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Class B hockey: Greenfield’s bid for 4-peat halted by Taconic in semifinal round
02-21-2024 9:00 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

WEST SPRINGFIELD — After winning three consecutive Western Massachusetts titles, the Greenfield hockey team has found itself as the target of teams across the region.Taconic, which lost in the finals of two of those three championships, was finally...

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Five local wrestlers still alive after Day 1 of MIAA Division 3 Championships
02-16-2024 7:36 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Five local wrestlers are still in the mix at the MIAA Division 3 Wrestling Championships.Brackets were wrestled down to the semifinal round and consolation round of four after Day 1 action on Friday at Wakefield Memorial High School. Day 2 action...


PVIAC basketball: Mahar boys earn No. 1 seed in Class C field
02-16-2024 4:48 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

The basketball postseason is upon us.The PVIAC released brackets for next week’s sectional tournaments on Friday, and the majority of Franklin County high school programs found their way into the postseason fields.Four local boys’ teams and five...


UMass basketball: Minutemen hold off Rhode Island despite free throw woes 81-79
02-11-2024 5:20 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It seems that no matter what happens during a UMass men’s basketball game, all roads lead to a photo finish in the end.Such was again the case on Sunday at the Mullins Center in Amherst.The Minutemen trailed Rhode Island for almost the entire first...


Boys basketball: With Pioneer’s Scott Thayer the newest 300-win member, digging deeper into all-time Franklin County coaching list
01-08-2024 5:41 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

When Pioneer’s Scott Thayer reached the 300-win mark last week in the Panthers’ victory over Mount Greylock, he joined elite company among Recorder area boys basketball coaches.Thayer became just the fifth boys basketball coach in the area to topple...


Boys basketball: Pioneer routs Mount Greylock, gives coach Scott Thayer career win No. 300 (PHOTOS)
01-02-2024 9:00 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

NORTHFIELD — Another dominant win by the Pioneer boys basketball team was a milestone one for head coach Scott Thayer.The Panthers’ 72-25 victory over visiting Mount Greylock at Messer Gymnasium on Tuesday night was win No. 300 in Thayer’s coaching...


High schools: Third-period penalties doom Greenfield hockey team in 5-3 loss to Gardner (PHOTOS)
12-27-2023 8:47 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

HOLYOKE – Penalties can often make the difference in high school hockey.Such was the case for Greenfield on Wednesday night.The Green Wave led 3-2 in the third period against Gardner during the semifinal round of the Chicopee Winter Classic at...


High school basketball: Turners Falls girls, Mohawk Trail boys won’t have varsity teams this winter
12-01-2023 5:02 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

As the high school hardwood season prepares for opening night on Thursday, a pair of Franklin County schools will not be sponsoring varsity programs this winter.Turners Falls High School will not compete as a girls varsity program this winter, same...


With Delaware set to join Conference USA, UMass once again in the conference alignment discussion
11-27-2023 5:06 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Following Saturday’s 31-18 loss to Connecticut, the UMass football team’s 2023 season officially came to its conclusion. It’s a big offseason for the Minutemen, and work has begun immediately in hopes of continuing to build a program that finished 3-9...


Div. 4 field hockey: Sutton rallies from early deficit, edges Frontier 2-1 in state quarterfinals (PHOTOS)
11-11-2023 3:25 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

SUTTON – The Frontier field hockey team shot out of the gates like a rocket for the opening 10 minutes of Saturday’s MIAA Division 4 quarterfinal. The 12th-seeded Redhawks had a lead, and looked primed for more.But No. 4 Sutton didn’t let in a second...


MIAA tourneys: Ashley Taylor’s double overtime goal lifts Frontier field hockey past Joseph Case, into state quarterfinals
11-08-2023 5:39 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

With a penalty shootout looming in hostile territory, Ashley Taylor and the Frontier field hockey team took matters into their own hands on Wednesday.Taylor buried the game-winning goal with just three minutes remaining in double overtime, lifting the...


Class C field hockey: Grace Laurie nets hat trick as Greenfield blanks Turners Falls, 7-0 (PHOTOS)
10-27-2023 6:22 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

GREENFIELD — Clinging to just a one-goal lead at halftime, the Greenfield field hockey team kicked things into overdrive over the final 30 minutes on Friday.The second-seeded Green Wave tallied six goals in the second half, including three in a span...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen picked 11th in Atlantic 10 Conference preseason poll
10-26-2023 3:26 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

A lot has changed for the UMass women’s basketball team since they last took the court on March 20 — an 89-87 loss to Harvard in the second round of the WNIT.Head coach Tory Verdi left to take the job at Pittsburgh, and Mike Leflar was elevated to the...


High schools: Turners Falls (Class D), Frontier (Class B) punch WMass volleyball title-match tickets
10-25-2023 10:56 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

TURNERS FALLS — Pushed late in the third set, the Turners Falls volleyball team rose to the occasion Wednesday night to sew up a spot in the Western Mass. Class D championship.Third-seeded Mohawk Trail came charging back late, looking to extend the...


Country Club of Greenfield goes for 4th straight title as Franklin Cup returns for 24th edition
10-05-2023 2:47 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

While the United States was unable to spring the road Ryder Cup victory in Italy last weekend, the Country Club of Greenfield will be looking to do just that – and win their fourth straight tournament – when the 24th annual Franklin Cup takes place...


Five holes-in-one in less than a week has Country Club of Greenfield buzzing
08-28-2023 5:04 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It’s been raining aces at the Country Club of Greenfield.Five golfers alone sank holes-in-one there in less than a week, adding to what has been a sizable season total for a club that dates back to 1896.“It happens in bunches at the Country Club for...


Hannah Gilbert, Franklin Tech blank Taconic 6-0 in MIAA Div. 5 Round of 16 (PHOTOS)
06-07-2023 9:34 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

PITTSFIELD – Hannah Gilbert and the Franklin Tech softball team did everything right in order to snag a road postseason victory on Wednesday.The 11th-seeded Eagles played well defensively and generated enough offense with some timely hitting. Add in a...


High schools: Top-seeded Greenfield softball rolls past Georgetown 13-1, into Div. 5 quarterfinals (PHOTOS)
06-06-2023 9:04 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Winning in the state tournament isn’t supposed to be easy, but the Greenfield softball team has made it look that way so far.The top-seeded Green Wave rolled into the MIAA Division 5 quarterfinal round thanks to another run-ruled victory on Tuesday...


Softball: Weather suspends highly-anticipated Greenfield-Westfield showdown
05-02-2023 6:22 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

WESTFIELD – Mother Nature certainly dampened a matchup between defending state champions on Tuesday.The highly-anticipated independent contest between defending Division 5 champion Greenfield and Div. 2 champ Westfield lasted just two-plus innings...


Hatfield native Lynne-Ann Kokoski introduced as new Bryant University women’s basketball coach
04-14-2023 11:42 AM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Lynne-Ann Kokoski’s basketball journey has taken yet another step.The Hatfield native and former Smith Academy star was officially hired as the new head coach of the Bryant University women’s basketball program on Friday. It’s the first Division 1...


Boys basketball: Pioneer holds off Hopkins Academy 63-57 for 1st Western Mass. title since 2018 (PHOTOS)
02-25-2023 11:41 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

WESTFIELD – The train is, perhaps, ahead of schedule.Buoyed by a sophomore core of players who have been together since elementary school, the Pioneer boys basketball team added another chapter to its storied program history on Saturday. The...

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