Schools: Green Wave boys fall on court

  • Greenfield’s No. 1 singles player Victor Ivancev returns a volley from Pioneer Valley Christian Academy’s Ethan Ondrick Thursday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s No. 2 singles man George Balis returns a volley from Andrew Taft of Pioneer Valley Christian Academy Thursday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s No. 2 man George Balis returns a volley from Andrew Taft of Pioneer Valley Christian Academy during boys’ tennis action Thursday afternoon at the Davis Street courts in Greee0field. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s No. 1 man Victor Ivancev returns a volley from Ethan Ondrick of Pioneer Valley Christian Academy Thursday afternoon in boys’ tennis action at the Davis Street courts in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Brandon Siow earned a win at third singles on Thursday afternoon but that was the only win for Greenfield High School as Pioneer Valley Christian Academy earned a 3-1 win in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match at the Davis Street Tennis Courts in Greenfield.

Both teams only had five players at the match and second doubles went uncontested.

Ethan Ondrick defeated Victor Ivanchev, 6-2, 6-3, at first singles for the Eagles, while Andrew Taft topped George Balis, 6-1, 6-3, at second singles.

Pioneer Christian finished off the victory with a victory at first doubles as Kevin Sharpe and Andrew Rossoshanskyiy beat Aaron Do and Connor Pedigree, 6-1, 6-1.

Siow picked up the Wave’s lone point at third singles where he beat Daniel Dockter, 7-5, 6-3.

Greenfield (1-2) heads to West Springfield High School on Monday.

Boys’ volleyball

Holyoke 3, Athol 1 — Four very even sets left little separation between teams on Thursday afternoon.

Host Athol High School shook off an 0-2 deficit to prolong the match, but Holyoke High School held on tight for a 25-23, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21 independent volleyball victory at Mallett Gymnasium.

“The team struggled to find an offensive rhythm and didn’t put enough pressure on Holyoke, leading to offensive opportunities for Holyoke,” offered Athol coach Sean MacDonald.

Freshman setter Colby Soltysik had a huge outing for the Red Raiders (5-4) in defeat. He registered 32 assists to set the table for the Athol offense while adding four service aces and 13 digs.

Hudson Carlson and Josh Herk posted 9 kills a piece, with Nick Casella right behind with 8 kills against Holyoke (5-2). Ryan Warner (4 kills, 3 digs) and Anthony Potenti (3 kills, 12 digs) also aided the Athol offense.

Herk led the defense with a team-high 20 digs, followed by Carlson’s 17.

The Raiders return to action with an away match against Chicopee Comprehensive High School on Monday night.

Girls’ track

Frontier 92, Monson 53 — After a lengthy preseason, Frontier Regional School finally kicked off its Suburban League slate on Thursday afternoon.

The Red Hawks rode the strong performances of several athletes en route to a convincing 92-53 win over Monson High School on the road in Monson.

Sophomore Jenna Martin won a pair of events, crossing first in the 400 hurdles (73.9 seconds) while adding the top leap in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches).

Senior Jaime Byrne was also a two-even winner for Frontier (1-0, 1-0 SL) on Thursday. She captured the pole vault (8-6) while also besting the field in the shot with a top put of 27 feet.

Also winning individual events for Frontier on the day were Kimani Topoloski-Burgess (200, 28.2), Greyson Young (mile, 6:31.2), Fiona Ferry (100 hurdles, 18.2), Lisa Portier (triple jump, 30-2) and Olivia Vecellio (discus, 92-7).

Frontier’s Suburban League schedule continues with a meet against Hampshire Regional High School on Monday.


Greenfield 2, Hampshire 0 — Two sophomores and a freshman combined on a five-hit shutout, Greenfield’s second shutout in as many days, a 2-0 independent baseball win over Hampshire Regional High School Thursday afternoon in Westhampton.

Freshman Joel Peabody earned his first career start and walked three in 1⅓ innings before giving way to sophomore Owen Phelps, who worked through the fifth inning and kept the game scoreless, registering one strikeout and one walk, and earning the win. Sophomore Nate Haselton came on and pitched the final two innings, striking out one and walking one.

“I think Joel was nervous, which led to the walks, but our pitchers are throwing strikes for the most part right now,” Green Wave coach Tom Suchanek said. “We are not going to strike too many people out. We told the kids that they’ve got to pitch to contact and we need to make plays. We made the plays today.”

The win completed a perfect week for the Green Wave (4-1), which won all three games it played in a four-day span. Greenfield started the week with a 8-5 win over Southwick-Tolland Regional School, and earned a 7-0 win over Athol High School on Wednesday before completing it with the victory over Hampshire.

“We hit the ball hard today and could have easily scored more runs, but they turned three double plays,” Suchanek said. “Right now, we are hitting the ball and hopefully that will continue.”

Greenfield got on the board in the third inning and scored again in the fourth. Tyler Boissonneault had two hits and one stolen base, while Tyler Townsley had a hit and an RBI. Zack Avery added a double, while Arlo Larange, Colin Cloutier and Adam Phelps each had one hit.

Noah Bachelder struck out two and did not walk a batter in seven innings in the loss.

Mohawk 11, Smith Voke 5 — A seven-run top of the fourth inning propelled visiting Mohawk Trail Regional High School to a comfortable 11-5 win over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in an independent baseball game in Northfield on Thursday afternoon.

Trailing 2-0, Mohawk (4-2) pushed seven runs across in the fourth inning to take control of the game. The Warriors tacked on two runs in each of the fifth and sixth frames.

Mohawk pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of nine walks issued by Smith Voke (2-2) pitching. Daniel Szafran, Luke Viens, Torsten Sloan-Anderson, Ian Eckler and Wyatt Bandy-Page had two hits a piece in the win, with Szafran and Chris Graves driving in a pair of runs.

Two pitchers combined to hold Smith Voke to just five hits in the win. Senior Bruin Pratt earned the win, as he started and tossed four innings, striking out four and walking three. Sophomore Jordan Grenier came on in relief to nail down the save, as he went three innings while allowing just one hit. He struck out three and walked two.

Mohawk travels to Turners Falls High School for a Hampshire League crossover game on Monday.

Mahar 3, Quabbin 2 — Sam Paul had a solid performance on the mound and the Mahar Regional School offense did just enough en route to a 3-2 win over Quabbin Regional High School Thursday afternoon in Orange.

Paul struck out two and walked three in the game and worked into the seventh inning, where he took a 3-1 lead before giving way to Jake Berry, who recorded the final two outs to earn the save.

“Sam pitched very well, he commanded the strike zone,” Mahar coach Art Billings said. “I was very happy with his performance.”

Mahar (2-3) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Zack Geyster singled, stole second and scored on a Miller Richardson single. Quabbin tied the score in the second on Travis Lanpher’s RBI double, but Mahar came back in the third to reclaim the lead for good as Richardson walked and scored on a groundout by Zach Duguay. Mahar added another run in the fifth inning when Richardson struck out but reached on a passed ball, and later scored on Gabe O’Lari’s bunt single. Quabbin got one back in the seventh before Berry slammed the door shut in relief.

Geyster and O’Lari each finished with two hits in the win.

Mahar heads to Frontier Regional School on Monday.