Otters soar to ultimate victory
GREENFIELD, MA (April 4, 2013) Jackson Reeves-Henning leaps for the disc against The Hartsbrook School in an Ultimate Frisbee game. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA (April 4, 2013) Asher Kenen leaps for the disc in the Four Rivers Charter School Vs. The Hartsbrook School in an Ultimate Frisbee game. Photo by Beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA (April 4, 2013) Kai Delorenzo (14) and Kai Sweitzer (4) of Four Rivers School leap against The Hartsbrook School during an Ultimate Frisbee match. Photo by Beth Reynolds
With the score close late, Four Rivers Charter School scored four of the final five points to put away Hartsbrook School, 13-9, in a boys’ ultimate match Thursday afternoon in Greenfield.
The match remained close in the season-opener for the Otters, but Hartsbrook’s top player, Vinnie DeFelice, went down with a hamstring injury when Four Rivers was clinging to a 9-8 lead, allowing the Otters to take control of the match and win going away. The win came despite some sloppiness that coach Terry Plotkin attributed to opening-day jitters.
“There were too many unforced errors for my liking but that’s early-season play,” Plotkin said. “We’ve still got some work to do. There’s room for improvement but I’m happy we got away with the win.”
Ben Garbus played well all-around for the Otters, including laying out for a spectacular catch in the end zone. Jackson Reeves-Henning also did a good job of handling in the match.
Four Rivers hosts St. Johnsbury Academy today at Greenfield Community College at 3:45 with both the boys’ and girls’ varsity teams playing at the same time.
• In girls’ action Thursday, Four Rivers improved to 2-0 with a 7-4 victory over Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow.
Greenfield 4, Frontier 1 — Greenfield High School girls’ tennis coach Barry McColgan’s uncle Mike Uchman used to say that tennis was about the three F’s: fun, fresh air and fellowship.
Well, the Green Wave got plenty of all three Thursday as it opened the 2013 spring with a 4-1 victory over Frontier Regional School in a Tri-County League match at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
“After all this tricky weather, the girls started out a little slowly but they picked up steam right away and played good, consistent tennis all day,” McColgan said.
Frontier got its lone point at first singles, where Ricky Field knocked off Manisha Malik in a match that looked like it could be a rout early and became a marathon. Field won the opening set 6-0 before Malik settled in and forced a tiebreaker in the second set that Field took for a 7-6 (8-6) victory. Despite the loss, McColgan said he was pleased with his No. 1 singles’ player for fighting back against a very good opponent.
“I told Manisha that I couldn’t be more proud of her,” he explained. “To go that deep in the tiebreaker after getting bageled in the first set, she played wonderfully.”
Alexis Silk picked up a point for the Green Wave at No. 2 singles with a 6-1 6-1 victory over Eleni Balis. Courtney Kimball picked up another Greenfield point at No. 3 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Lily Schuman.
Greenfield also swept the doubles matches. Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin knocked off Christina Betanos-Orell and Crystal Niedbala, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1, while the Green Wave’s second doubles team of Annika Zimmerman and Olivia Graves topped Alli Zera and Keeghan Thompson, 6-1, 6-0.
Greenfield travels to Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday at 4. Frontier hosts Belchertown High School Monday at 4.
Mohawk 4,Turners 1 — Roz Lytle-Rich defeated Meredith Brown 6-4, 6-2 at first singles and TCL defending-champion Mohawk opened the season with a 4-1 victory over Turners Falls High School in girls’ tennis action Thursday in Turners Falls.
Kaili Lynch and Kortney Thurber picked up the lone win for the Indians at second doubles with a 7-5, 5-7, 7-0 (tiebreaker played instead of third set) victory over Dorjee Dolma and Rachel Purington.
Turners 5, Greenfield 0 — Summer Forest-Bulley defeated Paris Felogloy at No. 1 singles and Turners Falls swept Greenfield, 5-0, in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match Thursday in Turners Falls.
Ken Leng defeated George Felogloy 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, and Tenzen Khenrab beat Dustin Cutler 6-3, 6-1 at third singles.
The Indians continued the success in doubles action. Sam Danford and Liam Ellis triumphed over Brayten Stack and Pat Crowningshield, 6-0, 6-2, at first doubles, while Spencer Hubert and Alex Gheorghita earned a 6-4, 6-1 win over Ben Westerman and Nick Brandl at No. 2 doubles.
Both teams return to action on Monday. Turners Falls hosts St. Mary High School at 4, while Greenfield hosts Sabis International Charter School at 3:30.
Frontier 137, Palmer 8 — Mairead Ferry won all four events she competed in and Frontier made it a perfect opening week with its second straight win with a 137-8 win over Palmer High School in a Suburban League girls’ track & field meet Thursday afternoon in South Deerfield.
Ferry swept the hurdling events for the Red Hawks with a time of 19.2 seconds in the 100 high hurdles and a time of 73.1 seconds in the 400 lows. Ferry also picked up a win in the triple jump at 32 feet, and a win in the pole vault at 7 feet.
Amanda Mozea captured a pair of the throwing events for the Red Hawks, taking the discus with a distance of 80 feet, 9 inches, and winning the shot put in 31-2. Clare Cycz and Kat Miner also won a pair of individual events. Cycz won the 100-meter dash in 14.1 seconds and the long jump at 15 feet, 1.5 inches. Miner took the 200 in 28 seconds, and the high jump at 5 feet. Miner was also part of the winning 4 x 100 relay team (56.3 seconds), which also included Olivia McCulloch, Kathy Burke and Kin Wildman-Hanlon. Frontier won the 4 x 400 relay, too, in 4:43, with the team of Zoe Barker, Savannah Emery, Sophie Morawski and Emilie Cycz.
Emilie Cycz also picked up an individual win in the 400 (68.1), while Sarah Conlisk won the 800 for the Red Hawks in 2:40.6. Natalie Mako opened the season with a time of 5:22.7 in the mile to win easily. Taryn Marquis captured the 2-mile in 13:19.9. Ioana Tutsch also won the javelin for the Hawks with a throw of 90 feet, 1 inch.
Minnechaug 3, Athol 0 — Tyler Lajoie finished with four kills Thursday but it wasn’t enough as Athol High School was defeated 25-10, 25-11, 25-17 by Minnechaug Regional High School in an independent boys’ volleyball match in Wilbraham.
Wyatt Doiron-Larue added one kill and one block in the loss.