Minnechaug too strong for Red Hawks, 3-2
Frontier Regional School gave it its best shot, but in the end Minnechaug Regional High School proved to be a little too much.
The Falcons thwarted most of the rallies the Red Hawks threw at them and eventually pulled out a 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11 victory to win the Eastern Division crown in girls volleyball action Wednesday evening in Wilbraham.
Paulina Modestow was the difference for the Falcons, especially in the front row, where she recorded a team-high 18 kills.
“She kept a lot of balls alive,” said Frontier head coach Sean Macdonald. “She passes well and it seemed like every swing she took, she got a kill. I think we blocked her once. She’s a very good high school player.”
Sarah Woodward turned in yet another solid performance for the Red Hawks, totaling 18 kills, nine digs and four aces. Younger sister Emily Woodward was equally strong, dishing out 35 assists and registering 13 digs, while Cassidy Ciesluk posted 10 kills to aid the offense.
Frontier (15-4) will likely be seeded No. 1 in the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament, the seeds of which will be revealed this morning at 10 at Agawam High School.
Mahar 3, Ware 1 — Kelly LeBlanc regsitered 33 assists and Katherine Donelan totaled 14 kills and seven aces to lead Mahar Regional School over Ware High School, 26-24, 25-20, 23-25, 29-27, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Wednesday night at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.
Caitriona Cronin finished with 32 digs and Jess Lloyd added 18, while Caoilinn Cronin and Sabrina Ladeau each chipped in eight kills and Erin Robinson contributed seven more for the Senators.
Mahar (12-7) appears destined for a middle seed and a first-round Saturday tournament match at home. Ware (18-2) will likely avoid a first-round match and may even earn a top-four seed in spite of its weaker schedule.
Four Rivers 6, Charlemont 0 — Jackson Reeves-Henning stopped eight shots to record the shutout as Four Rivers Charter School blanked Academy at Charlemont, 6-0, in a River Valley Athletic League Boys’ Soccer Tournament quarterfinals match Wednesday in Greenfield.
Kai Delorenzo and Asher Kenen registered one goal and one assist apiece to lead a balanced offense for the Otters, who led 3-0 at halftime. Finn McMillan, Chandler Thoma, Liam Carlton and Jack Conant also scored.
Four Rivers advanced to semifinal Friday at 3 p.m., when it will host either No. 3 Pioneer Valley Performing Arts School or No. 6 Eagle Hill School.
SBS 6, Dublin 2 — Rosemary Ilang notched a hat trick to lead third-seeded Stoneleigh-Burnham School to a 6-2 victory over Dublin (N.H.) School in the quarterfinals of the RVAL Girls Soccer Tournament on Wednesday in Greenfield.
Juliana Merullo added two goals and McKenzie Curtis chipped in a marker for the Owls.
Ieva Jasponyte made a half-dozen saves in the SBS goal.
Hartsbrook 4, Four Rivers 0 — Fourth-seeded Hartsbrook School scored three times in the second half to open up a close game and defeat No. 5 seed Four Rivers, 4-0, in the RVAL girls’ quarterfinals on Wednesday in Hadley.
Senior goalkeeper Lea Sweeney played well for the Otters, making eight saves.
Helen Perham, Juliana Bodgett, Nicole Zabawa and Alynna Tan were the other seniors who played their final game for Four Rivers.