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Otters sweep own tourney

  • Four Rivers senior Chandler Thoma, 17, leaps for an endzone catch during the Four Rivers Ultimate Invitational Tournament at Greenfield Community College Saturday. Thoma led the way as the host Otters won their own tournament, as did the Otters' girls' team. <br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Four Rivers senior Chandler Thoma, 17, leaps for an endzone catch during the Four Rivers Ultimate Invitational Tournament at Greenfield Community College Saturday. Thoma led the way as the host Otters won their own tournament, as did the Otters' girls' team.
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  • Four Rivers Ultimate standout Jack Conant, 5, readies himself for a catch while under pressure from two Lincoln-Sudbury opponents Saturday at Greenfield Community College, where the host Otters won the boys' and girls' championship.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Four Rivers Ultimate standout Jack Conant, 5, readies himself for a catch while under pressure from two Lincoln-Sudbury opponents Saturday at Greenfield Community College, where the host Otters won the boys' and girls' championship.
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  • Four Rivers Lliam Carlton slips a pass under a peristent Lincoln-Subdbury opponent during their finals match at Greenfield Community College on Saturday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

    Four Rivers Lliam Carlton slips a pass under a peristent Lincoln-Subdbury opponent during their finals match at Greenfield Community College on Saturday.
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  • Four Rivers senior Chandler Thoma, 17, leaps for an endzone catch during the Four Rivers Ultimate Invitational Tournament at Greenfield Community College Saturday. Thoma led the way as the host Otters won their own tournament, as did the Otters' girls' team. <br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Four Rivers Ultimate standout Jack Conant, 5, readies himself for a catch while under pressure from two Lincoln-Sudbury opponents Saturday at Greenfield Community College, where the host Otters won the boys' and girls' championship.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell
  • Four Rivers Lliam Carlton slips a pass under a peristent Lincoln-Subdbury opponent during their finals match at Greenfield Community College on Saturday.<br/>Recorder/Micky Bedell

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School prevented Four Rivers Charter School from winning the Four Rivers Invitational last year when it knocked off the Otters in the semifinals. On Saturday, Four Rivers got its revenge.

Chandler Thoma scored nine points in the championship game and Four Rivers won the A Division of its annual Invitational ultimate tournament with a 13-4 over Lincoln-Sudbury at Greenfield Community College.

The Otters went 5-0 to win their own tournament, doing so in convincing fashion, outscoring opponents 57-14. After going 4-0 in early-round games, Four Rivers went up against Lincoln-Sudbury in the final game and the winner took with it the championship. Jack Conant, who had a solid day distributing the disc, especially in the final two games, set up eight of the 13 points. Thoma was on the receiving end for nine of those points, capping off a successful day for him offensively.

“The team is really peaking right now,” Four Rivers coach Terry Plotkin said. “We barely had any turnovers in that final game, maybe one or two, so I’m happy to see that.”

Four Rivers opened the day with perhaps its toughest match of the day as it trailed against Nipmuc Regional High School, 7-6, at halftime but came back to take a 11-7 win. The Otters then dismantled their next three opponents, beating Pioneer Valley School of Performing Arts (PVPA), 11-1, besting Pioneer Valley Regional School, 11-0, and knocking off Somerville High School, 11-2.

Finn McMillan also had a strong day for Rivers, which will host the River Valley Athletic League tournament Wednesday afternoon at GCC.

Deerfield Academy won the boys’ B Division at the tournament.

Four Rivers girls’ win

The Four Rivers girls’ ultimate team followed suit of the boys’ team and went 3-1 on the day to win the Girls’ A Division of the Four Rivers Invitational Saturday at GCC.

The Otters opened the day with a pair of easy victories, beating Longmeadow High School, 11-3, and Northampton High School, 11-2. After a two-hour break, Four Rivers went back to work against Northfield Mount Hermon School and the Hoggers edged the Otters, 8-7. Four Rivers followed that up with a 11-2 win over Miss Porter’s School to close out the day with the 3-1 record. Both Four Rivers and NMH finished with 3-1 records (NMH fell to Longmeadow, 11-8), so Four Rivers won via goal differential.

Lea Sweeney led the Otters in all four games on the day, while Helen Perham was dominant all day long on both ends of the field. Perham is one of the players on the team that serves as what’s called the “cup” on the zone defenses. The job of the cup is to try and contain the disc, so this person chases the disc around the field. In other words, it’s a lot of sprinting, and Four Rivers coach Amanda Griffith praised Lucia Mason, Renna Earp, Neva Newcombe, Asia Littel and Perham for their play as the cup.

Four Rivers will compete in the RVAL Tournament Wednesday at GCC.

The NMH junior varsity team won the B Division of the tournament.

Track & field

Frontier wins Old Saybrook

Kat Miner set a meet record in the high jump Saturday and Frontier Regional School beat 21 other teams to win the girls’ division of the Old Saybrook High School Invitational in Old Saybrook, Conn.

Miner cleared a height of 5 feet, 4 inches to break the previous meet record of 5-3, which she set last season, and win the event for the Red Hawks, who scored 78 points as a team to finish first. Plainfield High School came in second with 701/ 2 points. Frontier has won the meet twice in the past four years, and finished second twice.

“It’s a really nice event, it’s all small shoreline schools,” Frontier coach Bob Smith said. “The other school are all just like us. And nobody knows us and we don’t know them, so there is no pressure on the kids. It’s nice to have a big meet setting without having the pressure that goes along with postseason meets.”

Miner also recorded a personal-best time of 27.71 seconds in the 200-meter dash, in which she placed second. Making that finish even more remarkable was the fact that Miner was not seeded in the top heat, so she was racing in a lower-tiered heat.

“You’ve got to give her a lot of credit,” Smith said. “She bumped all the way to second from not running in the fastest heat. You’ve got to really run because you don’t have the competition pulling you.”

Kat Conlisk was the other individual winner on the day for the Red Hawks with a javelin throw of 114 feet, 4 inches. Teammate Ioana Teutsch finished fourth in the event at 101-6. Kimmi Logan set a personal best in triple jump at 32-10 to qualify for the Central-Western Mass. meet in that event, and she also finished fifth in the pole vault at 8-6. Mairead Ferry took second in the 100-meter hurdles in 16.71 seconds, and she finished fourth in the 300 hurdles in 52.32. Sarah Conlisk finished third in the high jump at 5-0, Megan Grace-Slocombe placed fifth in the discus at 81-8, Caitlyn Burnett took ninth in the 1,600 in 5:51.95, Remi Quesnelle placed ninth in the long jump at 13-53/ 4, and Taryn Marquis finished 10th in the 3,200 in 13:35.73.

• The Frontier boys’ team finished ninth out of 20 teams with a final tally of 35 points.

Jamie Blinder won the pole vault with a height of 12 feet to pace the Red Hawks. Saul Soto finished fourth in the javelin at 144-1, while Oliver Fox picked up a fifth-place finish in the 400 at 53.08. Andy Habel took fifth in the 3,200 in 10:43.22, Justin Blake came in sixth in the 300 hurdles in 44.40, Matt Olsen took ninth in the high jump at 5-4, Ian Blight came in ninth in the 800 in 2:13.46, and Jack Hebert took ninth in the shot put at 38-11/ 2.

Mahar at Invitational

Tiffany Tenney broke an 18-year-old Mahar Regional School record in the 400-meter run on Saturday during the State Coaches Invitational at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School in New Bedford.

The event featured 76 entrants and Tenney finished 19th overall but her time of 61.92 was good enough to break the school record. Ally Parker had the best overall finish of the day with her third-place leap of 17-1 in the long jump. Teammate Caroline Grutchfield finished 22nd in the long jump at 15-11 3/ 4 in the long jump, while Tenney came in 33rd at 15-8.

The javelin had 58 entrants and Caitriona Cronin came in ninth overall at 107-11, while the triple jump at 86 entrants and Kelsie Bardsley took 38th at 33-5. The 100-meter dash featured 96 entrants and Tenney took 28th in 13.45, while Parker came in 48th in the 13.69. In the mile, Kadie Jillson came in 18th in 5:51.7, while Cassie Verheyen came in 29th in 6:00.44.

Tennis

Greenfield at WMass

Greenfield High School sent three girls and one boy to the WMass Individual Tennis Tournament over the weekend.

Alexis Silk and Manisha Malik each won a match on the day. Silk defeated Holyoke High School’s Kaitlyn LaFlamme, 6-0, 6-0, but was eliminated by Minnechaug Regional High School’s Catherine LaChance, 6-3, 6-2. Malik defeated Palmer High School’s Tara Smith 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, but fell to Northampton High School’s Phoebe Gelbard, 6-2, 6-3.

Courtney Kimball also attended but dropped her first match of the day to Palmer’s Teresa Huyhn, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.

On the boys’ side, Stefan Walker attended for the Green Wave but fell in his opening match to South Hadley High School’s Dan Pio, 6-1, 6-2.

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