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MAC football coaches are already familiar with UMass: ‘It almost feels like they’ve been in our conference’

03-11-2024 4:10 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – UMass may be joining the MAC in all sports in 2025-26, but the football program is no stranger to the conference. From 2012-15, the Minutemen competed in the MAC as a football-only member, going 8-40.In the eight years since, UMass has...


UMass hockey: Another late goal sends Maine past Minutemen to secure weekend sweep

03-10-2024 12:16 PM

With a home game in the Hockey East Tournament and a potential spot in the NCAA Tournament on the line, the UMass hockey team was unable to come through late in the third period for the second night in a row on Saturday.Host Maine rallied from a 3-2...


Youth sports: Turners Falls Suburban takes down Hampshire, now into the semifinal round

03-10-2024 11:55 AM

The Turners Falls grades 5 and 6 Suburban League boys basketball team is Final Four-bound.The Powertown picked up a victory on Thursday night at Turners Falls High School, getting past Hampshire 57-43 in the quarterfinal round.Turners Falls will play...


MIAA boys basketball: Pioneer locks down Drury to advance to Division 5 Final Four (PHOTOS)

03-09-2024 6:24 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

NORTHFIELD — Saturday's MIAA Division 5 boys basketball state quarterfinal allowed Pioneer the chance to flip an old adage on its head, and discover just how hard it is to lose to the same team three times in one season.That's not to say the Panthers...


UMass hockey: Maine tallies late in the third period to knock off Minutemen 2-1

03-08-2024 10:55 PM

The Massachusetts hockey team survived Maine’s first power play of the third period. When the Black Bears went back on the power play just 47 seconds after the initial UMass kill, it was a different story. Tied 1-1, Aydar Suniev was whistled for a...


MIAA boys basketball: No. 5 Mahar erases 20-6 first quarter deficit, knocks off No. 13 Boston English, 63-55, to reach semifinals (PHOTOS)

03-08-2024 9:22 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar boys basketball team’s run in the MIAA Division 5 state tournament was in serious peril after eight minutes of Friday’s game against Boston English. Hosting the No. 13 Eagles in the quarterfinals, the fifth-seeded Senators found...


MAC basketball coaches hope the addition of UMass raises the bar for rest of the league

03-08-2024 6:01 PM

By CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – UMass director of athletics Ryan Bamford confirmed on Thursday that UMass will increase its men’s basketball budget upon entrance to the Mid-American Conference for the 2025-26 academic year. UMass spent $4.5 million on men’s basketball last...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Return to the MAC

03-08-2024 4:54 PM

Good morning!The UMass Minutemen are the prodigal children of college football, returning to the Mid-American Conference from whence they came.It took nine seasons of anchoring the FBS, of winning 16 games and losing 72, of burning through millions of...


Exploring the timeline of events that ultimately led UMass to the MAC

03-07-2024 6:54 PM

CONNOR PIGNATELLO

AMHERST – Though UMass only officially announced its transition from the Atlantic 10 to the MAC at Thursday’s press conference, it’s a move that’s been in the works for months, if not years.UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford came into the job in...


UMass formally introduced as 13th member of the Mid-American Conference

03-07-2024 5:48 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — After more than a week since the news first broke, University of Massachusetts athletic department officials held a press conference Thursday morning to express their excitement over joining the Mid-American Conference.UMass Chancellor...


UMass hockey: Minutemen close out regular season with pivotal series at Maine

03-07-2024 4:37 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Hockey East Tournament implications are on the line for the Massachusetts hockey team when it closes out its regular season with Maine this weekend. The Minutemen enter the weekend in a tie with Providence for fourth place in the league with 36...


UMass basketball: Shorthanded Minutemen survive, edge Fordham 66-64 to reach 20 wins

03-06-2024 11:04 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — There was a lot on the line heading into the UMass men’s basketball team’s matchup with Fordham on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center.The Minutemen were looking for their first 20-win season in 10 years, their first three-game conference...


MIAA girls basketball: Big first half powers No. 5 Westport past No. 12 Franklin Tech, 50-31, in Div. 5 Round of 16

03-06-2024 7:40 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

WESTPORT — The Westport defense made life difficult for the Franklin Tech girls basketball team on Wednesday in the MIAA Division 5 Round of 16.The fifth-seeded Wildcats smothered the No. 12 Eagles and didn't give them any easy looks at the rim early,...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen advance in Atlantic 10 tourney with 54-49 win over La Salle

03-06-2024 3:28 PM

By GARRETT COTE

The previous two times the UMass women’s basketball team played La Salle this season, the Minutewomen held late leads in the fourth quarter and watched them slip away en route to two heartbreaking conference defeats.But on Wednesday afternoon in...


MIAA boys basketball: Mahar locks down, pulls away from Old Colony to reach Div. 5 quarters (PHOTOS)

03-05-2024 9:05 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

ORANGE — The Mahar boys basketball team seems to get stronger and stronger as the games progress. Hosting 21st-ranked Old Colony on Tuesday in the MIAA Div. 5 Round of 16, the No. 5 Senators found themselves trailing 21-17 midway through the second...


MIAA boys basketball: Defense propels Pioneer past Athol, into Div. 5 Elite Eight for 2nd consecutive year (PHOTOS)

03-05-2024 8:58 PM

By GARRETT COTE

NORTHFIELD — Late in the second quarter, No. 14 Athol found itself down just two points after cutting into No. 3 Pioneer’s once eight-point lead.During the next stoppage, Panthers head coach Scott Thayer belted out “everybody relax” to his team...


Bulletin board: Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon one month away

03-05-2024 5:28 PM

Registration is underway for the 2024 Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon.The race, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at Berkshire East, is five events: a 4.5 mile run, an 18 mile bicycle road ride, a two mile river paddle, a two mile adventure run...


Fit to Play with Jim Johnson: Our Bodies At Risk

03-05-2024 5:23 PM

I have studied the human body for around 60 years and I am still in awe. Evolution has given us awesome bodies that move with fluidity and grace, withstand heat, cold, and altitude, and possess the ability to adapt to almost any environment. Our...


UMass basketball: Minutewomen looking to end season strong at Atlantic 10 tourney

03-05-2024 5:21 PM

By GARRETT COTE

It’s been a complete turnaround from last season, and not the turnaround the UMass women’s basketball team had hoped for.It was going to be almost impossible to replicate the success the 2022-23 team had last winter (program record in wins, Atlantic...


UMass basketball: Minutemen look to get to 20 wins in regular season finale against Fordham

03-05-2024 5:13 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Only three scholarship players were set to return from last season’s UMass men’s basketball team. Just as fans did following each disappointing loss throughout the 2022-23 campaign, players filed for the exits following one final stinker in...



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