Carra does it all for Athol spikers
Lorenzo Carra was a perfect 27-for-27 from the service line and finished with 14 assists, 10 digs and two kills as Athol defeated Putnam Vocational-Technical High School, 25-20, 25-20, 25-17, in a PVIAC East Division boys’ volleyball match Monday afternoon in Athol.
Tyler Lajoie finished with 19 assists, seven kills and six digs for the Red Raiders (7-3 overall, 2-1 East), while Wyatt Doiron-LaRue collected nine digs, eight kills and a block. Erik Aikey recorded five blocks and five kills, Beau Guimond collected 10 kills and two blocks, Carter Amadon registered five kills, Matt Drazek finished with two kills and served 100 percent, and Nelson Leadbetter finished with 27 digs.
“Our passing was better today but where I felt we could have improved was the level of hitting,” Athol coach Donna Lajoie said. “We tipped too much today, especially with the quality of passes we were getting. We need to begin pounding the ball more as we head into the second half of the season.”
Athol hosts Sabis International Charter School today at 5.
Turners 18, Mahar 0 (5) — Emma Johnson accomplished a rare feat Monday by blasting two home runs in the same inning to power Turners Falls High School to a five-inning, 18-0 FCL softball victory over Mahar Regional School on Monday in Orange.
First, Johnson’s two-run, second-inning homer put the Indians (6-1, 5-0 FCL) in front 4-0; then she capped off the Indians’ 12-run eruption in the frame with a three-run shot.
Gabby Arzuaga connected for a grand slam home run — the first of her career — and added a double for the winners, who rapped out 20 hits.
Winning hurler Mackenzie Phillips — who fanned 12 and walked two — added to the offense with a single, two doubles and drove in a pair of runs. Nicole Thibeault also had three hits and drove in a run, while Jordyn Fiske and Morgan Ozdarski both chipped in two hits.
Erin Robinson and Alex Temple had the only hits for the Senators.
Frontier 9, Greenfield 0 — McKayla Poissant singled three times and drove in four runs Monday as Frontier Regional School defeated Greenfield High School, 9-0, in a FCL softball game at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The Red Hawks (8-0) scored six times in the first inning and Poissant was right in the middle of it with a two-run single. Cassidy Ciesluk also hit a two-run single in the first inning, while Mae Fydenkevez drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Frontier needs just two more wins to qualify for the postseason.
Poissant added a two-run single in the fifth, and Fydenkevez picked up her second RBI of the game in the sixth inning with a single.
Poissant earned the win, striking out five and walking one in three innings. Ally Hamelin pitched the final four innings and struck out 10.
Greenfield (1-5) finished with just two hits — a Rachel Lapointe single and a Leah Wallner double — and Green Wave coach Rian Lively said she was pleased with her defense, which did not commit an error for the first time in a game this season. Lapointe suffered the loss, striking out one and walking 13.
Greenfield 4, St. Mary 1 — Courtney Kimball continued to dominate at third singles and Greenfield knocked off St. Mary High School, 4-1, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday afternoon in Westfield.
Kimball defeated Caroline Francouer 6-0, 6-0 at third singles, marking the third time in the last four matches that Kimball bageled her opponent. The only time she did not shut out her opponent was when she earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Greenfield swept the singles matches on the day, as Alexis Silk earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Casey Rutledge at No. 1, and Manisha Malik edged Jessica Demers, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2. The Green Wave also won the second doubles match, where Allie Roe and Olivia Katsoulis edged Ashley Forest and Sammy Larin, 6-4, 6-4.
St. Mary’s lone point came at first doubles, where Jessica Forest and Abby Rix edged Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg, 6-4, 6-3.
Frontier 3, Renaissance 2 — Alli Zera won a close match at second singles and Frontier swept the doubles matches to earn a 3-2 independent girls’ tennis victory over Renaissance School Monday in Springfield.
Zera defeated Elizabeth Schabot, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), for the decisive point in the victory. Frontier’s first doubles team of Olivia McCulloch and Sue Telega earned a 6-1, 6-0 win at first doubles, while Crystal Niedbala and Ashley Barrington bageled their opponents at second doubles.
PV Christian 5, Mohawk 0 — Rachel LeClair defeated Nelly O’Connell in a marathon match and Pioneer Valley Christian School defeated Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 5-0, in independent girls’ tennis action Monday in Springfield.
O’Connell captured the first set 6-4 but LeClair came back to win the second set 6-4, and with the match having already been decided, the girls’ played a tiebreaker instead of a third set and LeClair earned an 8-6 win. Mohawk coach Christian Austin said he was pleased with the play of his top singles player, who has been thrust to the top of the lineup this season after the team graduated eight of its nine players from a year ago.
“Nelly has grown leaps and bounds already and will continue to do so,” he explained. “She moved from a doubles player last year to first singles and she is really rising to the occasion.
Kimberly Reid earned a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Lilly Seaver at second singles, and Andrew Taft knocked off Ashley Robertson, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3.
Rebecca Shumskiy and John Junhengdong bageled Mohawk first doubles pairing Kylee Cole and Olivia Girard, 6-0, 6-0, while Pioneer Valley Christian’s Mariah Wise and Krystal Shumskiy earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory at second doubles over Laura Spencer and Jennifer Boyle.
Catholic 5, Turners 0 — Nathan Drewniak defeated Sara Bradley, 6-2, 6-1, at first singles and Holyoke Catholic High School downed Turners Falls High School, 5-0, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday afternoon in Chicopee.
Caroline McHugh edged Kortney Thurber, 6-1, 6-3, at second singles, and Pallavi George knocked off Melanie Howard, 6-2, 6-0, at third singles.
Melissa Iczkowski and Serena Hayden beat Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak, 6-3, 6-1, at the top doubles spot, while Ben Aylard and Brian Modzelesky earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory at second doubles over Kaili Lynch and Jade Linscott.
Frontier 117, Athol 27 — Collin Higgins won two events and placed second in another as Frontier drubbed Athol, 117-27, in an Intercounty League boys’ track & field meet Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.
Higgins won the 100-meter dash in 11.8 seconds and placed second in the 200 in 24.4. He also captured the long jump at 17 feet, 4 inches. Oliver Fox won the 400 in 55.6 seconds for Frontier and also captured the high jump at 5-6. Jamie Blinder recorded a personal-best in the pole vault with a leap of 12 feet, while Jack Hebert won a pair of throwing events with victories in the discus (93-1) and the shot put (37-111/4). Colin Hickey won the triple jump (33-7 1/ 2), Dylan Talbot won the 200 (24.1), and Ian Blight won the 800 (2:18.4). Frontier swept the distance events as Dylan Landry captured the mile (5:18.6), and Andy Habel won the 2-mile (10:58.6), and Justin Blake captured the 110 high hurdles. The 4 x 100 relay team of Chad Parent, Talbot, Blinder and Saul Soto won in 47 seconds, while the 4 x 400 team of Landry, Orlando Wildman-Hanlon, Robert Rogers-Manatt and Andy Paul won in 4:16.
Mike Kenniff won the javelin for the Red Raiders in 121 feet, and James Riddell won the 400 intermediate hurdles in 71.8 seconds.