Mohawk boys dump Panthers, 90-55
Greg Betsold of Pioneer
Pioneers Daniel Bordner makes an attempt at 6'2" after winning the high jump at Mohawk at 6'.
Mohawk Trail Regional High School erased an eight-point deficit after the field events and cruised to a 90-55 win over Pioneer Valley Regional School in an Intercounty League boys’ track and field meet Thursday afternoon at Pollard Field in Buckland.
Lucas Purington turned in another solid outing for the Warriors (4-1 overall, 4-0 IL). He registered a winning distance of 19 feet, 6.5 inches in the long jump, while stopping the watch in 23.4 seconds to win the 200 meters and 54.1 to grab first in the 400 meters.
Other field-event winners for the Warriors included Jeremiah Jones in the 400 intermediate hurdles (64.1) and Leroy Page in the javelin (136-10).
Winners in the running events were Josh Rode in the 800 meters (2:09.3), Cam Olanyk in the mile (5:08.9), Zach Coburn in the two-mile (12:44.4), and Bryan Schwartz in the 110 high hurdles (17.8).
Darion Sadri earned a pair of firsts for the Panthers, as he took the triple jump (38-7.75) and 100 meters (11.8). Dan Bordner cleared six feet to win the high jump, and Greg Betsold threw the discus 131-8 to win.
“They have some really good throwers,” said Warriors head coach Kevin Freitas of the Panthers. “Most of them had Western Mass. or divisional-qualifying distances — even though most of them had already qualified — which speaks of their quality.”
Frontier 92, Turners 53 — Frontier Regional School captured individual wins in 12 of 15 events to defeat Turners Falls High School, 92-53, in IL boys’ track action Thursday in Turners Falls.
Dylan Talbot was the only double winner for the Red Hawks (2-2), as he won the high jump (5-4) and 200 meters (24.8).
Colin Hickey won the long jump (16-7), Jamie Blinder took the pole vault (10-6), Saul Soto captured the 100 meters (12.1), and the aforementioned threesome all ran a leg of the winning 4x100 relay team.
Owen Ortiz won the triple jump (36-0), Tyler Peters claimed the top spot in the shot put (34-8.75) and Moore took the mile (5:05) for the Indians. Ortiz and Peters also ran a leg of the winning 4x400 relay team.
Easthampton 7, Mohawk 1 — Six unearned runs in the fifth inning propelled Easthampton to a 7-1 victory over Mohawk in a Hampshire League baseball game Thursday in Buckland.
Alex Buntin had given the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the third inning when he singled home Ryan Pease (single), and starter Billy Gray had a perfect game through four innings before things unraveled in the fifth.
Easthampton (5-4, 4-4) parlayed two hits, three fielder’s choices and two throwing errors into four unearned runs, which signaled the end to Gray’s day. Chris Starcun and Alan Gormley added run-scoring singles to extend the lead to 6-1. The Eagles added one more in the seventh.
Mohawk also struggled to get key hits, as it left nine runners on base.
Gormley and Shy Torres both had two hits for Easthampton. Luke Looman had one of the Warriors’ six hits and also stole a base.
Starcun struck out seven and walked one to earn the complete-game win.
Gray was tagged with the loss.
Mahar 19, Sci-Tech 6 (5) — Tasha Polana blasted a home run, two triples and drove in five runs to help Mahar Regional School rout Springfield School of Science & Technology in five innings, 19-6, in independent softball play Thursday in Orange.
Polana led off the third inning with a solo homer and later ripped a two-run triple to cap off a seven-run rally to take an 11-4 lead.
Tiffany Tenney added a trio of two-run singles in the second, third and fourth innings for six RBIs, Emnily Abbott finished with three hits and two RBIs, and Kristal Fredette tripled twice and knocked in a pair of runs for the Senators (5-8), who banged out 17 hits on the afternoon.
Mahar hosts Mohawk on Monday.
Greenfield 4, Catholic 1 — Greenfield High School used close wins to sweep the doubles and went on to beat independent foe Holyoke Catholic High School, 4-1, in girls’ tennis action Thursday at Jones Point in Holyoke.
Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin outlasted Ari Adamski and Katy McClafflin, 6-3, 3-6, (10-6, super tiebreaker) at No. 1, and Shannon Gibson and Ashley Lowell over Kacper Chrabaszcz and Rachel Goncalves, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, at No. 2 to get the sweep.
In singles, Alexis Silk downed Caroline McHugh, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 2 and Courtney Kimball rallied to beat Pallavi George, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3.
Greenfield (9-1) goes to Frontier Regional School on Monday.
PV Christian 3, Mohawk 2 — A short-handed Mohawk squad was forced to forfeit at third singles and it eventually resulted in a 3-2 loss to Pioneer Valley Christian School in an independent girls’ tennis match Thursday in Springfield.
Roz Lytle-Rich earned the only singles win for the Warriors, as she bested Shang Hong, 7-6 (11-9), 6-2, at No. 1.
Mohawk also won at first doubles, where Jess Robinson and Nelly O’Connell outlasted Kimberly Reid and Rebecca Shumskiy, 7-6 (12-10), 6-2.
Mohawk (6-4) travels to Sci-Tech today at 4.
Athol 3, Ware 0 — Athol High School inched ever closer to an unexpected berth in the Western Massachusetts Boys’ Volleyball Tournament as it downed Ware High School, 25-19, 25-15, 25-16, in an independent match Thursday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
Wyatt Doiron-LaRue produced another stellar performance for the Red Raiders with 14 digs, eight kills, five blocks and 100 percent serving (13-for-13) with eight points
“He had great defensive coverage. His reaction time is outstanding,” offered veteran Athol head coach Donna Lajoie.
Jose Sierra was also a force on defense, recording 24 digs, and Nelson Leadbetter contributed 14 digs to go along with one kill.
“(Nelson) is getting stronger and stronger in the back row,” said Lajoie. “He not only has the physical ability, he is smart about what to do with the ball when he gets it.”
Erik Akey finished with seven kills, six blocks and 100 percent serving (17 for 17) with 10 points, Tyler Lajoie totaled 14 assists and four kills, and Lorenzo Carra dished out 11 assists.
“We need two more (wins) to get in,” said Coach Lajoie, whose squad is now 8-6 overall. “We face Central (today) and we beat them in four (sets) last time, so anything could happen. One game at a time.”
Four Rivers 15, Longmeadow 1 — Four Rivers Charter School improved to 5-2 overall as it rolled to a 15-1 verdict over Longmeadow in girls’ ultimate action on Thursday in Greenfield.
Neva Newcombe scored two points for the Otters, while Taylor Chapin was in command of the field on defense.