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Bulletin Board: UM makes its way back into Top 25

UMass is back in the Top 25 for the first time since 1998.

Following their championship run in the Charleston Classic, the Minutemen earned the No. 24 ranking in Monday’s Associated Press men’s basketball poll.

The last time UMass was ranked in the top 25 was on Nov. 23, 1998, when players like Monty Mack, Lari Ketner and Greenfield native Ross Burns wore the maroon the white.

The Minutemen (6-0) are off to their best start since the 2010-11 season when they opened 7-0. However, unlike that season when UMass was beating the likes of AIC and Sacred Heart, the Minutemen currently own the No. 1 Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) in the nation. RPI takes into account teams’ wins and losses and strength of schedule.

UMass visits Ypsilanti, Mich., on Dec. 3 to play Eastern Michigan, then returns to the Pioneer Valley on Dec. 7 to host BYU at Springfield’s MassMutual Center.

Touch football

Travel Kuz three-peat

Bryan Adamski hit John Hall with a 12-yard touchdown pass as Travel Kuz won its third straight Greenfield Men’s Touch Football League championship with a 6-0 victory over the Falcons Sunday morning in the snow at Green River Park.

Adamski was named Player of the Year, while Hall earned Playoff-MVP honors. Chris Perkins won the Playoff Defensive MVP.

Other award winners were Kendall Schneider (Offensive Player of the Year), Nick Crussana (Defensive Player of the Year), Adam Wroblewski (Wide Receiver of the Year), Billy Cruz (Defensive Back of the Year), Steve Schryba (Most Improved), Danny Mann (Rookie of the Year), AJ Fuller (Defensive Lineman of the Year), George Davis and Starlyn Medina Nova (Offensive Linemen of the Year), and Vesit Keo (Quarterback of the Year). The Red Door won the Sportsmanship Award.

Colleges

Jobst at Worcester

Dane Jobst registered his third consecutive double-double but it wasn’t enough as Worcester State University suffered a 86-73 loss to Gordon College Tuesday in Wenham.

Jobst, an Athol native and former Mahar Regional School player, scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.

Miscellany

Greenfield/Turners tickets

Tickets are on sale for Thursday morning’s football game when Greenfield High School travels to Turners Falls High School at 10:30.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in Turners Falls at Scotty’s, FL Roberts, St. Kazimierz Society, Montague Elks Lodge and the main office at Turners Falls High School. In Greenfield, tickets can be purchased at Adams Donuts, Taylor’s Tavern, Greenfield Grille and Greenfield Lodge of Elks.

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