Falcons crush Greenfield

Greenfield's Mirandah Coulombe (right) and Molley Duclos (23) battle against two Smith Academy players for a loose ball Wednesday night at Nichols Gym in Greenfield, where the host Green Wave fell to the visiting Falcons, 41-16, in their Franklin County League South girls' basketball game in Greenfield.
Recorder/Paul Franz

Greenfield's Mirandah Coulombe (right) and Molley Duclos (23) battle against two Smith Academy players for a loose ball Wednesday night at Nichols Gym in Greenfield, where the host Green Wave fell to the visiting Falcons, 41-16, in their Franklin County League South girls' basketball game in Greenfield. Recorder/Paul Franz

One night after picking up its second win of the season, Greenfield High School found the going a bit tougher by welcoming Smith Academy into Nichols Gymnasium.

The Green Wave offense struggled and the Falcons continued their mission to finish second in the Franklin County League South Division by picking up a 41-16 girls’ basketball victory in Greenfield.

The Green Wave (2-16) was coming off a 38-34 victory over rival Turners Falls High School on Tuesday in which it put up its second highest offensive output of the season. The offense took a step back against the Falcons, never scoring more than 8 points in a quarter.

Smith Academy (10-7), which qualified for the postseason with the win, was led by Katie Yagodzinski, who drained five 3-pointers and outscored the Green Wave herself, finishing with 20 points. Ashley Higgins added 13 points in the win.

Kylee Monkiewicz led Greenfield with 8 points. Kirsten Ward netted 4 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Greenfield heads to Pioneer Valley Regional School Friday.

Pioneer 44, Mohawk 29 — Pioneer clinched a postseason berth with its 10th win of the season and moved another step closer to wrapping up FCL South Division with a 44-29 victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School Wednesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

The Panthers held Mohawk to just 9 points in the first half in building a 26-9 lead, helping clinch the berth.

“The girls are excited,” Pioneer coach Meg Lily said. “None of these girls have experienced tournament play in basketball, so it’s a whole new experience. They are learning what a privilege it is and that the hard work pays off. They are excited for what is to come.”

Natalie Hale finished with 18 points, 10 steals and 5 rebounds for Pioneer (10-7), while Katlyn Grover netted 13 points, and Alyssa Llewelyn tallied 4 points and 6 rebounds.

Hope Lively finished with 8 points for Mohawk (6-12). Blaze Petko-Sands added 6.

Hockey

Wahconah 2, Turners Falls 0 — It’s a position the Turners Falls High School hockey team knows all too well.

The Indians’ postseason hopes suffered a major blow Wednesday night as Roger Stedman turned aside all 26 shots he faced to lead Wahconah Regional High School to a 2-0 independent hockey victory at the Boys’ & Girls’ Club in Pittsfield.

Turners Falls (6-9-2) must win its final three games to qualify for the WMass Division IIIA Tournament, but it’s a position the team has put itself in each of the past two seasons. Last season, the Indians won their final three games to qualify for the playoffs, and two years ago the team had to win eight of its final nine games of the year. Both times the team was able to accomplish the feat. Now, the Indians have their backs against the wall once more.

Hjalmar Gustafsson scored on an assist from Dan Flynn in the second period to break open a scoreless game, and Vince Orlandi added an insurance goal in the third period on assists from Pat Jamross and Andrew Beaudoin. Those were the only two shots to get past Turners Falls goalie Brandon Bryant, who faced 50 total shots and turned aside 48. The Indian netminder now has 573 saves on the season.

The Indians begin their quest for the postseason on Saturday night at 6 at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield during the Upton Cup game against rival Greenfield High School.

Greenfield 3, St. Mary 2 — Jourdan York-Welcome scored with 5 minutes, 38 seconds left in the third period to lift Greenfield to a 3-2 Fay-Wright Division hockey win over upset-minded St. Mary High School Wednesday night in Westfield.

St. Mary twice took one-goal leads but could not solve Greenfield goalie Barrett Rogaleski in the third period. York-Welcome scored the game-winner after he fired a shot toward the Saints’ goal and had teammate John Reindeau take a swipe at it that Saints’ goalie Brendan Gawron kicked out. York-Welcome got in position for the rebound and fired it past Gawron for the game-winner, helping the Fay-Wright-leading Green Wave (13-1-2) avoid getting upset by the cellar-dwelling Saints.

Sully Webster opened the scoring for St. Mary with 43 seconds left in the first period on an assist from Andrew Booth. Greenfield tied the score with 2.7 seconds remaining as Clay Richardson tipped in a shot from Zach Langlois.

The Saints (5-9-1) were undeterred by the late goal and reclaimed the one-goal lead 1:01 into the second period as Mike Neilsen scored from Corey Wurster. Greenfield tied the game with 9:17 left in the second period as York-Welcome scored his 22nd goal of the season on an assist from Cam Woodward. His team-leading 23rd of the year proved to be the game-winner.

Rogaleski finished with 28 saves in the win, while Gawron made 18 saves in the loss.

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