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Mother's Day extra special for Northampton girls soccer coach Vanessa Butynski
05-10-2024 5:48 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Tears uncontrollably trickled down Vanessa Butynski’s face as she sat inside her Belchertown home.The Northampton High School girls soccer team – which she’s coached since 2016 – was on a bus headed to Chicopee Comp for the opening round of the 2023...


Softball: Cassie Dion records 200th career strikeout as Hopkins Academy blanks Granby 6-0
05-09-2024 8:19 PM

By GARRETT COTE

HADLEY — In the sixth inning of a 4-0 game, Hopkins Academy ace Cassie Dion was looking to get out of the frame unscathed with a Granby baserunner (Ellie Szlosek) on first base and one out.Dion delivered a pitch to Rams clean-up hitter Katie Grabherr,...


Baseball: Hampshire, South Hadley to ‘get a little taste of what it’s like to be a pro’ at Dunkin’ Park
05-08-2024 7:30 PM

By GARRETT COTE

On Thursday afternoon, the Hampshire Regional and South Hadley baseball programs will be taking the field against one another for the 25th consecutive year. The two teams are used to battling it out, but the quarter-century edition is special.The...


Boys volleyball: Carey twins help power Frontier past Belchertown in straight sets (PHOTOS)
05-07-2024 7:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — Throughout the entire offseason, Frontier senior Aleks Carey worked tirelessly to improve as a middle hitter so he could come back and dominate his position.When the season started, it became evident Carey was one of the best passers on...


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...


Amherst Invitational: Northampton girls ultimate capture tournament title in impressive fashion
05-06-2024 7:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — It was a weekend that will forever be remembered in the Northampton High School girls varsity ultimate program, as the Blue Devils made history via a dominant tournament showing.Northampton entered this past weekend’s Amherst Invitational at...


UMass basketball: Minutemen officially in 2024 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase with Providence, Boston College and Temple
05-06-2024 3:50 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The news is officially official: the UMass men’s basketball program will be part of the four-team field in the 2024 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase, the Hall announced on Monday.Joining the Minutemen is two other prestigious New England...


UMass basketball: Matt Cross announces he’s transferring to SMU for final year of eligibility
05-04-2024 2:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The decision every UMass men’s basketball fan has been waiting for was finally made late Saturday night.Minutemen star and First Team All-Atlantic 10 forward Matt Cross – the backbone of UMass’ team for the past two seasons – has committed...


Ultimate: Amherst Invitational returns to UMass this weekend
05-03-2024 8:24 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — After two years away from home, the Amherst Invitational is finally back in the city of Amherst this weekend.Previously held at The MacDuffie School in Granby, one of the largest and most prestigious ultimate tournaments will be played on...


2024 Gazette Wrestler of the Year: Adin Clifford, Hampshire
05-03-2024 5:34 PM

By GARRETT COTE

There perhaps wasn’t a better stretch of dominance at the Western Mass. Division 3 Wrestling Championships at Mount Greylock Regional High School in early February than the performance of Hampshire’s Adin Clifford.To start his day, Clifford pinned...


Baseball: Offense continues to roll in Hampshire’s 18-7 win over Hopkins (PHOTOS)
05-02-2024 8:05 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — During Wednesday’s batting practice session, Hampshire Regional sluggers Drew and Mikey Thompson didn’t bring their best swings, according to Raiders head coach Mark Baldwin.After their time was up, they insisted Baldwin let them get...


South Hadley boys volleyball team making strides in first season as program
05-01-2024 9:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Fighting toe-to-toe with Veritas Prep in the fourth set of its first varsity boys volleyball game in program history, South Hadley was on the brink of history.The Tigers did just enough to pull away and claim a 25-23 win in the frame,...


2024 Gazette Boys Swimmer of the Year: Luke Giguere, Belchertown
05-01-2024 4:43 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — He didn’t think it would ever happen outside of a regular season dual meet, but Luke Giguere had just done something swimmers only dream of.The Belchertown senior put forth a heroic 46.62-second anchor leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay...


Girls lacrosse: Amherst stays undefeated, runs away from Granby for second win in as many days (PHOTOS)
04-30-2024 9:19 PM

By GARRETT COTE

GRANBY —  A pair of Mylin Laliberte goals dug the Granby girls lacrosse team out of an early 2-0 hole in the first quarter and tied things up with Amherst about midway through the frame.Just one day removed from a tough 18-5 defeat at the hands of the...


MIAA power rankings: See where all the local teams are ranked
04-30-2024 4:34 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The MIAA released its second edition of the spring sports power rankings across the state on Tuesday. Out of all sports, Hampshire Regional softball holds the highest ranking in Hampshire County, checking in at No. 5 in Division 4. Hopkins leads all...


Softball: Greenfield rallies with big inning for 5-4 win over Hampshire (PHOTOS)
04-29-2024 7:54 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — With a Hampshire Regional runner standing on second base and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, eighth grader Kalin Dubay stepped to the plate – the Raiders trailing by one run.Dubay worked the count and fouled off several...


Softball: Hampshire rallies from early deficit, slugs past Easthampton 10-4 (PHOTOS)
04-26-2024 8:47 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — Coming into Friday afternoon’s softball game between the Hampshire and Easthampton softball teams, something had to give.Eagles ace Rosie Follet had been almost unsolvable in the circle through their six games, while the Raiders’...


2024 Gazette Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Ava Azzaro, Northampton
04-26-2024 3:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — Staring a six-point deficit square in the face in the fourth quarter of the MIAA Division 2 girls basketball quarterfinals, Northampton senior captain Ava Azzaro wasn’t ready to call it quits on her high school career.The No. 7 Blue...


High schools: South Hadley baseball shakes off slow start, runs past Granby
04-24-2024 9:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — After being blanked the first time through the lineup and entering the bottom of the third inning trailing 1-0 to Granby, the South Hadley baseball team woke up.The Tigers led off the frame with the top of their order, and they were...


Boys lacrosse: Jack Carpenter, Northampton hold off Belchertown for 7-6 win
04-23-2024 7:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BELCHERTOWN — With the clock ticking under a minute left and the Northampton boys lacrosse team clinging to a one-goal lead over Belchertown, the Blue Devils were doing their best to play keep away from the Orioles and run the time out in...

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