Warriors win barn-burner
The boys’ track & field meet to decide the Intercounty League crown lived up to the billing ... and then some. In the end, the difference between Mohawk Trail Regional High School and Mahar Regional School was about 16 seconds.
The two squads went into the final event of the afternoon tied at 70-70 and Mohawk’s 4 x 400 meter relay team of Mike Schuetze, Cam Olanyk, Leroy Page and Josh Rode won the event by 16 seconds to secure the decisive five points in a 75-70 victory over the Senators Monday at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
Mahar (5-1 overall, 3-1 IL) took eight of a possible nine points in the second to final event of the afternoon to tie the score as Pat Richard (11:18) and Zabien Shaw (11:27) were the top two in the 2-mile. But Mohawk came back with a winning time of 3 minutes, 42 seconds in the 4 x 400 to beat Mahar’s time of 3:58 and give Mohawk the win. That included the anchor leg run by Rode, who ran a 53.9 leg after having never run less than 55 seconds.
“We knew it was going to come down to the 4 x 400 and they were nervous, but they were ready,” Mohawk coach Shawn Billings said. “The 4 x 400 is what we do up here. The greatest honor that we have on our team is to be the anchor of the 4 x 400.”
Although the win does not wrap up the league title for Mohawk (5-0, 4-0), the Warriors would have to suffer an upset to not win their second straight league crown outright.
“It feels great,” Billings said one day after he celebrated his 36th birthday. “The guys sang happy birthday to me after the meet and I said all I wanted for my birthday was for my guys to show up and compete. I knew it was going to be close, we had just hoped it was going to be less close than this. But Mahar really stepped up today and it helped us because a lot of our guys (hit personal records). That’s why I like having meets with good teams.”
Mohawk won 12 of the 16 events to secure the win. Lucas Purington won the 200 (23.4) and the 400 (52.1), while Amar Abbatiello won the pole vault (11 feet) and the 110 high hurdles (16.4). Eli Shearer won the 100 (11.1) and triple jump (39-101/ 2), and Leroy Page was the fourth Warrior with two wins, capturing the discus (115-2) and the shot put (42-4). Josh Rode won the 800 (2:04.3), Cam Olanyk won the mile (4:46.4), Jacob Cross won the high jump (5-8), and Alex Dekoschak won the javelin (139-5).
Dan Bergman won the 400 hurdles (61.3) for the Senators. Ethan Nye captured the long jump (19-101/ 2).
Frontier 83, Greenfield 62 — Frontier Regional School dominated the track events after it fell behind following the field events and came from behind to claim a 83-62 IL victory over Greenfield High School Monday in South Deerfield.
Greenfield (1-2) won five of the seven field events, including a pair of wins from Vlad Popusoi, who won the triple jump (36-43/ 4) and the pole vault (14-0). He would pick up his third victory of the day in the 110 hurdles (17.5). Unfortunately for Greenfield, Popusoi’s win in the 110 hurdles was one of just three wins on the track. Frontier won the other seven.
Colin Higgins won the 100 for Frontier (4-1, 3-1) in 12 seconds, Dylan Talbot won 200 (24.0), Oliver Fox won the 400 (54.4), Ian Blight won the 800 (2:17.6) and Andy Habel won the mile (5:02.3). Justin Blake won the 400 hurdles (65.2), while Chad Parent, Talbot, Jamie Blinder and Saul Soto teammed up to win the 4 x 400 in 4:10.7. Fox added a win in the high jump (5-6), and Soto won the javelin (144-11).
Greenfield’s other winners included Will Borcy in the 2-mile (11:09.2), Scott Grote in the discus (122-11), Zac Pyfrom in the long jump (16-101/ 2), and Veniam Darmanchev in the shot put (41-23/ 4).
Pioneer 80, FC Tech 65 — Darion Sadri was 4-for-4 and Pioneer Valley Regional School defeated Franklin County Technical School, 80-65, in a IL boys’ track & field meet Monday afternoon in Northfield.
Sadri swept the sprinting events with a time of 11.8 seconds in the 100 and 24.8 in the 200. The Pioneer senior also won the long jump at 20-41/ 2 and the high jump at 6 feet. Dan Bordner won a pair of events for the Panthers (2-2, 1-2) with a victory in the 110 high hurdles (18.8) and another in the triple jump (36-8 1/2). Micah Hardy won the 400 in 61.1 seconds for Pioneer, Justin Hubbard won the discus at 79-10, Cody Wickline won the javelin (107-4), and Tre Raymond won the shot put (36-11).
Alex Giurgiu and Aaron Moore each won two events for the Eagles (2-3, 1-3). Giurgiu won the pole vault (9-6) and the 400 hurdles (77.0), while Moore swept the distance events with a time of 5:27.9 in the mile and a time of 11:59.8 in the 2-mile. Nick Waterman added a win in the 800 (2:27.8).
Greenfield 3, Comp 2 — Alexis Silk dumped Morgan Hiersche, 6-0, 6-1, at first singles to help Greenfield to a 3-2 Tri-County League North Division girls’ tennis victory over Chicopee Comprehensive High School Monday afternoon in Chicopee.
Manisha Malik added a 6-0, 6-0 victory at second singles over Allison Ulasewich, while the first doubles team of Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kristen Hubert and Polina Walsh.
Greenfield was missing third singles player Courtney Kimball on the day and Cheyenna Woodard moved up but dropped a 6-0, 6-2 to Brooke Gardiner. Greenfield also dropped the second doubles match, where Brianna O’Connell and Katherine Bayeur bested Allie Roe and Olivia Katsoulis, 7-5, 6-3.
Palmer 4, Frontier 1 — Layal Ghrear defeated Crystal Niedbala, 6-1, 7-5, at third singles and Palmer High School knocked off Frontier Regional School, 4-1, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.
The match of the day occurred at second doubles, where Frontier’s Ashley Barrington and Peter Bronte secured the lone point of the day for the Red Hawks with a 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Alexis Swist and Paige Mastlerz.
PV Christian 3, Turners 2 — Pioneer Valley Christian School swept the singles en route to a 3-2 win over Turners Falls High School in independent girls’ tennis play Monday in Turners Falls.
Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak came back to beat Juhneng Dong and Rebecca Shumsky, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, at first doubles, and Kaili Lynch and Hailey Trott bested Hanna Wiese and Krystal Shumsky, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles for the Indians’ wins.
Turners (3-5) travels to Greenfield today at 3:30 p.m.
St. Mary 4, Mohawk 1 — St. Mary High School swept the singles and went on to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 4-1, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday in Buckland.
Ashley Robertson and Laura Spencer earned the Warriors’ lone point with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Laura Bedard and Brie Rivera.
Mohawk (0-7) hosts Frontier today at 3:30 p.m.
Greenfield 3, Mohawk 2 — Stefan Walker earned the deciding point for Greenfield in a 3-2 win over Mohawk in an independent boys’ tennis match Monday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
Walker rallied from a first-set loss to knock off Thomas Aurigemma, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the win for the Green Wave.
Greenfield swept the doubles convincingly for the first two points — George Felogloy and Ben Westerman rolled to a 6-3, 6-0 win over Eric Shattuck and Robbie Buoniconti at No. 1, and Brayten Stack and Nick Brandl over Alex Purington and Scott Kugler, 6-0, 6-0
The Warriors (0-3) received wins from Tom Damery and Zach Afra. Damery outlastred Paris Felogloy, 7-5, 6-3, at first singles, while Arfa got past Patrick Crowningshield, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, at No. 2.
Greenfield (9-0) hosts Turners Falls on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Sabis 3, Athol 2 — Sabis International Charter School got up two sets early and then won the decisive fifth set to edge Athol High School, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 18-25, 15-13 in an independent boys’ volleyball match Monday in Springfield.
Tyler Lajoie finished with 23 assists, five blocks, three kills and two aces for Athol (9-4), while Lorenzo Carra finished with 23 assists and two aces. Wyatt Doiron-LaRue added 14 kills and one block, and Carter Amadon added seven kills.