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Amherst girls capture runner-up finish at MIAA Nordic Ski Championships (PHOTOS)
02-23-2024 9:42 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WOODFORD, Vt. — The Amherst girls Nordic ski team didn’t just feel like underdogs all season long — they were underdogs.Often overlooked given the geographical location, the Hurricanes were ready to display their talents on the biggest stage, at the...


“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...


Boys Volleyball Player of the Year Jesse Kurkulonis built Frontier program
08-02-2023 6:15 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The Frontier Regional boys volleyball program wouldn’t exist without Jesse Kurkulonis.Inspired by the success of his friends on the Redhawks girls team, which has won 11 state championships including last fall, he began inquiring with newly minted...


2023 Gazette Baseball Player of the Year: Patrick Fitzgibbons, Hopkins Academy
07-27-2023 7:35 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Greg Vreeland called his older brother, Hopkins Academy baseball coach Dan Vreeland, over to the hitting tunnel set up near the field. The mesh cage allowed the Golden Hawks’ junior varsity call ups and bench players to take batting practice swings...


Golden Hawks baseball run ends at Div. 5 state final
06-21-2023 7:45 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WORCESTER — Bourne’s bats built a bridge too far for Hopkins Academy.The No. 9 seed Golden Hawks rallied in nearly every game of the state tournament but couldn’t make it all the way back against the No. 2 Canalmen in the MIAA Division 5 championship...


Frontier wins WMass Class C championship over Smith Voc
06-08-2023 11:08 AM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

GREENFIELD — The Rooster hummed a song of victory in his head while staring defeat in the eyes.Frontier Regional junior Wyatt Edes, nicknamed after the barnyard crower for his flowing red locks and crimson goatee, stood in the Veterans Field batter’s...


Ultimate state championships: Amherst wins No. 26; Northampton girls take 2nd
06-01-2023 6:26 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

NORTHAMPTON — Amherst’s casket never closed.Lexington celebrated like it won the boys ultimate state title Sunday at Oxbow Marina. The Fooligans ran off the sideline into the end zone to scream and hug then lined up. They thought they slayed the...


Boys tennis: Dragons take down Lenox to secure PVCICS’ 1st-ever Western Mass. championship (PHOTOS)
06-01-2023 6:16 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

WEST SPRINGFIELD – Teddy Scott noticed the dust in the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School trophy case.The runner up trophy from last season’s Western Massachusetts Class C boys tennis final loss against Lee also caught his eye. Scott...


2022-23 Gazette Swimmer of the Year: Lucy Smith, Amherst
04-05-2023 7:59 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

A special waiver allowed Lucy Smith to join the Amherst Regional high school swim team as a seventh grader.The Hurricanes couldn’t have fielded the squad without adding middle schoolers for the 2017-18 season.“It was definitely a little intimidating....


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...


D2 girls state swimming & diving: Amherst collects 2nd-place trophy
02-23-2023 8:46 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

CAMBRIDGE — Lucy Smith placed one hand on fellow Amherst Regional senior Deborah Wells’ back, said, “I’ve got something for you.”She handed over the MIAA Division 2 Girls Swimming state finalist trophy she’d held since the Hurricanes received it to...


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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