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UMass hockey: Ryan Ufko’s second OT winner in as many nights sends Minutemen past Lowell

03-02-2024 10:21 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — With the UMass hockey team awaiting an offensive zone faceoff while on the power play in overtime, UMass Lowell elected to take a timeout to talk over its defensive strategy for the biggest moment in the game.Minutemen defenseman Ryan Ufko...


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UMass basketball: Matt Cross, Daniel Hankins-Sanford make plays late as Minutemen win at Davidson for first time since 1998

03-02-2024 5:23 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Trailing by three points with under a minute to go, the UMass men’s basketball team turned to one player to carry them to a comeback victory.That would be Matt Cross, who nailed four consecutive free throws as part of his game-high 26 points to boost...


UMass’ NIL Collectives excited about move to the MAC: “If we get this right, we have a bright future”

03-02-2024 5:11 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — All signs pointed to something happening soon, but Corey Schneider had no idea it would be that soon.At a Feb. 22 event held at the UMass Club in Boston, nearly the entire UMass Board of Trustees was in attendance – which is fairly unusual,...


MIAA Div. 5 boys basketball: Brayden Thayer joins the 1,000 point club in Pioneer’s 65-37 Round of 32 win over Fenway (PHOTOS)

03-01-2024 9:45 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — It’ll be a birthday Pioneer Valley Regional junior Brayden Thayer will never forget. It was going to take a big year offensively for Thayer to become the 20th player in Pioneer history to hit the 1,000 point mark. He entered the season...


State Tournament Roundup: Franklin Tech girls basketball cruises past PV Christian

03-01-2024 9:43 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

TURNERS FALLS — The only real difficulty for Franklin Tech came in the fourth quarter Friday night, but oh, what a considerable difficulty it was.Pioneer Valley Christian, trailing 44-20 after three quarters, flew back into contention on the strength...


MIAA Div. 5 boys basketball: Dominant all-around performance sends Mahar past Smith Academy, 60-15

03-01-2024 9:34 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

ORANGE – The Mahar boys basketball team sprinted out to a 19-3 first quarter lead and didn’t look back, holding Smith Academy to just four made field goals in a 60-15 victory on Friday night in the MIAA Division 5 Round of 32.No. 5 Mahar (16-5)...


Bulletin Board: WesternMass Ballers AAU basketball team holding tryouts Mar. 9-10

03-01-2024 9:33 PM

The WesternMass Ballers, a new AAU boys basketball program based in Montague, is holding tryouts on March 9-10 at Turners Falls High School. The tryouts for those in grades 6-7 will run from noon-2 p.m. while tryouts for those in grades 8-11 run from...


On The Run with John Stifler: Marathon runner Kiptum at the height of his powers upon death

03-01-2024 4:40 PM

The running world barely had time to marvel at how 24-year-old Kelvin Kiptum came within sight of breaking the two-hour barrier in the marathon before what promised to be a thrilling career came to a sudden end last month in a car crash that took...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Ultramarathon, Florida-style

03-01-2024 3:29 PM

Good morning! In 1928 a hurricane with winds that reached 150 mph ripped through Palm Beach County and turned north over Lake Okeechobee. The strong winds pushed the waters north and then south over a feeble earthen dike, swamping the low-lying areas...


MIAA Div. 4 hockey: No. 8 Martha’s Vineyard scored five goals in the second period to defeat No. 25 Greenfield, 10-0

02-29-2024 9:24 PM

For the third year in a row, the Greenfield hockey team saw its season come to an end in the Round of the 32 of the MIAA Division 4 tournament.The 25th-seeded Green Wave endured a full travel day on Thursday, heading east via bus and ferry to play at...


MIAA Div. 5 girls basketball: No. 16 Mahar needs overtime to knock off No. 17 Lee (PHOTOS)

02-29-2024 9:17 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The No. 16-17 matchup is always highly anticipated in the Round of 32 in the state tournament.The Mahar and Lee girls basketball teams didn’t disappoint on Thursday in the MIAA Div. 5 state tourney. Kenzie Garrity caught fire in the final...


MIAA Div. 4 girls basketball: Frontier routs Lunenburg in state tourney opener (PHOTOS)

02-29-2024 8:42 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

SOUTH DEERFIELD — It's got to do a basketball coach's heart a world of good when his team doesn't allow a single basket in the first quarter.Frontier Regional flexed its typically strong defensive muscles Thursday night, running out to a 20-2 lead...


UMass hockey: Minutemen ready to play UMass Lowell for first time this season

02-29-2024 5:53 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

By the end of the weekend, the Massachusetts hockey team will have officially squared off with every Hockey East opponent this season.UMass, coming off a series against UNH where the Minutemen knocked off the Wildcats at home on Friday and fell in...


UMass confirms move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as 13th member

02-29-2024 4:25 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — As of Thursday afternoon, it’s officially official.The UMass athletics department released a press release at 3:30 p.m. confirming its move to the Mid-American Conference (MAC) as a full member, as the baseball, men’s and women’s basketball,...


UMass women’s basketball snaps 15-game losing skid with victory over St. Bonaventure

02-28-2024 9:09 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The streak is finally over.Following an abysmal stretch of 15 consecutive losses, the UMass women’s basketball team finally put an end to its skid with a 58-45 win over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center. Kristin...


MIAA Div. 5 girls basketball: No. 18 Narragansett pulls away from No. 15 Greenfield in second half (PHOTOS)

02-28-2024 9:02 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — While the higher seed, it was going to be an uphill battle for the Greenfield girls basketball team against No. 18 Narragansett in the Round of 32 of the MIAA Div. 5 tournament on Wednesday. The 15th-seeded Green Wave were without...


Preps: NMH boys basketball rallies in second half to defeat Worcester Academy in NEPSAC AA quarters

02-28-2024 9:01 PM

The Northfield Mount Hermon boys basketball team was forced to battle back against No. 5 Worcester Academy on Wednesday in the NEPSAC Class AA quarterfinals. The third-seeded Hoggers trailed at the half but stormed back in the second to earn a 61-53...


UMass basketball: Big first half gets Minutemen back in win column with victory over George Washington

02-27-2024 9:34 PM

The UMass men’s basketball team looked like a squad set on avenging its loss to St. Bonaventure over the weekend.Taking on George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, the Minutemen shot 53.1 percent from the field in...


MIAA Div. 4 boys basketball: Frontier blows past Madison Park and into Round of 32 (PHOTOS)

02-27-2024 8:48 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

SOUTH DEERFIELD — After going on the road for its lone state tournament game a season ago, the Frontier boys basketball team earned a home game in the preliminary round of the MIAA Div. 4 state tourney on Tuesday, and made sure to send its fans home...


Alpine Ski: Mohawk Trail girls place second overall at MIAA state championship race

02-27-2024 6:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

WESTMINSTER — The back-to-back defending state champion Mohawk Trail girls alpine ski team relinquished its crown on Tuesday at the MIAA Championships at Wachusett Mountain, though the Warriors weren’t far away from making it a three-peat. Addie...



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