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Mounties dump Turners Falls boys, 61-24



Recorder Staff
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mount Greylock Regional High School stormed out to a huge early lead and never looked back on Saturday. The Mounties led 26-3 after one quarter and rolled to a convincing 61-24 win over Turners Falls High School in the 2017 Pioneer Valley Tip-Off held at the Curry Hicks Cage on the campus of UMass.

The game was the first of five matchups at the Cage on Saturday, and despite an 11 a.m. start time, Mount Greylock (1-0), the defending WMass Div. III runners-up, showed no issues getting off and running.

The Mounties led 39-10 at halftime, riding the shooting of brothers Brady Foehl (15 points) and Toby Foehl (12). The duo combined for five 3-pointers in the win. Sean McCormack was the Greylock inside presence, and he wound up with 13 points.

The Powertown offense struggled to score against Greylock, scoring no more than eight points in any quarter on Saturday.

Jimmy Vaughn sank a pair of 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 6 points. Jovanni Ruggiano also scored 6 points for Turners (0-1), while Javoni Williams added 4 points. Jaden Whiting and Chase Novak both drilled single 3-balls in the loss

Turners host Hopkins Wednesday.

Wrestling

Red Raider Invitational

Three area wrestlers captured championships on Saturday, as four of the five local teams opened their seasons at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol at the Red Raider Invitational.

Natick High School won the team title with 194 points, while Franklin County Technical School was the top local squad in fourth place (156 points). Host Athol was sixth overall (99), followed by Mahar Regional School in seventh place (89) and Mohawk Trail Regional High School in 13th (18).

Athol had two wrestlers capture wins on the day, as Chris Waslaske won the 182-pound bracket, while Ryan White was victorious at 138 pounds.

Waslaske won all three of his matches, including a 12-1 major decision win over Franklin Tech’s Chris Ludwig in the title bout at 182.

White also went a perfect 3-0, and scored a 9-2 decision over Ludlow High School’s Arda Abbas in the 138-pound title match.

Franklin Tech’s strong fourth-place performance was buoyed on the day by Kyle Brunelle, the champion at 126 pounds. Brunelle went 3-0, capturing all three victories via pinfall. That included a pin of Athol’s Caleb Cox (1:12) in the championship match, who had won his two opening matches to make it three Red Raiders in title bouts.

In addition to Ludwig’s second-place finish at 182 pounnds, the Eagles had two more grapplers take home runner-up showings to help them to fourth place. Peter Saladino was second at 120 pounds after falling to South Hadley High School’s Joe Podolak in the finals (technical fall). Spencer Telega was also a runner-up on Saturday at 160 pounds, as he was edged in the finals by Hampshire Regional High School’s DJ Willard, 7-3.

Mahar’s best finish individually came at 152 pounds, where Todd Chiasson wound up second overall after losing to Hampshire’s Michael Baldwin in the finals, 16-6. Chiasson pinned Ludlow’s Chris Arsenault in the quarterfinals, and edged Natick’s Mark Plumadore in the semifinals to reach the championship match.

Gabe Bower was Mohawk’s top finisher on Saturday, as he took third place at 195 pounds thanks to a 3-1 overall record. Bower was knocked into the consolation bracket, but won two matches there via pinfall to pick up third place. The march through the bracket was capped with a pin of South Hadley’s Jacey Rondeau.

Franklin Tech’s Jaden Sadlowski (132 pounds), Tim Fritz (152) and Brody Wood (170) all finished third in their respective brackets, while Mahar received third-place performances from Henry Ndayisaba (138), Adam Clement (145) and Peter Tattan (182).

Frontier 57, N’Hamptn 12
Frontier 54, Smith Voke 18
Westfield 42, Frontier 30
West Side 63, Frontier 9 —
Bailey Murry won three matches via pinfall, helping Frontier Regional School to a 2-2 record in four contests wrestled Saturday at the West Springfield Quad.

The Red Hawks (2-2) beat Northampton High School (57-12) and Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School (54-18), while falling to host West Springfield High School (63-9) and Westfield High School (42-30).

Murry won via first-round pins against Northampton and Smith Voke at 126 pounds, and he followed that with a pin 35 seconds into his match at 120 pounds against Westfield. His lone defeat of the event came against West Springfield, where he dropped a major decision to Kaleb Hogan, 13-5.

Connor Pettis also had a big day for Frontier, winning three matches of his own. Pettis was a 9-2 decision winner over Northampton’s Noah Brink at 138 pounds, and he also pinned Westfield’s Ed Towers at 132 pounds, while snagging a forfeit win against Smith Voke at 138 pounds. He suffered his only loss against West Side in a 16-8 major decision to Calvin Curtis at 132 pounds.

Joey Hildreth had a big day with three wins at 182 or 195 pounds. Hildreth was one of just two Hawks to capture victories over West Springfield, as he was a 5-0 decision winner over Abdulla Abdulaquav at 182.

Nate Austin picked up two pinfall victories at 195 pounds, while Tanner Finch won three matches via forfeit and joined Hildreth as the only other winner against West Side thanks to a pin of Rudolf Dirk at 113 pounds.

Indoor track

Meghan Davis wasted no time making her presence felt during the indoor track & field season at Smith College.

The Mohawk Trail Regional High School junior won three events Friday night, as PVIAC Meet No. 1 saw the Warriors sweep a pair of dual meets against Hampshire Regional High School (53-36) and Springfield School of Science & Technology (71-18).

Davis won the 1,000 meters (3 minutes, 20.93 seconds), 1-mile (5:42.77) and 2-mile (11:46.90) in the evening session. She qualified for the Western Mass. championship in all three events.

The Mohawk boys’ team also won both meets against Hampshire (65-22) and Sci-Tech (64-12).

Greenfield High School went 2-1 on the girls’ side, defeating Hampden Charter School of Science, 75-19, and High School of Commerce, 77-18, while falling to Southwick-Tolland Regional High School, 73-22.

The Green Wave boys’ team also went 2-1 with wins over Commerce (67-24) and Hampden Charter (85-0). Southwick edged Greenfield, 53-42.

Athol High School won both meets on the boys’ side, beating Hampden Charter, 90-0, and Southwick, 52-43, while the girls’ team beat Hampden Charter, 66-13, and fell to Southwick, 86-9.

Pioneer Valley Regional School edged Pope Francis High School, 46-45, in boys’ action on Friday. The girls’ team fell, 61-32.

While Davis had a huge opening meet for Mohawk, Athol’s Mason Barrieau also performed well to pace the local boys. The junior won the 600 meters with a time of 1:28.27, and was also second in both the 55-meter hurdles (8.63) and long jump (18 feet, 5 inches).

Athol teammate Kris Selanis was the other local winner on Friday, as the senior qualified for WMass by a substantial margin with a win in the shot put thanks to a throw of 53 feet, 11 inches. Selanis’ heave bested the rest of the field by nearly 13 full feet, as he showed himself ready to have a dominant senior winter.

Greenfield’s Amy O’Sullivan posted a pair of top 3 finishes in the 1-mile (second, 5:48) and 2-mile (third, 12:32), and she qualified for WMass in both events. Teammate Jamie Day was fourth in the 2-mile (12:54) and sixth in the 1-mile (6:08).

Pioneer junior Scott McDonough picked up where he left off last winter, scoring a second-place finish in the long jump (20-3) and a third-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles (7.06). McDonough’s long jump qualified him for WMass.

Teammate Adrian Wilson was the runner-up in the evening session of the shot put with a throw of 37-8½, while fellow Panther Jake Comiskey was eighth in the event.

Other top three finishers on Friday included Greenfield sophomore Crescens Iavorschi, who was third in both the long jump (18-1½) and 55-meter fash (7.06). Mohawk’s Gabby Shean was third in the shot put, qualifying for WMass with a top throw of 31-8½.    

Here’s a look at other top 10 finishers from the first meet of the indoor season:

Athol

Sophomore Grace Dufour finished fifth in the long jump (13-4), while freshman Emily England was ninth in the event at 12-11. Analyse Merlini took 10th in the shot put (22-½). 

Shelby Mailloux was seventh in the 1,000 (3:41) and Crista Jillson was eighth in the 600 (2:01.84).

Dennis St. Jean scored two top 10 finishes in the 1,000 meters (3:03) and 2-mile (12:44), while Chase Michaud was seventh in the 600 (1:38.55) and 10th in the 55-meter dash (7.34).

In the boys’ 300, senior James Laford took home eighth place (40.28), while Gabe Roberts was fifth in the high jump (5-1), and Noah Giuffre was seventh in the shot put (35-3).

The boys’ 4x200 relay team qualified for WMass with a fourth-place showing of 1:43.

Greenfield

Sophomore Dina Samake nabbed sixth place in the shot put (23-8½) to help pace the girls’ team.

Senior Liam McLain finished fourth in the long jump (17-7½), while Lazarous Santiago was sixth in the shot put (35-7½). Tyssen LaBombard was seventh in the 1-mile and 10th in the 1,000 meters, while Alex Tirrell took home 10th in the 1-mile. Dylan Badillo was sixth, and Dylan Roy was eighth in the 2-mile for the Wave.

Eighth-grader Theo Popusoi’s top clearance of 4-11 put him ninth in the high jump.

Mohawk

While Davis led the way, eighth-grader Erica Szewczyk also ran well in the opening meet for the Warriors. Szewczyk was seventh in the 2-mile (13:39) and eighth in the 1-mile (6:26).

Junior Lilly Wickland-Shearer took fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.25) and ninth in the 300 (49.56).

Cullen Brown had the best finish for the boys’ team, as he was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.08). Brown was also ninth in the high jump (4-9), and 10th in the 600 (1:37.76).

Eighth-grader Dennis Simmons was eighth in the 2-mile (11:43) while senior Seth Hoynoski took 10th in the 2-mile (3:09.38).

Pioneer

 The Panthers qualified for WMass in the 4x200 relay on the boys’ side with a fifth-place finish in 1:43.94.

Junior Jake Wallace posted a solid fourth-place showing in the high jump (5-3), while Brian Killay was eighth in the 55-meter hurdles (10.76). Andrew Pratt took ninth in the high jump (4-11).