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Balanced Pioneer trims Tech, 76-60

Four players reached double figures as Pioneer Valley Regional School cruised to a 76-60 victory over Franklin County Technical School in an independent boys’ basketball game Wednesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

Lee Doiron netted 18 points and dished out six assists to lead the Panthers, who led by 13 at halftime (37-24) and extended the lead to 19 by the end of the third quarter (62-43).

Brad Hastings had a solid all-around performance for the winners (3-5 overall) with 15 points (including three 3-pointers), six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Lennon Robichaud also finished with 15 points, Kyle Artus collected 11 points and six rebounds, and Brian Llewelyn chipped in with 8 points.

Jake Hale grabbed nine boards.

Jake Earl led all scorers with 23 points for the Eagles (1-5). Chris Wetherby tossed in 12 points, while Jarvis wound up with 8 points.


FC Tech 42, Hampshire 32 — Franklin County Tech used six pins to defeat Hampshire Regional High School, 42-32, in Tri-County League wrestling action Wednesday night in Westhampton.

Brett Bean (132 pounds) recorded the fastest victory for the Eagles with his 37-second pin of Hampshire’s Mason Taylor. Dakota Lyman (170) was nearly as quick, dismissing Seamus Little in 50 seconds.

Also registering first-period falls for the Eagles were David Weed (145) in 1:31 over Jacob Gray; Alec Milton (285), a winner in 1:42 over Matt Carrier; and Kyle Laffey (152), who finished off Brendan Weyant in 1:53.

Tyler Peters (195) also won by pin, needing 3:11 to beat the Red Raiders’ Jeremy Kaulback.

Tech (9-3 overall, 3-0 TCL) wrestles in the Midland Duals Saturday at Quabbin Regional High School in Barre.

Athol 43, Pioneer 21 — Athol High School earned its first Tri-County League win of the season by defeating Pioneer, 43-21, in a wrestling match Wednesday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Ryan Hulbert (152 pounds) registered the fastest of the Red Raiders’ three pins, downing the Panthers’ Spencer Ross in 50 seconds. Noah Guiffie (220) dropped Adrian Wilson in 1:12, while Eliezer Coston (145) felled Caleb Milton in 5:30.

Athol also won two other contested matches: Merrick Decker (120) won by major decision over Cade Perotti, 12-4, and Tom LaRose (170) defeated Lukas Rathbun, 8-3.

Pioneer won three of its four matches by second-period fall. Hayden Manson (132) pinned Trevor Mousseau in 3:35, Phil Peduzzi (182) stopped Lorenzo Carra in 3:39, and Adam LeBlanc (138) finished Mike Gray in 3:43.

Kolby Brown (106) won the Panthers’ other match with a 14-10 decision over Ryan White.

Dean 55, Frontier 19 — Dean Technical High School remained unbeaten in the TCL with a 55-19 victory over Frontier Regional School in wrestling action Wednesday night in Holyoke.

Ben McGranaghan (106) recorded the biggest win of the evening for the Red Hawks, pinning David Rodriguez in 3:44. Jake Arnold (138) also won via fall, beating Mike McAndrew in 3:54.

Saul Soto (170) won by major decision over Rafael Gomez, recording a 22-11 victory, while Jeff Tikos (152) earned a 3-1 decision over Justin Perez.

Alpine skiing

PVIAC League opener

Mohawk Trail Regional High School took the first step toward defending its North Division title by winning the giant slalom team race by 1.09 seconds during the PVAIC Alpine Ski League on Tuesday at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.

Race results were not available to anybody Tuesday night due to computer issues at the mountain.

The Warriors’ Bryan Schwartz flew to the individual victory by posting an impressive time of 25.63 seconds on the GS course. Teammate Jon White was almost as impressive, posting a final time of 25.78 to claim the runner-up spot.

Luke Looman placed 11th in 26.84 and Alex Rice was 13th in 27.01 to complete the Warriors’ team scoring.

Frontier Regional School’s Sean Doyle didn’t have his best race, but the junior still posted a time of 26.33 to place ninth overall. His Red Hawks struggled as a team, finishing last out of the eight squads.

Mohawk had five other skiers finish in the overall top 30 (all skiers in the final top 30 qualify for the state meet). Liam Datres De La Blotier finished 20th (27.80), Jameson Rice was 22nd (28.07), Ben White came in 23rd (28.12), Dane Amstein took 26th (28.33) and Dan Burke wound up 30th (28.71).

Frontier was one of five teams in the girls’ South Division unable to post a team score due to not enough finishing time on the slalom course. Individually, the Red Hawks’ Ally Zera was the top local finisher in 46.78, good for 19th overall and third in the South. Mohawk’s Caitlyn Wilkins placed 21st overall in 48.29, and Frontier’s Jess Cobb was 40th overall(56.75) and 10th in the South.

The second league race is scheduled for today starting at 5 p.m.

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