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Schools: Wave boys track down victory over Pioneer

  • GHS Theo Popusoi and GHS Jibb Trevor take one/two in the 400 hurdles in Greenfield on Friday. April 13, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Above, Greenfield sprinter Crescens Iavorschi wins the 100-yard dash Friday afternoon at Greenfield High School. Below, Pioneer pole vaulter Gavin Curtis clears the bar. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • GHS Bailey Semonelli throws the shot put in Greenfield on Friday. April 13, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield double-winner Tyssen LaBombard pulls ahead to win the 200-yard dash Friday afternoon in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • GHS Evangeline Heath hands off the baton to Shane Subelda in the 4x400 relay in Greenfield on Friday. April 13, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • PVRS Jordin Hubbard, left, pulls ahead to win the 200 yard in Greenfield on Friday. April 13, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Pioneer pole vaulter Gavin Curtis clears the bar in Greenfield on Friday. April 13, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • PVRS Gavin Curtis clears the bar in the pole vault in Greenfield on Friday. April 13, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Friday, April 13, 2018

It was a field versus track battle in Greenfield Friday.

Thanks to a stellar performance in the running events, Greenfield High School held serve on its home terrain.

Tyssen LaBombard and Theodor Popusoi won two events each, and the Green Wave edged Pioneer Valley Regional School, 79-66, in an Intercounty League boys’ track & field meet.

LaBombard swept the distance runs, crossing first overall in the mile (5 minutes, 26.4 seconds) and 2-mile (12:21.2). Popusoi was first overall in the 110-meter hurdles (19.1) and 400 hurdles (1:07.8).

Greenfield (1-0, 1-0) won both relays, awhile Crescens Iavorschi took the 100 (11.3) and Aaron Do won the 800 (2:24.4). All told, the Wave won eight of the 10 running events.

Pioneer (0-1, 0-1) won all six field events to make for a tight race. Scott McDonough was a double-winner in the horizontal jumps, where he took first in the long (20-11¾) and triple (40-4). McDonough also won the 200 meters in 24.2 seconds. Andrew Pratt also captured wins in two events, as he won the high jump (5-0) and discus (123-6½). Gavin Curtis won the pole vault (10-0) and 400 (1:03.3).

Girls’ track & field

Frontier 77, West Side 68 — Frontier Regional School won all but one field event, and the Red Hawks scored valuable points with 11 second-place finishes to get past West Springfield High School, 77-68, in an independent girls’ track & field meet Friday in West Springfield.

Jenna Martin continued to perform well for Frontier (2-0), capturing first place in three different events to pace the visitors. Martin won the 400-meter hurdles (76.9 seconds), long jump (14-9¾) and high jump (4-10) on the day.

Lilli Powers captured a win in the pole vault (6-6), while other field event winners for the Red Hawks included Olivia Vecellio (discus, 99-9), Reilly Isler (javelin, 92-0) and Lexa Boyden (shot put, 29-3).

Frontier returns to Suburban League action Thursday when it hosts Monson High School.

Greenfield 98, Pioneer 44 — Courtney Danielsen won four events and Amy O’Sullivan captured wins in three others, guiding Greenfield to a 98-44 victory in an Intercounty League girls’ track & field meet Friday against Pioneer in Greenfield.

Danielsen took first in the 100 (19.9 seconds) and 400 hurdles (83.3), and she added victories in the javelin (117-6) and pole vault (7-0). Her toss in the javelin was a personal best.

O’Sullivan won all three distance events for the Green Wave (1-0, 1-0). Her time of 2:36.3 was good enough for the top spot in the 800 meters, and she added wins in the 1-mile (5:36.9) and 2-mile (13:03).

Dina Samake was a double-winner for Greenfield, taking first in the discus (67-4) and shot put (23-10¼).

Pioneer (0-1, 0-1) was led by a quartet of individual winners. Talia Schodel (100, 15.1), Jordin Hubbard (200, 31.2), Sydney Unaitis (long jump, 13-3) and Avery Kelton (high jump, 4-4) all finished first in their events.

Boys’ tennis

Turners Falls 3, Chicopee Comp 2 — Missing No. 1 singles player Jimmy Vaughn, the rest of the Turners Falls High School boys’ tennis team stepped up to the task Friday, defeating Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 3-2.

The usual No. 2 and No. 3, Brian Poirier and Will Turn, moved up a spot, while seventh-grader Corin Wisnewski made his varsity debut at the No. 3 singles spot.

Poirier fell to Ilya Ivanov 0-6, 6-2, 10-6 on a tiebreaker, while Turn defeated Roger DesRochers 6-3, 6-2 and Wisnewski fell to Clay 6-0.

The Powertown doubles teams swept the Colts, with No. 1 doubles team Brody Trott and Josh Gaulin defeating Eric Bayeur and Mike Foley, 6-3, 6-4, and the No. 2 duo of Joseph Kochan and Michael Boyle taking down Comp’s Nolan Kazlaski and Devon LaBonte 6-4, 6-2.

Holyoke 5, Greenfield 0 — “It was a rough day,” Greenfield boys’ tennis coach Andrew Varnon said.

The Green Wave only had four players active against Holyoke High School and was forced to forfeit its No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles matches to the visiting Purple Knights.

In singles, Luca DiAngelo fell to Eddie Anderson, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 1 match. For the No. 2 singles, Brandon Siow was outpaced by Joe Cavanaugh, 6-3, 6-0.

In the only doubles match, the Greenfield duo of Connor Pedigree and Anjou Kang-Stryker lost to Marty Keane and Brendan Leahy 6-3, 7-6 and then fell 7-2 in a tiebreaker.

Girls’ tennis

Lee 5, Turners 0 — Lee High School put up a dominant showing against Turners Falls in the Berkshires Friday, with the ladies from Powertown only able to take a single set against the home team.

In singles, Turners Falls’ Amber Taylor, Haleigh Greene and Steph Peterson all fell 6-0 to Ava Martin, Anna Wang and Suriana Lee, respectively.

In doubles, the No. 1 team of Rachel Tucker and Isabelle Farrick was able to take just a set against the Wildcats’ duo of Rachel Wendley and Erin Brisebois, with Lee prevailing 6-0, 6-1.

In the no. 2 doubles match, Ceci Wood and Taylana Pabon fell 6-0, 6-0 to Sophie Zukowski and Cindy Ni.

Mohawk 3, Sabis 2 — The first doubles tandem of Avery Dupree and Corinne Freeman came through in the clutch, as the Mohawk Trail Regional High School duo captured the clinching point in a third-set super tiebreaker to lead the Warriors to a 3-2 win over Sabis International Charter School in an independent girls’ tennis match Friday in Springfield.

Dupree and Freeman outlasted Sabis’ Bianca Twiggs and Katie Sharp, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 10-8, at first doubles to get Mohawk a win in its season-opener.

Seniors Lilly Seaver and Mary Monohon won the other two points for the Warriors. Seaver was a 6-3, 6-0 winner at No. 1 singles, as she took care of business against Sabis’ Remy Jerard. Monohon dropped just one game at No. 2 singles, where she dominated Danielle Atayah, 6-0, 6-1.

Mohawk (1-0) is back in action Tuesday against Turners Falls High School.

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, Chicopee 1 — Hayden Herk put down nine kills and Colby Soltysik registered 35 assists, leading Athol High School to its fifth win in six matches to open the season Friday night.

The Red Raiders won the final two sets to defeat Chicopee High School, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22, in a PVIAC East boys’ volleyball match in Chicopee.

Justin Blake had seven kills and three aces for Athol (5-1, 4-1), while Jordan Carrasquillo followed with six kills in a balanced effort. Hudson Carlson and Anthony Potenti each totaled five kills, and Zach Aldrich joined the party with four kills.

Four players contributed double-digit digs in a solid defensive effort. Matt Willhite (17 digs), Potenti (16), Herk (13) and Blake (12) led the way.