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Class C softball: MacKenzie Paulin tosses no-hitter, top-seeded Greenfield blanks McCann Tech 6-0 for spot in title game (PHOTOS)
05-25-2024 5:36 PM

By GEORGE MILLER

GREENFIELD — Over the last handful of years, Greenfield has made Western Massachusetts softball championship games a familiar destination, and now a very familiar local foe awaits the Green Wave there.MacKenzie Paulin buzzed through the McCann Tech...

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High schools: Greenfield baseball, softball both punch Class C semifinal tickets
05-22-2024 8:52 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

It took two days, but the Greenfield baseball team is one step closer to a sectional title.The third-seeded Green Wave led 4-0 when their Western Mass. Class C quarterfinal game with No. 6 Athol was halted in the second inning on Tuesday. Twenty-four...


Class B softball: Skyler Steele belts 100th career hit, Frontier edged by Hampshire 4-3 in semifinals (PHOTOS)
05-22-2024 8:12 PM

By GARRETT COTE

WESTHAMPTON — The Hampshire softball team’s offense can only be bottled up for so long before they finally string together a rally.The second-seeded Raiders picked a good time for it late in Wednesday afternoon’s Western Mass. Class B semifinal game...


Second annual event in Turners Falls pairs pickleball with donations for food programs
05-21-2024 12:22 PM

By SAM FERLAND

TURNERS FALLS — Six tennis courts will be filled with pickleball games on Saturday for the second annual Pickleball Food Drive Festival, an event that rallies people together to collect non-perishable food donations and raise money for the Food Bank...


The Real Score: Will AI necessarily make sports better? Will AI make the sport experience better?
05-16-2024 4:05 PM

Artificial intelligence is experiencing a renaissance. Tools like ChatGPT and Copilot are becoming a daily part of conversations. AI’s history stretches back nearly as far as computers themselves, but the advent of generative AI has made it more...


Top of the class: Turners Falls twins, athletic standouts Anne and Ella Kolodziej finish 1-2 in graduating class
05-14-2024 6:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

Balancing extracurricular activities and school work is a constant challenge. Anne Kolodziej and Ella Kolodziej made it look effortless. The twin sisters, who are seniors at Turners Falls High School, have starred on the Franklin Tech girls soccer...


Big turnout expected Sunday for 14th annual WMass Mother’s Day Half Marathon in Whately
05-10-2024 6:20 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It wasn’t easy for road races to recover following the pandemic. But when you have local support like the WMass Mother's Day Half Marathon in Whately, things can get right back to pre-COVID levels.The 14th running of the Mother’s Day Half Marathon...


High schools: Lilly Ross, Franklin Tech blank Mahar 12-0 (PHOTOS)
05-08-2024 8:44 PM

TURNERS FALLS — Lilly Ross struck out four and allowed just one hit in the circle for the Franklin Tech softball team on Wednesday. The left-hander earned the win in four innings of work as the Eagles blanked Mahar, 12-0, in a five-inning Franklin...


Bulletin Board: Crumpin-Fox Club’s Keith Burch, Justin Dion in 5th place at 43rd Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship
05-08-2024 8:40 PM

Weather made for an adventurous opening day at the 43rd Massachusetts Four-Ball Championship, where a pack of local golfers competed in the event at The Club at New Seabury in Mashpee.A weather delay in the morning pushed play back a bit, but most of...


High schools: MacKenzie Paulin lifts Greenfield softball past rival Turners 3-2
04-27-2024 7:27 PM

MacKenzie Paulin did it at the plate and in the pitching circle, powering the Greenfield softball team to its third win in as many days and a 3-2 rivalry victory over Turners Falls on Saturday afternoon at Vets Field.Paulin smacked a solo home run in...


High schools: Seventh-inning rally helps Turners Falls softball edge Frontier 6-3 (PHOTOS)
04-26-2024 8:17 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

The middle portion of a huge three-day stretch for the Turners Falls softball team saw the Thunder save their best for last on Friday.Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the seventh inning against Frontier, Janelle Massey clubbed a game-tying two-run...


Former Recorder sports, copy editor Bob York dies at 77
04-26-2024 6:57 PM

By JEFF LAJOIE

Bob York was one of the first people I ever met at the Greenfield Recorder.My first foray in the business came in 2004. A freshman at UMass, I finagled my way into 14 Hope St. when the newspaper was in need of high school football stringers. I figured...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: Minutemen ready for their spring formal
04-26-2024 2:34 PM

Good morning!Over 150 gridiron alumni will be at Saturday’s UMass football spring game. Recruited to UMass when they were schoolboys, they’re returning to help coach Don Brown give his players a glimpse of the program’s legacy.Longtime Minutemen...


High schools: Amy Mihailicenco, Greenfield girls tennis edge Turners Falls (PHOTOS)
04-25-2024 8:50 PM

Two rivals played another tight match at the Davis Street Courts on Thursday, as host Greenfield won two of the three singles matches en route to a 3-2 win over Turners Falls.Amy Mihailicenco was a 6-4, 6-4 winner at No. 1 singles for the Green Wave,...


Bulletin Board: Danielle Zraunig helps Franklin First to GGSL victory
04-25-2024 8:47 PM

Danielle Zraunig did it in the circle and at the plate, powering Franklin First Credit Union to a 5-3 win over Elks Club in a Greenfield Girls Softball League Junior Division contest at Murphy Park in Greenfield on Thursday night.Zraunig pitched well...


Softball: Turners edges Tech, Greenfield’s Paulin notches 100th hit, Mahar win first game since 2019
04-25-2024 8:36 PM

The expectation going into Thursday’s Powertown showdown between undefeated Turners Falls and Franklin Tech was that runs were going to be at a premium.That was certainly the case.Turners Falls ace Madi Liimatainen struck out 16 and allowed just one...


Softball: Franklin Tech’s Hannah Gilbert holds Hopkins to two hits, leads Eagles to 7-1 victory (PHOTOS)
04-19-2024 7:42 PM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

TURNERS FALLS — After giving up a run in the first inning, Franklin Tech pitcher Hannah Gilbert locked in for the final six frames on Friday against Hopkins Academy. The junior gave up one hit and one walk in the first and one hit in the third, but...


Keeping Score with Chip Ainsworth: What’s ahead for Greg Carvel’s crew?
04-19-2024 3:15 PM

Good morning!During Denver’s four-game run to its 10th national title, Pioneers goalie Matt Davis allowed three goals. The first was by Liam Gorman, his only goal in a UMass uniform, the second by Cornell’s Nick DeSantis, and the last was by BU’s Luke...


The Real Score: Curveballs and casinos rarely save cities
04-18-2024 4:18 PM

About 10 years ago, the two major urban centers of central and western Massachusetts decided to engage in new regional industrial policy to spur on their local economies. Worcester and Springfield had been effectively hollowed up by decades of...


Quabbin Reservoir opens for fishing season on Saturday
04-18-2024 4:04 PM

By MIKE ROCHE

It’s finally that time of year again — the Quabbin Reservoir will open for fishing on Saturday, April 20, at 6 a.m.The reservoir serves as the principal drinking water supply for 3 million of Massachusetts’ roughly 7 million residents. Since 1946,...


New owners look to build on Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club’s strengths
04-18-2024 11:00 AM

By GRACE LEE

TURNERS FALLS — Members of the Snow family have added another golf course to their portfolio and have already begun work on cosmetic improvements.Kyle and Kelly Snow, along with Kyle’s parents Edward Snow Jr. and Kerrilynn Snow, bought the Thomas...

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