Hawks golf co-champion
Frontier Regional School knew home-course advantage was critical if it was going earn a share of the Bi-County League North Division title on Tuesday.
Little did the Red Hawks know how much of an advantage.
Pioneer Valley Regional School won the first match, but Frontier was nearly flawless the rest of the way and rolled to a 191∕2-41∕2 BCL golf win over the Panthers at Cherry Hill Golf Course in Amherst.
Pioneer (13-2-0 overall, 11-1-0 North) got off to a good start in the No. 1 match, as Lee Doiron fired a 1-under-par 34 and took three points against Frontier’s Nathan Patterson, who carded a 35.
From there, however, it was all Frontier.
Torsten Nelson was co-medalist with a 1-under 34 and swept four points. Then Ben Ruddock shot a 37 and swept at No. 3, and Cam Blair finished with a 40 and 31∕2 points to clinch the win for the Red Hawks (12-2-0, 11-1-0).
No. 5 man Alex Smiarowski had a solid day of his own, shooting a 37 and sweeping four points, while No. 6 man Dan Persons added a 45 and three points.
“The kids played extremely well and they deserved (a share of the title),” said Frontier head coach Steve Sakowicz. “They’ve played well all year. A share of the league title was more than I expected, but we get to raise a banner no matter how you cut it.”
Greenfield 121∕2, Turners 111∕2 — Griffin Ragoza took 21∕2 points to Patrick Salls’ 11∕2 in the final match to help Greenfield High School upset Turners Falls High School, 121∕2-111∕2, in a BCL North golf match on Tuesday at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Tyler Boissonneault swept four points for the Green Wave (6-8-0, 6-6-0 North), while Ben Westerman added three with a 43.
Brett Sirum (39), Ryan Lenois (39) and Kyle Kucenski (44) all took three points for the Indians (10-6-0, 7-5-0).
FC Tech 131∕2, Mohawk 101∕2 — Cody Booska fired a 2-under 33 and swept four points to lead Franklin County Technical School over Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 131∕2-101∕2, in BCL North golf play on Tuesday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Trever Blake added 31∕2 and R.J. Hubert chipped in three points for the Eagles (6-7, 4-7).
Austin Reid led the Warriors (2-12, 2-10) with four points, and Brian Allen added 31∕2 points.
Mahar 1, Pioneer 0 — Mahar Regional School dominated possession and territorial play but managed a single first-half goal to beat Pioneer, 1-0, in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer match Tuesday at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
The league-leading Senators (10-3-1, 6-0-0 FCL) outshot the Panthers 39-2, but Keanu Foster was the only one who could find the back of the net, scoring in the sixth minute with an assist from Kelsie Bardsley. Mahar had chances to extend the lead but hit two posts and a crossbar, according to head coach Chad Softic.
Sydney Whitcomb did not have to make a save in goal to notch the shutout. Sydney Martin kept Panthers in the game by making 19 saves.
“I was actually really happy with our performance,” said Softic. “We had a good possession game and we did a good job of spreading the field, but just couldn’t get anything going and we couldn’t finish.”
Mahar hosts Hampden Charter School Friday at 4 p.m.
Greenfield 1, Turners 1 — An early second-half goal helped Turners Falls earn a 1-1 draw with Greenfield in a Franklin County League girls’ soccer match Tuesday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Kylie Fleming scored the Indians’ goal in the 43th minute, assisted by Nicole Kordana.
Kylee Monkiewicz had given the Green Wave a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute with her seventh goal of the season. She was assisted by Courtney Kimball.
Greenfield’s Allie Roe made 7 saves, while Turners’ Nicole John was credited with 15 stops.
The Green Wave recorded 23 shots to the Indians’ 18.
FC Tech 3, Putnam 1 — Franklin County Technical School scored twice in the first seven minutes of play and was never threatened as it took a 3-1 Tri-County League girls’ soccer win over Putnam Vocational-Technical High School Tuesday afternoon in Turners Falls.
Rachel Shearer opened the scoring two minutes into the contest to put the Eagles (5-7-1) up 1-0. Mackenzie Coburn struck for an unassisted goal five minutes later to give the hosts a comfortable lead. Then Coburn notched her second of the contest with eight minutes left in the first half.
Franklin Tech emptied the bench in the second half and Putnam managed to get one when Aliya Johnson scored on a direct kick.
Shauntel Ortiz made two saves to earn her first career victory in net. Yesenia Leon made 14 saves in the loss.
South Hadley 3, Athol 2 — Athol High School put in a strong 12 minutes of work Tuesday. Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, their Pioneer North Division girls’ soccer game against South Hadley High School was 80 minutes long.
The host Tigers took advantage of a sluggish start by the Red Raiders and held off a fierce comeback attempt to earn a 3-2 victory in South Hadley.
South Hadley scored twice in the first five minutes to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Meghan Ginley took advantage of a loose ball in the penalty box following a corner kick that she was able to poke into the net to open the scoring in the second minute. Three minutes later, she set up Tara Bainbridge for the quick two-goal lead.
“We just didn’t show up,” Athol coach Tim Cleveland said of the start. “We did not play at all. They played around us, through us and by us. We just kind of hung on, and we gave up three goals that were not high-quality chances.”
The Red Raiders continued the lethargy into the second half and the Tigers (7-2-3) were able to go up 3-0 when Ginley tallied her second of the game on an assist from Caitlyn Houschetler.
A switch seemed to go off in the final 12 minutes and the Red Raiders (7-6-2) stormed back to make a game of it. The comeback started on a throw-in by Amber Young that was headed by Tanner Favreau to Molly Cleveland, who booted it home for her sixth goal of the season to pull the Raiders back into the game. Cleveland added her second of the game and seventh of the season on a direct kick later to make it a one-goal contest. That was as close as Athol could get as South Hadley goalie Rachel Harrington (six saves) and the Tigers hung on despite some late Raider pressure.
“I just ask the girls to give me 100 percent effort for 80 minutes and unfortunately we didn’t have that today,” Cleveland said. “But to score two quick goals and have several opportunities in the final 12 minutes, I was glad they didn’t quit.”
Athol goes back to work Friday at Pioneer North-leading Granby High School.
Frontier 1, Hopkins 0 — Angela Self narrowly missed her first shot on goal Tuesday afternoon. She didn’t miss her second.
Self scored the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute to help Frontier to a 1-0 independent girls’ soccer win over Hopkins Academy in Whately.
The goal came minutes after Self had a chance to break the scoreless tie but her shot sailed just over the crossbar. Frontier got the ball back shortly thereafter and Self received a pass inside the 18 from teammate Amanda Calvo. The Frontier freshman beat the last Hopkins defender and this time made good on her shot, beating Hopkins goalie Kate Sullivan to put the Red Hawks ahead.
Frontier dominated the time of possession over the remainder of the game but got nothing more past Sullivan, who finished with 14 saves. That did not matter, however, because Red Hawk goalie Camilla Baronas stopped all five shots she faced to earn the shutout and help Frontier even its record at 5-5-2.
The Red Hawks are back in action Thursday night at home on Senior Night at 7 against South Hadley.
Pioneer 3, Greenﬁeld 2 — Pioneer rallied to upset Greenfield, 23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 17-25, 15-9, in a Northern Division girls’ volleyball play Tuesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
Emily Malsch finished with eight kills and six blocks for the Panthers (2-11, 1-5), Shannon Watson added 12 aces and two kills, and Erin Bertrand chipped in five aces and four assists.
Anya Vartanyan finished with five aces and two assists in the loss for the Green Wave (7-7, 4-4), while Leah Wallner added 11 kills, two blocks and two aces.