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Class C finals: No. 1 Mahar shuts down No. 3 Granby to take home first Western Mass. title since 2012 (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 8:29 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

HOLYOKE — Some teams might panic after only scoring 16 points in the first half of a Western Mass. championship game. But when you play defense like the Mahar boys basketball team does, there’s no need to worry. With the Class C title on the...


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Girls basketball: Franklin Tech takes down Upper Cape Cod for 3rd straight vocational title

02-24-2024 8:11 PM

For the third year in a row, the Franklin Tech girls basketball team stood atop the vocational field in Massachusetts on Sunday.The second-seeded Eagles won their third consecutive MVADA state vocational tournament title, besting top-seeded Upper Cape...


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 7:34 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...


Indoor track: Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali ties for 7th in high jump at MIAA Meet of Champions

02-24-2024 7:12 PM

Two local athletes qualified and competed in the 2024 MIAA Indoor Track Meet of Champions on Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Mohawk Trail’s Chay Mojallali qualified in the boys high jump while Pioneer’s Louise Flagollet made it in the...


Class D finals: Dominant first half allows No. 1 Hoosac Valley to defeat No. 3 Pioneer 57-35 (PHOTOS)

02-24-2024 3:30 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

WESTFIELD — Top-seeded Hoosac Valley was firing on all cylinders early.The Hurricanes hit four 3-pointers in the opening four minutes of the Western Mass. Class D championship game, keeping No. 3 Pioneer off the scoreboard completely while building a...


MIAA basketball, hockey state tournament seeds and brackets released on Saturday

02-24-2024 10:43 AM

Seeds for the upcoming state basketball and hockey tournaments were announced on Saturday.Multiple Recorder area schools will be hosting games to kick off the tournaments. The Pioneer and Mahar boys basketball teams both earned top five seeds in the...


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

02-23-2024 9:42 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: Pioneer girls, Mahar boys eyeing Western Mass. titles

02-23-2024 4:59 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s Championship Saturday for two local high school basketball programs.The Pioneer girls and Mahar boys will look to add some hardware on Saturday when they both take the floor to play in Western Massachusetts championship games.The Panthers get a...


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

02-23-2024 2:27 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....


Keeping Score: MacWilliams, Massachusetts Collective making things happen

02-23-2024 1:13 PM

Good morning!The wild west of college athletics began on July 1, 2021, when pay-for-play became the law of the land. Enter Pat MacWilliams, a successful businessman and Maryland native who arrived in Amherst in 1997 to open Five College...


H.S. Roundup: Owen Babb’s 37 points, 23 rebounds lifts Frontier past Commerce and into Div. 4 state tournament

02-22-2024 9:26 PM

Last season the Frontier boys basketball team needed to win both their non-playoff games to lock up 10 wins and secure a spot the Div. 4 state tournament. Frontier entered the non-playoff slate in the same position this year, and got things going with...


Class C semis: Top-seeded Mahar beats rival Athol for a 3rd time, books WMass final ticket for first time since 2012

02-22-2024 9:00 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — When two rivals meet in a Western Mass. semifinal, the expectation is that points will be hard to come by.That was the case on Thursday when top-seeded Mahar and No. 4 Athol squared off with a spot in the Western Mass. Class C final on the...


Girls basketball: Greenfield’s Amber Bergeron becomes 8th player in school history to score 1,000th point (PHOTOS)

02-22-2024 7:48 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

GREENFIELD — Silence overcame Nichols Gymnasium with 32.4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Greenfield-Drury girls basketball game. The result was no longer in doubt, the visiting Blue Devils ahead by 15 points and headed toward an...


UMass hockey: After being swept by BC, Minutemen turn page to series against UNH

02-22-2024 4:05 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

With just six regular season games remaining on the schedule, the UMass hockey team must quickly turn the page after a pair of tough losses to top-ranked Boston College this past weekend. After falling to the Eagles, 5-1, on Friday, the Minutemen...


Class C semis: Top-seeded Lenox locks down Franklin Tech, 51-36

02-21-2024 9:53 PM

By DYLAN THOMPSON

LENOX — On Wednesday night, top-seeded Lenox took one step closer to redemption, jumping out to an early 13-point lead, en route to a 51-36 victory over No. 4 Franklin Tech in a PVIAC Western Massachusetts Class C semifinal.One year after losing in...


High schools: Kyler McClelland (28 points) powers Pioneer girls into Class D title game

02-21-2024 9:20 PM

The Pioneer girls basketball team is on to the Western Mass. Class D championship game. After knocking off Duggan in the quarterfinals, the third-seeded Panthers traveled to Monson to take on the No. 2 Mustangs on Wednesday in the semis. Pioneer...


Class D semis: No. 3 Duggan hits shot with six seconds to play to knock off No. 2 Pioneer (PHOTOS)

02-21-2024 9:05 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — There will be a new Western Mass. Class D boys basketball champion this year. It was a battle for the entire 32 minutes between second-seeded Pioneer — the defending Class D champs — and No. 3 Duggan on Wednesday at Messer Gymnasium....


Girls hockey: Alyssa Frazier’s OT winner lifts Williston past Deerfield in NEPSAC showdown (PHOTOS)

02-21-2024 9:01 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

EASTHAMPTON — Alyssa Frazier played hero for the Williston Northampton girls hockey team on Wednesday afternoon.Frazier ripped the game-winner from the high slot with less than a minute remaining in overtime to give the Wildcats a 2-1 win over...


Class B hockey: Greenfield’s bid for 4-peat halted by Taconic in semifinal round

02-21-2024 9:00 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

WEST SPRINGFIELD — After winning three consecutive Western Massachusetts titles, the Greenfield hockey team has found itself as the target of teams across the region.Taconic, which lost in the finals of two of those three championships, was finally...


On The Ridge with Joe Judd: See you this weekend at the 40th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show

02-21-2024 5:06 PM

Right now, people from across New England are gearing up for this year’s 40th Annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show, as OSEG’s (Outdoor Sports Expo Group) Doug Sousa again welcomes folks to the Eastern States Exposition for this week’s event being held...



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