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Softball: Hannah Gilbert allows two hits as Franklin Tech knocks off Blackstone Valley, 7-3 (PHOTOS)
04-16-2024 8:11 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — It was a unique early season challenge the Franklin Tech softball team faced on Tuesday. The Eagles hosted Blackstone Valley Tech — an unfamiliar Central Mass. team which made it to the MIAA Div. 4 Round of 16 last year and bumped up...

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Baseball: Sam Connors, Mahar get past Smith Academy for win No. 2 (PHOTOS)
04-15-2024 8:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar baseball team couldn’t have asked for a better first inning on Monday against Smith Academy. After Sam Connors shut down the Falcons in the top of the frame, it didn’t take the Senator bats long to get going when it was their turn...


High schools: Big fifth inning powers Pioneer baseball past Greenfield
04-12-2024 8:40 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — Not even the pouring rain could slow down the Pioneer bats in the fifth inning on Friday against Greenfield. It was the Green Wave that kicked off the scoring in the fifth, putting three runs on the board in the top of the frame to take a...


High schools: Mohawk Trail softball pulls away from Pioneer, 19-4 (PHOTOS)
04-11-2024 8:35 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — After a big first inning for Pioneer, Riley Giard and the Mohawk Trail softball team shut the Panthers offense down the rest of the way. The Warriors got things going with two runs in the first inning but the Panthers responded by tacking...


Baseball: Hugh Cyhowski tosses one-hitter as Pioneer blanks Frontier 10-0 (PHOTOS)
04-10-2024 7:33 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The Frontier baseball team struggled to solve Pioneer’s Hugh Cyhowski on Wednesday.Cyhowski was dealing from the opening pitch on. He didn’t allow a runner to reach base until the fourth inning (hit by pitch), and through six...


Baseball: Beau Elson pitches Hopkins Academy past Greenfield (PHOTOS)
04-09-2024 7:17 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — Welcome back to western Mass. baseball, Beau Elson. The Fordham commit who returned to Hopkins Academy from Phillips Exeter this year, made his first start on the mound this season for the Golden Hawks against Greenfield on Tuesday.The...


Track & field preview 2024: Frontier aims for repeat Intercounty League titles
04-09-2024 4:32 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Two years ago, Frontier’s Jack Vecellio captured an all-state title in the pole vault while Greenfield’s Liviu Mihailicenco won a state championship in the high jump. On the girls side, Greenfield’s Tess Rancourt placed third at New Englands in the...


Softball: Madi Liimatainen, Turners Falls cruise to 12-0 season-opening win over Hopkins Academy (PHOTOS)
04-08-2024 8:06 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — The Turners Falls softball team’s bats were on fire to open the season on Monday against Hopkins Academy. In a rematch of last year’s MIAA Division 5 semifinal, the Thunder cracked six hits in the opening two innings to race out to a...


Shelburne Falls’ Kristian Whitsett wins 2024 Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon (PHOTOS)
04-06-2024 7:57 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

CHARLEMONT — It was a beautiful day at Berkshire East on Saturday for the 2024 Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon. Athletes from all over traveled to Charlemont to compete in the grueling pentathlon, which begins with a 4.3 mile run that starts on...


High school tennis preview 2024: Frontier boys looking to build on strong season
04-05-2024 5:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Could this be the year a Recorder area tennis team makes it past the MIAA Round of 32? In the two years since the MIAA switched to a statewide format, area tennis teams have done well qualifying for states, but have struggled when getting there. In...


High school football: Pioneer Valley Regional's Noah Gamache to receive Francis X. Keating Award for overcoming adversity
04-05-2024 4:37 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Not many 9-year-old kids are faced with the type of decision Noah Gamache had to make. Gamache — now a senior at Pioneer Valley Regional — was born with clubfoot, a birth defect in which the foot is twisted out of shape or position. As he grew up, two...


Softball preview 2024: Greenfield seeks third-straight Div. 5 state championship
04-04-2024 3:41 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It would be hard to find a more dominant postseason run than the one the Greenfield softball team had a season ago. After winning the 2022 MIAA Division 5 state championship, the Green Wave came back last spring with a loaded squad and dominated their...


2024 high school baseball preview: Pioneer looks to get over Final Four hump
04-03-2024 5:13 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Is it possible to finish the year with a 21-2 record and not be satisfied with the results? The Pioneer baseball team sure wasn’t. The Panthers won the first 18 games of their season in 2023 and did so in convincing fashion, cruising into the Western...


High schools: Fast start lifts Franklin Tech baseball past Turners (PHOTOS)
04-02-2024 9:00 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — A pair of big early innings offensively got the job done for the Franklin Tech baseball team against Turners Falls on Tuesday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex.The Eagles put three runs on the board in the top of the first inning and...


Boys volleyball preview: Frontier looks to earn third straight Western Mass. title
04-01-2024 3:45 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It’d be hard to imagine a program getting off to a better start than the Frontier boys volleyball team.Legendary Redhawk girls volleyball coach Sean MacDonald and Courtney Parent started the boys program at Frontier two years ago and in their first...


High schools: Agawam slugs past Frontier softball in season opener (PHOTOS)
03-29-2024 9:00 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Runs came early and often in the Frontier softball team’s season opener against Agawam on Friday. The visiting Brownies opened the game with four runs in the top of the first but the Redhawks responded by putting three runs on the...


High schools: Digging deeper into how the MIAA ranking formula fared this winter
03-29-2024 5:45 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It’s always an interesting exercise to review the MIAA winter tournament brackets and see how the rating system fared in regard to ranking teams. The MIAA says the rating system is simple and transparent, noting on its website “the benchmark is...


Denver’s Tristan Broz scores in double-overtime to knock off UMass, 2-1, in NCAA Tournament opening round (PHOTOS)
03-28-2024 9:25 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

SPRINGFIELD — When the Massachusetts and Denver hockey teams meet in the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, 60 minutes doesn’t seem to be enough to decide a winner. After playing to overtime in the 2019 NCAA tournament semifinals, the fourth-seeded...


High schools: Spring sports season gets underway Thursday
03-27-2024 4:46 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

While the brisk, chilly weather this week doesn’t make it seem like the spring sports season is here, local high school baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball teams will get their campaigns underway Thursday and Friday.With it being a light winter...


Greenfield hockey’s Jake Jurek, Shawn Baumann take home Bessone Awards
03-27-2024 4:29 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

The 2024 Amo Bessone Western Mass. High School Hockey Awards were announced earlier this week, and a pair of Greenfield players were honored for their outstanding seasons on the ice.Green Wave junior forward Jake Jurek was one of two players to...


Boston College scores four goals in second, three in third to roll past UMass, 8-1, in Hockey East semifinals
03-22-2024 7:53 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

BOSTON — After scoring a pair of goals in the opening five minutes of its Hockey East Playoff quarterfinal game against Providence, the Massachusetts hockey team knew it needed another fast start against top-seeded Boston College in the semifinals at...

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