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Otters among ultimate elite

Four Rivers Charter School has been enjoying its best ultimate season in the history of the program this season, and the success continued over the weekend when the Otters got the chance to compete against some of the best teams in the country at the Amherst Invitational Ultimate Tournament.

Four Rivers continued to impress, defeating a number of top teams before falling in the semifinals, 11-9, to Pennsbury (Pa.) High School Sunday.

Four Rivers went 5-0 in earlier play to reach the semifinals. Against Pennsbury, the Otters threw everything they had at the game and the score was tied at 9-9 when a goal cap of 11 was put into place, meaning that because time had expired and neither team had yet to reach the 15 goals needed to win, a cap of 11 goals was put into place, essentially setting up a race to two goals. Pennsbury wound up breaking the tie and then notching the game-winner to eliminate Four Rivers. Pennsbury went on to win the tournament.

The Otters entered the weekend unbeaten at 11-0 and were the second seed in their pool. Four Rivers opened up the tournament against Columbia (N.J.) High School and the Otters picked up a 15-8 victory behind five goals and one assist from Kai DeLorenzo. Next up in pool play for Four Rivers was Lexington High School, which had not lost a match in two years and was the defending state champion. Behind a solid all-around effort from Jack Conant, Four Rivers put an end to the Lexington winning streak with a 15-10 victory. Four Rivers then got seven goals from Chandler Thoma to defeat Amherst Regional High School junior varsity, 15-10, and then DeLorenzo scored four times as Four Rivers beat Northampton High Schoo, 11-3 to close out pool play.

Four Rivers went into the knockout phase of the tournament as one of the top seeds and the Otters faced Needham High School in the quarterfinal after Needham came out of the other pool as the fourth seed. Conant had another strong all-around effort and Four Rivers knocked off Needham, 13-7. That moved the Otters into the semifinal showdown against Pennsbury, and despite a strong effort from Conant, DeLorenzo, Thoma and others, Four Rivers was knocked out.

“I’m so proud of this team,” Four Rivers coach Terry Plotkin said. “We are a small school and to get that close to some of the top teams in the country was very gratifying. Competing with many of those schools is very special.”

Four Rivers (16-1) hosts its own invitational tournament all day Saturday at Greenfield Community College.


Hopkins 7, Mohawk 3 — Hopkins Academy scored three times in the fourth inning and three more times in the sixth to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 7-3, in Hampshire League baseball action Saturday in Hadley.

Nick Bernard finished with two hits and two RBIs for Hopkins (7-5), which led 4-3 until the three-run sixth helped give the hosts some breathing room. Andrew Omer doubled and plated a run, and Brett Morrison added a double. Omer earned the win with six strikeouts and six walks in seven innings.

Mark Buck doubled and drove in two runs for Mohawk (6-5), JJ Burt and Billy Gray each collected two hits, and Javier Morales finished with one RBI. Gray suffered the loss, striking out five and walking four in five innings.


Hopkins 13, Mohawk 4 — Hopkins took advantage of seven errors committed by the Mohawk defense and picked up its first softball victory of the season with a 13-4 Franklin County league win Saturday in Hadley.

Hopkiins (1-7, 1-4) finished with 13 hits and worked nine walks on the day en route to the win. Lacey Waskiewicz finished with three hits and two RBIs for the winners, while Jera Barrett singled, doubled and drove in a team-high three runs. Hopkins scored five times in the second and four more times in the third.

Savannah Ring added two hits and two RBIs, and Kyra Michalak singled twice and drove in two runs. That was plenty of offensive support for Hopkins pitcher Peyton Ring, who did not strikeout any batters in the complete-game victory, but only allowed one walk and scattered nine hits.

Mohawk scored once in the third and three times in the fourth. Leigh Shippee finished with three hits, including a double, and plated two runs, while Hope Lively singled and tripled. Emily Page suffered the loss, striking out two and walking eight in five innings.

Mohawk hosts Mahar Regional School today at 3:30.

• In the junior varsity game, Mikayla Bompastore registered four hits, three runs and two RBIs to lead Mohawk to a 20-8 win over Hopkins.

Erin Townsley finished with two hits and two runs scored for Mohawk (6-2), while Abbie Boswell and Lydia Donohue combined to strikeout six.

Track & field


Greenfield High School’s Vlad Popusoi cleared 13 feet to win Vaultapalooza at Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield Saturday.

The competition is for high school pole vaulters and Greenfield, Pioneer, Mahar Regional School and Athol High School were represented. The boys’ side was dominated by the Green Wave, with the top three vaulters each coming from Greenfield. Popusoi’s younger brother Sylvian Popusoi finished second with a jump of 10 feet, while David Giurgiu finished third at 10 feet. Mahar’s Zach Gurganus placed fourth at 9 feet, Athol’s Tanner Pavilionis came in fifth at 9 feet, and Athol’s Tunc Yavuc took sixth at 7 feet.

Pioneer swept the top four spots in the girls’ competition and Sydney Martin set a site record with her jump of 9 feet, 6 inches to win the event.

Panther twin sisters Tori and Gabby Laskoski tied for second with a jump of 8 feet, and Megan Weld placed fourth with a jump of 6 feet.

Mahar at Spartan

Tiffany Tenney won the 400-meter dash in 63.22 seconds during the Spartan Invitational at East Longmeadow High School Saturday.

Ally Parker won a pair of events for Mahar, pole vaulting to a first-place height of 8 feet, 6 inches, and taking first place in the long jump at 16-5. Tenney finished third in the long jump at 15-81/ 2, and finished third in the high jump at 4-7. Quiana Rivera finished second in the pentathlon.

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