Henderson, Olanyk, Sadri cop PVIAC track titles
Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s Kesheal Henderson and Natasha Olanyk each captured events on Friday evening during the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Smith College in Northampton.
The two Warrior athletes were joined on the winner’s podium by Pioneer Valley Regional School’s Darion Sadri. Mohawk was also the top local scoring team on both the boys’ and girls’ side, placing seventh in each.
Henderson made the event even more special by breaking the school shot-put record en route to her win. Henderson had just finished running the 400-meter race — where she placed fourth overall with a time of 43.97 — when she was beckoned to the shot-put area. She was told she had to throw immediately or else be disqualified. She not only threw but broke former Mohawk athlete Aurora Rougeau’s record of 34 feet, 11 inches with a throw of 35-1. Henderson then broke her own record on her second throw with a distance of 35-9.75, giving her the win in the event by nearly one foot.
Olanyk also earned a win with a time of 1:39.61 in the 600, an event she entered as the top seed. Three other Mohawk female athletes finished in the top 10. Juliette Shean took eighth in the mile at 5:46.93, Ashley Pierce finished ninth in the shot put at 29-1, and Sally Slowinski placed 10th in the long jump at 15-3.25.
Pioneer’s Danielle Devine had a big day, placing in the top six in three events. Devine’s best finish was a second in the high jump at 5-0. She also came in third in the long jump (16-3.5) and sixth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.51). Teammate Savannah Sojka came in fourth in the shot put in 33-7.75. Emily Malsch came in ninth in the high jump at 4-8.
Mahar Regional School’s Tiffany Tenney posted three top-eight finishes. Tenney came in fourth in the long jump at 16-2.75, sixth in the 55-meter dash in 7.78 seconds, and eighth in the 300 in 44.64 seconds. Mahar’s Kelsie Bardsley picked up a ninth-place finish in the long jump at 15-5.25.
On the boys’ side, Sadri earned the only win of the day with his victory in the long jump at 22-4.5. Teammate Dan Bordner came in seventh in the high jump at 5-8.
Three locals dotted the top of the shot-put standings. Mohawk’s Leroy Page and Greenfield High School’s Veniam Darmanchev finished tied for second overall in the event at 44-3.25, while Mahar’s Leo Jillson took fourth at 43-4.25, and Mahar’s Russell Grasso came in seventh in 40-5.25.
Mohawk’s Josh Rode picked up two top-seven finishes with a third in the 1,000 (2:42.88) and seventh in the mile (4:40.80). He was joined in the top 10 in the mile by teammate Cam Olanyk, who came in ninth in 4:46.12.
Mahar’s Andrew Wagner finished ninth in the high jump at 5-6. Ethan Nye took 10th in the 300 in 38.79.
Many of these athletes will make their way to the Division V State Championships Wednesday. Athletes qualified for the state meet based on performances during the season (as well as at the PVIAC championship). The state meet will take place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.
Belchertown 4, Turners Falls 3 — Alex Bachand figured in on all four of Belchertown High School’s goals and the Orioles slipped past Turners Falls High School, 4-3, in a Fay-Wright Division hockey game Saturday afternoon at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The game was a shootout, featuring a combined 89 shots from the two teams, and both goalies were up to the challenge. Kyle Greene finished with 42 saves in the win. Indian netminder Brandon Bryant turned aside 40 shots in the loss.
The Orioles (8-6-2 overall, 5-4-2 F-W) scored twice in both the first and second periods, while the Indians (6-8-2, 3-8-1) netted one goal in each of the three frames. Bachand and Tom Daley each scored two twice for Belchertown.
Tim Atkins got the Indians on the board in the first period with a shorthanded goal, while Devin Rivera scored his first goal of the season in the second period, tipping in a Dan Moro shot. The Indians went into the third period trailing 4-2 and Atkins cut the deficit to one goal with his second of the game and 21st of the season with 8 minutes, 16 seconds left, but that was all the Indians could muster.
Pioneer 54, St. Mary 24 — Pioneer raced out to a 21-2 lead at the end of one quarter Saturday and things never got any harder as the Panthers moved a step closer to reaching the postseason with a 54-24 independent boys’ basketball victory over St. Mary High School at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.
The Panthers (8-8) must win two of their final four games to qualify for the postseason. They will get a chance to cut that to one win tonight when they host Mohawk in a game that can also be heard on Bear Country, 95.3-FM at 7 p.m.
Pioneer had a host of players record season-high scoring totals in the win. Lennon Robichaud led the team with 12 points, while Kyle Artus and Tyler Wheelock each scored a season-high 9 points. Jake Hale netted a career-high 6 points, and Devin Knechtel scored his first 5 career varsity points.
Jake Butler led St. Mary with 10 points.
Smith Academy 81, Mohawk 46 — Derek McMahon finished with 22 points Saturday and Smith Academy clubbed Mohawk, 81-46, in a Hampshire League boys’ basketball game in Hatfield.
The Warriors (3-13) hung with the Falcons (14-3) in the first quarter before Smith Academy began pulling away in the second, then put the game out of reach with a 30-point third-quarter outburst.
Keith Natale netted 17 points in the win, David Longstreeth tossed in 13, and Austin Rogers chipped in a dozen.
Jay Fortier led Mohawk with 17 points, Javier Morales added 11, and Mark Buck netted 8.
Race 8 results
Mohawk’s Allison Lull finished second overall in the girls’ individual event during Race 8 of the Berkshire League nordic ski season Saturday at Notchview Resort in Windsor.
The race was the final of the regular season and the cross-country skiers will move on to the state meet on Thursday at Notchview.
Mohawk’s Maddie Boucias finished 30th overall in 32:59, and Sarah Gokey came in 31st at 33:05. Northfield Mount Hermon School also competed at the event and Roo Weed was the top Hogger with a sixth-place finish in 26:44.
On the boys’ side, NMH’s Henry Colt and Estevan Velez were the top two finishers.
Colt took first place in 21:26, while Velez was second at 21:44. Mohawk’s Tyler Andrews finished fourth overall at 22:48. Warrior teammates Tom Damery came in 11th place 23:44, and Aidan Sandvik took 28th in 25:54.