Atkins hat trick backbones Turners Falls’ 5-4 hockey triumph
Tim Atkins scored five seconds into the game Saturday night and went on to record a three-goal hat trick as Turners Falls High School edged Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 5-4, in a Fay-Wright Division hockey game at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
The Indians led 4-2 after two periods and had a 5-3 lead late in the third before Myles Hemingway cut the deficit to one goal for the Colts with 51 seconds left. Brandon Bryant did not allow another goal in the final seconds to help the Indians preserve the win and continue what has been a hot streak. After beginning the year 0-3-0, the Indians have gone 4-1-1 in their past six games to move back to .500 on the season.
Atkins scored an unassisted goal off the opening draw to stake the Indians to a 1-0 lead and that held up as all the first-period scoring. He added two more goals in the second period to earn his hat trick, and also assisted on Cody Booska’s second-period goal, giving him four points on the night.
Chicopee Comp (5-5-1) scored twice in the second as Travis Seymour and Dexter Labonte each scored. Seymour added his second of the game in the third period, but Booska added his second of the game on an assist from Jordan Cutting to give the Indians their fifth-goal and account for the eventual game-winner.
Bryant finished with 18 saves in the win. James Theriault made 20 saves in the loss.
Greenfield 47, Commerce 39 — Erika Glabach scored a season-high 19 points and Greenfield High School got its first victory of the season with a 47-39 victory over High School of Commerce in the third-place game of the Lady Falcon Hoop Classic Saturday at Smith Academy in Hatfield.
Molley Duclos finished with 9 points for the Green Wave (1-8). Kirsten Ward added 2 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Tech wins Midlands
Franklin County Technical School went 4-0 Saturday and defeated Quabbin Regional High School, 54-26, in the championship match to win the Quabbin Midland Duals Team Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Barre.
The Eagles beat Westfield High School (57-18) and King Philip High School (54-30) in early-round action, then ended in a 42-42 tie with Dracut High School but advanced to the championship match via a tiebreaker after Dracut’s Pat Vossmer was issued a head-butting penalty in his loss to Aleks Giurgiu at 132 pounds.
Kyle Laffey (160 pounds), David Weed (170), Giurgiu (132) and Ryan Bezio (285) each went 4-0 on the day. Laffey is now 26-0 on the season, while Weed improved to 18-0 on the year.
Mackenzie Coburn (106 pounds), Tyler Rock (120), Brett Bean (145), Jonathan Rawls (195) and Kane Rich (220) each finished 3-1 overall.
The Eagles improved to 8-8 as a team and travel to Chicopee High School Wednesday night at 7.
Kesheal Henderson placed in the top two in the four events she participated in as Mohawk Trail Regional High School knocked off Greenfield, 80-7, during Meet 4 of the PVIAC indoor track & field season Friday evening at Smith College in Northampton.
Henderson won the long jump (15 feet, 3.25 inches) and the shot put (33-6.75), and took second in the 300 (44.01 seconds) and the 55-meter dash (7.80). Teammate Meghan Davis placed third in the 2-mile in 12:42.95, while Natasha Olanyk placed third in the 300 in 44.05. Ashley Pierce added a fourth-place finish in the shot put at 27-10.5. Juliette Shean came in fourth in the 1,000-meter run in 3:25.89.
Claire Abelson led Greenfield with a ninth-place finish in the mile in 6:32.09.
Tiffany Tenney earned three top-four finishes Friday as Mahar Regional School won all three meets in which it scored.
The Senators knocked off Athol High School (55-40), Greenfield (81-22) and Cathedral (75-14).
Tenney won the 55-meter dash in 7.74 seconds, and came in fourth in both the 300 (44.50) and the long jump (15-2).
Holly Brissette led Athol with a fifth-place finish in the 2-mile at 13:43.49.
Danielle Devine earned three top-four finishes for Pioneer Valley Regional School as the Panthers knocked off Hampshire Regional High School, 59-36.
Devine came in third in the long jump at 15-4.5, placed third in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.71 seconds, and finished fourth in the high jump at 4-10. Savannah Sojka came in third in the shot put at 30-5.25 for the Panthers, and Audrey Corrigan finished fourth in the 2-mile at 12:59.24.
• On the boys’ side, two athletes took home first-place finishes for Mohawk, which knocked off Greenfield, 66-29.
Josh Rode won the mile in 4:47.60 for the Warriors, while Lucas Purington won the 300 in 38.41. Cam Olanyk came in right behind teammate Rode in the mile to place second in 4:53.23, while Leroy Page finished fourth in the shot put at 41-8.
Veniam Darmanchev won the shot put for the Green Wave in 42-6.25, and teammate Vlad Popusoi took home a fourth-place finish in the 55 hurdles in 8.95 seconds.
Following suit of the girls’ team, the Mahar boys’ squad also swept all three of its team scores, knocking off Athol (81-13), Greenfield (71-24), and Cathedral (74-21).
Zabien Shaw picked up a win for the Senators in the 2-mile with a time of 10:24.19. He also placed third in the mile at 4:53.48. Andrew Wagner also earned a win for Mahar with his first-place leap of 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. Ethan Nye added a third-place time of 39.10 seconds in the 300.
Jamie Posk led Athol with his sixth-place time of 1:37.17 in the 600.
Just three days after breaking his own school record in the high jump, Pioneer’s Dan Bordner brought home second place Friday with a height of 6 feet, 3 inches under his record-breaking performance on Tuesday.