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Senators beat Pioneer at buzzer; Indian swimmers swept by Palmer

The wins just keep coming tough for Mahar Regional School.

The Senators have been mired in an offensive slump of late and while the struggles continued again on Friday, the team may have received some much-needed confidence as Brendin Woodard knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Senators to a 50-48 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in Hampshire League action at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

Mahar (9-4 overall, 9-3 HL) has not played with much offensive confidence of late and has struggled to win games, going 2-3 over the previous five games after a starting the season 6-1. After narrowly escaping one-win Mohawk Trail Regional High School on Tuesday night, the Senators again needed to work hard against four-win Pioneer, and the team found itself down 1 with the clock ticking down. Woodard, the team’s leading scorer who has also struggled at points of late, came through in a big way when he knocked down a 3 from the top of the key on a pass from Nick Slattery to move Mahar one win away from qualifying for the tournament for a chance to defend its WMass Division II crown.

The team also got a much-needed shot in the arm from forward Joey Whitman, who netted 20 points for the second time in three games. Troix Adams added 13 points, Slattery hit three 3-pointers to net 9 points, and Woodard added 8.

Drew Hastings led the Panthers (4-9, 3-9) with 11 points, and Lennon Robichaud netted 9 points. Kyle Artus and Lee Doiron each added 7.

Athol 59, Mohawk 44 — Athol High School has struggled through some trials and tribulations this season when it comes to closing out games, but on Friday night things went right for the team.

The Red Raiders outscored Mohawk, 36-22 in the second half to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 15-point route in a 59-44 HL boys’ basketball victory at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Athol (5-8, 4-8) got a big second half effort from guards Zach Dodge and Brad Bousquet to lead to the win. Both players scored 10 points after the break and received praise from coach Jason Donovan.

“Zach and Brad really picked us up,” he explained. “They got some steals and some easy breakaway layups in the second half. They were the spark that we needed.”

Dodge finished with 17 points to lead the team, Bousquet netted 15, and Adrian Sexton tossed in 10.

Mark Buck paced the Warriors (1-12, 0-11) with 11 points, and Connor Maloney chipped in 10.

Frontier 53, Hopkins 33 — Paul Decker continued to pile up points with a 24-point effort on Friday night to lead Frontier Regional School to a 53-33 triumph over Hopkins Academy in HL boys’ hoop play at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Decker has scored 20 or more points in three of the past four games and is averaging 15.5 points per game this season. His four 3-pointers helped fill the hole left by injured Red Hawks Peter Watroba and Ryan Hoar, and Decker also showed he was a team-player with his team-leading six assists in the win. Frontier (8-5, 8-4) is riding a modest three-game winning streak and moved two victories away from qualifying for the postseason.

Quinn Hickey finished with 9 points in the win, and Tim Hoar added 8 points and nine rebounds.

Zach Kelley led Hopkins with 9 points.

Turners Falls 78, Easthampton 56 — Liam Ellis netted 21 points to help Turners Falls High School move one-win away from qualifying for the WMass Division III tournament with a 78-56 victory over Easthampton High School Friday night in Easthampton.

Melvin Moreno and Malcolm Smith each finished with 17 points for the Indians (9-5, 8-4), with Smith added eight steals and five rebounds in the process. Tyler Charboneau finished with 8 points, and Wyatt Bourbeau chipped in 7 points and six steals.

Chris Starcun continued his monster season for the Eagles (6-7, 5-7) with a 37-point effort in the loss.

Dublin 52, Four Rivers 38 — Jackson Reeves-Henning netted 17 points on Friday but Four Rivers Charter School suffered a 52-38 loss to Dublin School in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game.

The game was tied 17-17 at halftime.

Four Rivers travels to Eagle Hill School Tuesday at 4 p.m.

School hockey

Greenfield 3, St. Mary 2 — Josh Brandl scored with 26 seconds left in the game to snap a 2-2 tie and send Greenfield High School to a 3-2 independent hockey victory over St. Mary High School Friday night at Amelia Park Arena in Westfield.

The two teams traded single goals through the first two periods with the Green Wave (8-5-0) twice coming back from one goal down. In the third period, Greenfield skated with just eight players after Jake Elwell left the game with a shoulder injury that has him out of the lineup indefinitely, and Cam Woodward suffered a broken finger that will sideline him on a day-to-day basis. Despite the dwindling numbers of healthy skaters, Wave defenseman Mike Duclos set up Brandl for his second goal of the game and move the Wave two wins away from qualifying for the postseason.

Ashton Bourbonnais opened the scoring 13 seconds into the game when he scored on a pass from Corey Wurster but the Green Wave tied it two minutes later when Brandl scored on an assist from Elwell. St. Mary (3-7-3) retook the lead 6:33 into the second period on a Zach Slepchuk goal, but the Wave answered with 47 seconds left in the period as Elwell scored on an assist from Dillon Dodge.

Green Wave netminder Noah Foster-Marquis stopped all 11 shots he faced in the third period and made 23 saves in the game to earn the win. Zach Brown stopped 31 shots for the Saints.

Swimming

Palmer sweeps Turners

Palmer High School swept a pair of meets against Turners Falls in swimming action Friday in Turners Falls. The Panthers won the boys’ meet, 50-31, while the girls won, 66-25.

The Indians were led by Andy Peters and Ian MacPhail, who finished 1-2 in 200-yard freestyle (both in 2 minutes, 25.59 seconds). MacPhail won the 500 free (6:43.58), while Peters placed second. Jay Fritz recorded a season-best time of 26.63 while finishing third in the 50 free.

On the girls’ side, Nicole John earned the only event victory for Turners as she topped the field in the 100 butterfly (1:23.56). Mackenzie Phillips recorded second-place finishes in the 50 free (28.68) and 100 free (1:05.79), and Mackenzie Salls took a second in the 100 backstroke (1:16.12).

Turners hosts Renaissance School on Tuesday at 4.

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