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High School Track: Amherst’s Logan Alfandari and Moriah Luetjen finish second at state meet
05-23-2024 9:46 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – Northampton and Amherst athletes competed at the MIAA Division 4 Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening, and Amherst’s Logan Alfandari (discus) and Moriah Luetjen (200) secured second-place finishes.The championships are...

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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...


Track & field: Northampton, Amherst split final dual meets of the season (PHOTOS)
05-06-2024 8:59 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Regardless of the sport, it always means more when Northampton and Amherst meet up for the ‘Battle of the Bridge.’The two schools were busy again on Monday afternoon, as the Blue Devils and Hurricanes’ track and field teams met in the...


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...


Track & field preview 2024: Not happy with last year’s performance, Northampton boys seeking redemption
04-12-2024 5:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Northampton boys team entered last year’s Western Massachusetts outdoor track and field championships with lofty expectations.The Blue Devils felt they had plenty to not only compete with their peers, but win the whole thing. And following a...


Unseeded Northampton boys shock field for 4x400 relay win; Amherst boys cruise to 4x800 title at MIAA Division 3 Indoor Track Championships
02-17-2024 5:53 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BOSTON – They couldn’t believe it.The Northampton boys 4x400 meter relay team came into the MIAA Division 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships without a dream of winning a state title. Their best time on the year was 3 minutes, 36.17 seconds, which...


Indoor track: Hampshire Regional’s Nick Brisson has career night to pace locals at MIAA Division 5 Championships
02-14-2024 9:51 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

BOSTON — Hampshire Regional’s Nick Brisson had an impressive showing at the MIAA Division 5 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center on Wednesday. Brisson, a senior, competed in the boys’ 1,000 meters where he finished in a time...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas coming home from World Athletics Championship with gold and silver medal
08-28-2023 5:56 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Florence’s Gabby Thomas made her first World Athletics Championships a meet to remember. After an injury just weeks before last year’s USA Track and Field Championships delayed Thomas’ trip to the sport’s biggest stage, Thomas went to Budapest for the...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas eyes big showing in 200 meters at 2023 World Athletics Championships in Hungary
08-18-2023 3:40 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

A hamstring injury derailed her 2022 hopes for a Worlds’ championship medal, but Gabby Thomas has come back with a vengeance during the 2023 season. After winning gold in the 200-meter dash at the United States Track and Field Championships with a...


2023 Gazette Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Logan Alfandari, Amherst
07-14-2023 1:42 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

In the summer of 2022, after his freshman season, Amherst’s Logan Alfandari carefully poured a throwing circle in his backyard with his dad’s help. He decided that he wanted to have a place to get some extra practice after making a splash in throws...


2023 Gazette Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Emma Sanford, South Hadley
07-12-2023 4:50 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

South Hadley track star Emma Sanford is known prolific hurdling skills and her prowess at the high and long jump events. Her versatility is what makes her so strong at the multi-events, the pentathlon and heptathlon becoming her bread and butter. That...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas, healthy, aiming for 200m gold at 2023 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
07-07-2023 4:36 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

A torn hamstring cost Gabby Thomas the opportunity to compete at last year’s USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It’s a common injury with a relatively short recovery time – six weeks. “I’ve torn my hamstring before,” the Florence native said....


South Hadley’s Emma Sanford earns All-American honors in pentathlon at New Balance Nationals
06-18-2023 2:54 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Emma Sanford finished off her high school career with a bang, earning an All-American nod in the pentathlon over the weekend at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Penn. Sanford placed fourth overall in the pentathlon...


South Hadley’s Emma Sanford takes 2nd in pentathlon at MIAA Meet of Champions (PHOTOS)
06-01-2023 9:22 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

FITCHBURG – Emma Sanford dragged everything left in her out for the 800-meter run.After some stumbles earlier in the day, the South Hadley senior needed a big performance in the final event of the MIAA Meet of Champions pentathlon to reach at least...


South Hadley’s Emma Sanford captures shot put title at MIAA Div. 6 Track & Field Championships (PHOTOS)
05-27-2023 10:01 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WESTFIELD – Emma Sanford proved she can win a state title with her feet firmly planted.The South Hadley senior typically earns her gold medals flying in the high jump or long jump or levitating over hurdles. A glance at the meet entries told her that...


Amherst’s Catie Spence sets new Williston Northampton school record in 800 meters 
05-26-2023 8:26 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Before this track season, Williston Northampton School’s Catie Spence had never competed in the 800 meter run before. By the end of the year, she held the school record in the event. The Amherst native set the school record during the Division II New...


South Hadley’s Emma Sanford wins pentathlon title at MIAA Division 6 Track & Field Championships
05-25-2023 10:27 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

WESTFIELD – Emma Sanford, the model of consistency, captured another state title at the MIAA Division 6 Track & Field Championships at Westfield State University on Thursday. The senior took first place in the pentathlon with a score of 3,160 points,...


High schools: Isabella Schaeffer strikes out 20 as South Hadley blanks Northampton, 2-0 (PHOTOS)
05-18-2023 9:36 PM

Staff Reports

South Hadley pitcher Isabella Schaeffer struck out 20 batters and threw a one-hit shutout against Northampton on Thursday, as the Tigers prevailed 2-0.She walked just one and added a single.South Hadley’s Jae Velazquez drove in both runs and hit three...


High schools: Emma Sanford powers South Hadley track & field in regular season finale (PHOTOS)
05-15-2023 9:41 PM

Emma Sanford closed her last home track meet at Mount Holyoke with three victories. The Lehigh-bound South Hadley senior won the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump for the Tigers on Monday in a meet against Belchertown, Monson and Palmer.The...


High schools: Belchertown’s Sam Pacunas nets 9 goals in girls’ lacrosse win over South Hadley
05-12-2023 9:34 PM

Staff reports

Sam Pacunas poured in nine goals with an assist, as the Belchertown girls lacrosse team beat South Hadley 22-12 on Friday.Belchertown’s Paige Magner (two assists) and Madysen Lepage (five assists) scored four times each. Adrien Wise (two assists) and...


PHOTOS: Sofia Holden dazzles for Amherst softball against Holyoke
05-10-2023 9:40 PM

Amherst Regional softball pitcher Sofia Holden was dominant in the circle against Holyoke, striking out 17 batters and also going 4-for-5 at the plate in a 10-2 win for the Hurricanes. Holden plated three times and also brought in three RBIs. Teammate...

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