Three All-State Hawks
The accolades keep coming in for the Frontier Regional School girls’ volleyball team.
Senior captains Cassisdy Stankowski, Julia Wan and Ali Durant were all selected to the Massachusetts Girls’ Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-State Team.
Stankowski, who will be playing volleyball at Division I Central Connecticut State University in New Britain next fall, was named to the All-State team for the fourth consecutive season.
The 5-foot-9 outside hitter has recorded 130 kills (3.0 kills per set), a serving percentage of 91.5, and 90 digs in just over half a season for the two-time defending MIAA Division III state champions while resting a nagging leg injury for a good portion of the regular season.
“She’s shaking off the rust,” said Frontier head coach Sean MacDonald. “She’s the only one who expects to play perfectly. She usually plays well, and that’s good enough for me. She’s a great passer, a great defender, and she can do a lot of things to help the team besides getting kills. She’s ready to go now, and its good to have her available and playing well.”
Wan, a 5-foot-11 middle hitter, has been one of the area’s most dominant servers at 94.1 percent, with 71 aces and a percentage of 30.1. She’s also a force at the net with a team-high 26 blocks, 81 kills (1.5 per set) and a .451 hitting percentage.
“She’s made so much progress and grown as a player,” said MacDonald. “Her hitting numbers aren’t as high but we’re keeping her in the back row to start because her serving has been so good. A lot of colleges are interested in her.”
Durant, the Hawks’ 4-11 3/4 libero, has been the defensive stalwart all season. She’s recorded team highs in digs (99) and serve receptions (215) with just eight and 11 errors, respectively. She also has a serving percentage of 93.4 with 20 aces.
“She’s really made a lot of improvements,” said MacDonald. “A lot of people have been watching us but she’s playing a lot better this year, and her stats are showing that. Her leadership has been fantastic. She is a really solid contributor who’s critical to the success in our system.”
Frontier (19-1) hosts Lenox Memorial High School tonight at 6:30 in the semifinals of the Western Mass. Tournament at Goodnow Gymnasium.
TF booster meeting tonight
The next meeting of the Turners Falls All-Sports Booster Club will be held tonight at 6:30 at the high school cafeteria.
The Bernardston Recreation Department will hold youth basketball registrations tonight and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bernardston Elementary School.
Those in grades 3-6 will play in the Tri-State Recreation League. Grades K-2 will participate in an instructional program that includes player and game basics.
Volunteer coaches are needed. Registration forms are available at Bernardston Elementary and Pearl Rhodes School in Leyden. Deadline is Friday.
EDGE Boys tryouts
Tryouts for the EDGE Boys’ Suburban Basketball League teams will be held on Saturday at Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.
Grades 5-6 tryouts will run from 10 to 11 a.m., while grades 7-8 go from 11 a.m. to noon.
Any girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are interested in signing up for Suburban League basketball during the winter season should contact John Hickey at (413) 522-7042 as soon as possible or by Saturday.
Resgistration night for Northfield Recreation Commission youth basketball will be Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Northfield Elementary School cafeteria.
Forms are available in Town Hall and can be mailed in if necessary.