Lytle-Rich reaches milestone on courts
Roz Lytle-Rich won her 1,000th game point Wednesday but the celebration was a bit muted as her Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ tennis team suffered a 3-2 independent loss to Holyoke Catholic High School in Buckland.
Lytle-Rich is in her sixth varsity season and entered the match with 994 career game-points won. She hit the mark with the final point of her first-set win at No. 1 singles over Nathan Drewniak. Lytle Rich took that set 6-4 and then won the match with a 6-1 victory in the second set.
While Lytle-Rich did her part to help the team, the Warriors dropped a pair of three-set matches, both coming after Mohawk had won the first set. Holyoke Catholic’s Dan Fiebig dropped the first set at second singles, 6-1, to Jen Field but came back to post a 7-5, 6-2 mark in the next two sets to take the win. The same held true for Catholic’s first doubles pairing of Ari Adamski and Serena Hayden, who dropped a 6-4 first-set decision to Mohawk’s Nelly O’Connell and Jessica Robinson but rebounded for a 7-5, 6-1 win in the next two sets to push the Gaels to victory.
Mohawk’s other win came at third singles, where Eliza Fassler continues to grow in her first season of singles play. Fassler picked up a decisive 6-2, 6-3 victory over Caroline McHugh.
Mohawk (5-3) hosts Pioneer Valley Christian School today at 3:30.
Greenfield 4, St. Mary 1 — Greenfield High School dominated the three singles matches Wednesday en route to a 4-1 independent girls’ tennis victory over St. Mary High School in Greenfield.
The Green Wave lost a total of seven games in the three singles matches and all three matches ended simultaneously. Manisha Malik took a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Abby Rix at No. 1 singles, Alexis Silk earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Jessica Demers at No. 2, and Courtney Kimball picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Emily Wodell at third singles.
Greenfield (8-1) also earned a point at second doubles, where Annika Zimmerman and Olivia Graves beat Caroline Francour and Ashley Forest, 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 (super tiebreaker). St. Mary earned its lone point at first doubles, where Jeanette Peretti and Casey Rutledge took a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 win over Greenfield’s Emily Franklin and Ashley Lowell.
Greenfield travels to Holyoke Catholic today at 3:30.
Turners 3, Sci-Tech 2 — Kaili Lynch and Kortney Thurber rallied from deficits in both sets and the super tiebreaker to win their match and help Turners Falls High School beat Springfield School of Science & Technology, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Wednesday at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Lynch and Thurber fought back from deficits of 3-4, 2-4 and 6-8 to edge over Abby Kusekoski and Tsiu Yee Ng, 4-6, 6-4, 12-10, and earn the clinching point for the Indians (2-7).
“It was pretty nerve-wracking,” said Turners head coach Vic Gonzalez. “Their coach and one of the parents were biting their nails. I had to walk away.”
Meredith Brown earned another win Turners at No. 1 singles, downing Brianna Flahive, 6-2, 6-3, and Sara Bradley posted a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Michaela Paul at No. 2.
Turners goes to Pioneer Valley Christian School on Friday.
Greenfield 4, W. Springfield 1 — Greenfield used a sweep of the singles to beat West Springfield High School, 4-1, in independent boys’ tennis play Wednesday in West Springfield.
George Felogloy had the toughest match of the day, fending off Jacob Mountain, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, at first singles. Parsi Felogloy bested Tom Giang, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 2, and Ben Westerman got past Matt Kolb, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3.
Greenfield also won at second doubles, where Pat Crowningshield and Nick Brandl defeated Randy Simoneau and Anthony Trinchini, 6-4, 6-0.
Greenfield (5-3) hosts Holyoke High School on Friday at 4.
Turners 5, Comp 0 — Turners Falls qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division III Team Tournament with a 5-0 win over Chicopee Comprehensive High School in an independent boys’ tennis match on Wednesday in Chicopee.
In singles, Summer Forest-Bulley rolled past Andrew Sulewski, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1, Ken Leng posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jason Hameli at No. 2, and Tensen Khenrab bested Casey Ramos, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 3.
In doubles, Liam Ellis and Sam Danford downed Matt Gerhardson and Tyler Schofield, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 1, and Dennis Gheorgita and Alex Gheorgita cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 verdict over Jaimen Patel and Matthew Wilk at No. 2.
Turners (8-1 overall) hosts Springfield Central High School Friday at 4.
Sabis 74, Greenfield 71 — Greenfield needed to take first and second in the 2-mile race Wednesday to beat Sabis International Charter School, but the Green Wave only managed to take first and third and the Bulldogs held on to edge the Green Wave, 74-71, in independent girls’ track & field action in Turners Falls.
Eve Charest won the 2-mile for the Wave in a time of 13 minutes, 27.4 seconds, but Sabis took second place to clinch the win with one event remaining. That event, the 4 x 400 meter race, wound up going to the Green Wave as Katelyn Rice, Kaitlyn Noyes, Claire Abelson and Sabrina Sparda took first in a time of 5:00.9.
Charest swept the long-distance events with a time of 6:00.9 in the mile. Abelson won the 800 for the Green Wave in 2:51.2, while Sparda won the 400 (66.7) and the triple jump (13-6.25). Kellie Beres won the discus for the Green Wave in 84-3, Noyes won the pole vault at 6-6, and Miranda Coulombe won the 400 low hurdles in 87.0.
Miss Porter’s 9, Four Rivers 7 — Maia Buchanan and Taylor Chapin each played well defensively, coming up with numerous blocks, but Four Rivers Charter School suffered a 9-7 loss to Miss Porter’s School in a girls’ ultimate match Tuesday afternoon in Greenfield.
Four Rivers will try to get back in the win column this afternoon against Longmeadow High School at 4 in Greenfield.