Malik lifts Greenfield over Frontier for title
Manisha Malik won the pivotal match for Greenfield High School as it clinched the Tri-County League North championship with a 3-2 win over Frontier Regional School in girls’ tennis action Monday in South Deerfield.
Malik, playing at second singles, rallied to win the final three games of the second set and beat Red Hawk Celia Speth, 6-2, 6-4, for the final Green Wave point.
Greenfield (9-1 overall, 7-0 TCL North) won its other points in easier fashion against the shorthanded Hawks. Alexis Silk cruised past Alli Zera, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles, and Courtney Kimball posted a 6-2, 6-1 verdict over Ashley Barrington at No. 3.
Frontier (6-5, 4-2) won both doubles matches — Shelby Telega and Olivia McCulloch bested Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 1, and A.J. Mensah and Crystal Niedbala over Olivia Kalsonlis and Eugenia Cojocara, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2.
Comp 3, Mohawk 2 — Chicopee Comp was able to pull out third singles and edge Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 3-2, in TCL girls’ tennis action Monday in Buckland.
The Warriors’ wins both came in singles — Nelly O’Connell bested Morgan Hiersche, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1, and Lilly Seaver rallied past Allison Ulasewich, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 6-4, at No. 2.
Greenfield 5, West Side 0 — Greenfield High School swept all 10 sets en route to a 5-0 independent boys’ tennis victory over West Springfield High School Monday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
In singles, Paris Felogloy cruised past Jake Mountain, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1, George Felogloy posted a 7-5, 6-0 win over Geoff Gagnon at No. 3, and Stefan Walker received a walkover at No. 2.
In doubles, it was Patrick Crowningshield and Ben Westerman over Jacob Johnson and Randy Simoneau, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 1, and Nick Brandl and Brayten Strack over Ryan Coderre and Andrew Shuetsov, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 2.
Greenfield (10-1) hosts Sabis International Charter School today at 4 p.m.
Westfield 5, Turners 0 — Chris Unger edged Dennis Gheorghita, 6-4, 7-5, at first singles and Westfield High School defeated Turners Falls High School, 5-0, in an independent boys’ tennis match Monday in Turners Falls.
Tristan Viale and Rob Beraidara won 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, 10-4 (super tiebreaker) at first doubles over Indian tandem Alex Gheorghita and Spencer Hubert.
Turners Falls (6-4) travels to Holyoke High School today at 4.
Athol 13, Mahar 1 — Olivia Smith registered her 100th career hit and Jess Soucie scattered five hits and two walks while striking out six in the complete-game win as Athol High School downed Mahar Regional School, 13-1, in a FCL softball game Monday in Orange.
Smith finished with two doubles and one RBI. Julia Salmond blasted a two-run homer and finished with two hits and four RBIs, Soucie supported herself with two hits and two RBIs, and Lexi Hamlett also had two hits for the Red Raiders (10-5, 7-4 FCL), who qualified for the WMass Tournament with the win.
Alex Temple collected two of the Senators’ five hits, while Erin Robinson had the lone RBI.
Kate Donelan was the losing pitcher.
Pioneer 6, Hopkins 4 (9) — Mary Luckham hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to lead Pioneer Valley Regional School to a 6-4 victory over Hopkins Academy in a FCL softball game Monday in Hadley.
The win, coupled with a pair of forfeit victories the Panthers received from Springfield School of Science & Technology due to that program forfeiting the season, clinched a postseason berth for the Panthers. Pioneer (10-5) had a 3-0 lead Monday but Hopkins scored three times in the sixth to tie things up. Pioneer went ahead 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning on a Luckham two-out RBI single, but Hopkins responded in the bottom of the frame on a two-out single by Kyra Michalak.
Erin Bertrand went the distance for the win, striking out four and allowing five hits and no walks. Peyton Ring suffered the loss, striking out five in nine innings.
Greenfield 13, Mohawk 2 — Greenfield scored seven times in the first two innings and cruised to a 13-2 FCL softball win over Mohawk Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Kelsey Roberts powered the Green Wave with two hits and two RBIs. Danielle Townsley and Leah Wallner both ripped a double and drove in three runs, and Mackenzie Plasse also doubled in support of winning pitcher Rachel Lapointe, who struck out four and walked two.
Hope Lively and Jenna Sencabaugh each had two hits in the loss.
Frontier 6, Drury 0 — Ally Hamelin scattered five hits and two walks while striking out nine in a complete-game shutout as Frontier Regional School blanked Drury High School, 6-0, in an independent softball game Monday at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.
Hamelin also rapped an RBI double during a three-run third inning to give Frontier a 4-0 lead.
McKayla Poissant singled, doubled and drove in two runs to lead the Red Hawks (12-1). Gwen Thayer added two hits and one RBI, and Caitlin Sullivan, also doubled.
Frontier also won the junior varsity game, 13-5, behind Lindsey Esposito’s three hits. Lexa Boyden homered, Kelsey Jarvis was 2-for-2 with a double and Ella Deane tripled in support of winning pitcher Emma Wesoloksi.
Athol 3, Central 1 — Athol retained a share of the PVIAC East Division by downing Central High School, 25-11, 22-25, 25-14, 25-22, in boys’ volleyball play Monday at Athol’s Mallet Gym.
Tyler Lajoie recorded 16 assists, 4 kills, 2 blocks and 2 aces for the Red Raiders (12-4, 7-1 East).
Wyatt Doiron-LaRue collected 10 kills and 16 digs, Lorenzo Carra had 10 assists, Erik Aikey chipped in 7 kills and 3 aces, as well as serving 100 percent (18-for-18), and Nelson Leadbetter racked up 34 digs and also served 100 percent (11-for-11).
Fariq Stokes led the Golden Eagles with 13 blocks, 7 aces and 7 kills.