Wave stuns Mahar, 57-46
Greenfield High School bolted out to a nine-point lead after one quarter and never trailed in a 57-46 win over Mahar Regional School in Hampshire League boys’ basketball action Monday night at the Grzesik-Bixby-Complex in Orange.
“They just came out and wanted it more than we did,” lamented Senators head coach Chad Softic. “They had great defensive intensity.”
Garrett Hudson bucketed a game-high 14 points for the Green Wave (11-8 overall, 10-5 HL), which led 28-22 at the half and upped the advantage to 44-30 after three quarters. Robin Marchese netted a dozen points and Connor Eckstrom and Parker Hickey both chipped in 8 points.
Troix Adams finished with 10 points and Joey Verheyen added 6 for Mahar, which finished 0-for-12 from 3-point land and made just eight of its 23 free-throw attempts.
FC Tech 59, McCann 51 — Franklin County Technical School continued its tough defensive play and rode a 32-point effort from Chris Wetherby to knock off McCann Technical School, 59-51, in a Tri-County League boys’ basketball game on Monday night in Turners Falls.
“It was a great team win (tonight),” said Eagles head coach Rick Recore. “I’m very proud of the team. ... Brian Como, C.J. Daignault and Thomas Duffy did a fantastic job slowing these guys down and not letting them get into an offensive rhythm.”
Wetherby added 15 rebounds and 4 blocked shots for the winners (11-6, 10-3 TCL), while Nate Boyer netted 17 points. Brett Martin fell just shy of a triple-double, finishing with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots, and Duffy pulled down 11 boards for the Eagles, who shot 25-for-37 from the line.
Shane Fuller drained 24 points for the Hornets.
Franklin Tech heads to Westfield Vocational-Technical High School on Thursday night at 7.
Pioneer 50, Mohawk 42 — Pioneer Valley Regional School moved to within one game of qualifying for the WMass Tournament as it downed Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 50-42, in HL boys’ basketball play Monday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
Lennon Robichaud powered the win by scoring a game-high 19 points. Brad Hastings pitched in with 10 points and Jake Hale threw in 8 for the Panthers (9-8, 6-7).
Jay Fortier finished with a team-high 13 for the Warriors. Mark Buck and Alex Dekoschak each added 8.
Pioneer travels to Hopkins Academy tonight at 7:30.
Frontier 60, Athol 43 — Ben Ruddock led three double-digit scorers with 20 points as Frontier Regional School upended Athol High School, 60-43, in a HL boys’ basketball game Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Tim Hoar recorded a double-double with 12 points and 21 rebounds, and Justin Farrick also had 12 points for the Red Hawks (5-13, 4-10), who led 29-18 at halftime. Niko Ames contributed 9 points.
Jerry Parker was the Red Raiders’ top scorer with 12, and Andrew Poor and Zach Dodge each added 10.
Athol 41, Frontier 37 — Athol High School clinched the Franklin County League North Division title Monday night by outlasting Frontier Regional School, 41-37, Monday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
“They just pack the paint and we can’t drive,” said Athol head coach Dan Bevis of the Red Hawks’ effort. “We turned the ball over a lot. They played very good defense.”
Molly Cleveland led the Red Raiders (15-2, 6-0 FCL North) with 11 points. Kiki Guerin finished with 8, Tanner Favreau 7.
Olivia Riordan drained 12 points to lead all scorers. Amanda Calvo added 11.
Frontier led 22-21 at halftime.
PV Christian 29, FC Tech 22 — Pioneer Valley Christian School used an 11-4 third-quarter advantage to take a lead it would not relinquish in a 29-22 win over Franklin County Tech Monday night in a TCL North girls’ basketball game in Springfield.
Briana Porter led the way with 11 points for the winners (9-5, 4-2 North), who trailed 15-11 at halftime.
Brooke Meuse scored 11 points for the visiting Eagles. Brittany Andrews tossed in 7.
Franklin Tech (9-7, 2-5 North) travels to Gateway Regional High School tonight at 6:30.
Frontier 42, Athol 18 — Frontier won three matches in the first 40 seconds and went on to beat Athol, 42-18, in a Tri-County League wrestling meet Monday afternoon on Senior Day at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Saul Soto bumped up to 285 pounds and recorded a 26-second pin against the Red Raiders’ Noah Guffrey, the quickest of the day. Jake Arnold (145) needed only 38 seconds to beat Mike Dray, while Connor Pettis (106) ended his match against Patrick Chabot in 39 seconds.
Other first-period pins for the Red Hawks (5-1 TCL) included Pat McGranaghan (126), who finished off Chris Wasloske in 1:01, and Kirby Compton (160), who dropped Dustin Aikey in 1:45.
Eighth-grader Miguel Olvera (170), a first-year wrestler, recorded the other Frontier when he pinned Mike Kenniff in 4:36 after trailing in the match, 7-4.
Arnold and Compton were honored as the only seniors on the squad.
Athol’s only contested win came at 132, where Trevor Carey pinned Spencer Telega in 4:13.
Next up for Frontier is the WMass Division III Individual Championships Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
South Hadley 33, Pioneer 12 — South Hadley High School did not lose a contested match and clinched a share of the TCL title with a 33-12 win over Pioneer in wrestling action Monday afternoon in South Hadley .
The Tigers (10-8, 5-0 TCL) can clinch the outright crown Wednesday at home against Mahar.
Trey Raymond wrestled well for the Panthers (0-10, 0-5) in an 11-6 loss to David Beyer at 220.
Pioneer travels to Pathfinder Vocational High School for its dual meet finale on Wednesday night at 7.