Eagles rule Senior Night
Franklin County Technical School opens its postseason tonight, but the Eagles had no intention of looking past winless Pathfinder Vocational High School on Senior Night.
Tech bolted out to a 25-14 lead after one quarter and gradually pulled away for a 73-32 Tri-County League boys’ basketball victory Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Chris Wetherby led the Eagles with another double-double, finishing with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Brian Como also reached double figures with 10 points, Brett Martin just missed a triple-double with 8 points, 11 boards and 10 blocked shots, and Colin Gould kicked in with 8 points as the Eagles led 43-22 at halftime and cruised to the easy win.
Tech seniors Thomas Duffy and Tyler Chaplin were honored before the game. Chaplin drained a pair of 3-pointers and Duffy had his usual solid performance with 4 points and 12 rebounds.
“It was a good night for the seniors,” said Eagles head coach Rick Recore. “Chaplin hasn’t gotten a significant amount of time, but he played exceptionally well (tonight). ... Duffy knows his role and has become one of our best defenders. He uses his size and length very effectively, and he’s a great rebounder. He has a tremendous nose for the ball.”
Cody Letendre and Ryan Cook each netted 9 points and Andrew Roman added 7 for the Pioneers.
Next up for Franklin Tech is a road trip to Hanover tonight at 6 for a semifinal game against South Shore Vocational Technical High School in the Massachusetts State Vocational Small Schools Tournament.
“This game is big for the program,” said Recore. “The kids are very excited, and I think they’re ready.”
Mohawk 62, Hopkins 54 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School closed out a crazy 2013-14 Hampshire League season with a 62-54 upset victory over Hopkins Academy in boys’ basketball play Thursday on Senior Night in Buckland.
Javier Morales finished his Warrior career with a monster night, scoring 22 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Mark Buck bucketed 16 points, Jay Fortier finished with 9 and Alex Dekoschak contributed 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Seniors Buck, Morales, Shawn Eckler and Rowan Jones were honored in a pregame ceremony.
Spencer Buttefield led all scorers with 25 points (15 fee throws), Brett Morrison hit for 14 points and Zach Kelley had 7.
“We defended and rebounded when we needed to and kept an eye on their big three,” said Warrior head coach Fred Redeker, whose squad led 32-19 at the break. “It was a good quality team win. We made the extra pass and kept our turnovers to minimum.”
Mohawk finished its season at 4-16 overall and 2-14 in the HL. Hopkins, which will compete in the Western Massachusetts Division IV Tournament, finished 12-8 and 8-8.
Frontier 39, Easthampton 29 — Frontier Regional School qualified for the postseason.
The Red Hawks used a stifling defense to build an 11-point halftime lead and went on to a 39-31 win over Easthampton High School in a Franklin County League North Division girls’ basketball contest Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Amamda Calvo and Olivia Riordan, who were honored before the game along with classmates Mackenzie Clift and Katie Fournier on Senior Night, led Frontier to the critical win. Calvo sank five trifectas en route to a game-high 21 points, adding 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Riordan, meanwhile, totaled 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 steals for the Red Hawks, who committed just 12 turnovers.
Courtney Nelson led the Eagles with 10 points. Ashley Sharp added 8.
“I told them (before the game), ‘This is our tournament,’” said Frontier head coach Frank Keimig. “(Tonight) was the beginning of the tournament for us. We’ve got to raise our game a few levels before next week, because we’re not going to get an easy first-round game.”
Frontier, which finished the regular season 8-11 overall and 4-4 in the North, will learn its seed in the Western Mass. Division III Tournament when they are released Saturday.
Pioneer 49, Smith Academy 37 — Pioneer Valley Regional School captured the outright Franklin County League South Division championship by beating Smith Academy, 49-37, in girls’ basketball action Thursday night at Webb Gymnasium in Hatfield.
Gabby Carpenter led a balanced offensive effort for the Panthers with a game-high 13 points, including a sparkling 9-for-10 performance from the free-throw line. She also grabbed 6 rebounds.
Natalie Hale continued her solid all-around play with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Hailey Raymond collected 9 points 6 steals and 3 assists, and Alyssa Llewelyn finished with 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for Pioneer, which led 25-20 at halftime.
The Panthers also benefited from getting to the line, making 13 of 17 foul shots as a team.
Katie Yagodzinski led the Falcons with 10 points. Ashley Higgins chipped in with 9.
“They didn’t want to share the title,” said Pioneer head coach Meg Lilly. “They played hard the whole game and didn’t let down. Everybody played really well, and it wasn’t any one player who controlled the game.”
Pioneer (13-7, 8-0 South) will await its seed in the upcoming Western Mass. Division IV Tourney.
Turners 41, Mohawk 25 — Turners Falls High School completed its season in spectacular fashion, dominating from the opening tap and eventually defeating Mohawk, 41-25, in the FCL South and season finale for both schools Thursday night in Turners Falls.
Eighth-grader Maddy Chmyzinski gave the Indians a glimpse of the future, pouring in a game-high 18 points in just three quarters. Haleigh Bassett aided the win with 6 points, while Michelle Leh had 4 points and a team-high 13 boards. Amber Caouette also had 4 points and played her best game of the season, according to Turners head coach Ted Wilcox.
Hope Lively led the Warriors with 11 points.
“We really came together and played as a team,” said Wilcox. “Everybody played well on defense, it didn’t matter who was in there.”
Turners, which led 28-6 at halftime, finished 4-16 overall and 2-6 in the South, while Mohawk closed out its season at 7-13 and 3-5.
Turners also won the junior varsity game, 23-19, behind Abby Loynd’s 6 points.
Alyssah Gilbert led Mohawk with 6 points.
FC Tech 39, Sci-Tech 31 — Franklin Tech closed out the regular-season with a 39-31 Tri-County League North victory over Springfield School of Science & Technology in girls’ basketball play Thursday in Turners Falls.
Brooke Meuse and Brittany Andrews each scored 13 points for the Eagles. Alyssa Andrews added 8 points.
Franklin Tech scored the final 8 points of the game, all on free throws, and held the CyberCats scoreless over the final five minutes.
Yani Wiggins led all scorers with 15 points and Lauren O’Neill drained a trio of 3-balls for Sci-Tech, which made just 4 of 24 free throws.
Franklin Tech (11-9, 4-6 TCL North) led 19-18 at halftime.