Matthew Sparrow '21

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Men’s Tennis Goes 2-1 on Weekend With Wins over NESCAC Foes

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || August 29 2018 || 147-25

It was an action-packed weekend for the men’s tennis team, as it played three matches in a span of 48 hours. In arguably their most important stretch of tennis all season, the Mammoths took on the No. 1 team in the nation, Emory, and highly-ranked Little III rivals Wesleyan and Hamilton.

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Football Returns, Aims for NESCAC Title After Near Miss

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || August 30 2018 || 148-1

After a heartbreaking loss to Williams in the final game of the 2017 season resulted in Amherst finishing one game back of Trinity for the NESCAC crown, the Mammoths will look to bounce back and add another conference championship to the mantle...

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Football Bests Bates in Gridiron Grind Despite Offensive Slump

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || September 19 2018 || 148-3

For the first half, the Mammoths looked average at best on offense...

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Mammoths Utilize Strength on Both Sides of the Ball To Demolish Continentals

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || September 26 2018 || 148-4

After being held scoreless in the first half of its season opener against Bates, the Amherst football team didn’t waste any time putting points on the board in Saturday’s 37-14 victory over the Hamilton Continentals.

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Football Uses Dominant Running Game to Trample Bowdoin, 24-14

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || October 3 2018 || 148-5

Amherst football fought back against Bowdoin for a dramatic 24-14 victory.

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Undefeated Football Downs Colby With Balanced Offensive Attack

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || October 17 2018 || 148-6

On paper, Saturday’s matchup between the 0-5 Colby Mules and the 5-0 Amherst Mammoths was a huge mismatch, and from the first whistle the gap in class between the programs was visible.

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Football’s Defense Proves Dominant in Win Over Little Three Rival Wesleyan

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || October 24 2018 || 148-7

On Saturday, the Mammoths took their first major step towards a NESCAC title by knocking off Wesleyan in Middletown, Connecticut to remain undefeated and stay atop the standings...

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Football Continues Perfect Record By Weathering The Storm Against Tufts

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || October 31 2018 || 148-8

Amherst braved the cold and rainy conditions over Family Weekend to secure a 19-13 win over Tufts on Senior Day...

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Football Loses Perfect Record And Puts Title Hopes in Jeopardy

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || November 7 2018 || 148-9

Last weekend’s matchup between Amherst and Trinity, winners of the last seven NESCAC conference crowns proved to be every bit as good as advertised.

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Men’s Basketball Starts Season With Three Dominant Home Wins

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || November 28 2018 || 148-10

Following an up-and-down 2017-18 season that ended with the Mammoths falling to Wesleyan in the semifinals of the NESCAC tournament, the Amherst men’s basketball team won their first three games of the year by an average of more than 44 points...

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Men’s Basketball Continues Perfect Streak with Pair of Road Victories

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || December 5 2018 || 148-11

Amherst men’s basketball continued its hot start to the season last week, winning both of its games by an average of 31.5 points...

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Men’s Basketball Defeats Tufts, Bates and Wesleyan

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || February 6 2019 || 148-12

The men’s basketball team, ranked 23rd in DIII, won both of its matchups last weekend in LeFrak Gymnasium. They easily cruised to a 30-point victory over Tufts...

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Amherst Men’s Basketball Head Coach David Hixon ’75: 'We Can Beat Anybody.'

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || February 12 2019 || 148-13

As head coach of men’s basketball for 42 consecutive seasons, David Hixon ’75 is used to taking calls from opposing head coaches and haggling over where they deserve to be in the regional rankings...

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Views From Sparrow’s Nest: Tennis Love

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || February 20 2019 || 148-14

Matt Sparrow examines the state of professional tennis, commenting on the rising generation of young stars while simultaneously explaining why it is exactly this turnover that sparks his love for the game.

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Men’s Basketball Bests Hamilton, Claims Eighth NESCAC Title

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || February 27 2019 || 148-15

After beating the 16th-ranked Williams Ephs in the semifinals and the eighth-ranked host Hamilton Continentals in the championship, Amherst men's basketball captured its eighth conference title...

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Men’s Basketball Triumphs in First Round of NCAA Tournament

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || March 6 2019 || 148-16

It was an excellent basketball weekend for Amherst as the Mammoths won both of their matchups to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2016...

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Views From Sparrow’s Nest: NFL Controversies

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || March 20 2019 || 148-17

Matt Sparrow addresses the most recent collection of NFL controversies, including the suspension and signing of running back Kareem Hunt and the arrest of New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft.

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Views From Sparrow's Nest: Five Tips For Your Bracket

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || March 27 2019 || 148-18

Matt Sparrow '21 gives his readers a guide on how to pick a winner in the NCAA March Madness tournament, taking into account the always-dangerous upsets that characterize the tournament.

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Views From Sparrow’s Nest: Giannis for MVP

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || April 10 2019 || 148-20

Matt Sparrow examines the current race for the NBA’s most valuable player award, distilling it down to a two-man race between an international phenom and a bench-player turned superstar.

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Views From Sparrow's Nest: Tiger's Back!

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || April 17 2019 || 148-21

After more than 1,800 days, Tiger Woods returned to the pinacle of golf with his victory at the 2019 Masters. Matthew Sparrow tells us why this is not only good for the game of golf, but for the sports world as a whole.

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Views from Sparrow's Nest: Cale Makar

by Matthew Sparrow '21, Staff Writer || April 24 2019 || 148-22

As students gear up for the home stretch before summer vacation, one former University of Massachusetts Amherst student just a few months older than me is preparing for a different kind of grind. Cale Makar is trying to help lead the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche to their first Stanley Cup in 18 years.