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Northampton, MA, United States

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Past articles by Josh:

UMass junior forward John Leonard’s scoring ability takes him to the front step of NHL

In the afterglow of a national championship game appearance last year, the sharks were literally circling for John Leonard.The San Jose Sharks showed interest in signing Leonard, their 2018 sixth-round selection, to an entry-level deal. But UMass... → Read More

Five best moments of UMass’ winter sports season

March is when memories are made for winter sports programs. It’s the month when championships are awarded and heroes are crowned in the biggest moments of the season.We were robbed of those chances this year with the COVID-19 pandemic grinding the... → Read More

UMass basketball programs take large leap in 2019-20

AMHERST — Before the academic year began, UMass started a marketing campaign for its athletics department.The school used the hashtag #TheFlagshipIs and each team then chose a different word to complete the phrase. Few programs were as spot on with... → Read More

Amherst College places men’s lacrosse on probation, fires coach for racist incident

AMHERST — Amherst College has placed its nationally ranked men’s lacrosse program on probation for the 2021 spring season and fired head coach Jon Thompson following a racially charged incident earlier this month.The incident that sparked the... → Read More

Walfish: Woodstock Academy pipeline should not be a concern

The first shoe dropped on Tuesday. That was the day freshman guard C.J. Jackson officially put his name in the NCAA transfer portal after never cracking the UMass rotation this season. On Wednesday, it was Keon Clergeot who decided to leave the... → Read More

Spring practice cancellation hinders progress of UMass football program

AMHERST — Next week, Walt Bell was supposed to get back in front of his players again and continue his methodical plan to building UMass football.Next Tuesday was going to be the first spring practice for the Minutemen, the first of 15 opportunities... → Read More

UMass hockey alums Cory Quirk, Greg Mauldin scramble to get home from Europe

At 2 o’clock in the morning, there isn’t much time for nuance.When President Donald Trump delivered his address from the Oval Office last Wednesday evening, it was already early Thursday morning for Greg Mauldin and Cory Quirk, two UMass hockey alums... → Read More

UMass AD Ryan Bamford vows to battle for extra eligibility for spring sports athletes

UMass athletics director Ryan Bamford wasted no time in supporting his spring student-athletes.In the minutes after the NCAA canceled its spring sports championships Thursday afternoon due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bamford tweeted, “no one likes... → Read More

Atlantic 10 cancels rest of men’s basketball tournament; Division III tourney over for Amherst, Smith

NEW YORK — UMass had taken the court and was preparing to line up for the national anthem Thursday afternoon.Then an eerie pause came over the mostly empty Barclays Center. Matt McCall was on the phone, waving his players off the court and the rest of... → Read More

UMass bars fans from Mullins Center for Hockey East quarterfinals

AMHERST — In conjunction with the school’s move to online classes starting after spring break, UMass has decided to play its Hockey East Tournament best-of-three quarterfinal series with Northeastern without spectators at the Mullins Center this week... → Read More

UMass more connected in return to Barclays Center for Atlantic 10 Tournament

AMHERST — Last year, UMass arrived at the Barclays Center, simply hoping to go on a five-day run and win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. This season, the Minutemen arrive in New York fully expecting to win four games in four days and punch their ticket to... → Read More

UMass’ Tre Mitchell named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year

AMHERST — The writing has been on the wall for weeks, but on Tuesday it was finally confirmed – Tre Mitchell is the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.Mitchell was the only UMass honoree when the conference released its annual awards Tuesday afternoon, as... → Read More

Walfish: Yep, I was wrong about these UMass freshmen

AMHERST Five months ago, I had to fill out a ballot ranking the teams in the Atlantic 10 based on how I figured they would finish.At that moment in October when I sent in my predictions to the conference office, I picked UMass to finish 12th in the... → Read More

UMass falls 64-63 in heartbreaker to Rhode Island

AMHERST — Tre Mitchell almost saved UMass from itself Saturday night.Twice it looked like the Minutemen were down for the count against Rhode Island at the Mullins Center, and twice the freshman big man resurrected them. A 17-point first-half deficit... → Read More

UMass to celebrate an unconventional group of seniors against Rhode Island

AMHERST — Three seniors with three different paths to the UMass basketball program will be honored Saturday night.There’s Djery Baptiste, the only scholarship player among the trio who joined the Minutemen as a graduate transfer from Vanderbilt in the... → Read More

UMass grinds out win over La Salle to secure first-round bye

PHILADELPHIA — For the first time in four years, UMass will get to relax on the first day of the Atlantic 10 Tournament.The Minutemen defeated La Salle, 75-64, on Wednesday night to secure themselves a bye into the second round of the conference... → Read More

Kolby Vegara positions himself in new role for UMass hockey

AMHERST — If someone had asked Greg Carvel a month ago about playing Kolby Vegara as a third-line forward, the UMass hockey coach would probably be mentioning it as a harbinger of bad omens.Yet, on Saturday night against Connecticut, Carvel had little... → Read More

Walfish: UMass women’s basketball isn’t done making history just yet

AMHERST Four years ago, no one was intimidated to come to the Mullins Center. The running joke was that teams didn’t need shootaround to beat UMass, all they needed to do was show up for the game and the victory would be a cakewalk. There was no... → Read More

Keon Clergeot adds spark again off bench for UMass

AMHERST — Keon Clergeot is one of the more predictable players on the UMass men’s basketball team.It’s a given he’s going to compete as hard as he can for as long as he can. It’s a given he’s going to try to draw as many charges as he can. And it’s... → Read More

Overlooked in high school, Hailey Leidel ending historic UMass career on high note

AMHERST — Hailey Leidel has always had a chip on her shoulder.She was overlooked while playing on the AAU circuit as a junior and senior in high school despite playing on a state championship team. She had to fight for respect as a player from... → Read More