Masslive Profile

20 05 2014

Here’s the link to my Masslive profile with some of the work from my internship at the Republican Newspaper.

http://connect.masslive.com/user/pspotts5/index.html





WAMC Radio Reports Coming Soon

18 05 2014

I have four radio reports that were aired on WAMC Northeast Public Radio this past spring.  Unfortunately, there have been some setbacks in converting the audio files to video files for upload, but they will be up as soon as possible!

The four reports are:

1. “Addiction”- personal essay on the heroin crisis

2. “Smartphones in Journalism”- news report on the impact of smartphones on the journalism field

3. “The exploratory Major”- news report looking into the process of college students finding the right major

4. “Heroin Crisis”- news report on the ongoing Heroin Crisis





Belchertown vs Pathfinder Thanksgiving Day Showdown (Plus preview!)

18 05 2014

This is the Thanksgiving Day game story between the rivals Belchertown and Pathfinder.  The game preview I did is linked with the story after!

http://highschoolsports.masslive.com/news/article/6650484414321799231/belchertown-and-pathfinder-football-prepare-for-thanksgiving-day-grudge-match/

 

PALMER- The Pathfinder Pioneers rode the legs of Mike Krzynowek and a stout pass defense that shut down the Orioles offense in the Pioneers’ 30-6 win on Thanksgiving.

The win is Pathfinder’s (6-5, 4-4) second in a row against the Orioles in the annual rivalry game, thanks in a large put to their defense.

“I like the way we won it,” said Pathfinder Coach Chris Pope. “The key to the game was putting pressure on Leduc and the coverage did well.”

Mike Krzynowek earned MVP honors for Pathfinder after putting up 141 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. He also had an interception.

Belchertown took an early 6-0 lead on a 20 yard run by quarterback Nick Leduc with 6:39 left in the fourth quarter, but the Pioneer’s didn’t let their confidence falter.

“We will win this game,” Krzynowek said of the Pathfinder mindset after the Orioles touchdown. “We took that motivation and ran with it.”

Krzynowek had touchdown runs of 2 and 9 yards while teammates Shane Neto and Adam Nevue added touchdown runs of 7 and 22 yards respectively.

Pathfinder held Belchertown (3-8, 2-5) scoreless for the rest of the game, including a goal line stand on fourth and goal from the one in the fourth quarter, which ended the Oriole’s comeback hopes.

Belchertown struggled to get into a rhythm. The passing game only accumulated 56 yards as Leduc struggled to find completions against a smothering pioneer pass rush and a gusty wind. He finished 5 of 18 with two interceptions.

Belchertown’s Jake Bradway, the leading receiver in Western Mass., was held to just 20 yards on 3 catches and was constantly double or triple teamed on deep routes.

Junior center James Kusnierz Jr. was awarded MVP honors for Belchertown after playing the entire second half on a clearly injured leg.

“Jim is our leader upfront,” said Belchertown Coach Chris Bourget. “He’s been our MVP all season. He’s had a great season and a great game [today].”

Despite the loss, Coach Bourget is looking forward to the Orioles’ future.

“It was a good season. We had a young team, got better each week, won two of the last four games, and there were big steps taken by the young players.”





Belchertown vs Athol (Senior Night)

18 05 2014

BELCHERTOWN- The Belchertown Orioles (2-6, 2-5) seized the lead before halftime and was able to overcome three consecutive interceptions in the second half to defeat the Athol Red Raiders (2-6, 2-4) on senior night 22-16.

Belchertown quarterback Nick Leduc, one of three seniors honored before the game, led the team by scoring all three touchdowns. He rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries and was 7 of 15 passing for 107 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw four interceptions.

Belchertown trailed 8-7 with halftime approaching, but only needed sixteen seconds to take control of the game. With 1:07 left before the break, Leduc hit Jake Bradway for an 8 yard fade in the back corner of the end zone to make it 14-8. Sixteen seconds later, Leduc hit Bradway for a 52 yard touchdown on a screen pass following a successful onside kick to make it 22-8. Bradway finished with 5 catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Athol cut the lead to one possession with time winding down in the third quarter. Jerry Parker hit Andrew Poor for their second touchdown connection of the game to make it 22-16 with 0:51 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Red Raiders had multiple chances to take the lead in the fourth. Leduc threw three interceptions on three consecutive passes. Each time, Belchertown’s defense stood tall and forced Athol to punt or turn it over on downs.

The Oriole defense was also able to corral the two quarterback system run by Athol. Andrew Poor was held in check, completing 4-11 passes for 28 yards and one interception while Jerry Parker only completed 5-20 pass attempts for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Parker also rushed for 106 yards in 24 carries.

Athol opened the scoring when Parker hit Poor on a nine yard touchdown pass with 3:49 left in the first quarter and led 8-0. Belchertown responded on the next drive when Leduc scored on a 15 yard run to make it 8-7.

Playoff updates will be available Sunday afternoon following the MIAA seed meeting, which takes place at 12:30 on Sunday, November 3rd.





Putnam vs Chicopee Comp

18 05 2014

SPRINGFIELD- The Putnam Beavers (3-6, 1-6) defeated the Chicopee Comp Colts (1-8, 1-4) 34-6 after scoring the first 26 points of the game, but the victory was marred by an injury that brought the game to a standstill.

With 2:45 to play in the first quarter and Putnam holding a 6-0 lead, Chicopee Comp’s Zachary Faye took a big hit while trying to cover a punt. Faye remained motionless on the field for several minutes an ambulance had to be called. Before paramedics immobilized him and transported off the field on a stretcher, Faye did show movement in his extremities and both teams gathered around him as he was slowly wheeled off to the ambulance with what appeared to a neck injury.

Faye was not the only player injured. Putnam’s Milton Crawford, who had 91 rushing yards on eight carries, limped off with under 7 minutes to go in the second quarter and did not return. Comp also had multiple players get shaken up over the course of the night as the cold weather and hard ground amplified hard hits.

After the injury to Faye, Putnam took control of a Colts team and imposed their will on the ground. They rushed for 209 yards and pushed Chicopee around all night. Jaleel Kyles led the effort with 100 yards on 20 carries and also caught 4 passes for 45 yards.

The Beavers’ also received a great game from quarterback Josh Ortiz. Ortiz completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 117 yards and two touchdowns.

Putnam also was fueled by four forced turnovers, including three interceptions off of Chicopee Comp quarterback Sean Buxton, who was 7-22 for 85 yards with the three picks.

The Colts’ lone touchdown came on the defensive side of the ball. Jaden Roballosa took the ball out of the hands of Ortiz, as he was trying to escape a sack, and scampered 33 yards to the end zone.





South Hadley vs Holyoke

18 05 2014

The South Hadley Tigers (4-4, 3-2) improved to .500 after knocking off Holyoke (2-8, 1-6) 46-28 by outscoring the Purple Knights 19-6 in the second half.

T.J. Fitzell led the way for the Tigers.  He churned up 155 yards on 15 carries and had 4 rushing touchdowns.  He also had two catches for 13 yards and another score.

The game was close at halftime 27-22, but South Hadley’s defense locked down Holyoke’s offense and Fitzell led a rushing attack that gained 312 yards, 22 first downs, and ate up the clock.

With 6:48 left in the third quarter, Fitzell scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game from five yards out to give South Hadley a 33-22 lead.  Fitzell also caught a fourth quarter six yard touchdown pass from quarterback P.J. Sears to make it 39-22 with 5:24 to go.

Holyoke’s comeback attempts were dashed with 3:17 left in the game, when Andrew Peltier’s pass was picked off by Ryan Kleszczynski, who returned the pick 6 yards to pay dirt.

Peltier had a rough night against a Tiger defense that sacked him three times and held him to 15-42 passing.  His receivers didn’t help, dropping multiple passes that were routine catches.  Peltier finished with 166 yards, one touchdown pass to Isaac Badillo, and the one pick.  He also rushed for 28 yards on three carries.

Kristian Arturet was the standout for Holyoke in this game.  He racked up 122 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 10 carries and also had one five yard catch.

Holyoke scored first when Arturet found the end zone from six yards out.  He added a 67 yard scamper later in the half.

South Hadley secured the half time lead on a three yard run by Sears and by riding Fitzell touchdown runs of 45 and 14 yards, with a 1 yard run added in with just five seconds left before halftime.

 





Putnam vs Longmeadow

18 05 2014

SPRINGFIELD- The Longmeadow Lancers (4-3, 3-2) received multiple big plays from their special teams unit en route to a victory over the Putnam (1-6, 0-6) on the Beavers’ senior night.

On a cold night where passing yards were at premium, the Longmeadow special teams gave their rushing attack short fields to operate. Longmeadow blocked a punt, recovered an onside kick, and had two big kick returns, one for a touchdown. All four plays happened in the first half and helped accumulate a 26-14 halftime lead.

The Lancers scored first on a 3 yard run by Max Chipouras with 8:15 left in the first quarter. After Longmeadow responded with a Milton Crawford one yard touchdown, Alex Calabrese returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and a 14-6 lead.

Putnam responded again, tying the game at 14 with one second left in the opening quarter on a 1 yard touchdown run by Jaleel Kyles. However, Longmeadow’s Chipouras returned the kickoff to the Putnam 40, setting up a 31 yard touchdown run by Keegan Barry.

Barry had two touchdowns and132 yards on 7 carries. Chipouras helped shoulder the rushing load with 17 carries for 176 yards and had three touchdowns.

Putnam saw their comeback chances dashed with less than a minute left in the third quarter, when A 29 yard touchdown run was negated by a holding penalty. They scored two touchdowns during the three final minutes of the 4th quarter, but the outcome of the game had already been decided.

Beaver quarterback Jaleel Kyles was 8-15 for 121 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 79 yards on 16 carries.

Putnam also got a strong performance running back Milton Crawford. The senior rushed for 131 yards on 23 attempts an also caught four passes for 70 yards.

Putnam travels to Holyoke next week, while Longmeadow hosts Minnechaug. Both games will kick off at at 7 p.m.








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