Dominant Mohawk seizes league title
Mohawk's Ashley Pierce pulled second place in the 100-meter hurdles Monday in Buckland, where her host Warriors seized the Franklin County League girls' track title with a 95-50 victory. Pierce's runnerup time was 17.3 seconds. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »
Mohawk Trail Regional High School dominated the running events, which added up to a Franklin County League girls’ track and field title as the Warriors defeated Mahar Regional School, 95-50, in the championship meet Monday afternoon in Buckland.
The Senators (6-1 overall, 4-1 FCL) entered the day as the defending FCL champs via a 73-72 victory over Mohawk last season. The Warriors (7-0, 5-0) turned the tide this season, outscoring Mahar, 62-20 in the running events after narrowly winning the field events.
“It was nice for the girls that were part of the team last season,” Mohawk coach Joe Chadwick said. “We did what we had to do coming out of the field events and they really stepped it up in the running events.”
Kesheal Henderson won the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds, took the 200 in 27.1, and won the shot put in 33-1/ 4. Juliette Shean swept the distance events with a time of 5:50.6 in the mile and a time of 13:22 in the 2-mile. Natasha Olanyk won the 400 (60.5), Aimee Funk won the 100 high hurdles (17.2) and Ashley Pierce won the 400 low hurdles (72.4).
Sally Slowinski won the triple jump (33-41/ 4) and Makayla Hicks on the discus (93-5).
Mahar’s 4x100 relay team broke a 30-year-old school record. Kelsie Bardsley, Caitriona Cronin, Ally Parker and Caroline Grutchfield won the event in a time of 53 seconds to beat the previous time of 53.2 seconds set in 1984 by Dawn Caouette, Chrissy Palmieri, Theresa Deyo and Kala Archibald.
Amber Colon won the 800 (2:37) for the Senators, Parker won the long jump (16-2) and the pole vault (9-6), Caitriona Cronin won the javelin (106-6), and Tiffany Tenney won the high jump (4-8).
Both teams will be in action Saturday at the WMass Division II Tournament in Buckland.
Mahar 78, Frontier 67 — Leo Jillson won the shot put (40-93/ 4) and the javelin (140-6) to help Mahar edge Frontier Regional School, 78-67, in an Intercounty League boys’ track and field meet Monday in Orange.
Andrew Wagner was a multi-event winner for the Senators with wins in the 100 (11.3) and the high jump (5-8), while Angel Biegen also won twice, taking the 200 (23.2) and the long jump (19-23/ 4). Dan Bergman won the 400 hurdles (62.0), Ethan Ney won the triple jump (40-41/ 2), and Russell Grasso won the discus (111-51/ 2).
Andy Habel won the mile (4:57.2) and the 2-mile (11:04.2) for Frontier, while Oliver Fox won the 400 (53.4), Ian Blight won the 800 (2:13.2), Justin Blake won the 110 hurdles (16.8) and Jamie Blinder won the pole vault (11-6).
Turners Falls 3, Renaissance 2 — Turners Falls High School swept the doubles matches and picked up a third win at third singles to edge Renaissance School, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday in Springfield.
Alysha Wozniak beat Nicole Shabot 6-1, 6-2 at third singles for the Indians. Melanie Howard and Kortney Thurber defeated Linell LaRusse and Abbie Kusekoski, 6-1, 6-1 at first doubles, and Kaili Lynch and Hailey Trott dropped Leila Melendez and Francheska Bermudez 6-3, 6-2 at second doubles.
The second singles match was the closest match of the day as Renaissance’s Elizabeth Shabot won the first set 7-5 over Kelly Rehorka and because the match was already over the two girls played a super-tiebreaker from there and Shabot took a 10-8 win to close out the victory. Renaissance’s Brianna Flahive also won at first singles with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Sara Bradley.
PV Christian 3, Frontier 2 — Anguelina Borissenko edged Alli Zera in a three-set match at third singles for the decisive point as Pioneer Valley Christian School edged Frontier, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday in Springfield.
Zera won the first set 7-5 but Borissenko came back to take the next two sets 6-4, 6-1 and the Eagles walked off the court with the win. Aaron Taft earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at first singles over Celia Speth, and Rachel LeClaire picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lily Shumann at second singles for the other points in the win.
Frontier swept the doubles matches, including a three-setter at No. 1, where Frontier’s Shelby Telega and Olivia McCulloch clipped Junheng Dong and Rebecca Shumskiy 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. Frontier’s second doubles team of Ashley Barrington and Crystal Niedbala bageled Sophia Murzin and Mariah Wiese, 6-0, 6-0.
Catholic 3, Greenfield 2 — Holyoke Catholic High School swept the doubles matches to defeat Greenfield High School, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday in Holyoke.
Nathan Drewniak won 6-1, 7-5 at first singles over Alexis Silk for the only singles’ win of the day for the Gaels. Serena Hayden and Melissa Iczkowski beat Ashley Lowell and Teresa Ragg, 6-3, 7-5 at first doubles, while Ben Aylward and Brian Modzelesky bested Olivia Katsoulis and Eugenia Cojocaru, 6-0, 6-0 at second doubles.
Greenfield won the second singles match as Manisha Malik beat Caroline McHugh, 6-1, 7-5, and the Green Wave (9-3) also won at third singles where Courtney Kimball downed Pallavi George, 6-2, 6-2 at third singles.
Palmer 5, Mohawk 0 — Tara Smith defeated Nelly O’Connell 6-2, 6-1 at first singles and Palmer High School defeated Mohawk, 5-0, in an independent girls’ tennis match Monday in Palmer.
Mohawk travels to Chicopee Comprehensive High School today.