Lacosse state champion again
Greenfield's Eve Charest leads Mohawk Trail's Abbi Yezierski in the early going of the 2-mile at Friday night's indoor track meet at Smith College. Charest finished sixth in the race while Yezieski took eighth.
Ashley Pierce of Mohawk Trail Regional High School, left, and Mahar's Abigail Truesdale compete in one of 55-meter hurdle heats Friday night at Smith College in Northampton.
Andrew Grote goes over the hurdles at the indoor track meet Friday night at Smith College.
Josh Lacosse won his third consecutive individual State Vocational Wrestling Championship and helped his Franklin County Technical School team to a fifth-place finish overall Saturday at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in South Easton.
Lacosse was one of three Eagle wrestlers to win his weight class, while two other wrestlers from Franklin Tech placed. While the team celebrated its own success, Lacosse was celebrating an individual title for the third straight season by defeating Bristol County Agricultural High School’s Tyler Freitas, 16-2, in the 120-pound championship bout. The win was not only the third straight title for Lacosse at the Vocational Championships, he did it at three different weight classes. Lacosse won the 106-pound championship in 2011, the 113-pound title in 2012.
“Three in a row is very impressive,” Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache said. “It’s a pretty rare feat, especially given the fact that he’s bumping around weight classes.”
David Weed also had reason to celebrate at 138 pounds after earning a 7-2 victory over Putnam Vocational Technical High School’s Anthony Cisero to earn the title. Later, Weed was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for the lower weights. Kyle Laffey was the third Franklin Tech wrestler to earn gold, picking up a 10-2 victory over Tyler Mahoney of Greater Lowell Technical High School at 160 pounds.
Brett Bean picked up a third-place finish for the Eagles at 132 pounds with his second-period pin of Ryan Coppola from Greater Lowell in the consolation championships, while Alec Milton finished fourth at 220 pounds with his 1-0 loss to Mark Schneider from Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School.
The Eagles travel to Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fitchburg Friday night at 6 p.m. for their final regular-season meet.
Olanyk sets two records
Natasha Olanyk broke a pair of records for Mohawk Trail Regional High School Friday afternoon to help the Warriors go 2-0 with wins over Athol High School (89-5) and Holyoke Catholic High School (62-33) during Meet 5 of the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference indoor track season at Smith College in Northampton.
Olanyk broke teammate Kesheal Henderson’s record in the 300-meter run when she took third overall in the event with a time of 42.96 seconds to best the previous record of 44.23. Henderson finished just behind Olanyk in the event, placing fourth in a time of 45.04. Olanyk later went on to take second in the 1,000 with a new school record time of 3:20.60. Ashley Pierce finished right behind Olanyk in the event at third with a time of 3:27.61. Henderson added another fourth-place finish by putting the shot 30 feet, one-quarter inch.
Athol High School finished 0-2 on the day, including a 72-22 loss to Mahar Regional School. Sophia Palmacci finished sixth in the 300 for the Red Raiders in 46.23.
Tiffany Tenney had a huge day for the Senators with a pair of first-place finishes to go along with a fourth. Tenney won the 55-meter dash in 7.55 seconds, and also won the 300 in 42.24 seconds. She also placed fourth in the high jump at 4 feet, 7 inches. Sabrina Silva added a first in the shot put at 39-3.75, and Jessica Lloyd took fifth in the 1,000 in 3:31.76.
Danielle Devine won the high jump for Pioneer Valley Regional School but the Panthers suffered a 49-41 loss to Central High School. Devine was the only girl to clear 5 feet and won the event with a jump of 5-1. Teammate Jen Tufano took fourth in the shot put at 28-11.
Greenfield High School suffered a 58-22 loss to Holyoke Catholic despite Eve Charest placing fifth in the 2-mile with a time of 12:46.94.
• On the boys’ side, Darion Sadri won the high jump but Pioneer dropped a 75-20 decision to Central.
Sadri cleared 5-7 in the high jump, and took third place in the long jump (20-3) and sixth place in the 55 dash (7.11). Teammate Noah Rathbun finished second in the shot put at 43-6.75, while Greg Betsold was just behind in fourth at 39-6.25.
Zabien Shaw came in second overall in the 2-mile with a time of 10:31.58 to help Mahar to a 55-40 victory over Athol.
Matt Summers took fourth in the 55 (6.99) for the Red Raiders, and also placed fifth in the long jump (19-3). Giovanni Palermo added a fourth in the 300 (39.00) in the loss.
Mohawk earned a split on the day with a 54-41 win over Athol, and a 48-42 loss to Holyoke Catholic. Lucas Purington won the 300 for the Warriors in 38.12, while Josh Rode placed fourth in two events, finishing the 1,000 in 2:54.45 and the 600 in 1:31.73.
Colen Stack finished seventh in the mile for Greenfield in 5:08.40 but the Green Wave fell to Holyoke Catholic, 53-41.
Turners Falls 6, Chicopee Comp 2 — Trevor Peduzzi scored four times as Turners Falls High School earned a 6-2 win Saturday over Chicopee Comprehensive High School in a Wright Division hockey at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Colts (1-11-2 overall, 0-8-1 Wright) held a 2-1 lead after one period but the Indians (7-6-1, 5-2-0) came back with two goals in the second period to take the lead before putting the game away with a three-spot in the third.
Cody Booska also had a huge offensive game for the Indians with two goals and three assists. Brandon Lenois and Tim Atkins each added two helpers, while Dan Chabot and Nick Murphy each contributed one assist apiece. Brandon Bryant finished with 21 saves to earn the win.
Ethan Cervonayco registered one goal and one assist in the loss. Joe Trombley added one goal for Comp, and James Theriault made 33 saves in net.