Wave six push Ware to limit
Greenfield’s six came to play on Friday.
The Green Wave varsity girls’ volleyball team consists of just six players but they gave Ware High School everything it could handle before falling in five sets, 25-15, 10-25, 25-17, 23-25, 21-19, in an independent match Friday in Ware.
Greenfield (2-8) trailed 2-1 after three sets and fell behind 11-3 in the fourth set but managed to come back and earn a 25-23 win to force a fifth set. The Green Wave went up 8-5 in the decisive set and the two teams battled it out from there, the Indians finally taking the win after six extra points.
“They worked hard,” Greenfield coach Lisa Moore said. “It was our mental toughness. We have only a small team but the girls are working really hard.”
Meg Adams led Ware with six aces. Rebecca Hurlbert added seven kills. Melissa Hopkins chipped in 14 assists.
Rachel Pelc led the Green Wave with 11 aces and 15 assists, and she led the Green Wave in the second set with 13 points, including 10 in a row at one point. Ashley Lowell notched 10 kills and five aces, Leah Wallner contributed two blocks and two kills. Manisha Malik tallied seven digs.
Mahar 3, Athol 0 — Sabrina Silva had 15 kills, three blocks, and seven assists as Mahar Regional School defeated Athol High School 25-11, 25-11, 25-17, in an independent girls’ volleyball game Friday in Athol.
Allie Barnes also played well for the Senators, registering six assists and three kills while teammate Caitrona Cronin had 14 digs in the winning effort. Tessa Neverett led the way for the Red Raiders with 12 digs and two kills. Teammate Trisha Hazen had two blocks and two kills.
Belchertown 3, Turners Falls 0 — Kayla McGrath finished with three kills and Belchertown High School won in straight sets over Turners Falls High School, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Friday night in Belchertown.
Brianna Melanson added five kills and three aces. Selena Huber added two assists and one ace.
Pioneer 19, McCann Tech 5 — No. 1 man James Elliott and No. 4 Nick Stennes picked up four points each Friday on the road at Forest Park Country Club in Adams, where their Pioneer Valley Regional School Panthers beat McCann Technical School, 15-5, in their independent golf match.
Elliott shot 40 at No. 1 to sweep Hornet Austin Segala. Stennes came in at 43 for his sweep over Tim St. Pierre.
Other big point producers for the victorious Panthers included No. 6 Roger Dorion (52) with 3 1/2, No. 2 cousin Lee Dorion (42) with three, and No. 5 Kyle Artus (56) with 2 1/2.
Pioneer’s record stands at 7-3.
FC Tech 19, Mahar 5 — Troy Miller and Josh Dempsey carded 39s to take co-medalist honors in Franklin County Technical School 19-5 steamrolling of Mahar Regional High School in an independent golf match Friday at Petersham Country Club.
Franklin Tech (8-1-2), coming off a second consecutive State Vocational Golf Tournament victory, never allowed Mahar (2-8-1) to gain momentum as Miller, playing out of the No. 1 spot, took 2 1/2 points while Dempsey swept his match, taking four points out of the No. 2 spot to build an early 6 1/2- 1 1/2 Eagles lead. Austin Thornton and Jeff Blake each swept their matches, leading the Eagles to victory. The lone winner for the Senators was Trevor Bourque, who took three points out of the No. 3 hole.
Boys’ cross country
Turners Falls 20, Pioneer 39 —Turners Falls High School produced four of the top five finishers in its 20-39 independent boys’ cross-country win over host Pioneer Valley Regional School Friday in Northfield.
Michael Hartjens paced the Indians and all competitors by touring the 2.79-mile course in 16 minutes, 26 seconds, almost a minute better than runner-up Ed Kaczenski of Pioneer, who finished in 17:24. Then came three Indians — Aaron Moore (17.27), Bobby Slowinski (18:28) and Zachary Korpiewski (18:31) — followed by Pioneer’s Malcolm Crosby (18:43) and Turners’ Riley Palmer (18:48).
The Indians moved to 3-4 on the season. Pioneer fell to 2-5.