-par 64, earning medalist honors in a 2024 U.S. Open Local Qualifier...


Softball: Teagan Charles’ bases-clearing double helps Hampshire pull past Turners Falls for 7-0 win (PHOTOS)

05-13-2024 7:48 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTHAMPTON — Hampshire Regional first baseman Teagan Charles cracked a bases-clearing double with two outs in the sixth inning to break open a 3-0 game, and the host Raiders cruised to a 7-0 independent win over Turners Falls on Monday afternoon.Last...


Boys lacrosse: Amherst’s Skyler Ferro records 200th career point in win over Pope Francis

05-11-2024 12:56 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Amherst boys lacrosse attack Skyler Ferro tallied his 200th career point on Friday night in a 9-4 win over Pope Francis.He needed just two points to reach the milestone, and finished with five – two goals and three assists. On his 200th career point,...


Big turnout expected Sunday for 14th annual WMass Mother’s Day Half Marathon in Whately

05-11-2024 11:17 AM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It wasn’t easy for road races to recover following the pandemic. But when you have local support like the WMass Mother's Day Half Marathon in Whately, things can get right back to pre-COVID levels.The 14th running of the Mother’s Day Half Marathon...



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