Bulletin Board: Athol spikers reach penthouse
Athol's Erik Aikey (23) hits a kill shot past Belchertown's Jordan Vigneault (3) during Game 1 of visiting Athol's 3-1 Eastern Division boys' volleyball win over the host Orioles Wednesday in Belchertown.
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Athol Beau Guimond (4) leaps up to hit a kill shot past Belchertown's Chase Nelson (1) and Kevin Reidy (10) during Game 1 of the visiting Raiders' 3-1 Eastern Division boys' volleyball win over the host Orioles in Belchertown.
Recorder/J. Anthony Roberts
Lorenzo Carra’s solid serving and accurate passing were one of many reasons Athol High School inched closer to a postseason berth.
In the process, the Red Raiders also moved into a first-place PVIAC Eastern Division tie.
Carra was 26-for-27 with three aces and 18 points from the service line and registered 19 assists to lead Athol over Belchertown High School, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, in a boys’ volleyball match Wednesday in Belchertown.
“When (Lorenzo) was at the service line, that’s when we really rallied,” offered Red Raider head coach Donna Lajoie.
Erik Aikey led the offensive attack with 15 kills, and he also added four blocks. Tyler Lajoie dished out 19 assists, Carter Amadon and Wyatt Doiron-LaRue both contributed seven kills. Doiron-LaRue also had three blocks. Beau Guimond chipped in six kills and one block.
Lajoie was also impressed with the back-row defense of Nelson Leadbetter, Kevin Marigliano and Wyatt Doiron-LaRue.
Athol (8-3, 3-1 East) is scheduled to host East Longmeadow High School on Friday at 5 p.m.
Mary Newton recorded two goals and two assists for Northfield Mount Hermon School during a 10-7 loss to Williston-Northampton School in a prep girls’ lacrosse game Wednesday.
Caroline McGuire and Ellen Arena also scored twice and Camille Belletete chipped in with one goal for the Hoggers (4-6).
Bri Young made nine saves and Cahlil Power recorded two stops in goal.
Christian Heidelberger and Briton Barge each scored twice but NMH fell to Salisbury School, 18-6, in prep boys’ lacrosse play Wednesday in Salisbury, Conn.
Jordan Dow and Paul Butler also scored for the Hoggers.
Umpires and Coaches clinic
The Franklin County Babe Ruth League will sponsor its 19th annual Umpire and Coaches Clinic Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. to noon at Abercrombie Field.
The clinic will be given by members of the Hampshire-Franklin Umpires Association. The event is open to all area coaches and umpires, also aspiring umps, regardless of level. The umpires will answer questions relative to baseball rules, interpretations, and also give a segment on the balk rule for young pitchers.
For more information on the clinic, contact Joe Mignault at 774-3876.
Turners hockey fundraiser
The Turners Falls High School hockey team is holding its 11th annual fundraising event Saturday night at the French King Entertainment Center.
The event is a comedy ESP/Hypnosis show starring Bruce James. There will be pasta stations provided by Myers Catering and tickets are $30 per person.
The show is for ages 18 and up, and reservations should be made for groups of eight or more. Doors open at 6 p.m. The show starts at 9. There will also be raffle drawings for Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots items as well as other items.
For tickets or more information contact Don Mailloux (423-3810 or 834-1524), the French King Entertainment Center (423-3047), Misty Lyons at Freedom Credit Union (505-5786) or Scotty’s Convenience Store (863-9634).
Vaultapalooza at Pioneer
Vaultapalooza will take place at Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
The event features high school pole vaulters from around western Massachusetts and is free for anyone interested in checking out the event.
Skroski Memorial tourney
The second-annual Chief John F. Skroski Memorial Wiffleball Tournament will be held on May 10 at 128 Christian Lane in Whately.
The event starts at 9 a.m. and four teams will start at each field, with the top two teams advancing to the next round.
Entry fee is $15 per person, and each team has a maximum of three players.
Funds raised benefit two annual scholarships in Skroski’s name for a graduating basketball player at Frontier Regional School and Hampshire Regional High School.
Registration deadline is May 5 at 9 p.m.
For more information or to register, contact Chris Skroski at (413) 265-1668 or email to Christopherski27@yahoo.com.
Old Home Days 5K
The Deerfield Old Home Days 5K Run/Walk Road Race will be held May 17 at 9 a.m.
Pre-registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Frontier Regional School cafeteria, with the race to follow at 9 a.m.
Registration fees are $12 by May 8 and $15 after that date. Registration forms are available online at www.deerfieldma.us.
Prizes will be awarded to the male and female winners in the following categories: Youth (13 to 18), Open (19 to 39), Master (40 to 49), Senior (50 to 59) and Senior Plus (60+). Refreshments will be served.
Race proceeds benefit the Deerfield Recreation Department.
For more information, call Sue Antonellis at 665-1400 Ext. 107 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenfield Tennis League
The Greenfield Tennis League is now accepting registrations for the summer season.
The league is co-ed and open to anyone 16 years old and older. Divisions are set up by playing ability and all matches take place on clay courts.
Cost is $25 for residents of Greenfield and $30 for nonresidents. Deadline to register is May 18.
For more information or to register contact Rick Miner at 863-4428.
Greenfield Junior League
The Greenfield Junior Tennis League is accepting registrations for the upcoming season.
The league is open from June 19 through Aug. 7 for boys and girls in grades 6 through 12, meeting on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Davis Street courts.
To register, call the Greenfield Rec Department at 772-1553.
Basketball Blast sign-ups
The third annual Keene State “EDGE” Basketball Blast will take place on May 31 and June 1 at Keene State College.
The tournament is open to boys’ and girls’ teams in grades 6 through 11, and each team is guaranteed to play at least three games. Cost is $285 per team.
Last year, the tournament drew more than 45 teams, and all games are played in one gym. Special requests accepted and multi-team discounts are given.
For more information contact Alyn Hastings at email@example.com or called 863-5007.