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Class C semis: Top-seeded Lenox locks down Franklin Tech, 51-36
02-21-2024 9:53 PM

By DYLAN THOMPSON

LENOX — On Wednesday night, top-seeded Lenox took one step closer to redemption, jumping out to an early 13-point lead, en route to a 51-36 victory over No. 4 Franklin Tech in a PVIAC Western Massachusetts Class C semifinal.One year after losing in...

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High schools: Kyler McClelland (28 points) powers Pioneer girls into Class D title game
02-21-2024 9:20 PM

The Pioneer girls basketball team is on to the Western Mass. Class D championship game. After knocking off Duggan in the quarterfinals, the third-seeded Panthers traveled to Monson to take on the No. 2 Mustangs on Wednesday in the semis. Pioneer...


Class D semis: No. 3 Duggan hits shot with six seconds to play to knock off No. 2 Pioneer (PHOTOS)
02-21-2024 9:05 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — There will be a new Western Mass. Class D boys basketball champion this year. It was a battle for the entire 32 minutes between second-seeded Pioneer — the defending Class D champs — and No. 3 Duggan on Wednesday at Messer Gymnasium....


UMass basketball: Minutemen bounce back, roll to 74-52 victory over VCU
02-20-2024 10:26 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Anxious murmurs percolated throughout the Mullins Center crowd as a Roosevelt Wheeler layup cut VCU’s deficit to 48-38 – the closest it had been since 12-2 in the opening minutes – with exactly 14 minutes to go in regulation.The UMass...


H.S. Roundup: No. 1 Mahar pulls away in fourth quarter to defeat No. 8 Lenox in Class C quarters
02-20-2024 9:18 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Lenox boys basketball team gave top-seeded Mahar all it could handle on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. Class C tournament.The No. 8 Millionaires were hitting shots early while its zone gave the Sens problems, with Lenox...


H.S. Roundup: Late run propels Athol boys basketball to opening-round victory over Ware
02-19-2024 9:16 PM

As to be expected in a 4-5 tournament matchup, it was a close game midway through the fourth quarter between the Athol and Ware boys basketball teams on Monday night.The No. 4 Bears held a 38-35 lead with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter of the...


Class C quarters: Hannah Gilbert (29 points), No. 4 Franklin Tech roar into semifinals via 54-29 win over No. 5 Greenfield (PHOTOS)
02-19-2024 9:01 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

TURNERS FALLS — It’s not often that teams in such close geographical proximity may go through an entire regular season without facing each other, but the Western Mass. girls Class C quarterfinals took care of that Monday night – and then Franklin Tech...


Class D quarters: No. 2 Pioneer controls the glass, runs away from No. 7 Smith Academy for 63-27 win (PHOTOS)
02-19-2024 8:14 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — It was the type of performance Pioneer boys basketball coach Scott Thayer was hoping to see from his team on Monday during the quarterfinals of the Western Mass. Class D tournament. Hosting No. 7 Smith Academy, the second-seeded Panthers...


UMass basketball: Red-hot VCU comes to Mullins Center on Tuesday
02-19-2024 5:40 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — The saying all season long for the UMass men’s basketball team is a simple one: Don’t let the highs be too high, and don’t let the lows be too low.After a disappointing loss to then last-place La Salle over the weekend, the Minutemen are...


UMass basketball: Minutemen dig double-digit hole, drop road game at last-place La Salle, 82-81 
02-17-2024 4:54 PM

Just three days removed from its biggest win of the season, the UMass men’s basketball team followed it up with perhaps its worst loss of the year on Saturday.The Minutemen dug themselves a double-digit halftime hole on the road against last place La...


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...


Big fourth quarter lifts Eagle Hill boys basketball past Four Rivers in RVAL championship game (PHOTOS)
02-15-2024 9:06 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

BUCKLAND — After Sam Whitney drained a three-pointer to end the third quarter, it looked like the the Four Rivers boys basketball team had gained momentum going into the final eight minutes of the River Valley Athletic League championship game on...


UMass basketball: Minutemen suffocate Richmond 69-59, hand league-leading Spiders their first home loss
02-14-2024 9:42 PM

The UMass men’s basketball team’s biggest win of the season came in convincing fashion.The Minutemen became the first team to win a game at the Robins Center this season, capturing a 69-59 victory over league-leading Richmond in an Atlantic 10...


High schools: Greenfield girls hold off McCann Tech in regular season finale
02-14-2024 9:38 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTH ADAMS — A quick third-quarter run was all the Greenfield girls basketball team needed on the road at McCann Tech on Wednesday night.With the score tied 21-21 midway through the frame, the Green Wave rattled off nine straight points, and ended...


Girls basketball: Greenfield pushes top-ranked Hoosac Valley to the brink in 64-60 loss
02-13-2024 9:11 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — It wasn’t the ending the Greenfield girls basketball team hoped for on Tuesday against Hoosac. The Green Wave held a 57-46 lead over the Hurricanes with just over five minutes to go when Greenfield star Amber Bergeron — sitting 16 points...


UMass basketball: League-leading, defensive-minded Richmond next for Minutemen
02-13-2024 2:49 PM

By GARRETT COTE

As has been said for the last three games, the next one marks the UMass men’s basketball team’s most important game to date on the calendar.Every game from here on out – given the current state of the Atlantic 10 – is the most important one.UMass...


High schools: Pioneer boys charge back late to clip Frontier again
02-12-2024 9:24 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer boys basketball team needed a second-half comeback to defeat Frontier on Friday. When the two Hampshire League South foes got together for the second time in four days on Monday at Messer Gymnasium, the Panthers once again...


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...


H.S. Roundup: Big third quarter lifts Pioneer boys basketball past Frontier (PHOTOS)
02-09-2024 9:40 PM

Trailing deep into the third quarter on the road in a raucous Goodnow Gymnasium, the Pioneer boys basketball team finally found its footing on Friday night.Frontier held a 23-22 lead at the half on its Senior Night and still held onto a 32-30 lead...


Boys basketball: Greenfield defeats Lenox to take Hampshire League South crown
02-09-2024 9:28 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

GREENFIELD — It could have gone one of two ways after the Greenfield boys basketball team suffered its second league loss of the season to Pioneer on Jan. 19. The Green Wave held a second half lead against the defending Hampshire League South...


Girls basketball: Mohawk Trail doubles up Smith Voc for fifth victory (PHOTOS)
02-08-2024 9:06 PM

By GARRETT COTE

BUCKLAND — The Mohawk Trail girls basketball team came out firing against Smith Vocational on Thursday night.Despite it being Senior Night, the Warriors kept their emotions in check from the opening tip — as they raced out to an 11-3 lead and never...

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