Laffey, Bean state voke wrestling champions
Kyle Laffey and Brett Bean each won individual championships and helped Franklin County Technical School to a seventh-place finish as a team during the State Vocational Wrestling Championships Saturday in South Easton.
Laffey went 4-0 and pinned his way to his second consecutive state voke title in the 160-pound weight class. He capped his championship with a pin of Greater Lowell Technical High School’s Xavier Rivera in 1 minute, 4 seconds in the title match. Laffey also won the award for Outstanding Wrestling in the Upper Weight Classes, and also earned the award for Most Pins in the Least Amount of Time registering four in 3 minutes, 52 seconds.
Brett Bean won his title in the 145-pound weight class and earned the championship by pinning top-seeded Josh Merrifield from Shawsheen Technical High School in 4:256 in the title match.
Jonathan Rawls finished fourth at 220 pounds, Gabe Vorce took sixth at 195 pounds, and Ryan Bezio came in sixth at 285 pounds.
Mahar drops three
Mahar Regional School went 0-3 at the Sabis International Charter School quad wrestling meet Saturday in Springfield.
The Senators fell to Sabis (57-6), Taconic High School (52-24) and Hampden Charter School (45-30).
Isaac Fortner was unbeaten on the day with two pins and a forfeit at 182 pounds. Kevin Kowalczyk (170), Miller Richardson (106) and Dylan Castine (113) each added a pin.
Turners Falls 3, Amherst 1 — The Turners Falls High School hockey team needed a big weekend to get back into the postseason hunt, and got exactly what it was looking for, winning for the second time in two days with a 3-1 Fay-Wright Division victory over Amherst Regional High School Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Indians (6-7-1) trailed 1-0 after one period but scored twice in the second to take the lead, and added an insurance goal in the third.
Jacob Balderston gave Amherst the 1-0 lead as the Hurricanes dominated play and outshot the Indians 9-3 in the first period. But Nick Murphy and Tim Atkins each potted goals in the second period as Turners Falls picked up play and peppered Amherst goalie Ben Thompson with 13 shots. Cody Booska added an insurance goal in the third period. Atkins also recorded two assists for the Indians, while Zach Demars and Ryan Waldron picked up one helper apiece.
Brandon Bryant was once again stellar in the Indians’ goal with a winning 31-save performance. Thompson stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced in the loss.
Greenfield 7, Chic. Comp 2 — Jake Elwell scored four times Saturday amidst what turned out to be a very chippy hockey game as Greenfield High School dumped Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 7-2, in a Fay-Wright game at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.
Chicopee Comp (8-6-1) was responsible for many of the penalties, with 16 penalties against the Colts, including nine in the third period. One Colts player was ejected. Greenfield (11-1-2) finished with seven penalties, including four in the third.
Greenfield, which has struggled to get off to fast starts early in games lately, jumped all over the Colts with four first-period goals to give the Green Wave a 4-0 lead after one period. That lead reached 5-0 before the Colts scored a pair of goals (one each in the second and third periods) to cut the deficit to 5-2. The Wave put the game on ice with a pair of goals in a one-minute span with 9 minutes left in the third period.
Elwell scored twice in the first period and twice more in the third for the Green Wave. Jourdan York-Welcome added two goals and two assists in the win, and Cam Woodward chipped in with one goal and two helpers. Zach Langlois recorded three assists, and Tyler Miner and Collin Mailloux each had one assist.
Travis Seymour and Cam Kagan each scored for the Colts.
Barrett Rogaleski finished with 24 saves for the Green Wave, which avenged its only loss of the year with the victory. Parker Nunes started the game and made 14 saves before getting replaced by Nick Moisan, who stopped six shots.
Pioneer, Mahar rule
Danielle Devine had a pair of top-three finishes Friday afternoon to lead Pioneer Valley Regional School to three wins during the PVIAC indoor track meet at Smith College in Northampton.
The three wins helped the Panthers seal up first place in the Valley North League, the first time the team has won the league.
“We’ve come a long way,” Pioneer coach Jim Bell. “We’ve got a lot of talent and the spirit of the team is great. Everybody is pretty excited.”
Pioneer defeated Athol High School (61-34), Cathedral High School (83-10) and West Springfield High School (49-46). Devine won the high jump at 5 feet, 1 inch, and finished third in the long jump at 15-4. Savannah Sojka took second in the shot put for the Panthers at 32-4.25.
Athol finished 0-2, also falling to South Hadley High School, 72-23. Sophie Palmacci took fourth in the 300 meter run for the Red Raiders with a time of 44.80.
Mahar Regional School went 2-0 with a 57-37 win over Hampshire Regional High School and a 64-31 win over Holyoke Catholic High School. Tiffany Tenney had a big day for the Senators with a win in the 55-meter dash (7.66 seconds), a second- in the long jump (16-3.5), and a third in the 300 (45.09). Kelsie Bardsley also helped the Senators’ cause with a third in the 55 at 7.88 seconds, and a fourth in the long jump (15-4.5).
Mohawk Trail Regional High School knocked off Holyoke Catholic, 70-23. Kesheal Henderson won the shot put at 33-7, while Natasha Olanyk won the 600 in 1:38.56. Juliette Shean finished second in the 1,000 in 3:24.55 and took fourth in the 2-mile in 12:35.15. Ashley Pierce added a second in the shot put at 29-1, and Sally Slowinski took fourth in the high jump at 4-8.
Greenfield High School fell to Holyoke Catholic, 61-19.
• On the boys’ side, Zabien Shaw finished second in the 2-mile (10:16.14) and fourth in the long jump (18-3) as Mahar knocked off Hampshire (89-6) and Holyoke Catholic (58-37).
Mahar finished the season unbeaten and won the Valley North League title.
Andrew Wagner finished fourth in the high jump for the Senators at 5-8.
Mohawk edged Holyoke Catholic, 48-47, as Josh Rode won the 1,000 in 2:52.98. Leroy Page took third in the shot at 41-9, and Cam Olanyk finished third in the mile at 4:48.78.
Athol went 1-2 on the day, earning a 53-40 win over Pioneer, but falling to both South Hadley (75-20) and West Springfield (72-22).
James Riddell finished second in the long jump at 20-0 for the Red Raiders, while Travis Heath finished second in the shot put at 38-6.25.
Pioneer wound up 0-3 on the day with additional losses to Cathedral (54-40) and West Springfield (78-17). Dan Bordner finished third in the high jump at 5-10 for Pioneer.
Greenfield dropped a 51-44 decision to Holyoke Catholic. Veniam Darmanchev won the shot put at 43-8, while Kodey LaBombard took second in the 1,000 at 2:54.36. Zac Pyfram took third in the long jump at 18-5, and Vlad Popusoi came in fourth in the 55-meter hurdles at 8.85 seconds.
Mahar 46, Quabbin 32 — For the second consecutive game, Mahar Regional School used its defense to overcome a less-than-stellar offensive performance in a 46-32 independent boys’ basketball win over Quabbin Regional High School Saturday night in Orange.
The Senators trailed 12-6 after one quarter but used a 14-2 edge in the second quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish.
Joey Verheyen and Brendin Woodard each scored 12 points to lead the way for the Senators, while Malik Adams added 10. Jake Paul and Nick Slattery each chipped in 5 points. Slattery, one of the team’s leading scorers, left with an injury in the second quarter and did not return.
Hoosac 65, Athol 41 — Jameson Coughlin scored 15 points Saturday night as Hoosac Valley Regional High School knocked off Athol High School, 65-41, in an independent boys’ basketball game in Cheshire.
Trevor Alibozek netted 13 points in the win, and Matt Braman added 10.
Andrew Poor paced Athol with 15 points.