Popusoi vaults to Greenfield record
Greenfield pole-vaulter extraordinaire Vlad Popusoi is in a league of his own coming into Saturday's WMass Division II Boys' Track and Field Championships at Mohawk in Buckland. Recorder/Paul Franz
Vlad Popusoi broke the Greenfield High School pole-vault record while Mahar Regional School earned double wins in its Intercounty League boys’ track and field double dual meet against the Green Wave (78-67) and Pioneer Valley Regional School (102-42) Monday in Orange.
Popusoi — a junior — cleared 12 feet, 9 inches to break the record of 12-7, set by Seth Mansur in 2003.
Joey Verheyen led the Senators to the sweep, capturing the high jump at 5-10 and the 400 intermediate hurdles in 68.3 seconds against both schools.
Others with event sweeps were Leo Jillson in the javelin (130-10), Dan Bergman in the 110 high hurdles (18.0), Camden Marshall in the 200 meters (24.4), Angel Biegen in the 400 (55.9) and Zabien Shaw in the mile (5:01.2).
Poposoi also won the triple jump (37.1) for a double win, Veniamin Darmanchev was tops in the long jump (18-10) and shot put (41-10), and Colen Stack earned blue ribbons in the 800 (2:20.3) and two-mile (10:56.5). Rahul Malik added a first in the 100 meters (12.4).
Pioneer’s lone double-winner was Darion Sadri, who took the long jump (20-1.5) and 100 (12.3). Nick Lawrence won the discus (124-2), Noah Rathbun claimed the shot put (40-9) and James Wheeler ran to victory in the 800 (2:25.6).
Mohawk 88, Frontier 57 — Mohawk Trail Regional High School won all but one of the field events and knocked off Frontier Regional School, 88-57, in an IL boys’ track & field meet Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.
The meet was a match-up of the second and third-place teams in the IL last season. Frontier got the better of the Warriors last year and wound up placing second in the standings, one win ahead of Mohawk, but this time around it was the Warriors who took the win.
Leroy Page won a pair of field events for Mohawk, capturing the discus in 106-2 and the javelin at 151-8. He was just one four two-event winners for the Warriors. Omar Abbatiello won the pole vault (9-0) and the 110 high hurdles (18.7), Lucas Purington won the 400 (51.6) and the long jump (17-1), and Josh Rode won the 800 (2:09.9) and the triple jump (37-3).
Frankie Watroba won the high jump for the Red Hawks at 5-6. Andy Habel captured the mile (5:08.2) and the 2-mile (11:27.2).
Turners 3, St. Mary 2 — Liam Ellis and Sam Danford earned the deciding point for Turners Falls High School as it upended defending league champion St. Mary High School, 3-2, in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match Monday at Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
Ellis and Danford were able to pull out a first-set tiebreaker and knock off Corey Clemente and Matt Benoit, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
The Indians (2-0) also won at second doubles behind Alex Gheorgita and Spencer Hubert, who cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Jake Neilson and Kieran O’Donnell.
Tensen Khenrab won the only singles match at No. 3, a 6-1, 6-1 verdict over Austin Joyce.
Turners is scheduled to host Sabis International Charter School on Friday at 4.
Greenfield 3, Sabis 2 — Greenfield High School used a sweep of the doubles to defeat Sabis, 3-2, in TCL boys tennis action Monday at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
Nick Brandl and Stephen Walker captured the deciding point for the Green Wave (2-0), defeating Josiah Sanchez and Jonathan Camacho, 6-2, 6-0, at second doubles.
Brayten Stack and Pat Crowningshield earned a point at No. 1 singles over Justin Green-Williams and Taariq Woods, 6-1, 6-3, and George Felogloy downed Joe Donahue, 6-4, 6-3, for the other point.
Greenfield (1-1) returns to the court Friday at Springfield School of Science & Technology.
Greenfield 4, Mohawk 1 — Greenfield is quickly making opponents take notice in the Tri-County League this season.
The Green Wave improved to 2-0 and knocked off three-time defending TCL champion Mohawk, 4-1, in the process Monday afternoon in Buckland.
Greenfield already had a win over the second-place team in the TCL from a year ago with a 4-1 win over Frontier last week. Now the Green Wave sits alone in first place with its triumph over Mohawk. Alexis Silk defeated Jen Field, 6-4, 6-0 at second singles for the Green Wave, and Courtney Kimball picked up a 6-0, 6-2 win over Nelly O’Connell at third singles. Greenfield also swept the doubles matches. Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin picked up a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) win over Jessica Robinson and Aliza Fassler at first doubles, while Annika Zimmerman and Olivia Graves defeated Dorjee Dolma and Alma Crawford-Mendoza, 6-4, 5-7, 7-1 (tiebreaker) at second doubles.
Roz Lytle-Rich won the lone point for the Warriors with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Manisha Malik at first singles.
Frontier 3, Belchertown 2 — Frontier swept the singles matches en route to a 3-2 victory Monday over Belchertown High School in a TCL girls’ tennis match in South Deerfield.
Ricky Fields knocked off Vicki Law, 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, while Aiden Connelly bested Kiana Shakeraneh, 7-6 (7-2), 6-0 at second singles. Eleni Balis captured the match-deciding point at No. 3 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Julia Pan.
Athol 3, Ware 1 — Athol High School received 13 assists and six kills from Tyler Lajoie to defeat Ware High School, 25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, in an independent boys’ volleyball match Monday in Ware.
Lorenzo Carra dished out 11 assists, Erik Aikey collected six kills and four blocks, Wyatt Doiron-LaRue had six kills and three blocks, and Brandon Thomas contributed five kills for the Red Raiders (3-2 overall), who earned the win despite 24 hitting errors.
Athol hosts Holyoke High School today at 5.