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MIAA tourneys: Isiah James provides spark as South Hadley runs away from South Lancester in Div. 4 prelim

02-26-2024 9:20 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Coming out of the halftime break with a nine-point lead, the South Hadley boys basketball team dug deep on the defensive end.Its full-court press hadn’t worked as well as head coach Chris Gerber had hoped through 16 minutes, but he...


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Girls basketball: Granby rolls to 71-26 state tourney win over Calvary Chapel Academy (PHOTOS)

02-26-2024 8:39 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

GRANBY — Ten different Granby players scored points, and the 22nd-seeded Rams recorded a resounding 71-26 home win over No. 43 Calvary Chapel Academy in the preliminary round of the MIAA Division 5 state tournament Monday night.“This was an awesome...


Women’s basketball: Smith College draws Maine Maritime in first round, will host NCAA Division 3 pod

02-26-2024 5:35 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHAMPTON — After winning its fourth consecutive NEWMAC tournament championship on Sunday, the Smith College women’s basketball team woke up Monday for the annual selection show to see where and when it would be playing in the first round of the...


UMass basketball: After disappointing loss, Minutemen head to George Washington in need of a win

02-26-2024 5:06 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Saturday was one of the those games that the UMass men’s basketball team had to win – regardless of by how much or how pretty it looked.The biggest Mullins Center crowd (7,016) since 2015 was on hand as were a ton of alumni sitting courtside. The...


UMass will reportedly join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) in all sports in 2025-26

02-26-2024 3:30 PM

By GARRETT COTE

According to multiple sources, the University of Massachusetts is set to join the Mid-American Conference (MAC) for an all-sports move beginning in the 2025-26 academic year.The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach and ESPN’s Pete Thamel were among those to...


Women’s basketball: Smith College blasts Babson, captures 4th straight NEWMAC title

02-25-2024 6:07 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

NORTHAMPTON – Since the 2019-20 season, the Smith College women’s basketball team has always finished at the top of their conference standings. That streak continued on Sunday as the Pioneer won their fourth consecutive NEWMAC championship via a 90-59...


Colleges: UNH rallies late, takes down UMass hockey in OT

02-24-2024 9:48 PM

Clinging to a 2-1 lead late in the third period, the UMass hockey team was just a few minutes away from a weekend sweep over New Hampshire. The Minutemen defeated the Wildcats at the Mullins Center 3-2 on Friday night, and headed to Durham for...


Class C finals: No. 3 Granby unable to get going offensively, falls to No. 1 Mahar (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 8:58 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

HOLYOKE — Baskets were hard to come by in the Western Mass. Class C championship game between top-seeded Mahar and the No. 3 Granby boys basketball team on Saturday. The Rams held the Senators to just seven points in the second quarter but conversely...


Class A final: Powerhouse Central pulls away late for 48-30 win over Northampton (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 8:54 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

WESTFIELD – For the third time this year, the Northampton girls basketball team came up short against Springfield Central, dropping a 48-30 decision in the Western Mass. Class A championship Saturday afternoon at Westfield High School.Central won its...


Indoor track: Amherst’s 4x800 relay team takes 3rd at MIAA Meet of Champions

02-24-2024 8:23 PM

The Amherst High School 4x800-meter boys relay team put a bow on its tremendous season at the MIAA Indoor Track Meet of Champions at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston on Saturday.Nicolas Lisle, Kyle Yanko, Miguel Pinero-Jacome and David Pinero-Jacome...


UMass basketball: St. Bonaventure beats Minutemen at own game, scores 75-67 win in front of largest crowd of the season at Mullins Center

02-24-2024 7:32 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Throughout the season, it’s clear the UMass men’s basketball team has built its identity doing the dirty work. Following several conference matchups over the past month, most coaches took the time to say the Minutemen are the most resilient...


Class B final: Drew Alley, South Hadley rally past Pittsfield for program’s 1st-ever WMass title (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 6:10 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

HOLYOKE – At the turn of the New Year, the South Hadley girls basketball team sat at 3-3.Fifteen games later, they’re 18-3, and for the first time in school history, Western Mass. champions.On Saturday afternoon at Holyoke Community College, the No. 2...


MIAA releases statewide tournament brackets for basketball, hockey

02-24-2024 3:35 PM

Seeds and brackets for the upcoming state basketball and hockey tournaments were announced on Saturday.The South Hadley girls basketball team earned the best seed of any local school, checking in at No. 3 in the Division 4 bracket.Here’s a breakdown...


Colleges: Samuli Niinisaari scores pair, UMass hockey overcomes adversity in 3-2 win over New Hampshire

02-23-2024 9:40 PM

Challenges, disallowed goals, penalties… it was all on display Friday night at the Mullins Center.The 14th-ranked UMass hockey team had two goals disallowed due to video replay, and survived five shorthanded situations to No. 16 New Hampshire. Despite...


High school basketball: Trio of local teams seek Western Mass titles on Championship Saturday

02-23-2024 5:50 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for three local high school basketball programs.The South Hadley and Northampton girls, and the Granby boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts...


UMass basketball: Winners of three of their last four, Minutemen look to keep momentum going against St. Bonaventure

02-23-2024 2:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The UMass men’s basketball team found a good time to play its best basketball of the season. The Minutemen have won three of their last four contests, with Tuesday’s victory over VCU certainly checking in as one of their best victories of the season....


After injuries threatened her lacrosse career, Mount Holyoke’s Hannah Bisson ready for big senior season

02-23-2024 1:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

SOUTH HADLEY — Hannah Bisson sat in disbelief. It was a warm August day at Boston Children’s Hospital, and she was awaiting her third surgery to repair chronic exertional compartment syndrome (CECS) – which causes pain and swelling to affected muscles...


Wrestling: Holyoke receives MIAA Sportmanship Award

02-23-2024 1:31 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

The Holyoke High School wrestling team received the MIAA Sportsmanship Award at the Division 2 state tournament last weekend. The sportsmanship award is given by the MIAA to one team in each sport.Award criteria includes teamwork, fair play/respect...


Class C semis: No. 3 Granby locks down defending champion Drury, earns first title-game berth since 2005

02-22-2024 9:34 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

NORTH ADAMS — As soon as the Granby boys basketball team learned they would be facing Drury in the Western Mass. semifinals, head coach Dylan Dubuc immediately began scouring the Blue Devils’ YouTube channel.Every single Drury home game resides on the...


High schools: Northampton boys edge Amherst to punch state tournament ticket

02-22-2024 9:17 PM

While they were likely in anyway, the Northampton boys basketball team officially punched its ticket to the MIAA Division 2 state tournament on Thursday.The Blue Devils survived a wild final minute against rival Amherst at Feiker Gymnasium, holding...



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