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Schools: Frontier dunks Mahar, 47-34

  • Above, Frontier’s Kalen Evans (2) drives to the hoop in the host Red Hawks’ 47-34 Hampshire League crossover boys’ basketball win Wednesday night at Vi Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. Below, Frontier’s Jared Muzyka (12) takes a shot under pressure from Mahar’s Quinn Gervais (22). RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Jared Muzyka (12) takes a shot under pressure from Mahar’s Quinn Gervais (22) in the first half Wednesday in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Jack Temple (33) brings down a rebound over Frontier’s Jared Muzyka (12) during first-half Wednesday at Vi Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield, where the host Red Hawks won the Hampshire League crossover boys’ basketball game 47-34. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Donovan Hoffman (4) drives against Mahar during first-half action of the host Red Hawks’ 47-34 Hampshire League crossover boys’ basketball win Wednesday night at Vi Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Carsten Carey (22) puts in a reverse layup in a 47-34 Hampshire League crossover boys’ basketball win over Mahar Wednesday at Vi Goodnow Gym in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Alex Sharp (1) and Mahar’s Peter Currie (11) collide chasing the ball in the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky talks with his team during their game against Mahar in the first half on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 in South Deerfield. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

After an 0-4 start to the season, Frontier Regional School has righted the ship.

The host Red Hawks picked up their best win of the season Wednesday night, handing Mahar Regional School its first loss thanks to a 47-34 independent boys’ basketball victory at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

The win was the third in a row for Frontier, which won for the second time in as many nights after dispatching Ludlow High School on Tuesday.

“The guys showed a lot of toughness tonight,” lauded Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky of the win. “It was our second game in two days and I thought our execution on the defensive end really limited (Mahar’s) good looks for the most part.”

Frontier (3-4) jumped on top from the get-go, storming out to a 12-3 lead after one quarter and holding a 20-11 advantage at halftime.

The Senators (5-1) tried to make runs in the second half, but the Red Hawks were able to keep them at arm’s length.

“It’s a product of the guys working hard,” began Barshefsky. “Mahar’s a very good team and you know a team like that is going to make some runs. When it looked like they were going to gain some momentum, our guys buckled down and executed.”

Carsten Carey led Frontier with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Alex Sharp joined him in double figures with 11 points. Kalen Evans added 8 points and Ben Litskoski followed with 7, while Jared Muzyka joined Carey as a rebounding menace with 9 boards.

Mahar’s Quinn Gervais paced his squad with 17 points, while Brennan Mailloux tossed in 8 points and Sam Paul added 5.

Frontier hopes to carry over the momentum into Tuesday’s Hampshire League North battle against Greenfield High School.

“There’s a lot of growth with this group still,” Barshefsky said. “We saw it the past two nights in the second half. These guys started to learn how to close out a game.”

Southwick 60, Greenfield 41 — Southwick-Tolland Regional High School used a huge third-quarter effort to pull away from Greenfield High SchoolJ en route to a 60-41 independent boys’ basketball victory Wednesday in Southwick.

Southwick led 22-17 at halftime but the Rams outscored the Green Wave, 24-10, in the third quarter to pull away. The run was highlighted by a 3-pointer from Hunter Iglesias as Southwick started the half on a 7-0 run.

“They came out quickly in the second half,” Greenfield coach Tim Caplice said. “We sort of forgot what our calling is, which is our half-court defense. We were trying to do a little too much.”

Iglesias finished with 11 points to lead the Rams, who got balanced scoring with nine players scoring. Devin Parrow was the only other Southwick player to hit double figures with 10 points.

Colin Cloutier fought through illness to pace the Green Wave with 11 points. Greenfield was playing without Jonath Roman, who is among the leading scorers on the team.

Owen Phelps finished with 8 points, Hunter Campbell added 7 points, and Jared Hart and Danny Vega each added 5.

Greenfield (2-5) hosts Mohawk Trail Regional High School Friday night.

St. Mary’s 49, Mohawk 37 — Tied heading into the fourth quarter, Mohawk was very much in the thick of things Wednesday night.

But host St. Mary’s Parish School outscored the Warriors by a 22-10 margin in the fourth quarter and the Saints held on for a 49-37 victory in an independent contest in Westfield.

Will Guyette led Mohawk (0-7) with 11 points, while Anthony Moffatt hit three 3-pointers to finish with 9 points. The Warriors trailed 12-10 at halftime but scored 17 points in the third quarter to pull even, 27-27, entering the fourth.

Jacob Butler led St. Mary’s with 22 points in the win.

Mohawk heads to Greenfield Friday night for an HL North game.

Hockey

Greenfield 3, Easthampton 3 — Evan Simmons scored on a breakaway midway through the third period and Greenfield salvaged a 3-3 tie with Easthampton High School in a battle of the top two Wright Division hockey teams Wednesday night at Lossone Arena in Easthampton.

Greenfield blew a pair of one-goal leads in the game and trailed 3-2 entering the third period but the Green Wave (4-2-1) was able to tie it with 8 minutes, 18 seconds to play. Bryan Baumann and Doug Hanieski worked the puck up to Simmons, who broke in on Easthampton goalie Nate Barnes and beat the goalie five-hole to tie the game. Greenfield netminder Riley Drew made that goal hold up, as he stopped 34 shots to preserve the tie. Green Wave coach Adam Bouchard was pleased with his team’s response in their fourth straight road game.

“I was really glad to see how the team responded,” he said. “They showed that they are never going to quit, never going to give up.”

Greenfield scored the only goal of the first period when Chris Urgiel set up Baumann for Baumann’s fourth goal of the season. Baumann has six assists for 10 points on the season, tying him with Simmons for the team lead.

Easthampton tied the game 3:53 into the second period as Garren Fugiel beat Drew off a pass from Jake Delisle, but the Green Wave went back on top 7:40 into the frame as Hanieski roofed a shot for an unassisted goal. The wheels came off the bus a bit late in the second period, as the Eagles struck for a pair of goals with Eli Boyle scoring with 3:18 to play, and Fugiel netting his second of the game with 58 seconds left in the period.

Bryce Jordan had a strong game up front for the Wave, which returns home Saturday night at 5:30. Mike McGoldrick and Cam Barnes played well on defense.