Indians dominate courts
Turners Falls No. 3 singles competitor Alex Gheorgita is airborne as he serves to his St. Mary's opponent during a straight-set victory Tuesday afternoon at Turners Falls High School. His Indians were also victorious with a 4-0 Tri-County League boys' tennis win. Recorder/Micky Bedell Purchase photo reprints »
It was nearly a perfect day for the Turners Falls High School boys’ tennis team.
The Indians dropped just one game in the four contested matches as they rolled to a 4-0 win over St. Mary High School in Tri-County League action Tuesday at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Dennis Gheorghita defeated Kieran O’Donnell at first singles and Sam Danford dismissed Jake Nielsen at seconds singles by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores, and the first doubles team of Spencer Hubert and Jonathan Cagle did likewise over Andrew Illnicki and Mike Nielsen.
Alex Gheorghita was the only Indian to even surrender a game, as he downed Will Armstrong, 6-1, 6-0.
Turners (7-4, 6-1) travels to Renaissance School today at 4 p.m.
Greenfield 4, Sabis 1 — Greenfield High School clinched at least a share of the TCL championship as it bested Sabis Internatioal Charter School, 4-1, in boys’ tennis action Tuesday at Forest Park in Springfield.
The Green Wave earned wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, as Stefan Walker beat Joe McDonald, 6-1, 6-2, and George Felogloy defeated Nathan Reed, 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles, Pat Crowningshield and Ben Westerman whitewashed Justin Green-Williams and Toariq Woods, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1, as did Nick Brandl and Brayten Stack over Zack Thomas and Tyrese Taylor at No. 2.
Greenfield (13-1, 7-1) travels to Mohawk Trail Regional High School today at 3:30 p.m.
Comp 4, Mohawk 1 — Chicopee Comprehensive High School won two singles matches and swept the doubles en route to a 4-1 TCL girls’ tennis win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in Chicopee Tuesday.
Nelly O’Connell earned the Warriors’ only point with a 3-6, 6-1, (10-5) win over the Colts’ Morgan Hiersche at first singles.
Mohawk is at Greenfeld today at 3 p.m.
Greenfield 5, Renaissance 0 — Greenfield started seven seniors and all seven won on Senior Day as it blanked Renaissance, 5-0, in an independent girls’ tennis match Tuesday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
Alexis Silk prevailed at first singles against Brenda Flahive, 7-5, 6-3, then Manisha Malik rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 verdict over Elizabeth Schabot, and Courtney Kimball bested Nicole Schabot, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 3.
In doubles, Ashley Lowell beat Teresa Ragg blanked Linnell LaRusse and Veronika Korovkov, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1, and Allie Roe and Cheyenna Woodard rallied to beat Francesca Bermudez and Audrey Martinez, 5-7, (10-8, 10-8), at No. 2.
Atholl seeded 7th in WM
Athol High School missed out on a first-round bye, but the Red Raiders are content with their eventual landing in the bottom half of the Western Massaschusetts Volleyball Tournament draw.
The seeds were announced by Western Mass. Tournamet Director Deb Loomer Tuesday at Agawam High School.
Athol (14-5) was seeded seventh in the 11-team field and will host 10th-seeded Holyoke High School (10-8) Thursday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol. The Raiders avoided the top half of the draw, which includes top seed and defending state champion Agawam (16-2).
Athol is considered the favorite against Holyoke after beating Purple Knights in straight sets on April 25. Should the Raiders go on to win the first-round matchup, they will advance to the quarterfinals Tuesday night at 6:30 against Chicopee Comprehensive High School.
Semifinal matches are set for May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the sites of the higher seeds. The finals are set for June 2 at 6:30 at Holyoke Community College.
Pioneer 85, Athol 60 — Darion Sadri swept four events to cap off a stellar regular season and lead Pioneer Valley Regional School to an 85-60 win over Athol in an Intercounty League boys’ track and field meet on Tuesday in Northfield.
Sadri — who swept four events in six of the Panthers’ seven meets — cruised to wins in the long jump at 21 feet, 21/ 4 inches and triple jump in 41-43/ 4, as well as the 100 meters in 11.7 seconds and 200 meters in 24.7.
Dan Bordner followed Sadri with three wins of his own. He took the high jump (5-10), 110 high hurdles (17.0) and 400 intermediate hurdles (69.1).
Other individual event winners for Pioneer (3-4, 2-4 IL) included Micah Hardy in the 400 meters (60.2), Jamie Wheeler in the 800 (2:34.5) and Cody Wickline in the mile (5:35.5).
Mark Brighenti was a double winner for the Red Raiders, taking the discus (83-7) and javelin (117-6).
Travis Heath won the shot put (38-73/ 4), Tanner Pavalionis was tops in the polwe vault (10-0) and Charlie was first in the two-mile (13:40).
Four Rivers 15, Northampton 6 — Four Rivers Charter School used a tight man to man defense to shut down Northampton High School’s deliberate short game offense and beat the Blue Devils, 15-6, in Greenfield Tuesday afternoon.
Hamp controlled play for most of the contest, but Four Rivers’ smothering defense and quick-strike offense was just too much for the Devils. The reserves for Four Rivers had a big day, especially Aiden Belanger, who scored multiple goals for the Otters.
The Ultimate State Tournament will be played this weekend at Greenfield Community College, with preliminary rounds Saturday and the Championship on Sunday. Four Rivers enters the tourney as the No. 2 seed, which is the highest in school history.