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Bulletin Board: Greyhounds win home opener, 28-6

Franklin County Greyhounds wideout Justin Fox (80) hauls in a 25-yard TD pass over a Middletown (Conn.) Spartans defensive back Saturday at Mahar Regional School's Wooward Field in Orange, where the host Greyhounds rolled, 28-6, in their 2014 New England Football League opener.
Special to The Recorder/Kimberly Hough

Franklin County Greyhounds wideout Justin Fox (80) hauls in a 25-yard TD pass over a Middletown (Conn.) Spartans defensive back Saturday at Mahar Regional School's Wooward Field in Orange, where the host Greyhounds rolled, 28-6, in their 2014 New England Football League opener. Special to The Recorder/Kimberly Hough

The Franklin County Greyhounds made their 2014 home-opener a successful one Saturday with a 28-6 win over the Middletown (Conn.) Spartans during New England Football League action at Mahar Regional School’s Woodward Field in Orange.

The Greyhounds (1-1) led 21-0 at halftime and cruised in the second half en route to evening their record. The third-year program picked up its second-ever win with the victory.

Franklin County took a 7-0 lead on the first possession of the game and never relinquished the lead. Quarterback Corey Meckling (9-for-16, two touchdowns, one interception) hit running back Zach Butynski with a 2-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive, which was highlighted by Butynski’s 18-yard run to set up the touchdown. Justin Fox kicked the first of his four extra points on the day to finish the scoring.

The Greyhounds tacked on two more scores in the second quarter to take command of the game. Meckling hit Fox (nine catches, 119 yards) on a 25-yard scoring strike in the left corner of the end zone for the first touchdown of the quarter, and Max Williams scored on a 4-yard run up the middle for the second touchdown. The Williams touchdown came after Greyhounds’ defensive end stripped Spartans’ quarterback Carmichael Gordon for a fumble that Jesse Gaylor scooped up.

Franklin County tacked on its fourth and final touchdown of the game in the third quarter when backup quarterback Najee Hillman (3-for-4 passing) lofted a 35-yard touchdown pass to Fox.

Meckling and Hillman finished a combined 12-for-20 on the day for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Butynski and Brett James led the rushing attack and finished with a combined 84 yards on the day.

Nathan Hill led the defense with five solo tackles, while Joey Tardif added two solo tackles and forced a fumble.

The Greyhounds travel to New London, Conn., Saturday to take on the Southern Connecticut Sting.

Softball

Frontier 12s win

Grace Wesoloski ran home following a dropped third strike with Maddie Fifield at the plate in the sixth inning and Frontier defeated East Longmeadow, 8-7, in a Suburban League 12 and under softball playoff game Monday night in South Deerfield.

Marie Diemand finished with two hits and two RBIs in the win, and Tori Frangie added two hits and one RBI. Katherine Hoie and Amanda Fuller each had one hit and one RBI, and Sierra Warren singled.

• On Sunday, Frontier players Fuller, Fifield, Wesoloski and Olivia Vecellio each played for the North Team during its 10-7 win over the South Team during the All-Star Game.

Frontier also won the throwing competition on the weekend with Vecellio, Hoie, Fuller, Frangie, Charlotte Doulette and Skyla Burniske each taking part.

Frontier 14s fall

Kelsey Jarvis slugged a solo home run Monday night but eighth-seeded Frontier suffered a 7-2 loss to top-seeded West Springfield during the SL 14 and under softball playoffs in West Springfield.

Alexa Boyden hit an RBI double for Frontier, Ava Harper doubled, and Mia Burch singled. Losing pitcher Lauren McDonald struck out two and walked two in seven innings.

Montague Co-Rec

Matt Luippold went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double Monday as Kustom Auto Body defeated Between the Uprights, 9-5, in a Montague Co-Rec Adult Softball League game at Green River Field in Greenfield.

Cassy Jouannet went 3-for-3 with an RBI in the win.

Jason Bohonowicz and Tina Riddell each had two hits in the loss.

Tennis

Deszynski rules Beacon

Chris Deszynski unseated defending champion Steve Pedigree Monday night with a 6-2, 7-5 victory in the championship match of the Beacon Clay Court Classic in Greenfield.

Deszynski, a native of Alberta, Canada, who also won the Greenfield Cup this summer, is a first-time winner of the Beacon Classic.

Golf

Northfield Skins

John Adams and Artie Burke shot a 36 to win low gross during the Northfield Skins League at the Northfield Golf Course on Monday night.

Dave Chula and Doug Taylor won low net with a 33.

Taylor was closest to the pin on No. 6 at 8 feet. Burke was closest on No. 7 at 8 feet.

Greenfield Women’s League

Sue O’Connor shot a 42 to win low gross in Division A during the Monday Night Ladies League at the Country Club of Greenfield.

Ann McHugh won low net with a 32. Dale Allis and Angie Bergquist won fewest putts with 16, Linda Martineau won the longest drive, and Sherry Chaffee was closest to the pin on No. 5 at 21 inches.

Barb Unaitis won low gross in Division B with a 48, while Wanda Pyfrom won low net with a 35. Cindy Freistat and Sue McDonald won lowest putts with 17, Lori Grover won longest drive, and Shelly Uguccioni was closest to the pin at 17 feet.

Nancy Conant won low gross in Division C with a 51 and also won longest drive. Lynn Currier won low net with a 30, Lisa Sullivan won lowest putts with 15, and Jane Abbott was closest to the pin at 12 feet.

Mark K. Memorial

Fred Llewelyn, Jayne Edwards, Bob Barrus and Rob Lapointe shot a 61 to win the the Mark K. Memorial Mixed Golf League at Oak Ridge Golf Club in Gill on Monday.

Gene LaCoy, Jon Snow, Fred Secore and Brian Watrous came in second with a 62.

Thomas Men’s

Steve Jones shot a 33 to win low gross during the Monday Night Men’s League at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.

Ed Kerswig Jr. was closest to the pin on No. 7 at 12 feet, 2 inches. Mike Hall leads the league, while Garrett Cousineau is in second.

Soccer

IAS Captain’s Practice

Indoor Action Sports will hold its annual Captain’s Practice Preseason High School Soccer Tournament at Pratt Field in Bernardston on Aug. 15.

The tournament is open to boys’ and girls’ high school teams, and players may sign up individually as well. Cost is $200 per team or $40 for a free agent. Each team is guaranteed four games and will feature certified officials. Games will be moved indoors if weather is an issue.

For more information contact Bill at bill@indooraction.com or call 772-8665.

Road race

Don Maynard Memorial

The 20th annual Don Maynard Memorial 5-mile Road Race and 3-mile Walk will take place on Sept. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

The race begins and ends at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area in Greenfield.

The first 100 registered participants will get a free T-shirt. Entry fee is $20 for the run and $14 for the walk. Registration forms can be picked up at the YMCA or the Body Shoppe in Greenfield, or by contacting Chuck Adams at 522-6688. Participants can also register online at www.runreg.com.

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