Greenfield hockey clinches tourney berth
The Greenfield High School hockey team may be peaking at just the right time.
One day after turning in a solid effort against South Hadley High School, the Green Wave punched its ticket to the WMass Division IIIA Tournament with a 9-0 whitewashing of Amherst Regional High School in a Fay Division game Tuesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
“This is what we’ve been working for all season,” Greenfield assistant coach Todd Boynton said. “We were hitting on all cylinders tonight. We’re peaking right now.”
Jake Elwell scored four times for the Green Wave (10-7-0) and added three assists to give him 13 goals and 17 assists on the season. Dillon Dodge registered a hat trick, the three goals giving him 10 on the season. Jourdan York-Welcome added one goal and three assists and Mike Duclos notched one goal and one assist. Cam Woodward, Josh Brandl and Tyler Townsley each chipped in one assist.
Noah Foster-Marquis stopped all 17 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of the season. Greenfield peppered Amherst goalie Eddie Sablak with 45 shots, forcing the goalie to make 36 saves.
Greenfield travels to Chicopee High School on Saturday.
Smith Academy 55, Turners Falls 52 — Turners Falls High School did everything but win the game against Smith Academy Tuesday night.
The Indians turned in a solid defensive effort and stuck with the Falcons throughout but a poor second half offensively did in the Indians and allowed Smith Academy to officially wrap up the Hampshire League West Division with a 55-52 boys’ basketball victory in Turners Falls.
Turners Falls (12-6 overall, 11-5 HL) outscored the Falcons 24-13 in the second quarter and led 33-24 at halftime. The Indians could not keep up the momentum in the second half, however, managing just 19 points in the third and fourth quarters combined, allowing the Falcons (16-2, 14-2) to come back.
“We just stopped scoring,” Turners Falls assistant coach Jay Liimatainen said. “We weren’t making shots and we started to panic a little. Instead of attacking and looking to score, we started to get hesitant.”
The 55 points scored are the third fewest by the Falcons this season, after managing 53 and 54 points in their two losses to Greenfield High School this winter. The Indians limited leading scorer Mat Sulda to 11 points, and Keith Natale to 12. Seaver Rickert gave the Indians nightmares underneath, dominating the boards and scoring a game-high 19 points.
The Indians shot (and made) two free throws early in the first quarter and did not attempt another the rest of the game.
Malcolm Smith led the Indian offense with 18 points. Melvin Moreno added 10, Wyatt Bourbeau netted 8 points. Summer Forest-Bulley and Nick Fisher each tossed in 6.
FC Tech 87, Smith Voke 59 — Jake Earl set a Franklin County Technical School single-game scoring record Tuesday night and the Eagles remained alive in their quest to qualify for the WMass Division III tournament by pasting Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School, 87-59, in a Tri-County League boys’ game in Turners Falls.
Earl nearly outscored the Vikings (8-7, 8-3) all by himself, erupting for 49 points, the most points scored by a local boy in one game since Adam Harrington scored 51 against Hopkins Academy in 1998. The 49-point effort is the fifth-most ever by an area player in a single game, just five points back of all-time leader Artie Burke, who scored 54 for Turners Falls against Amherst Regional High School on Dec. 30, 1969.
“I wasn’t aware of how many points he scored until after the game,” Franklin Tech coach Rick Recore said. “He played within the team. It wasn’t like he was dominating the ball. Many of his points came off of rebounds and screens set by Gerald (Richardson) and Chris (Wetherby).”
Earl finished with 14 field goals, including four 3-pointers, and added 17 points from the charity stripe. He came close to recording a quadruple-double with 10 rebounds, eight assists and eight steals.
The Eagles (8-10, 6-6) jumped all over the Vikings in the first quarter and led 27-5 after one. Smith Voke got going in the second but the Eagles continued to pour it on and put the game out of reach in the fourth, when they outscored the Vikes 26-11.
“It was senior night, the last time our seniors will play in this building and that carried over into the game,” Recore said. “Last night’s loss to Athol affected us greatly and that translated into a very, very focused group tonight.”
The Eagles finished with less than 15 turnovers. Wetherby netted 18 points to go with 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. Thomas Duffy had a strong all-around game with 6 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
Jordan Castillo led Smith Voke with 26 points.
The Eagles must win their final two games to qualify for tournament. The team travels to Westfield Vocational-Technical High School on Friday night and closes out the regular season on Tuesday at Pathfinder Regional High School.
Greenfield 41, Hoosac Valley 37 — It wasn’t pretty but Greenfield High School remained unbeaten.
The Green Wave overcame a slow start to come back late and earn a 41-37 independent boys’ basketball victory over Hoosac Valley Regional High School Tuesday night in Cheshire.
Greenfield scored just four points in the first quarter and quickly found itself down 14-4. The offense came alive in the second quarter but the Green Wave remained behind at halftime, 27-20.
“We were still on the bus when we started the first half,” Greenfield coach Scott Thayer said. “We couldn’t buy a basket, although we didn’t really get any good looks. But the guys hung in there and the mental toughness they showed tonight. I’m really proud of that.”
Greenfield limited Hoosac to just 10 points in the second half and the Green Wave finally managed to get the lead in the fourth quarter. The team was playing without starting point guard Robin Marchese, who is out with a knee injury. His long-term status is unknown.
Connor Eckstrom led Greenfield in points (11) and rebounds (nine). Vincent Funari added 10 points. Lew Borden scored 6 points and grabbed six boards and Parker Hickey hit a pair of 3s to finish with 6 points, Tim Cooley scored all four of his points in the fourth quarter, and Tyler Miller scored 2 points and added four rebounds and seven steals.
Matt Braman paced Hoosac Valley with 16 points.
Greenfield (16-0) will put its unbeaten record on the line tonight at Springfield School of Science & Technology.
Drury 48, Frontier 46 — A last-second shot wouldn’t drop for Frontier Regional School and the Red Hawks suffered a 48-46 loss to Drury High School in an independent boys’ basketball game Tuesday in South Deerfield.
The game was close throughout. Drury held a 23-22 lead at the break and remained ahead down the stretch. Quinn Hickey managed to get a last-second shot from 10 feet but the ball hit the back iron and went out.
Paul Decker finished with a game-high 19 points for the Red Hawks (10-7). Peter Watroba netted 13 points and Ryan Hoar added 5.
Isaiah Pantoja led Drury with 16 points. Nolan Bird added 11 and Kareen Beckett tossed in 8.
Mahar 55, Hampshire 42 — Mahar Regional School coach Chad Softic finally got the performance he has been looking for of late.
The Senators played well at both ends of the floor and handed Hampshire Regional High School a 55-42 loss in independent hoop play Tuesday night in Westhampton.
Mahar (12-5) was playing without second-leading scorer Joey Whitman due to an upper-body injury but the team responded and Mahar had four players finish with nine points or more. The Senators turned in a strong defensive performance as well, holding Hampshire (7-9) to just 15 points over the middle two quarters, helping the Senators build a 15-point lead entering the fourth.
“It was gut-check time for us,” Softic said. “Without Joey, we really had some guys step up tonight. We wanted it and we got it.”
Brendin Woodard led the Senators with 15 points and four assists, and just as importantly had just one turnover. Nick Slattery finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots, Troix Adams netted 13 points and Rafael Silva added 9 points.
Shane Andrews led Hampshire with 16 points. Adam Laroche and Connor Cronin each added 10 points.
Pioneer 81, Hampden Charter 37 — Lee Doiron finished with 16 points on Tuesday and Pioneer Valley Regional School knocked off Hampden Charter School of Science, 81-37, in an independent boys’ hoop game in Northfield.
Lennon Robichaud finished with 14 points in the win. Tyrus Gould netted 12 points, Drew Hastings added 10 points, and Eric Pratt chipped in 7 points.
Four Rivers 34, Swift River 27 — Jackson Reeves-Henning scored 15 points on Tuesday afternoon and Four Rivers Charter School earned a 34-27 victory over Swift River School during the River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball quarterfinals at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.
The Otters, ranked fourth in the tournament, had lost both regular-season meetings to fifth-ranked Swift River but they avenged those losses to advance to today’s semifinal game in Dublin, N.H., against top-seeded Dublin School, which has not lost a game against a league opponent all season.
Ben Garbus and Ben Reno-Michel each finished with 4 points in the win.
Mohawk 45, Greenfield 38 — Laura Ward and Hannah Finck each scored 12 points Tuesday and Mohawk Trail Regional High School edged Greenfield, 45-38, in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball game in Greenfield.
Danielle Hartnett added 6 points for the Warriors, and Blaze Petko-Sands chipped in 5.
Kelsey Roberts scored a career-high 21 points for the Green Wave. Tori Adams added 8 points and Aliona Ollaru tossed in 7 points.