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Gazette Girls Swimming & Diving Player of the Year: Vianka Acosta-McKenzie, Amherst Regional

Vianka Acosta-McKenzie took her position seriously as one of the few seniors on the Amherst Regional girls swimming & diving team.Having been on the team for three years she knew how to have fun and stay competitive in the pool.“I feel like a lot of... → Read More

Gazette Boys Swimming & Diving Player of the Year: Noah Labich, Amherst Regional

When Noah Labich was preparing to re-enter the high school swimming pool, the Amherst Regional senior took a glance at the times from the previous season’s championship meets.He wanted to know what he was up against.“It’s of course motivation, and... → Read More

Mount Holyoke College cancels fall sports in reopening plan

Mount Holyoke College announced on Tuesday that it will not participate in fall sports when the school reopens later this year.Mount Holyoke President Sonya Stephens released the college’s reopening plan on the school’s website. While the college is... → Read More

UMass hockey lands 24 players on Hockey East All-Academic Team.

The UMass hockey team finished second in the Hockey East standings on the ice. The Minutemen were runner-up in the classroom as well.The conference announced Tuesday that a record 183 student-athletes were named to the All-Academic Team. To be... → Read More

MIAA Tournament Management Committee rejects football, boys hockey statewide alignment proposals

The MIAA Tournament Management Committee met virtually on Monday to review statewide alignments that will take effect in the fall of 2021.The committee spent most of the three hours discussing football and boys ice hockey, two sports that are vastly... → Read More

Fit for a role: Tom Messinger climbs the coaching ladder at Hargrave Military Academy

Tom Messinger knew early on in high school that he wanted to coach basketball.His father, Scott, coached at various levels and Tom caught the bug growing up.“I grew up around teams and that bond that they had and the power of being a part of something... → Read More

Northampton native Tom Messinger named head basketball coach at prep power Hargrave Military Academy

Northampton native Tom Messinger was named the head coach of the Hargrave Military Academy postgraduate basketball team on Thursday.Messinger will also assume the role of program director, overseeing the varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams... → Read More

Westfield Starfires, Futures Collegiate Baseball League to start shortened season next week

The Futures Collegiate Baseball League held out longer than any other summer league in order to salvage its season.The wait paid off as the league announced Monday the dates and starting times for its shortened season.The FCBL will hold a 39-game... → Read More

Northampton, Hampshire Athletic Clubs preparing to reopen

Perry Messer is eagerly awaiting the start of phase three of Gov. Charlie Baker’s reopening plan.It’s been over three months since he shut down operations at his two athletic centers, the Northampton Athletic Club and Hampshire Athletic Club in... → Read More

Valley Storm set for season’s first pitch

First pitch is coming soon for the Valley Storm.So far, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all tournaments have been canceled. That will change this weekend when the 16U Storm play in the New England State Championships, held in Windsor, Connecticut.It’s... → Read More

MIAA Tournament Management Committee approvals some alignments, tables MaxPreps for fall of 2020

The MIAA took a small step Thursday in its quest to align all sports by 2021-2022, when the state shifts to statewide tournaments.The Tournament Management Committee (TMC) met virtually and approved by a 16-0 vote the recommended alignments for field... → Read More

MIAA Field Hockey Committee approves 4-division statewide alignments

The MIAA Field Hockey Committee met virtually on Monday to finalize its statewide tournament alignment proposal.The committee voted 13-0 in favor of a four-division alignment for the 2021-2023 cycle. The proposal will be sent to the Tournament... → Read More

NSAF officials cancel high school track & field Outdoor Nationals

The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation made the decision Monday night to cancel Outdoor Nationals, the high school track & field championship rescheduled to South Dakota next month.With the increase in coronavirus cases across the country, the... → Read More

Opportunity lost for New England Mutiny as United Women’s Soccer closes door on 2020 season

The New England Mutiny lost its chance to build off the success it had in 2019.The United Women’s Soccer national pro-am league announced Tuesday morning that it has canceled the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“We had such a successful... → Read More

Outdoor Track & Field Nationals moved to South Dakota for July 30-Aug. 2

It is increasingly unlikely that area high school track and field athletes will compete at the 2020 Outdoor Nationals.The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) rescheduled the already rescheduled championship meet and moved it to the... → Read More

Ed Lofland eager to start season No. 35 at Monadnock Speedway

Ed Lofland is waiting for the signal to start his engine.For 34 years, the Granby resident has been racing at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, New Hampshire.He’s eager to start season No. 35, just when is the question. Monadnock has been granted... → Read More

College coaches, administrations speak out for racial injustices

College coaches and administrations are using their social media platforms to denounce police violence and bring awareness to racial injustice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minnesota and ensuing protests across the country.Adam Banks,... → Read More

From the back line to front line, Amherst Regional graduate and former soccer pro Robbie Russell at home in the ER

For 13 years, Robbie Russell was used to making split-second decisions.The 1997 Amherst Regional graduate played defense for several professional soccer teams, overseas and at home in Major League Soccer.Standing on the back line, he could see plays... → Read More

MIAA Blue Ribbon Committee tables decision on viability of volleyball rules concerning boys playing on girls teams

The MIAA Blue Ribbon Committee tabled a decision on the viability of two volleyball rules concerning boys playing on girls teams.After hearing a virtual presentation by the MIAA Volleyball Committee on Thursday, the Blue Ribbon Committee (BRC) chose... → Read More

Amherst Regional football program expands playbook with volunteer work at Amherst Survival Center

AMHERST — Cenai Collins could have been working out and preparing himself for his freshman season for the American International football team.Miles Foerster could have been deep in his playbook, building off a redshirt freshman year for the UConn... → Read More