Bulletin Board: Amherst men, women head back to NCAAs

Amherst College is going dancing.

The men’s and women’s teams at Amherst College both qualified for the NCAA Division III basketball tournaments.

The defending national champion Lord Jeffs men’s team won the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament and is making its 16th tournament appearance. Amherst earned a first-round bye for the second straight season and will host the winner of the Rhode Island College-York opening round game on Saturday.

On the women’s side, Amherst earned an at-large bid with a 24-3 overall record.

The Jeffs, under head coach and South Deerfield native G.P. Gromacki, fell short in their bid to win their seventh straight NESCAC title game, but did qualify for the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in program history. The Jeffs host Springfield College on Friday in first-round action.

Amherst has excelled under head coach G.P. Gromacki since taking the helm during the 2007-08 season. Under Gromacki, the Jeffs have earned a trip to the NCAA Championship in each of his seven years as head coach and boast a 25-8 (.758) record in tournament play. Amherst has earned five consecutive trips to the Final Four and won its first-ever national championship in 2010-11.

Youth basketball

Frontier wins Green title

Frontier held off Turners Falls, 52-46, in a nip-and-tuck battle to capture the boys’ grades 5 and 6 Suburban Basketball League Green Division tournament championship Monday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

The win was the second consecutive Green Division title for the Frontier, along with winning its third straight regular season crown.

Bennett Pitcher led the Red Hawks with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists. Gabe Jones-Thomson added 12 points and 3 boards, while Corbin Blight tossed in 7 points and Ben Morse added 5.

Jon Fritz led all scorers with 18 points for Turners. Marcus Sanders added 11, while Anthony Peterson added 9.

Frontier advances to the Blue/Green Division championship on Saturday at Westfield North Middle School at 9:30 a.m.

Men’s hoop

DRIVE semifinals

Snow & Sons Landscaping/Taylor’s Tavern advanced to the finals of the DRIVE Hoops Men’s Basketball League playoffs with a 66-58 win over Dunkin Donuts on Sunday night at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.

Pat Lipskowski powered the winners with a game-high 37 points, while Cody Snow netted 13 for the winners.

Tyson Dowdy bucketed 23 points and Tyler Lennox added 10 for Dunkin Donuts.

Snow & Sons/Taylor’s will face DRIVE Hoops, which downed Shelburne Farm & Garden/Hilltown Tents, 74-64, in the other semifinal.

Angelo Thomas drained 27 and Ben Barshefsky added 13 for the winners.

Luke Martin finished 21 and Darren Schmidt 14 for SF&G/Hilltown.

The championship game is set for Sunday at Stoneleigh-Burnham at noon.

High schools

Turners ceremony

Turners Falls High School will hold a ceremony to celebrate a number of its sports teams on March 5 from 1:55 to 2:25 p.m. in the gymnasium at the high school.

The school will honor the cheerleading team, field hockey team, boys’ tennis team and football team. It will also honor running back Trent Bourbeau on his 1,000-yard season, and the Western Mass. championship won by the football team.

The event is open to the public.

Indoor soccer

Hawks win

Jessica Wrisley scored three times over the weekend to lead Frontier Red Hawks to a 7-2 win over Easthampton Eagles in a Under-13 division girls’ indoor soccer game at Allsport in Northampton.

Natalie Denkiewicz finished with two goals and two assists, while Mia Burch and Caitlyn Devine each added one goal. Jenna Martin tallied one assist, Alexa Rup and Sarah Zoly each played well defensively, and Marisela Ackerman made 12 saves.


Tigers at Mardi Gras

The Greenfield YMCA Tumbling Tigers competed at the Mardi Gras Invitational Meet on Saturday in Westfield.

The Level 3 team won with a score of 107.5. In ages 8 & under, Josie Cloutier won the bars (8.1) and the all-around (33.05), while taking second on the vault, floor and beam. Addie Broady won the beam (7.55) and vault (9.1), and placed second all-around, and third on the floor and bars. Krista Uzdavinis won the floor (8.8), and placed third on the beam and all-around. Cassie Cloutier placed third on the vault.

In the age 9 division, Emma Paulin took second on the beam and all-around, and third on the floor and vault. Brooke Thayer placed second on the floor, and Katie Adams took second on the bars. At ages 10-plus, Katia Usachev won the vault (9.5) and placed second on the beam and all-around.

The Level 4 team took third place. Cambrie Hamilton won the vault (9.3) in the ages 11 & under division, and then placed second on the beam and third on the floor. The Level 5 team from Greenfield took second, as Sydney Unaitis placed second on the beam, bars and all-around, while Amber Taylor placed third on the beam and vault.

In Level 8 action, Kayla Hamer won the bars (8.8), floor (8.8), vault (8.6) and all-around (33.60). Nora Roscoe tied for first on the floor, won the beam (8.2), and placed second all-around. Erin Laffond placed second on the bars and the vault, and Heidi Leeds placed second on the beam and floor.

In XCEL GOLD action, Emily Keyes placed second on the vault, and third on the beam and floor.

In XCEL SILVER competition, Greenfield won with a score of 69.10. Karma Phillips won the beam (8.8), and placed second on the vault and all-around. Cynthia Roy-Clark placed second on the bars, tied for second all-around, and placed third on the beam and the floor. Jordan Lamere placed third on the bars and all-around, Chelsea Mass took third on the vault, and Anna Huggett won the bars (9.15).

Youth baseball

FC Babe Ruth sign-ups

The Franklin County Babe Ruth Baseball League will hold Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle registrations for the upcoming season tonight, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School.

Early registration fee for Babe Ruth is $85.

Questions can be directed to Gabe Mousseau at (413) 695-3471 or Joe Mignault at 774-3876.

GML sign-ups

The Greenfield Minor League will hold registrations for the 2014 season on Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Lunt Field club house.

The league is a division of Cal Ripken Baseball and open to area youths ages 6 through 12. Cost is $75 per player with a $10 sibling discount. Financial assistance is available. Parents should bring a birth certificate to the registrations.

For more information, visit the league’s website at www.gmlb.org, or call Scott Cote (522-5334) or Butch Martin (774-4591).

Deerfield Rec sign-ups

The Deerfield Recreation Baseball and Softball teams will hold registrations on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Deerfield Town Hall in South Deerfield.

Baseball is open to kids in grades K through 4 (T-ball, Rookie and Minor League levels), while softball is open to grades 2 through 6.

For more information, contact Sue Antonellis at 665-1400 Ext. 107 or email to suea@town.deerfield.ma.us.

Legion players sought

The American Legion Post 81 baseball team is looking for anyone interested in trying out for the team for the summer 2014 baseball season.

This season Post 81 will field Senior (19 and under) and Junior (17 and under) teams. All prospective players must register — even those from a previous roster — by calling Tim Capuano (413-222-1372), Bill Phelps (774-3954) or Kyle Phelps (522-7317).

Tryouts will be conducted at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield on April 26, May 3 and May 4. The teams will be selected on May 10.

Adult softball

Montague Rec registrations

The Montague Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for new teams interested in joining the Co-ed Adult Softball League.

The league is ASA sanctioned with umpires and team registration is $550. The season runs from May through August, and games are held on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Contact the Recreation Department for more details at 863-3216.


FCTS tourney

Franklin County Technical School will host its sixth annual Dodgeball Tournament on March 21 to benefit the school’s girls’ soccer program.

Teams are open to anyone and should consist of five players. Cost is $25 per team, with cash prizes of $200 and $100 for the top two teams. The double-elimination tournament begins at 6 and ends when one team remains.

Teams must register by March 18, and the tournament is limited to 42 teams.

To register, contact Dan Prasol at 863-9561 Ext. 233.

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