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Florence’s Gabby Thomas gearing up for 2024 Paris Olympics
04-17-2024 3:37 PM

By JOSHUA SPAULDING

NEW YORK — Gabby Thomas has an Olympic experience under her belt and two Olympic medals she can wear around her neck. And as she gears up for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials ahead of the Paris Olympics, she took part in the Team USA Media Summit on...

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Baseball: Smith Academy can't overcome early deficit in 13-6 loss to Mahar
04-15-2024 8:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


Passing of the baton: After 36 years, Don and Sue Grant turn over reins of popular Tuesday 5K in Northampton
04-12-2024 12:30 PM

By BRIDGET MACDONALD

NORTHAMPTON — A little after the turn of the new year, Sue and Don Grant were starting to lose hope. The local couple that in 1987 launched the Northampton Cross-Country Race Series — a weekly Tuesday evening 5K that starts in April each year and goes...


High schools: John Viola shuts down Monson as South Hadley baseball picks up 1-0 win
04-10-2024 9:23 PM

Two days removed from a 1-0 loss to Ware, the South Hadley baseball team came out on top in another pitchers’ duel on Wednesday.John Viola went the distance for South Hadley, striking out four while walking just two and scattering three hits to help...


Softball: Bats come alive as Granby pulls away from Smith Academy 21-8 (PHOTOS)
04-10-2024 8:56 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY – After an even first few frames, the Granby softball team’s bats came to life late against Smith Academy. The Rams captured a 21-8 victory under a consistent drizzle on Wednesday afternoon.With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth...


Paralympics-bound: Easthampton’s Saige Harper makes USA team in rowing in Paris this summer
04-09-2024 3:58 PM

By BRADYN COTE

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton native Saige Harper has been selected to compete in the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris this summer, rowing for the United States in the PR3 Mixed Double Sculls. It’s a dream achievement for Harper, a senior at Sacred Heart...


High schools: Northampton track & field drops dual meet with Minnechaug
04-08-2024 9:20 PM

By BRADYN COTE

NORTHAMPTON – Both the Northampton boys and girls track and field teams faced off against Minnechaug Monday afternoon, with the Falcons earning the sweep.The Northampton boys fell short 91-54, but were carried via the distance running efforts. The...


High schools: Amherst softball starts fast, routs St. Mary’s 14-0 (PHOTOS)
04-05-2024 8:42 PM

Sofia Holden and Mia Shaw did the job in the pitching circle, and the Amherst softball team pounded out 14 hits en route to a dominant 14-0 win over St. Mary’s in a five-inning run-ruled contest on Friday in Amherst.Holden struck out five in two...


On The Run with John Stifler: It’s officially Tuesday race season in Northampton
04-05-2024 1:47 PM

That hill in the third mile is a little toughie. You’ve been pacing yourself around the large field next to the Mill River, keeping mind, lungs and legs together, and ahead lurks the abrupt turn into the woods where the trail rises gradually, then...


High schools: Quinn Cook, Granby slug past Mahar in softball season opener
03-29-2024 8:57 PM

A Quinn Cook grand slam and three triples and three RBIs from Grace Roy catapulted the Granby softball team to over 20 runs in its first game of the season.The Rams rolled to a 21-9 win in five innings of Mahar on Friday in Granby.Cook went 2-for-4...


Baseball: Big first inning powers Granby past Smith Academy in season opener (PHOTOS)
03-29-2024 8:14 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY — After inclement weather caused every outdoor game on Thursday’s opening day of the spring season to be postponed, Hampshire County teams finally started spring regular season play Friday on a sunny, 50-degree afternoon.And the Granby baseball...


Connor Pignatello, Gazette’s newest sports reporter, hitting the ground running
03-25-2024 3:15 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

When I was nine years old, my third-grade class had a stuffed animal mascot, Tag the Tiger.My teacher, Mr. Peters, assigned us a creative writing story on Tag every couple of weeks. Written with my third-grade Ticonderoga scrawl in a black and white...


Youth basketball: Granby teams post undefeated seasons
03-25-2024 3:06 PM

It was an outstanding winter on the hardwood for the youth basketball programs in Granby.Two programs posted undefeated seasons and won championships in their respective divisions.The girls’ 7th/8th grade squad won their bracket championship in the...


UMass hockey: Minutemen earn at-large selection to NCAA tourney, will play Denver at MassMutual Center in Springfield
03-24-2024 6:45 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

The UMass hockey team is dancing.The Minutemen got in just under the wire when they were selected for the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. UMass earned a spot in the 16-team field as the final at-large pick when the brackets were released during the...


All aboard the Tiger train: Rabid fan base ready to cheer on South Hadley girls hoops in state finals Sunday
03-15-2024 4:29 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

SOUTH HADLEY — On a typical Tuesday evening, the only thing the occasional passerby can hear at The Boathouse Restaurant is the water lap against the shore.But last Tuesday, the waterfront restaurant at Brunelle’s Marina boomed with cheering and...


The Real Score: Beware the March “Madness” of sports betting
03-14-2024 1:01 PM

This Sunday, the March Madness brackets will be set, enabling millions of sport consumers to place bets that will total in the billions of dollars (you should also expect to see some ads from the sports books…).This week, in recognition of March...


Photos: Smith College’s Final Four send off
03-13-2024 8:14 AM

Well-wishers greeted Smith College’s basketball team with high-fives and cheers Tuesday afternoon on campus as they prepared to depart for the Final Four for the second straight year. The Pioneers will play in the national semifinals of the NCAA...


Northampton’s Mark Simeone among newest inductee class in Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame
03-11-2024 4:04 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for Mark Simeone.The Northampton native has been racking up the honors and accolades, highlighted by last week’s induction into the Western Massachusetts Baseball Hall of Fame.Simeone, who grew up in Northampton...


Jessie Ruffner, Smith College punch return ticket to NCAA Division III Final Four via 51-47 win over Bowdoin
03-09-2024 9:19 PM

The Smith College basketball team is Final Four-bound, again.For the second straight year, the Pioneers will play on the biggest stage in NCAA Division III women’s basketball thanks to a 51-47 victory over host Bowdoin in the Elite Eight on Saturday...


A moving MAC moment: UMass formally introduced as 13th member of the Mid-American Conference
03-07-2024 5:54 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — After more than a week since the news first broke, University of Massachusetts athletic department officials held a press conference Thursday morning to celebrate their joining the Mid-American Conference.UMass Chancellor Javier Reyes,...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen's season comes to an end with 81-57 loss to Duquesne in Atlantic 10 tourney second round
03-07-2024 5:15 PM

After an opening-round victory over La Salle on Wednesday, the UMass women’s basketball team was unable to keep its Atlantic 10 Tournament run going on Thursday.The 13th-seeded Minutewomen fell into a double-digit deficit after the first quarter and...

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