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Bulletin Board: UMass still unbeaten, but drops in AP poll

Despite a 105-96 win over BYU on Saturday, the UMass men’s basketball team dropped one spot to No. 22 in the most recent Associated Press Poll released on Monday.

The Minutemen (8-0) received 326 votes (more than last week) in the poll but slid from No. 21 to No. 22 in the most recent poll. Former No. 18 UCLA dropped out of the top 25 this week, appearing to leave the door open for the Minutemen to move up, both Colorado and North Carolina entered the poll and jumped ahead of the Minutemen. Colorado (9-1) defeated previous No. 6 Kansas, 75-72, on Saturday and received four more votes (330) than the Minutemen to move into the No. 21 spot. North Carolina (6-2), which dropped out of the Top 25 last week following a loss to the University of Alabama Birmingham, moved back into the poll with a 79-65 win over previous No. 1 Michigan State on Wednesday, which gave the Tar Heels the No. 18 position.

Arizona (9-0) took over as the No. 1 team in the country, while Syracuse (9-0) and Ohio State (8-0) round out the top 3.

UMass Football losing two

The UMass football team appears to be losing quarterback Mike Wegzyn and wide receiver Derek Beck.

According to a report in the Maroon Musket, both players are leaving the program. Wegzyn, a sophomore, was considered to be the quarterback of the future for UMass, but was benched in the second game of the season during a loss to Maine. That leaves A.J. Doyle as the only experienced quarterback on the UMass roster.


Deer harvest

Monday’s icy weather held numbers down on the first day of week 2 of the Massachusetts shotgun deer hunting season.

Just six deer were reported on the day. Both Bitzer Hatchery in Montague and Grrr Gear in Orange also reported 27 deer from the weekend.

Here’s the complete list:

Grrr Gear (20)

Zachary Germain, Royalston, 100, doe; Matthew Munson, Orange, 156, 6; Myron Holloway, Athol, 130, doe; Douglas Haley, Templeton, 70, doe.

Saturday: Christopher Blair, Northfield, 118, 9; Ronald Johnson, Millers Falls, 92, 6; Bruce Bezio, Erving, n/w, doe; Joseph Sumner, Athol, 124, 5; Justin Fellows, Erving, 165, 7; Roland Jean, New Salem, 91, spike; Ryan G. Clark, Petersham, 128, doe; David Burnham, Orange, 122, doe; Joseph Geyster, Athol, 110, spike; Williams Rogers, Northfield, 130, 8.

James Bergquist, Athol, 100, doe; William Fisher, Wendell, 100, 4; Bruce Burnett, New Salem, 100, doe; Ben Goody, Orange, 80, spike; Richard Wilkey, Orange, 128, 4; Dale Rice, Springhill, Fla., 110, doe.

Bitzer (12)

Brian McCarthy, Montague, n/w, 6.

Saturday: Josh Bassett, Erving, 116, 4; Michael Putala, South Windsor, Conn., 128, 7; Jeremy Dillensneider, Turners Falls, 102, doe; Douglas Bassett, Erving, 143, 5; William Stratford, Leverett, 102, 2; Nathan Santerre, Sunderland, 152, 9; Stockton Woodruff IV, Brattleboro, Vt., n/w, 6; Jeff Kocsis, Gill, 108, 4; Matthew Gray, Bernardston, 106, 2; Stephen Roy, Turners Falls, 127, doe.

Jason Millar, Northfield, 113, 2.

Flagg’s (1)

Frank Mars, Orange, 120, 4.



Pat Luptowski scored 35 points, and Kyle Snow added 18 to lead Snow & Son’s Landscaping to a 81-62 win over Shelburne Farm & Garden/Hilltown Tents in a DRIVE Hoops Men’s Basketball League game over the weekend.

Ben Johnson finished with 18 points in the loss, and Luke Martin tossed in 13.

• In other action, Tyler Lennox poured in 36 points, and Tyson Dowdy added 28 as Dunkin Donuts knocked off Bruso Computer Solutions, 99-79.

Matt Gibson finished with 25 points for Bruso’s, while Dom Ferrante added 22.


Umpire clinic

The Hampshire Franklin Baseball Umpires Association will conduct instructional classes for candidates for membership on eight Sunday evenings from January through March. No class will occur on Super Bowl Sunday.

The instructional course begins on Jan. 12 and runs from 6-8 p.m. at Deerfield Elementary School. Candidates must be 18 years of age or older and fee is $50.

For more information contach Artie Burke at 863-2452 or e-mail

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