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Bay State Games: Hampshire County contingent powers Central girls soccer to gold medal finish
07-15-2024 5:15 PM

By GARRETT COTE

All but one sport featuring local players has crowned a gold medal winner at the Bay State Games this summer, with several medals given out over the weekend. Only girls basketball remains (July 19-21), as softball, baseball, girls soccer, boys soccer,...

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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,...


Class C boys volleyball: Top-seeded Granby sweeps Ware, captures first-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)
05-25-2024 1:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

CHICOPEE — All the momentum was against the No. 1 Granby boys volleyball team in the third set of Saturday’s Western Mass. Class C championship match with No. 2 Ware.The Rams had breezed through the first two sets, but they faced a 24-21 deficit in...


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...


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,...


Boys volleyball preview 2024: Frontier eyes 3-peat in new, challenging league
04-05-2024 8:53 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

After two Western Mass. Class C titles in two seasons as a varsity program, Frontier boys volleyball has ditched its independent schedule and is joining the Eastern League in pursuit of a Western Mass. three-peat.Sean MacDonald, who led the Frontier...


Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Girls Volleyball Player of the Year: Liza Beigel, Amherst
01-14-2024 3:00 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Before she became the best libero in Western Mass., Amherst’s Liza Beigel was trying to decide whether she wanted to keep playing volleyball or not. Beigel grew up playing soccer and was an excellent player, joining a club team and competing against...


Girls volleyball: Longtime Amherst coach Kacey Schmitt reflects on career after announcing retirement
12-25-2023 2:02 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Kacey Schmitt never meant to coach the Amherst Regional High School volleyball team for longer than a season. Frankly, she thought she’d be done after a couple weeks. She was talked into the job by then-athletic director and friend Tom Cullen, and...


Div. 4 volleyball: Frontier downed by Bellingham in state semifinals, loss marks Sean MacDonald’s final match with the program
11-14-2023 9:00 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

FITCHBURG – After falling 3-1 to No. 2 Bellingham in the MIAA Division 4 state semifinals, the No. 3 Frontier girls volleyball team spent a little extra time in their huddle postgame Tuesday night. As family and friends who traveled 90 minutes to...


Local roundup: Amherst’s Sophia Jacobs-Townsley has Syracuse women’s cross country in Saturday’s NCAA Championships
11-14-2023 4:21 PM

HANNAH BEVIS

It was a big weekend for Amherst’s Sophia Jacobs-Townsley and the Syracuse women’s cross country team.Jacobs-Townsley, a redshirt senior, ran to an impressive 22nd-place overall finish at the NCAA Division 1 Northeast Region Cross Country...


Div. 3 volleyball: Top-seeded Medfield too much for Amherst in state semifinal sweep (PHOTOS)
11-13-2023 8:40 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

WORCESTER – When No. 4 Amherst took the court against No. 1 Medfield in the MIAA Division 3 Girls Volleyball Final Four Monday night, the Hurricanes struggled to find any cracks they could exploit.Receiving? Medfield had it covered. Setting?...


Div. 3 volleyball: Amherst edges Holliston in five-setter, advances to Final Four (PHOTOS)
11-09-2023 9:41 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

AMHERST — As she counted down the hours until her team suited up for the MIAA Division 3 girls volleyball quarterfinal, Amherst head coach Kacey Schmitt sent a message in her team’s group chat. It was a poem written by Walter D. Wintle, and reads in...


MIAA volleyball: South Hadley falls to Mashpee, Smith Voc sweeps Prospect Hill
11-01-2023 9:05 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

SOUTH HADLEY — The final result Wednesday night – a 3-0 loss to No. 33 Mashpee in the MIAA Division 4 state tournament – seemed almost secondary to first-year South Hadley head coach Sabrina Bardwell. Of course, the 32nd-seeded Tigers wanted to win...


State high school volleyball tournaments: Amherst, Frontier earn top-four seeds
10-30-2023 6:25 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Two local teams earned top four seeds in the MIAA state volleyball brackets, which were released on Monday. Frontier is the No. 3 seed in the Division 4 bracket while Amherst earned the No. 4 seed in the Division 3 bracket. Both teams are facing a new...


Girls volleyball: Upstart Belchertown making presence felt with eye on state tournament
10-26-2023 5:10 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Just two years ago, the Belchertown girls volleyball team was in the midst of having one of the program’s worst seasons in recent memory. The Orioles finished the 2021-22 season without a single win, struggling to even make it to the finish line. That...


High schools: Amherst girls volleyball sweeps Holyoke in Class A quarterfinals (PHOTOS)
10-25-2023 3:09 PM

Amherst moved past Holyoke in the Western Mass. Class A girls volleyball quarterfinals in three straight sets Tuesday, besting the Purple Knights 25-11, 25-11, 25-15.The ’Canes move on to the Class A semifinals, where they’ll face No. 3...


High schools: South Hadley spikes past Granby in 3-set girls volleyball victory
09-18-2023 10:16 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

After dropping the first set to South Hadley, Granby came back with a vengeance in the second set. With the score tied 7-7, Madison Bombard stepped up to the service line for Granby and put the Rams in control, reeling off eight points to give the...


High schools: South Hadley’s Lauren Marjanski nets 100th career point in win over Pittsfield
09-13-2023 9:30 PM

It was a day to remember for Lauren Marjanski.The South Hadley senior needed two points to eclipse 100 for her career coming into Wednesday’s game against Pittsfield. During the first half, with an assist already under her belt, the ball found...


Girls volleyball: South Hadley outlasts Smith Vocational in 5 sets (PHOTOS)
09-13-2023 9:10 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON — Last season the South Hadley girls volleyball team won just one set all year. In comparison, their 2022-23 campaign is off to a roaring start — the team has won its three first matches of the season, two of those five-set thrillers....


High schools: Amherst girls cross country run past Longmeadow
09-13-2023 3:26 PM

In a highly contested dual meet between the Amherst and Longmeadow girls cross country teams, the ‘Canes ran away with a resounding victory on Tuesday.Longmeadow’s Ada Grant ran the fastest time of the afternoon (21:27), but the next three runners...


High schools: PVCICS boys soccer blanks Franklin Tech, 5-0
09-08-2023 9:02 PM

Five different players found the back of the net for the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School boys soccer team on Friday afternoon in a 5-0 shutout win over Franklin Tech.Teddy Scott, Julian Lee-Choi, James Scott, Nolan Gage and Patrick...

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