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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...

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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...


Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-08-2024 2:32 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE — For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Orange resident Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet at the...


On The Run with John Stifler: It’s officially Tuesday race season in Northampton
04-05-2024 6:26 PM

That hill in the third mile is a little toughie. You’ve been pacing yourself around the large field next to the Mill River, keeping mind, lungs and legs together, and ahead lurks the abrupt turn into the woods where the trail rises gradually, then...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Jim Reid a deserving honoree
04-05-2024 1:20 PM

Good morning!Sunday at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, Jim Reid will be honored by the Western Mass. Chapter of the National Football Foundation, together with seven others who will be feted for their contributions to the sport.Reid has come full...


Mother, daughter open The 19th Hole Driving Range in Greenfield
04-04-2024 11:27 AM

By GRACE LEE

GREENFIELD — When the property at 1245 Bernardston Road was home to Sammy K’s Golf, Tracey Stiles’ whole family frequently spent time there to watch her son Benjamin Westerman, an avid golfer, practice.Today, the range continues to be a family...


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...


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...


Keeping Score: Play ball, indeed
03-29-2024 3:53 PM

Good morning!The New York Mets broke training camp this week but left their newest free agent J.D. Martinez behind at Clover Park in St. Lucie West to get ready for the Braves series a week from Monday.Clover Park is the stadium’s fifth name change....


UMass hockey: Minutemen earn at-large selection to NCAA tourney, will play Denver at MassMutual Center in Springfield
03-24-2024 6:48 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

The UMass hockey team is dancing.The Minutemen got in just under the wire when they were selected for the NCAA Division 1 Tournament. UMass earned a spot in the 16-team field as the final at-large pick when the brackets were released during the...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Baseball season is upon us
03-22-2024 2:01 PM

Good morning!On March 9 the Washington Nationals played the Houston Astros at CACTI Park of the Palm Beaches. Named for a hard seltzer, the 7,700-seat spring training facility has housed the Nationals and Astros since it opened seven years ago.It is...


Local bulletin: Greenfield's Gianna Conte named MASCAC Pitcher of the Week at Westfield State
03-18-2024 5:34 PM

Westfield State University’s Gianna Conte was dealing in the circle this past week.Conte, a Greenfield High School alum, made six pitching appearances for the Owls on a spring trip in Naples, Fla., finishing up with a 3-1 record. Conte had a 3.55 ERA...


Diamond in the rough: Locals working to rehab Orange’s Spear Field for softball players
03-14-2024 2:41 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — A local youth league is recruiting volunteers and monetary donations to help give area softball players a field of their dreams.The board of directors for Athol-Orange Chuck Stone Baseball/Softball has decided to renovate the abandoned Spear...


The Real Score: Beware the March “Madness” of sports betting
03-14-2024 1:01 PM

This Sunday, the March Madness brackets will be set, enabling millions of sport consumers to place bets that will total in the billions of dollars (you should also expect to see some ads from the sports books…).This week, in recognition of March...


Youth sports: FCHA Green 14U captures back-to-back GSL championships
03-11-2024 4:27 PM

It’s been quite the winter season for the Franklin County Hockey Association 14U Green team.The club nabbed a championship in the Tier IV Small Division at the Massachusetts Hockey State Tournament, and followed that up this past weekend with another...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Return to the MAC
03-08-2024 4:54 PM

Good morning!The UMass Minutemen are the prodigal children of college football, returning to the Mid-American Conference from whence they came.It took nine seasons of anchoring the FBS, of winning 16 games and losing 72, of burning through millions of...


UMass formally introduced as 13th member of the Mid-American Conference
03-07-2024 5:48 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — After more than a week since the news first broke, University of Massachusetts athletic department officials held a press conference Thursday morning to express their excitement over joining the Mid-American Conference.UMass Chancellor...


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. 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...


More than ‘a three hour tour:’ Greenfield hockey team preparing for Thursday’s state tourney journey to Martha’s Vineyard
02-27-2024 5:39 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Game postponed due to high wind advisory.Welcome to life in the state tournament.Such is the case for the Greenfield hockey team, which had its MIAA Division 4 state playoff game Wednesday at Martha's Vineyard postponed until Thursday due to expected...


The team that went all the way: Turners Falls High School baseball won State Championship in 1942; next month they will be inducted into the Western Mass Baseball Hall of Fame
02-23-2024 2:01 PM

By RICHARD ANDERSEN

Imagine this. It’s 1942. Springtime. The country is in the first of months of a war that is already one of the deadliest catastrophes in world history. By the time it ends in 1945, 30 million people are no longer among the living.You’re 18 years old...

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