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Schools: Gervais powers Senator boys over Red Raiders, 65-29

  • Above, Mahar’s Quinn Gervais (22) drives through the paint for a layup during his host Senators’ 65-29 boys’ hoops win over Athol Wednesday at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. Below, Mahar’s Deven Patch (25) takes a shot over Athol defender Colby Mason. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Quinn Gervais (22) goes in for a layup, defended by Athol’s Justin Blake (5), Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Quinn Gervais (22) puts up an uncontested jumper in the first half against Athol Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Deven Patch (25) dishes off a pass under the hoop, defended by Athol’s Mark Ferrari (11) and Brymere Edwards (23), during first-half action of a 65-29 boys’ basketball win Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Deven Patch (25) takes a shot over Athol defender Colby Mason (12) during first-half action Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Quinn Gervais (22) drives through the paint for a layup against Athol in the first half on Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Kianna Reilly (back) and Athol’s Destiny Wrigley (5) tip off at the start of their game on Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) drives to the hoop Wednesday during first-half action of the host Senators’ 58-44 girls’ hoops win over Athol at Grzesik-Bixby Gym in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Maeve Powell (33) puts up a 3-pointer in the first half against Athol on Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Victoria Tenney (4) puts up a shot in the first half against Athol on Wednesday in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Quinn Gervais poured in 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as host Mahar Regional School pulled away in the second half to defeat rival Athol High School, 65-29, in an independent boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

“He is really starting to assert himself like we know he can,” explained Mahar head coach Chad Softic of Gervais. “I love Quinn because he is a glue guy, just does a lot of things well.”

Mahar (4-0) led 24-12 at halftime before outscoring Athol (0-4) by a 41-17 margin in the second half to finish the deal.

Matt Jenks scored 7 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win, while Brennan Mailloux added 8 points and 7 boards. Sam Paul dished out 6 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Daesean Watson totaled 9 points and 5 boards.

Brymere Edwards and Bryce King paced the Athol offense with 8 points apiece, as the duo each knocked down a pair of 3-pointers. Justin Blake added 6 points for the Red Raiders.

Softic said he was happy to get back into the swing of things after his team had eight days off from its last game against Easthampton High School.

“We are really looking forward to getting back into a routine, having a focused practice and hosting a solid Belchertown team Friday night,” he explained.

Athol travels to Hampshire Regional High School Friday night.

Wahconah 38, Frontier 37 — A back-and-forth second half saw Frontier Regional School erase a 10-point deficit and build an 8-point lead with a few minutes remaining. But visiting Wahconah Regional High School finished strong, and the Warriors clipped the Red Hawks, 38-37, for an independent boys’ hoops victory Wednesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium.

“We really have no issues with the effort the guys are putting out there. It’s really been about execution and finishing plays,” admitted Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky, whose team fell to 0-4 to open the season.

Frontier received a game-high 15 points and 9 rebounds from Carsten Carey, while Ben Litskoski scored 9 points and Alex Sharp tossed in 6. Jared Muzyka registered 8 rebounds to go with 2 points.

“We got up 8 points with a couple of minutes left but we missed some box-out opportunities and we struggled with turnovers,” Barshefsky said.

Wahconah (4-0) was paced by Jeremy Girard and Tom Burris, who had 9 points each. The Warriors led 9-4 after one quarter and 21-14 at halftime before Frontier outscored them by a 12-6 margin in the third.

The Red Hawks travel to Mohawk Trail Regional High School Friday night to open Hampshire League North play.

Pioneer 70, Greenfield 36 — Brendan Emond and Mike Menard scored 19 points apiece, and visiting Pioneer Valley Regional School stormed into Nichols Gymnasium and captured a 70-36 win over Greenfield High School in an independent boys’ basketball game Wednesday night in Greenfield.

Menard scored 16 of his 19 points in the first half, and he hit three straight 3-pointers to get the Panthers (3-1) off and running to a 41-19 halftime advantage. He finished with five 3-pointers.

While Menard got the offense going from the outside, Emond handled the interior. He scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half and controlled the glass.

“Credit (Pioneer), they forced us to take a lot of questionable shots and they rebounded the ball really well,” lauded Greenfield head coach Tim Caplice.

Garrett Cote joined his Pioneer teammates in double figures with 11 points. Karl Wheeler added 9 points.

Owen Phelps paced Greenfield (1-4) with 10 points, followed by Jonath Roman with 6 and Hunter Campbell and Danny Vega with 5 each.

Greenfield hopes to get back on track Friday night when it travels to Smith Academy for its HL North opener in Hatfield. Pioneer opens South play with a key early-season contest against Hopkins Academy in Northfield.

Girls’ hoops

Mahar 58, Athol 44 — Seniors Maeve Powell and Samantha Rowe came up big, as the two centers combined for 22 points and host Mahar Regional School kept rival Athol High School at arms’ length en route to a 58-44 girls’ basketball victory Wednesday in a Franklin County League North contest at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

Powell broke through with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for Mahar (2-3, 2-0), while Rowe tossed in 9 points.

“We flipped the two of them all night long at the center position and they came up with 22 points between them,” explained Mahar coach Larry Fisher. “We haven’t had anything like that from that position this year so it was really nice to see.”

Kianna Reilly and Jazmyn Vautour scored 11 points each in the win, while Tori Tenney added 5 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Athol (0-3, 0-2) was led offensively by Taylor Cleveland’s 14 points, as she went for double figures for the second time in three games. Haley Bigwood scored 9 points, while Destiny Wrigley added 8 and Sophie Putnam tossed in 7.

Mahar led 19-4 after one quarter before Athol cut the deficit to 30-21 at halftime. The lead grew to double figures from there, however, and the Senators finished the job thanks to a 5-point edge in the second half.

Mahar next hosts Tahonto Regional High School in an independent game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. while Athol hosts Greenfield next Thursday.

Hockey

Chicopee 5, Greenfield 2 — Dominic Gallant scored the game-winning goal with 8 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the third period, and Chicopee High School tacked on two more insurance tallies to capture a 5-2 win over Greenfield High School in the semifinals of the Chicopee Winter Classic Wednesday night at Smead Arena in Springfield.

The loss was the first of the season for the Green Wave, which fell to 4-1. Greenfield will play in the consolation game of the event tonight against Chicopee Comprehensive High School back at Smead Arena. Faceoff is slated for 5:30 p.m.

“We had a lot of quality scoring chances, just couldn’t bury the puck,” Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard offered. “(Chicopee) had a lot of opportunities and they finished when they got them.”

Chicopee (2-0-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the opening period.

Greenfield cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second period, when Evan Simmons buried a shot off a feed from Mike McGoldrick.

The Green Wave tied it 2-2 with 11:04 left in the third period. Bryan Baumann recorded the tying goal, with assists credited to Simmons and Doug Hanieski.

Chicopee scored the final three goals of the game, with the eventual game-winner coming on a 5-on-3 power play. The Pacers scored three of their five goals on power play-opportunities.

Greenfield goaltender Riley Drew recorded 35 saves in the loss, as Chicopee held a slight 39-37 advantage in the shots department.

Gallant finished with three goals and Ryan McDonough scored two goals and added two assist for Chicopee. The Pacers will play West Springfield High School in the championship game to follow the Greenfield-Chicopee Comp contest.

“We’ll see how we react and bounce back from a loss. We haven’t had to do that yet this season,” Bouchard offered.