Wave girls score late for 1-1 tie
Greenfield High School is doing everything it needs to win, but goals are still hard to come by.
The Green Wave held a sizeable advantage in territorial play but needed a second-half goal to earn a 1-1 independent draw with West Springfield High School in field hockey action Wednesday night at Clark Field in West Springfield.
Sarah Pinkerton used an assist from Abby Weaver in the 23rd minute of the first half to put the Terriers on top, 1-0.
West Side was still clinging to its tenuous lead when the Green Wave’s Tylor Narkewicz — who just returned to the lineup after an injury — struck for the equalizer with 11:36 left in regulation.
“(The tie) is frustrating, because we dominated them almost the entire game,” said Wave head coach Erin Thayer. “This is like the third or fourth game we’ve done that, and we can’t come away with a win. I just tell the kids to keep pushing and eventually it’s going to turn in our favor. It has to. We’re working so hard.”
Greenfield held the edge in shots (10-4) and penalty corners (5-3)
Diane Blanker made three saves in the Greenfield net. West Side’s Charlotte Mackinnon kicked out nine shots.
Greenfield (3-8-1) is right back on the bus today when it heads over the Buckland to face Northern Division rival Mohawk Trail Regional High School at 3:30.
FC Tech 22, Greenfield 2 — Cody Booska fired an even-par 36 and swept four points to lead Franklin County Technical School over Greenfield, 22-2, in a Bi-County League North golf match Wednesday at the Country Club of Greenfield.
Troy Miller, Josh Dempsey and Jeff Blake also took four points for the Eagles (9-1-2, 7-1-2 North).
Colin McGahan and Nick Brandl each took a point for the Green Wave.
Turners Falls 15, Hopkins 9 — Brandon Lenois carded a 1-over 36 and earned four points as Turners Falls High School defeated Hopkins Academy, 15-9, in independent golf play Wedneday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.
Brett Siurm (37) also took four points, Ryan Lenois (40) added 3 1/2 points and
D.J. Gardiner led the Golden Hawks (11-3-0) with four points.
Pioneer 18, Smith Academy 6 — Pioneer Valley Regional School won five of six matches as it defeated Smith Academy, 18-6, in an independent golf match Wednesday at Northfield Golf Course.
Brad Hastings and Eric Pratt both shot 42 and swept four points for the Panthers (9-3-0), while match medalist James Elliott (40) took 3 1/2 points. Blake Kimball (44) earned three points, Nick Stennes (41) added two and Lee Doiron (43) contributed 1 1/2 in the win.
Matt Muccino (42) took 2 1/2 points for the Falcons (8-6-0).
Mahar 3, Belchertown 0 — Sabrina Silva registered 13 kills to power Mahar Regional School over Belchertown High School, 25-14, 25-16, 25-21, in an independent volleyball match Wednesday in Belchertown.
Sam Pierson added 15 assists and Allie Barnes pitched in with nine kills for the Senators (9-4).
Marissa Kopacz led the Orioles with five kills and one block.
Greenfield 16, Pioneer 44 — Greenfield High School took the top four places en route to a 16-44 win over Pioneer in an independent boys’ cross country meet Wednesday at Highland Park in Greenfield.
Colen Stack led the Green Wave with his winning time of 18 minutes, 47 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. Will Borcy finished second overall in 18:56, Tyler Miller placed third in 19:29, and Jeff Jackson took fourth in 19:30. The Panthers’ Ed Kaczenski completed the top five 19:49.
West Springfield also took part in the individual portion of the race. The Terriers’ T.J. Drohan was the overall race winner in 18:42.
Chicopee 23, Mahar 38 — Mahar’s Zabien Shaw captured the individual race against Chicopee High School but the Pacers claimed five of the next six spots to earn a 23-38 independent boys’ cross country win Wednesday in Chicopee.
Shaw covered the 3.1-mile course in 18:23, followed by Chicopee’s Derek Dobosz in 19:43.
Dan Bergman placed fourth (21:39) and M.J. Watson was 10th (27:51) for the Senators.
Amber Colon was 23rd overall in the girls’ race, finishing in 25:52. The race included over 60 runners from four schools.
Pioneer 26, West Springfield 30 — Natalie Hale won led Pioneer with her individual victory in the dual meet as the Panthers defeated independent foe West Springfield, 26-30, in girls’ cross country action at Highland Park in Greenfield.
Hale finished the 3.1-mile course in 22:55, followed by teammates Maddie Scott in fourth (26:42), Kaitlyn Grover in sixth (29:24), Megan Weld in seventh (30:47) and Maddie LaValley in eighth (32:39).
Eve Charest of Greenfield won the overall race in 21:14, followed by Claire Abelson in third (23:58).