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Girls basketball: Student, fan support helped propel South Hadley to first-ever state championship game appearance
03-18-2024 6:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Any opposing team that walked into South Hadley’s gym this winter knew they were in for a long night. For more reasons than one.Sure, the Tigers being as good as they were was intimidating enough – their aggressive full-court pressure...

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MIAA Div. 4 girls basketball: Despite hot start, South Hadley can’t hold off top-seeded Cathedral in 69-49 state title-game loss (PHOTOS)
03-17-2024 3:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

LOWELL — It wasn’t for lack of effort on No. 3 South Hadley’s part, the top team in Division 4 simply earned that ranking for a reason.So when No. 1 Cathedral of Boston – winners of now six state championships in the last nine seasons – ripped off 12...


History in the making: South Hadley set for powerhouse Cathedral in search of first-ever girls basketball state title
03-15-2024 4:44 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — They always say, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.That old cliche couldn’t be more true to the No. 3 South Hadley girls basketball team’s situation. The Tigers have themselves in the MIAA Division 4 state...


MIAA girls basketball: Worcester South too much early as Northampton bows out in Div. 2 semifinals (PHOTOS)
03-12-2024 9:18 PM

By GARRETT COTE

CHICOPEE — Perry Messer blinked once, maybe twice.Before he did that, his No. 7 Northampton girls basketball team was lining up for tip-off against No. 6 Worcester South in the MIAA Division 2 Final Four with a trip to the state title on the line.When...


MIAA girls basketball: In the Div. 4 semis for the 2nd time in 3 years, South Hadley looking to break through
03-11-2024 5:28 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Ahead by two points in the final seconds of last Thursday’s MIAA Division 4 quarterfinal game against No. 6 Cohasset, the No. 3 South Hadley girls basketball team needed one stop to advance to its second Final Four in three seasons.But...


MIAA girls basketball: Northampton set for high-octane South High in Division 2 state semifinals
03-11-2024 5:14 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — The No. 7 Northampton girls basketball team had flashbacks to last year’s near 30-point loss to Walpole in the MIAA Division 2 Round of 32 after the first quarter of Friday night’s rematch with the N0. 2 Timberwolves – this time in the...


MIAA girls basketball: Northampton rallies past powerhouse Walpole, secures spot in Div. 2 Final Four
03-08-2024 8:52 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTWOOD — His team hadn’t done it all game, but Perry Messer continued to try to drill it into their heads.Struggling to find consistently open looks against No. 2 Walpole’s 1-3-1 zone defense, Messer, the No. 7 Northampton girls basketball team’s...


MIAA girls basketball: South Hadley buckles down in OT, gets past Cohasset for trip to Div. 4 Final Four
03-07-2024 8:56 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — After the No. 3 South Hadley girls basketball team was whistled for a foul with two seconds remaining in regulation, No. 6 Cohasset forward Sarah Chenette stepped to the charity stripe with a chance to tie the game.Through pulsating...


Healthy again after a serious injury, Northampton’s Bri Heafey feeling rejuvenated during MIAA tourney run
03-07-2024 3:56 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — A violent ‘pop’ feeling flowed through Bri Heafey’s right leg as she came to a jump stop – just like she had done hundreds of times in her life.This one felt noticeably unlike the rest.Heafey, freshman on the Northampton girls basketball...


MIAA tournaments: South Hadley, Hampshire Regional girls punch Sweet 16 tickets
02-29-2024 9:40 PM

The South Hadley girls basketball team’s pursuit of a state title is one step closer.The third-seeded Tigers handled their business in the MIAA Division 4 Round of 32 on Thursday night, taking down No. 30 Saint Bernard’s of Fitchburg, 62-38, in South...


MIAA Div. 2 girls basketball: Northampton scores season-high 78 points in 30-point win over Hingham (PHOTOS)
02-29-2024 9:22 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — It’s no secret that Northampton girls basketball head coach Perry Messer preaches defense on a daily basis to his Blue Devils team, that’s one of the reasons they’ve been so successful during his tenure at the school.And while the...


MIAA Div. 4 girls basketball: Frontier routs Lunenburg in state tourney opener (PHOTOS)
02-29-2024 9:02 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It's got to do a basketball coach's heart a world of good when his team doesn't allow a single basket in the first quarter.Frontier Regional flexed its typically strong defensive muscles Thursday night, running out to a 20-2 lead...


Girls basketball: Smith Academy clamps down, advances in MIAA Division 5 state tourney with win over Hopkins (PHOTOS)
02-27-2024 9:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HADLEY — What a difference a week makes.Just six days ago, the Smith Academy girls basketball team lost by nine points to rival Hopkins Academy. When Falcons head coach David Zononi saw the MIAA bracket release on Saturday, he was thrilled his team...


MIAA tourneys: Isiah James provides spark as South Hadley runs away from South Lancester in Div. 4 prelim
02-26-2024 9:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Coming out of the halftime break with a nine-point lead, the South Hadley boys basketball team dug deep on the defensive end.Its full-court press hadn’t worked as well as head coach Chris Gerber had hoped through 16 minutes, but he...


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....


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...


H.S. Roundup: Owen Babb lifts Frontier boys basketball past West Springfield
02-20-2024 9:39 PM

Frontier’s Owen Babb was a problem for the West Springfield boys basketball team on Tuesday at Goodnow Gymansium.Babb finished the game with 21 points, as the Redhawks pulled ahead 33-14 at the half and pulled away with a 61-48 non-playoff win over...


Girls basketball: Granby’s fourth quarter comeback falls short against PV Christian in Class D quarters
02-19-2024 9:44 PM

By BRADYN COTE

SPRINGFIELD —  In a highly competitive ball game, the Granby girls basketball team’s fourth quarter comeback fell just short, as the Rams ran out of time.Granby’s late scoring efforts were halted by Pioneer Valley Christian Academy in a 54-46 loss...


Class B quarters: Streak reaches 13 in a row as No. 2 South Hadley marches on with 60-39 win over No. 7 Easthampton
02-19-2024 8:44 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — The No. 2 South Hadley girls basketball team was a bit sluggish out of the gates in its Western Mass. Class B quarterfinal game against No. 7 Easthampton on Monday night, but it didn’t take long for the Tigers to grease their wheels and...


PVIAC basketball: Northampton, South Hadley girls pace Hampshire County contingent as No. 2 seeds
02-16-2024 5:16 PM

By GARRETT COTE

With the final batch of basketball games wrapping up on Friday night, we’re officially marking the end of the regular season. As always on the Friday before the Western Massachusetts basketball tournaments get underway, the PVIAC has released their...


Girls basketball: Northampton’s Ava Azzaro scores 1,000th point in victory over Wahconah (PHOTOS)
02-12-2024 9:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Needing just two points to reach the 1,000 point club, Northampton’s Ava Azzaro calmly stepped to the free throw line early in the first quarter of Monday’s game against Wahconah.The senior sank the first free throw, took the ball and...

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