Tigers edge Hawks
Frontier's #4 Tim Hoar, has his shot blocked by South Hadley's 23 Nate Flachs as he takes it up to the rim in the 1st Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Frontier's #24, drives the ball baseline to the hoop past South Hadley's 20 Austin Ford in the 2nd Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Frontier's #4 Tim Hoar, throws up a runner in the lane over South Hadley's 31 Mike Miele & #21 Chad McKenna in the 2nd Qtr.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
It may have only been the first game of the season, but Turners Falls High School has already made a statement.
A 29-12 edge in third-quarter scoring helped the Indians annihilate Mt. Greylock Regional High School, 84-54, in an independent boys’ basketball game in Turners Falls.
The Indians had a balanced scoring attack, with five players in double figures and another with 9 points. Malcolm Smith paced the team with 17 points, including three 3-pointers, while Jalen Sanders and Liam Ellis each collected 16 points. Ellis had a strong all-around game with a team-high 11 rebounds to go with five assists and five steals, and Sanders added seven boards and four steals. First-year varsity player Tyler Charboneau added 11 points (including a 3-pointer for the big man), Nick York netted 10 and Melvin Moreno added 9.
“They just shared the ball,” Indian assistant coach Jay Liimatainen said. “We rebounded the ball and ran. They way they passed the ball tonight was fun to watch. Nobody was looking for their own shot. They constantly passed the ball to find the open man.”
The Indians led by just six points (38-32) at halftime but the 17-point edge in third-quarter scoring opened things up and helped the team cruise to the win.
South Hadley 53, Frontier 39—Frontier Regional School traveled to South Hadley High School for its season opener Friday night and came out on the short end of 53-39 score.
Even in defeat, Frontier head coach Ben Barshefsky was pleased with the way his team played.
“When we fill out our independent schedule, we look to go up against good teams, and that’s exactly what South Hadley is. I’m very proud of the way my guys competed, especially in the first game of the season in such a loud, hostile environment. Not only was it a learning experience, it gave us a chance to grow as a unit.”
Tim Hoar was the Red Hawks’ high scorer with 14 points, with Ben Ruddock adding 12, and Niko Ames putting in 7. Justin Farrick contributed 4 assists and 10 rebounds, Hoar and Ruddock each had 9 rebounds, and Dylan Talbot had 6 blocked shots.
For South Hadley, Cam Earle led the way with 18 points, and TJ Fitzell put in 10.
Frontier opens up its Hampshire League schedule against Mohawk Trail Regional High School at home Tuesday night.
Pioneer 76, Monson 63—Lennon Robichaud led the way for Pioneer Valley Regional school with 24 points as the Panthers defeated Monson High School 76-63 Friday night in Northfield.
Pioneer came out strong and took a commanding 41-23 lead into halftime, but Monson, led by Moody Bey, made a run in the third, outscoring the Panthers 19-11 in the frame to cut the lead to 52-42. Pioneer regained command of the game in the fourth to close out the win.
For the Panthers, Lennon Robichaud led the way with 24 points, and Brad Hastings and Lee Doiron each added 19 for Pioneer.
For Monson, Bey led all scorers with 31 points.
Mt. Everett 58, Mohawk 43 — Malik Wilbon scored 24 points to lift Mt. Everett Regional High School to a 58-43 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the championship game of the Eagles Holiday Classic boys’ basketball tournament Friday night in Turners Falls.
Mt. Everett built a 29-15 lead at halftime to take control of the game.
Mark Buck finished with 18 points for Mohawk (1-1), and Jay Fortier added 14.
FC Tech 53, Ware 50 — Franklin County Technical School came back from a 42-36 fourth quarter deficit to beat Ware High School 53-50 Friday night in the consolation game at the Eagles Holiday Classic in Turners Falls.
Chris Wetherby led the way offensively for the Eagles, scoring 24 points, and was the only Eagle to score in double figures. Colin Gould scored 9, Kyle Jarvis contributed 9 on three 3-pointers, Brett Martin put in 7, and Brian Como added 4.
Defensively, Martin was a dominant force, especially in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles held the Indians to just 8 points. Martin had 10 rebounds and 8 blocked shots, and was disruptive throughout the game. Weatherby also pitched in with 16 rebounds, and Thomas Duffy added 9 for the Eagles.
For Ware, Zared McCoy led the way with 19 points, and Fernando Montalben added 10.
Even with the comeback win and the dominance in the fourth quarter, Tech head coach Rick Recore was not at all happy with his team’s performance.
“I was very disappointed, we played no where near as well as we’re capable of. If we had played the way we did last night (in a loss to Mohawk), we would have won by 20. We’re just not there yet, and that will be the focus of our practices this week.”
The Eagles will have ample time to work out the kinks, as they next play December 23 when they host Holyoke Catholic High School at 7 p.m.
Putney 43, Four Rivers 31 — Jackson Reeves-Henning scored 13 points on Friday but Four Rivers Charter School suffered a 43-31 loss to Putney School in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game in Putney, Vt.
Four Rivers (1-1) heads to Cowell Gymnasium in Shelburne Falls on Tuesday to face the Academy at Charlemont.
Mohawk 37, Dean Tech 8 — Eighth-grader Emma Poplawski made her varsity debut a memorable one.
The Mohawk forward scored a team-high 11 points and the Indians opened the season on a high note with a 37-8 victory over Dean Technical High School in an independent girls’ hoop game Friday in Holyoke.
Poplawski scored 11 points for the Warriors and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Junior Laura Ward also had a strong opener with 10 points and seven boards. Sam Cairns pulled down seven rebounds to go with 2 points, and Hope Lively dumped in 8 points.
Michelle Roche hit two 3-pointers for Dean Tech.
“I was very happy with the defense,” Mohawk coach Chuck Miner said. “We were very aggressive and the girls never gave up. They played hard the entire way. We have work to do with our shooting, but I was happy with the effort tonight.”
Mohawk looks to make it two in a row on Thursday when it hosts Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School.
Mt. Everett 46, FC Tech 13 — Mt. Everett Regional High school dominated Franklin County Technical School 46-13 to win the Eagles Holiday Classic championship Friday night in Turners Falls.
Tournament MVP Dezeraye Conaway led the way for Mt. Everett with 16 points, and Gwendolyn Carpenier added 7.
For Tech, Brooke Meuse was the high scorer with 7 points.
Norfolk Aggie 37, Greenfield 15 — Erika Glabach scored 6 points on Friday but Greenfield High School suffered a 37-15 loss to Norfolk Agricultural High School in the third-place game of the Eagles Holiday Classic girls’ basketball tournament in Turners Falls.
Greenfield fell to 0-2 on the season.