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Gazette Boys Tennis Player of the Year: Reilly Fowles, Northampton
07-11-2024 4:24 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Newly-minted junior captain Reilly Fowles of the Northampton boys tennis team headed to the tennis courts at John F. Kennedy Middle School to get some extra practice in.He had noticed a large improvement in his play from his freshman season to his...

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Gazette Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Logan Alfandari, Amherst
07-09-2024 12:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

LEVERETT — Logan Alfandari was cleaning his attic in late February when he stumbled upon a DVD set he hadn’t seen in years.He popped the disc for “Avatar: The Last Airbender” into his brother’s PlayStation and started watching.Alfandari had just come...


Gazette Softball Player of the Year: Ella Schaeffer, South Hadley
07-05-2024 12:01 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SOUTH HADLEY – On April 15, South Hadley pitcher Ella Schaeffer reached 500 career strikeouts, normally a milestone reserved for the very best seniors at the end of their careers. She was just a junior, and at 16, a year young for her grade. By June...


Gazette Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year: Cedar Conrad, Amherst
07-03-2024 3:52 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST — Cedar Conrad led the girls lacrosse team into a math classroom on a Wednesday afternoon at Amherst-Pelham Regional High School and started class.Every player took a seat and put their head down on their desk. Then, Conrad and Amherst’s other...


U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials: Gabby Thomas (200 meters), Heather MacLean (1,500) open competition on Thursday
06-26-2024 4:31 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Two-time Olympic medalist and Williston Northampton alum Gabby Thomas, along with UMass alum Heather MacLean, will open their U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials on Thursday with an eye on making the team for the Paris 2024 Olympics.The Trials began...


Greenfield native and former UMass basketball player Ross Burns training prospects ahead of Wednesday’s NBA Draft
06-26-2024 10:12 AM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The 2024 NBA Draft is on Wednesday and Thursday, and though no UMass men’s basketball players are likely to be selected, a former Minuteman has his fingerprints all over the pre-draft process.Ross Burns, a Greenfield native who walked on at UMass and...


UMass basketball: Minutemen to play at West Virginia on Nov. 8
06-25-2024 8:45 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The UMass men’s basketball team will play at West Virginia on Nov. 8 in the first week of the 2024-25 season. The first day the NCAA allows games is Nov. 4.UMass held on to beat West Virginia 87-79 last year on Dec. 16 at the MassMutual Center in the...


UMass hockey: Former Minuteman Brandon Montour hoists Stanley Cup with Florida Panthers
06-25-2024 2:41 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Former UMass hockey defenseman Brandon Montour became the fourth UMass player in program history to win the Stanley Cup as a player after the Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night.Florida scout...


UMass basketball: Minutemen tour Hadley’s Mapleline Farm as part of community service, outreach
06-24-2024 8:40 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HADLEY – Jessica Dizek pulled out a four-pint bottle of milk and posed a question to the barn: any takers? The UMass men’s basketball team was on a tour of Mapleline Farm, where Dizek is a co-owner, and they had reached the barn full of Mapleline’s...


UMass basketball: Minutemen to play Arizona State in Springfield on Dec. 21
06-24-2024 6:59 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The UMass men’s basketball team plans to play Arizona State in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the MassMutual Center on Dec. 21, according to a source.OwlScoop.com was first to report the game. Temple will play Rhode Island in the first part of...


UMass women’s swimming: Maiya Otsuka named acting head coach
06-24-2024 3:38 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass named longtime assistant Maiya Otsuka the acting head coach of the women’s swim team on Monday, per release.Sean Clark had coached the men’s and women’s teams since his appointment in 2020 as director of men’s and women’s swimming and diving and...


Track and Field: Amherst, Holyoke compete in Nike Outdoor Nationals in Oregon
06-20-2024 7:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Six Amherst track and field athletes and the Holyoke girls 4x100 squad made the trip to Eugene, Oregon for Nike Outdoor Nationals held on June 12-15.It was the first trip to Nike Outdoor Nationals for all 10 athletes. Holyoke had never sent a team to...


UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signs two-year contract extension
06-20-2024 12:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signed a two-year extension to keep him in Amherst through the 2028-29 season, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced Thursday.Martin led the Minutemen to a 15-16 mark in his first season in 2022-23...


A life in the locker room: Belchertown’s Nico and Nick St. George grow together through sport
06-18-2024 4:36 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

BELCHERTOWN – Cheeseburgers were sizzling on the Blackstone, pulled pork was fresh out of the smoker and a pickup lacrosse game was on the horizon.Belchertown boys lacrosse had just finished its last regular season game of the year, a 16-6 win over...


Div. 4 boys tennis: PVCICS’ undefeated season ends to Manchester-Essex in state semifinals (PHOTOS)
06-11-2024 9:05 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SPRINGFIELD – Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School boys tennis’ dream undefeated season came to a close on Tuesday afternoon with a 5-0 loss to Manchester-Essex in the MIAA Div. 4 semifinals at Forest Park.The No. 3 Hornets not only ended...


Amherst’s Moriah Luetjen, Logan Alfandari pace local pack at 77th New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships
06-08-2024 8:15 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

Amherst placed in the top 10 in five events at the 77th New England Interscholastic Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.State 400 meter champ Moriah Luetjen placed fourth in the event (55.94 seconds),...


Div. 4 softball: Top-seeded Joseph Case uses big 6th inning to take down Hampshire Regional in quarters
06-08-2024 8:04 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

SWANSEA – They were six outs away.Six outs from a second straight trip to the MIAA Division 4 semifinals, six outs from an upset over the No. 1 seed and six outs from revenge over the team that beat them in last year’s state title game.But then it all...


Div. 5 baseball: Top-seeded Georgetown pulls away late, knocks out Hopkins Academy 9-2 in state quarterfinals
06-07-2024 8:04 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GEORGETOWN — The Hopkins Academy baseball team flooded out of the dugout and crowded around home plate. First baseman Liam Flynn had just cranked a two-run bomb over the right-center field fence, and the No. 9 Golden Hawks were now up 3-1 in the fifth...


NCAA v. House, Part 2: How would UMass athletics be affected by landmark settlement proposal?
06-07-2024 3:05 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

(This is part two of a two-part series. Part one can be found here.)The landscape of college athletics is changing. And it’s changing fast. In February, UMass became the latest FBS Division I school to announce a conference move, leaving its home of...


NCAA v. House, Part 1: How would UMass athletics be affected by landmark settlement proposal?
06-07-2024 2:50 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

(This is part one of a two-part series. Part two can be found here.)Late last month, the NCAA’s Board of Governors and the Power 5 conferences reached a $2.8 billion proposed settlement in NCAA v. House, a consolidated antitrust litigation of three...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox hold off Sanford Mainers for 6-4 win in home opener
06-05-2024 11:26 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HOLYOKE – After a 7 a.m. exit and a two-hour bus ride to the North Shore on Tuesday, the Valley Blue Sox came back home to MacKenzie Stadium and won their home opener, 6-4, over the Sanford Mainers on Wednesday night.The Blue Sox scored three runs in...

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