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UMass basketball: Matt Cross announces he’s transferring to SMU for final year of eligibility
05-20-2024 10:07 AM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The decision every UMass men’s basketball fan has been waiting for was finally made on May 6.Minutemen star and First Team All-Atlantic 10 forward Matt Cross — the backbone of UMass’ team for the past two seasons — has committed to SMU, he...

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UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signs two-year contract extension
06-27-2024 7:19 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

UMass men’s basketball coach Frank Martin signed a two-year extension to keep him in Amherst through the 2028-29 season, UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford announced last Thursday.Martin led the Minutemen to a 15-16 mark in his first season in...


Breaking down the financial implications for UMass athletics after move to the Mid-American Conference
04-01-2024 11:39 AM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

When UMass joins the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year, athletic director Ryan Bamford expects the school will bring in more revenue than it did when competing in the Atlantic 10.“This will allow us to grow our revenues to the...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen’s two leading scorers Alexsia Rose, Kristin Williams headed to transfer portal
03-24-2024 2:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — As of Monday afternoon, two UMass women’s basketball guards have entered the transfer portal, looking to take their talents elsewhere.Senior Alexsia Rose and junior Kristin Williams have hit the portal following a disappointing 5-27...


UMass basketball: Josh Cohen, Robert Davis Jr. first Minutemen to enter transfer portal
03-24-2024 2:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — One of the first dominoes to fall is a massive one for the UMass men’s basketball team.Minutemen forward Josh Cohen has entered the transfer portal, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello reported late Monday morning. The 6-foot-10 senior has one year of...


Men’s basketball coach Frank Martin supporting UMass’ decision to join MAC: “They believed in me, and they haven’t lied to me since I’ve been here”
03-14-2024 3:01 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — From a basketball perspective, Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said it was a no-brainer to add UMass to his conference.The men’s basketball program was perhaps the most appealing of the school’s athletic teams given its...


Amherst College women’s basketball coach Gromacki fastest in NCAA history to reach 600 wins
02-08-2024 8:33 PM

By GARRETT COTE

Dynasty isn’t a term that gets thrown around loosely – that word holds a ton of weight in the sports world. It takes a lot of success over an extended period of time to call something a dynasty.But that’s exactly what South Deerfield native G.P....


“Nice call, ref”: High school referee ranks shrink amid abuse by fans, low pay
02-03-2024 11:00 AM

By GARRETT COTE

A couple weeks ago, I sat inside Smith Academy’s Sherry Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield to cover a girls basketball game between the Falcons and Duggan Academy of Springfield. As the game progressed, the displeasure from supporters only grew louder — and...


UMass basketball: Matt Cross leads balanced Minutemen past Saint Louis for first A-10 road wi
01-30-2024 10:15 AM

Matt Cross led four players in double figures, scoring 19 points to propel the UMass men’s basketball team to an 84-73 Atlantic 10 Conference victory over Saint Louis on Saturday night at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.The Minutemen won on the road...


Longtime Amherst College basketball coach Dave Hixon belonged in every room at Basketball Hall of Fame induction
08-16-2023 8:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD — John Calipari wrapped an arm around Dave Hixon as he introduced the longtime Amherst College men’s basketball coach to Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.Their time in Amherst overlapped when Calipari was at UMass. Hixon coached at Amherst...


‘More than I could have imagined’: Longtime Amherst College basketball coach Dave Hixon inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame
08-16-2023 7:57 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

SPRINGFIELD — Basketball gave Dave Hixon everything he could ask for. When the longtime Amherst College men’s coach retired in 2020, his former players and friends made him an hour and a half long video thanking him for his impact on their lives.“I...


Top on-court moments from David Hixon’s Hall of Fame career coaching Amherst basketball
08-14-2023 7:33 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Dave Hixon always wore a suit to Amherst College’s men’s basketball games but never coached in it. He walked out of the locker room to cheers in LeFrak Gymnasium and banter on the road, shook his counterpart’s hand and chatted during shootaround. Once...


2022-23 Gazette Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Tessa Kawall, Amherst
04-20-2023 3:17 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Tessa Kawall has always been a supremely talented basketball player — Amherst head coach Ralph Loos often calls her a “freak” when talking about her athletic ability. But until somewhat recently, Kawall could sometimes let her emotions get the best of...


UMass basketball: Mike Leflar introduced as new Minutewomen head coach
04-20-2023 3:14 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

AMHERST — There wasn’t an empty seat inside a packed Massachusetts room at the Mullins Center last Wednesday afternoon. It seemed as though the entire UMass athletics department had turned out for new women’s basketball coach Mike Leflar’s...


‘Today's the day that we start winning’ Pitt women’s basketball introduces former UMass coach Tory Verdi as new head coach
04-12-2023 7:20 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

It didn’t take the Pittsburgh women’s basketball program long to introduce its new head coach, Tory Verdi. After the seven-year UMass women’s basketball coach had been rumored to be in talks with Pitt, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Noah Hiles...


UMass notebook: Sam Breen named 2023 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player Of The Year
04-05-2023 7:48 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Add one more jewel to Queen Breen’s crown.UMass graduate student forward Sam Breen was named the 2023 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player Of The Year on Wednesday, becoming the fourth winner in the award’s history and first Minutewoman.“I am super blessed...


‘A room of your heroes’: Longtime Amherst College coach Dave Hixon will be enshrined in basketball Hall of Fame
04-05-2023 7:45 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Dave Hixon knew he was a Hall of Famer a week ago Monday. He couldn’t say anything about it until the class was officially announced last Saturday.“This has been a hard week because I’ve had a lot of people asking me,” Hixon said.When an Adrian...


Girls basketball: Central takes down Amherst in Class A final, 61-47 (PHOTOS)
03-02-2023 9:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WESTFIELD — Blood pooled in the cut on Audrey Bowen’s lower lip.She and the Amherst Regional girls basketball team took a punch against Springfield Central in the Western Massachusetts Class A championship game Saturday.The defending champion Golden...


UMass announces $2 million gift to renovate Curry Hicks Cage as indoor track & field facility
02-23-2023 8:56 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The Cage is dead. Long live the Cage.A $2 million gift from Dr. Jim and Ellen Hunt will serve as the lead gift in the UMass athletic department’s fundraising campaign to renovate Curry Hicks Cage, which last hosted a UMass basketball game in 2011 and...


Boys basketball: New faces called upon this winter
01-02-2023 11:25 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

No area boys basketball teams reached the state semifinal round last season, and the three quarterfinalists Granby, Holyoke and Hopkins Academy will need new galvanizing forces after graduating large and impactful senior classes.The Purple Knights...

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