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Schools Roundup: Mahar wins; Wave, Hawks fall at Tip-Off

Mahar Regional School made a statement in its season opener as it dismantled Belchertown High School, 57-23, in an independent boys’ basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Pioneer Valley Tipoff at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst.

The Senators jumped out to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter. Those 17 points scored would become a trend, as Mahar would score 17 points in each of the first three quarters. Mahar held the Orioles to five points in the second quarter and had a commanding 34-12 lead at the break that was never threatened in the second half.

“It was good to get win No. 1 out of the way,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “We played well defensively, but we still have plenty of things to work on.”

Troix Adams finished with 18 points, six steals and five assists, while Brendin Woodard added 10 points. Nick Slattery finished with 8 points, and Jake Paul netted 5 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Jake Bradway led Belchertown with 9 points. The Orioles finished with just eight field goals in the game.

Mahar hosts Turners Falls High School in a big early-season game Tuesday night at 7.

Taconic 73, Greenfield 56 — Greenfield High School got a chance to play at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst on Sunday afternoon. It’s going to have some work to do if it plans on playing there again this season.

The Green Wave were outscored by 16 points in the first half of Sunday’s independent game against Taconic High School of Pittsfield and fell 73-56 in the Pioneer Valley Tipoff, in a rematch of last season’s WMass Division II semifinal won by Greenfield at the Cage.

The WMass Division II runners-up from a season ago are now 0-2 on the season. Mike Taylor netted 19 points to lead Taconic, and Treyvon Ringgold scored 15 points. Charles Davis and Shaquille Ardrey each chipped in with 14. The Braves led 36-20 at halftime.

Garrett Hudson led Greenfield with 16 points, and Connor Eckstrom finished with 14. Robin Marchese added 12 points and Connor Joy had 10.

Girls’ hoop

Amherst 51, Frontier 48 — Amherst Regional High School came back from an eight-point deficit with three minutes remaining against Frontier Regional School to take a 51-48 independent girls’ basketball win Saturday evening at the Pioneer Valley Tipoff at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst.

Jamie Staples paced Amherst with 22 points, while Taylor Bartmon finished with 9 points.

Olivia Riordan led Frontier with 14 points, Mindy Esposito collected 12, and Jordyn Roberts netted 11.

“It was a disappointment,” Frontier coach Frank Keimig said. “We made a lot of bad decisions. They pressed us the whole game and we handled it pretty well. Just made some bad decisions at the end of the game.”

Keimig was pleased in the rebounding department, calling it “the best game I’ve ever seen us rebound,” in reference to the team’s 33 boards. Amanda Calvo led the way with 12 rebounds and Riordan added 11.

Frontier hosts Wahconah Regional High School tonight.

Hockey

Greenfield 2, Amherst 2 — Jake Elwell finished with one goal and one assist and Greenfield skated to a 2-2 draw against Amherst in a Fay-Wright Division hockey game Saturday at Orr Arena in Amherst.

The Green Wave led 2-0 in the second period, but Amherst cut it to one goal before the end of the period and then got the game-tying goal five minutes into the third. Elwell scored his second of the season in the first period and then helped set up Zach Langlois’ second of the season in the second period on the power play. Jourdan York-Welcome also tallied an assist on the goal.

Amherst came back and tied the game on goals from Jordan Tetreault and Alex Rivers.

Both teams took 24 shots in the game. Barrett Rogaleski stopped 22 shots in the Green Wave net, while Ben Thompson made 22 saves for the Hurricanes.

Greenfield hosts Turners Falls High School on Friday night.

Wrestling

Tech takes fourth

Kyle Laffey won the 160-pound weight class and helped his Franklin County Technical School wrestling team to a fourth-place finish out of 11 teams at the Red Raider Invitational Saturday in Athol.

Laffey finished 3-0 on the day and pinned Brandon Weyant of Hampshire Regional High School in 3:28 to win the championship.

Jonathan Rawls went 1-1 on the afternoon at 220 pounds and was pinned by Natick High School’s Nick Pacheco to finish second in the class. Brett Bean went 3-1 at 145 pounds and defeated Belchertown High School’s Casey Beaudry, 8-4, in the third-place match. Nate Crocker also picked up a third-place finish at 138 pounds as he went 3-1 and pinned Hampshire’s Mason Lollis-Taylor in 2:25 in the third-place match. Alex Giurgiu went 2-1 at 126 pounds and earned a 15-8 decision over Granby High School’s Ben Rokowski in the third-place match, while Tyler Rock went 3-1 and pinned Dominic Coelho from Ludlow High School in the third-place match at 120 pounds. Kane Rich added a fourth-place finish at 285 pounds, going 3-2 on the day.

Frontier results

Frontier’s Saul Soto went 3-0 and won the 195-pound weight class during the Red Raider Invitational Saturday in Athol.

Jake Arnold went 3-2 at 152 pounds and finished fourth, while Ben McGranahan went 4-2 at 113 pounds and placed fourth. Walker Picard (106 pounds), Spencer Telega (132), Steve Worthley (138), Andrew Lankarge (145), Kirby Compton (170), and Miguel Olvera (160) each won a match for the Red Hawks.

Indoor track

Meet 1 results

Kesheal Henderson kicked off the 2013-14 PVIAC indoor track season with four top-2 finishes Friday at Smith College in Northampton.

Henderson helped Mohawk to a 74.5-16.5 win over West Springfield High School in girls’ action. Henderson won the long jump at 15 feet, 11.25 inches and the 300-meter run in 44.24. She also took second in the shot (31-8.75) and the 55 dash (7.82). Teammate Natasha Olanyk added a win in the 1,000 (3:11.38) for the Warriors. Danielle Devine took second in the high jump at 4-11 to help Pioneer to a 61.5-28.5 win over West Side. Sophie Palmacci came in third in the 300 in 45.91 seconds as Athol beat Greenfield, 72-11. Greenfield also suffered a 54-17 loss to Cathedral. Tiffany Tenney took third in the 300 (during the day session) with a time of 45.27 for Mahar, but the Senators suffered a 69-26 loss to South Hadley.

On the boys’ side, Darion Sadri won the long jump (22-5) and the high jump (5-11) for Pioneer in its 61-34 loss to West Springfield.

Lucas Purington took second in the 300 in 38.15 to help Mohawk to a 51-44 win over West Springfield. Leroy Page was third in the shot put at 39-10 for the Warriors, and Josh Rode came in third in the 1,000 in 2:54.8.

Veniam Darmanchev placed second in the shot put in 43-9 for Greenfield in a 56-38 win over Athol. Greenfield also dropped a 55-39 decision to Cathedral. Jamie Posk took third in the long jump at 18-3.5 for Athol, while Travis Heath came in third in the shot at 37-9.

Mahar also earned a 51-44 win over South Hadley.

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