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UMASS: A Producer of Professional Athletes?

In Sports on December 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Bernard ’14

When someone mentions a college that produces a lot of professional athletes, LSU, Texas, Duke, Notre Dame or UCLA might come to mind. How about UMASS Amherst? UMASS athletics has struggled over the last few years in football, hockey, basketball, and baseball, especially in the 2010-2011 season. But over the last few years, UMASS has produced an impressive list of professional hockey players, some in football, and basketball too. Among the players is an Olympic Silver Medalist for the 2010 U.S.A. Olympic Hockey Team. Read the rest of this entry »

Major League Player Kidnapped

In News, Sports on November 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Bernard ’14

Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in his native country of Venezuela. Ramos, a 24-year-old rookie for the Nationals is a promising prospect who had a .267 batting average with 15 home runs and 57 Runs Batted in (RBI). Ramos was about to begin an approximately ten game stint with a Venezuelan winter league team. Ramos was kidnapped on Wednesday, November 9th from his home in Venezuela by four armed men. There has been no ransom request as of November 10th.

Venezuela has seen an increase in kidnapping and other crime over the last few years. With and increase in crime, Major League players must soon question if it is safe to play on winter league teams in other countries. Ramos’ kidnapping was the highest profile kidnapping of Major League players or their families, but not the first. The brother of Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Henry Blanco was kidnapped and killed in 2008. In 2009, Texas Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s son was kidnapped but was returned after a ransom was paid.

Fortunately, Ramos was rescued about two days after he was kidnapped from his home. Police who had earlier found the car used to kidnap Ramos, found the cabin used to prepare for the kidnapping. As police closed in, bullets began to fly as the four kidnappers fought back. Nobody was killed in the firefight and Ramos, who hid under a bed during the firefight, was returned to his family, friends, and the game he loves.

Rival Victory

In News, Sports on May 26, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The Saturday game against one of Hopkins’ rivals, Smith Academy, didn’t look too good at the start. Up until the 4th inning, the Hawks were down 2-0. Heads were not hanging, though. The Hawks kicked it into gear and got two runs in the 5th inning to tie up the game. With their blood pumping from getting the runs, the Hawks pulled through another 4 runs in the 7th to land a solid lead against the Smith Academy Falcons. Andrew ended the game and allowed no runs to be scored in the last inning to land Hopkins with a 6-2 win.

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Back On Track

In News, Sports, The Nest, Uncategorized on May 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

After having their second loss of the season to Greenfield last Thursday the 5th, the Hawks bounced back at Frontier yesterday. “I came into the game with the mindset that we needed to make up for the loss of Greenfield,” says center fielder James Garand. The 12-1 loss to Greenfield left hanging heads, but not for long. After having a good practice and getting back into it the Hawks came ready to play against Frontier, and it showed.

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Tournament In Sight

In Sports on May 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

The boys varsity baseball team seems to be on a roll with a total record of 8-1. With a win yesterday they are now tied for first place with Easthampton in the league.  The next  game for the Hawks is against Greenfield under the lights. It’s an away game that will truly be a test for the Hawks. If they come ready to win with the intensity that they brought against Easthampton making the tournament should not be a problem. The first pitch will be thrown at 7 p.m and fan turnout for Hopkins should be big.

Keep The Wins Coming

In News, Sports, The Nest, Uncategorized on April 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Sean Quill ’13

As the baseball season continues, so do the wins. After Thursday’s game on March 14, the Hawks bumped their record up to 3-0 with a win over Mahar.  The game ended in a 6-5 victory against the Mahar Senators. Read the rest of this entry »

Hawks Starting Off Strong

In News, Sports, The Nest on April 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Sean Quill ’13

It was a chilly afternoon on Wednesday (4/6) as the Hopkins Academy Varsity baseball team hosted Greenfield. “It was a tid bit nipply, but I stayed warm by making a fire and  making s’mores with Nate in the outfield,” center fielder Jamie Garand says. Senior, Garrison Banas, started the game pitching and did a great job, striking out 14 with a no hitter, but asked to be taken out in the 6th inning. Filling in after Banas and ending the game was junior Aiden Barrett. Barrett pitched one inning and struck out three batters.  Read the rest of this entry »

Noho Match-up

In News, Sports, The Nest on April 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Sean Quill ’13

Last Thursday, Hopkins Academy’s varsity baseball team hosted the Northampton Blue Devils in a scrimmage. The game was played by having six outs each inning. After there had been three outs, the bases would be cleared. If there were any base runners left three new outs would be allowed. After those three, the teams would switch. At the end of the game, Hopkins Academy junior Chris Koch, was the Hawks only scored run. They lost 4-1. Read the rest of this entry »

Batter Up!

In News, Sports, The Nest on March 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Sean Quill ’13

The snow is melting and the flowers are blooming. For most people this means summer is coming, and it does, but for others, they are working hard and getting ready for the new baseball season. After having a successful year last season of winning league and entering the tournament strong, this year’s team has big shoes to fill. The 2011 Schedule and roster are below: Read the rest of this entry »