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NECBL: Valley Blue Sox tied for first place in West Division as season enters final few weeks
07-12-2024 3:39 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — Everything was clicking for the Valley Blue Sox on Thursday night, and their bats evidently made the trip with them to Danbury.The Blue Sox erupted for a baker’s dozen in runs, overwhelming the Westerners 13-3 in seven innings to get back...

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Hampshire County's toughest golf holes: Ledges Golf Club, South Hadley
07-12-2024 2:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

(NOTE: This is the second installment in a weekly series featuring some of the toughest golf holes across Hampshire County. The series will run each Saturday in print throughout the summer.)SOUTH HADLEY — When it comes to the overall condition of a...


Locals lift West to softball gold medal at 2024 Bay State Games
07-11-2024 6:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

DEVENS — When the best-of-the-best from around the state gathered to play in the gold medal game of the 2024 Bay State Games, high-level performances are expected.And through seven innings of Thursday’s softball finale at Willard Field Complex,...


“Bigger Than Sports” non-profit hosting 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday in Amherst
07-11-2024 4:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — There is no better feeling than when an idea turns into a plan, and that plan comes to fruition.Ian Waite would be the first to co-sign that.After a year of non-stop work to organize an action plan and find people with a similar vision to...


Legion baseball: Belchertown stays unbeaten, blanks Aldenville 3-0
07-10-2024 8:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — How about a dozen, Post 239?It wasn’t the typical offensive onslaught that the Belchertown Post 239 Senior American Legion team has gotten accustomed to over the course of the summer, but it got the job done behind scorching southpaw...


Gazette Girls Tennis Player of the Year: Ava Shea, Belchertown
07-10-2024 4:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Heading into this spring, Belchertown girls tennis star Ava Shea needed 15 victories to reach the 50-win plateau for her career. The senior sat down before the season started and created a list of goals for herself, trying to figure out...


Northampton’s Miranda Wingfield completes ‘Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming’
07-09-2024 2:45 PM

By GARRETT COTE

What started as crossing off a bucket list item has turned into an improbable feat for Miranda Wingfield.Wingfield, a 2013 graduate of Northampton High School, completed the “Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming” a little over a month ago. On June 5,...


2024 Bay State Games: Hampshire County athletes set to compete in annual event
07-08-2024 4:16 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The Bay State Games are back this summer, as each of the eight sports kicks off at some point within the next two weeks. Baseball and softball start things off on Tuesday, boys and girls soccer begin Thursday, field hockey starts Friday, boys and...


Gazette Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year: Moriah Luetjen, Amherst
07-08-2024 4:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Moriah Luetjen hadn’t competed in an outdoor track event since her freshman year, when she appeared in the New Balance Nationals – winning the Freshman Girls 400-meter final.Coming into this spring as a junior at Amherst Regional, as much as...


Gazette Baseball Player of the Year: Liam Flynn, Hopkins Academy
07-07-2024 2:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HADLEY — Hopkins Academy baseball head coach Dan Vreeland was torn between whether or not he would keep a freshman with potential on varsity to be a plug-and-play guy, or stick him on junior varsity where he would play every inning of every game.But...


Hampshire County's toughest golf holes: Northampton Country Club
07-05-2024 10:36 AM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — With golf being one of the most popular summer activities, the Gazette’s sports team brainstormed ideas for how to engage the golf community in a fun and unique way.Throughout the summer, we will be visiting local courses across the...


Gazette Boys Volleyball Player of the Year: Michael Swanigan, Granby
07-04-2024 2:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

GRANBY — During the Granby boys volleyball team’s run through the Western Mass. Class C tournament, it seemed to have one plan of attack when it needed a clutch point.Any time the Rams’ backs were against the wall, they would feed their star senior,...


“I like proving the boys wrong:” Belchertown’s Rioghán Auffrey, Eliza Boyko starring on 12U All-Star baseball team
07-04-2024 1:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — During one of the Belchertown 12U All-Star baseball team’s games earlier this summer, assistant coach Kevin Auffrey overheard one of the kids on the opposing team say something that cracked him up.His daughter, Rioghán, was playing...


Legion baseball: James Lavallee lifts Northampton past Easthampton, Ian McDonald’s walk-off hit power Belchertown
07-01-2024 9:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

James Lavallee continued his dominant summer on Monday evening, tossing a one-hitter in Northampton Post 28’s 11-1 win over Easthampton Post 224 in American Legion Senior Division action at Arcanum Field in Northampton.Lavallee, a rising senior at...


Gabby Thomas, Heather MacLean punch tickets to event finals at U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials
06-29-2024 12:31 AM

By GARRETT COTE

A sly smirk appeared on Gabby Thomas’ face as she looked up with wide eyes at the board to see a time of 21.78 seconds.Thomas, a former star at Williston Northampton, coasted to not only a win in her heat during Friday night’s 200 meter semifinals in...


Legion baseball: Northampton Post 28’s bats held in check in loss to Greenfield
06-28-2024 9:07 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — After the Northampton Post 28 Senior American Legion baseball team scraped a run across in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut its deficit to 4-1, Greenfield Post 81 didn’t let them get any closer – putting to rest any bid at a...


Youth baseball: Northampton holds off Southampton to win Massachusetts Intermediate 50/70 District 2 title (PHOTOS)
06-26-2024 9:00 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Layne Nagle may have taken a spill rounding first as the 13U Northampton All-Stars baseball team took a victory lap with their new championship banner, but he bounced up right away – an illuminating smile across his face.That same...


UMass basketball: Minutemen’s home, away Atlantic 10 opponents announced for 2024-25 season
06-26-2024 3:55 PM

By GARRETT COTE

On Wednesday afternoon, the Atlantic 10 Conference released its 2024-25 men’s basketball opponent pairings. This season, which will be UMass’ last in the A-10, will again going to be an 18-game league slate for all 15 teams.For the Minutemen, their...


NECBL: Valley Blue Sox edged by Ocean State Waves 7-6
06-25-2024 10:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HOLYOKE — The Valley Blue Sox were on the brink of an improbable NECBL comeback in front of their home fans on Tuesday night, as they erased a 5-0 deficit to lead 6-5 in the ninth inning.Three outs stood between the Blue Sox and their fourth...


Legion baseball: Belchertown Post 239 beats Greenfield via forfeit
06-25-2024 7:31 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Last week, the Belchertown Post 239 and Greenfield Post 81 Senior Legion baseball teams didn’t even play two full innings before Mother Nature had other plans. The game was suspended in the second inning and rescheduled for...


Title run ‘a beautiful thing’ for Northampton native and die-hard Boston Celtics fan Christopher Camposeo
06-21-2024 5:31 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Christopher Camposeo couldn’t muster up the energy to fly back to Boston for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. Born and raised in Northampton but now living in Miami, Fla., the 41-year old die-hard Celtics fan...

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