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Tribe breaks title drought

As far as Turners Falls High School is concerned, 22 years is far too long between championships.

When Tenzin Khenrab wrapped up his match at third singles, the Indians finally broke their prolonged title drought by outlasting defending champion St. Mary High School, 3-2, to clinch the outright Tri-County League boys’ tennis crown Wednesday in Westfield.

“It feels good,” said Turners head coach Dave Bulley. “We’re always right up there, so when we can win it, it’s nice. Now we’re looking forward to the tournament.”

Khenrab claimed the winning point by defeating the Saints’ Corey Clemente, 6-3, 6-2.

Turners’ balance this year has provided it strong doubles teams, and both won their matches to give Khenrab a chance for the clincher. In first doubles, Liam Ellis and Sam Danford continued to heir solid with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Austin Gois and Matt Benoit, while Alex Gheorghita and Dennis Gheorghita whitewashed Jake Neilson and Dave Marasi, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2.

“I’ve always had a pretty strong first singles player, but the key to team tennis is having a lot of kids who can play. Our doubles players are especially strong and that makes all the difference.”

Turners (13-1 overall, 7-0 TCL) can complete its first undefeated league season and equal the record of the 1991 squad that last won a league crown today at 4 when it travels to Springfield School of Science & Technology.

Girls’ tennis

Belchertown 4, Frontier 1 — Frontier Regional School closed out its regular season with a 4-1 loss to Belchertown High School in a TCL girls’ tennis match on Wednesday in Belchertown.

Ricky Fields earned the only point for the Red Hawks (8-8, 4-4 TCL), besting Rachel Gustafson, 6-1, 6-0.

Christina Betances-Orrell and Crystal Niedbala played well at second doubles in a 6-1, 7-5 loss to the Orioles’ Kristen Pietras and Maddie Hamparian.

Boys’ ultimate

Four Rivers 15, Northampton 11 — Four Rivers Charter School tuned up for this weekend’s state tournament with a 15-11 win over Northampton High School on Wednesday in Greenfield.

The Otters (20-8) were ahead at halftime, 8-7, but Hamp came back to grab a 10-9 lead before Four Rivers reeled off five straight points, as Finn McMillian forced two turnovers that led to scores and Ian LaPierre forced one that also led to a goal in the rally. Jack Conant scored the game-ending tally.

Four Rivers will play in the State Ultimate Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Greenfield High School and Greenfield Community College. The girls’ state tourney is on Saturday at GCC.

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