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Sportsman’s Corner: Time to prepare
07-18-2024 5:00 PM

By Mike RocheIt is only the middle of July but fall and hunting seasons will be here before you know it. Now is the time to get busy planning for the hunting seasons, taking care of details and getting your gear in order.One of the important details...

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Sportsman’s Corner columnist receives Words of Wisdom Award
04-07-2024 5:00 PM

By CARLA CHARTER

ORANGE-For his many years of advocacy of sportsmen’s issues, Mike Roche has received the Words of Wisdom Award from the Worcester County League of Sportsmen’s Clubs.Roche received the award at the club’s annual banquet on March 23, held at the...


Billy Goat Boats awarded 10-year deal for Orange boathouse
02-01-2024 5:01 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE – It seems Billy Goat Boats isn’t going anywhere, as the town’s Selectboard opted this week to award a request for proposal to the family-run watercraft rental business following a public and contentious leasing fiasco.The company owned and...


UMass basketball: Saint Joseph’s hands Minutemen another heartbreaking loss 78-77
01-23-2024 10:13 PM

By GARRETT COTE

AMHERST — Heartbreak struck the UMass men’s basketball team for the second time in three games on Tuesday night at the Mullins Center.Clinging to a one-point lead with 12.5 seconds left after Rahsool Diggins’ acrobatic layup put the Minutemen ahead,...


Mahar School Committee OKs naming snack shack after longtime Booster, coach
01-19-2024 4:07 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — The Mahar School Committee voted this month to name the football field concession stand after longtime varsity girls basketball coach and Booster Club member Larry Fisher.Booster Club President Charles “Joey” Verheyen approached the committee...


UMass hockey: Minutemen back in action at Vermont; BC’s Ryan Leonard earns Hockey East Player of the Week honors
11-30-2023 2:30 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

There’s a lot going right for the UMass men’s ice hockey team in the first half of the season. The Minutemen (9-3-1) currently sit No. 10 in both the USCHO and USA Hockey/The Rink national polls, and are riding a three-game win streak going into...


UMass hockey: No. 11 Minutemen look to stay hot with Friday road trip to Harvard
11-21-2023 5:08 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

UMass hockey head coach Greg Carvel has often talked about how this year’s team feels special so far this season. Last weekend’s series wasn’t the first time they showed it, but it was an exclamation point of a series sweep that showed the rest of the...


UMass football team making strides during preseason
08-11-2023 7:08 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

As the UMass football team gets closer to its first game against New Mexico State on Aug. 26, the team is looking sharper in practice. It is still practice, after all, and it’s hard to know how the Minutemen will shape up against any of their...


Former UMass point guard Destiney Philoxy plays for Rwanda in AfroBasket tournament
08-10-2023 4:54 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

Fresh off proving people wrong at UMass, recent graduate Destiney Philoxy picked up right where she left off with Team Rwanda in the most recent AfroBasket tournament. Philoxy, whose mother and grandmother were both born in Rwanda, was invited to try...


TBT: The Commonwealth UMass basketball alumni team to face Virginia Dream after Rhode Island withdraws
07-21-2023 3:20 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST — The Commonwealth invoked John Calipari when the news came out Friday morning.UMass’ alumni team will no longer face The Rhody Way, a group of Rhode Island alums, in the first round of The Basketball Tournament after Rhody withdrew “due to...


Former UMass stars ‘The Commonwealth’ readying for TBT debut next week
07-20-2023 9:22 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST – Freddie Riley never got to utilize the Champions Center while he was at UMass. The school broke ground on the basketball program’s dedicated practice facility the year he graduated in 2013 and completed it in 2015.“Not jealous. I mean,...


UMass women’s club hockey team in need of additional funds following clerical error
07-05-2023 4:31 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

AMHERST — There’s a refrain repeated often in hockey dressing rooms and on the bench — control what you can control. For the UMass women’s club hockey team, what will define their offseason (and potentially their next season) is the uncontrollable.The...


UMass hockey’s incoming class boasts size and a European flair
07-03-2023 3:09 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The transfer portal forced a dramatic turnover of the UMass hockey team’s roster for the third season in a row. Nine players that could have returned to the program left, which altered the makeup of the Minutemen’s incoming class. Greg Carvel and his...


NHL Draft: Four UMass commits selected on Day 2, including goalie Michael Hrabal in 2nd round
06-29-2023 4:16 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Multiple members of the UMass program were selected for the third NHL Draft in a row during Day 2 of the 2023 edition in Nashville.Incoming UMass freshman goalkeeper Michael Hrabal became the program’s highest draft pick since Cale Makar when the...


NHL Draft: Top goalie Michael Hrabal leads crop of UMass hockey prospects
06-27-2023 4:46 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Michael Hrabal stands comfortably taller than any other big time goalie prospect in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft.The 6-foot, 6.2-inch UMass commit that will join the Minutemen this fall as the centerpiece and linchpin of a large and talented recruiting...


UMass basketball: Minutemen round out roster with Tarique Foster
06-26-2023 5:05 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The shifting seas of the UMass men’s basketball roster may finally be calm.After big man Wildens Leveque entered the transfer portal late in the process in mid June, the Minutemen filled the roster spot by adding freshman Tarique Foster on...


UMass basketball notebook: Wildens Leveque makes late entry to transfer portal
06-15-2023 3:57 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The transfer portal snatched up one more Minuteman.Big man Wildens Leveque will leave the UMass men’s basketball program after just one season and enter the portal as a graduate transfer, the Brockton native confirmed on Twitter. He played three...


UMass athletics announces four-member hall of fame Class of 2023
06-12-2023 4:18 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The Hixon household better have room for two hall of famers.Longtime UMass diving coach Mandy Hixon will be a part of the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2023, the school announced Monday. Her husband Dave Hixon, the Amherst College men’s...


UMass basketball: Frank Martin evaluates new roster additions
05-18-2023 5:29 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

AMHERST – Relationship building begets the UMass men’s basketball program coach Frank Martin wants it to become. He’s bringing in six freshmen during a national enthrallment with the transfer portal because he’s gotten to know them since he was hired....


UMass basketball: Former Minutewoman Makennah White transferring to Seton Hall
05-04-2023 7:52 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Another former UMass women’s basketball player has committed to a new school for next season. Makennah White announced via her Instagram she has committed to play at Seton Hall for the 2023-24 season. Seton Hall plays in the Big East, and finished the...


Transfer portal: Angelique Ngalakulondi commits to Missouri; Tafara Gapare headed to Georgia Tech
04-25-2023 4:52 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Another former Minuteman is headed to the Power 5.Former UMass men’s basketball forward Tafara Gapare announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on Tuesday. The former four-star recruit originally pledged to DePaul as a member of the Class of 2023...

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