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Tech golfers make tourney

After struggling through an inconsistent season, Franklin County Technical School qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division III Team Tournament on Wednesday with a 141∕2-91∕2 Northern Division golf victory over McCann Technical School at Forest Park Country Club in Adams.

Eagles No. 1 player Cody Booska — who will likely be favored to defend his WMass Individual title — led the way again, by firing a 1-over-par 35 and sweeping four points.

Trever Blake also took four points for Franklin Tech (7-7 overall, 5-7 North), while R.J. Hebert added three.

Brian Boudreau swept four points for the Hornets (0-12-1, 0-12-0 North).

The WMass Division III Championship are scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst.

Pioneer 12, St. Mary 12 — Matt Wurster shot a 45 and took 21∕2 points in the final match to help St. Mary High School tie Pioneer Valley Regional School, 12-12, in independent golf play Wednesday at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield.

Brad Hastings led the Panthers (13-2-1) with a 43 and four points. Match medalist Nick Stennes carded a 40, good for 31∕2 points.

Corey Wurster had a team-low 44 and took 31∕2 points for the Saints. Danny O’Toole had a 47 and took three points.

Girls’ volleyball

Frontier 3, Amherst 0 — Frontier Regional School started off fast and cruised to a 25-5, 25-15, 26-24 Eastern Division girls’ volleyball victory over Amherst Regional High School Wednesday evening at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Cassidy Ciesluk led the Red Hawks (13-2, 6-0 East) with six kills and 12 aces. Sarah Woodward finished with eight kills and five digs, Emily Woodward dished out 19 assists, Kimmi Logan added eight assists and Haley Dacyczyn contributed eight digs.

Frontier also won the junior varsity match, 25-15, 25-13, 15-4.

Athol 3, Ware 1 — Athol High School won the battle of unbeatens as it beat Ware High School, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21, in independent girls’ volleyball play Wednesday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Tessa Neverett had another solid match for the Red Raiders (15-0 overall) with four aces, 15 kills and 41 digs. She also served the first 15 points of the match. Julia Salmond collected 15 kills, five blocks, nine digs and three aces, Hope Parker added 42 assists and Sarah Crino had seven kills.

Ware (13-1) was led by Meg Adams with eight aces and three kills.

Athol travels to Sabis International Charter School on Friday night at 7.

Renaissance 3, FC Tech 0 — Renaissance School earned its eighth win as it bested Franklin County Technical School, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16, in a Metro Division girls’ volleyball match Wedensday in Turners Falls.

Emily Giguere collected three digs, two aces and served 100 percent, Katie Newell had three assists and 100 percent serving, and Nicole Miller contributed three aces and one kill for the Eagles.

Franklin Tech (4-13, 2-5) hosts Greenfield High School at 5 p.m. Friday.

Field hockey

Palmer 3, Pioneer 0 — Kelsey Kokoska made four saves to register the shutout as Palmer High School blanked Pioneer, 3-0, in an independent field hockey game Wednesday in Northfield.

Brittany North, Jeralyn Halstead and Christina Gloecker all scored for Palmer, which outshot Pioneer 26-4 and had nine corners to Pioneer’s two.

Meredith Townsley turned aside 23 shots for Pioneer (5-10-0 overall), which was mathematically eliminated from postseason contention with the setback.

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