Greenfield netmen win, 4-1
GREENFIELD, MA (May 3, 2013) Greenfield Vs Holyoke Tennis - Greenfield Senior Dustin Culter in a singles tennis match on Davis St. Photo by beth Reynolds
GREENFIELD, MA (May 3, 2013) Greenfield Vs Holyoke Tennis - Greenfield Senior Pat Crowningshield played first doubles last season but could move to singles this spring. Photo by beth Reynolds
Greenfield High School earned a pair of forfeits on Friday and won two of the three contested matches en route to a 4-1 independent boys’ tennis victory over Holyoke High School at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.
Dustin Cutler had a solid day at second singles, where he did not lose a game on his way to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Jacob Cherette. The Green Wave first doubles team of Ben Westerman and Pat Crowningshield cruised past Angel Sanchez and Corey Edwards, 6-1, 6-1 for the other win.
Greenfield improved to 6-4 on the season.
Turners 3, Central 2 — It doesn’t get much closer than the first singles match between Turners Falls High School’s Summer Forest-Bulley and Central High School’s Ian Patriarci on Friday afternoon.
With the match hanging in the balance, the two combatants played to a third set tiebreaker and then remained close through that until Forest-Bulley eventually edged Patriarci 10-8 in the tiebreaker to earn a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (10-8) victory and send the Indians off with a 3-2 victory in an independent boys’ tennis match at the Bourdeau Complex in Turners Falls.
The Golden Eagles won a pair of close matches in the other two singles matches, but Turners Falls (9-1) cruised to a pair of wins in doubles play. Turners’ first doubles team of Liam Ellis and Sam Danford beat Ryan Thorpe and Cameron Ford, 6-2, 6-3, while the Indians’ second doubles duo of Dennis Gheorghita and Alex Gheorghita knocked off Tyler Crawford and Colin Douglas, 6-3, 6-2.
Sulaiman Sesay earned a 7-6 (7-2), 7-5 victory over Ken Wang at second singles, while Stephen Tran picked up an even closer win at third singles for Central with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 win over Tenzen Khenrab.
Turners 3, PV Christian 2 — Kelly Rehorka and Alysha Wozniak came back from one set down to win the final two sets at first doubles and Turners Falls edged Pioneer Valley Christian School, 3-2, in independent girls’ tennis action Friday in Springfield.
The Indians’ (3-7) first doubles team led 3-1 in the first set but lost five straight games to drop the set, but Turners coach Victor Gonzalez said the tandem recovered nicely, which is no easy task. In the third set, Turners Falls led 5-3 and was serving to win the match, but the Eagles broke serve to stay alive. After a short talk with their coach, the Indian girls broke back to finish off the 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 win and earn the decisive point in the match.
“They came over to the side and I told them, ‘You can do this,’” Gonzalez said. “They pulled it out, and (Pioneer Christian’s) girls are really good, so this is a feather in their cap.”
Sara Bradley also picked up a win at second singles with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Rachel Leclair, while the Indians’ second doubles team of Kaili Lynch and Kortney Thurber dispatched Kimberly Reid and Rebecca Shumsky, 6-1, 6-1.
The two losses by the Indians came at first and third singles where Pioneer Christian has boys playing. Meredith Brown dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Shang Hong Jiang at first, while Felicia Craver dropped a 6-0, 6-3 score to Jun Heng Dong.
Frontier 4, St. Mary 1 — Frontier Regional School swept all three singles match en route to a 4-1 victory over St. Mary High School in an independent girls’ tennis match on Friday in South Deerfield.
Two of the Red Hawks’ singles wins went three sets. Eleni Balis outlasted Jessica Forest, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, at No. 2, and Alli Zera got past Allison Stanlewicz, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, at No. 3. Ricky Fields rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Abby Rix at No. 1.
The Hawks also won at second doubles, as Emily Tourigny and Crystal Niedbala bested Ashley Forest and Mariah Suarez, 6-3, 6-4.
Frontier (5-5) hosts Greenfield on Monday.
Mohawk 4, Sci-Tech 1 — Springfield School of Science & Technology forfeited all three singles matches on Friday to Mohawk Trail Regional High School and the Warriors won one of two doubles matches to settle for a 4-1 independent girls’ tennis victory in Springfield.
Dorjee Dolma and Alma-Crawford Mendoza recorded a 6-0 6-0 win at second doubles over Tsui-Yee Ng and Danielle George.
Mohawk 86, Athol 59 — Mohawk set up a huge meet on Tuesday afternoon against Mahar Regional School after it knocked off Athol High School, 86-59, in a Franklin County League girls’ track and field meet Friday in Buckland.
The win improved Mohawk to 3-0 in the FCL and made Tuesday’s showdown against Mahar (4-0 FCL) for the league title. Mahar has never won an FCL girls’ crown.
Ashley Pierce won the javelin (97 feet, 8 inches) and the 100-meter high hurdles (18.1 seconds) for the Warriors, while Abbie Yezierski won the pole vault (8-6) and the two-mile (13:05). Alyse Leonard won the long jump (14-9) and the triple jump (30-3), Emma Jepsen won the mile (6:03), Maddie Boucias won the 800 (2:38), and Natasha Olanyk won the 400 (62.9).
The Red Raiders (2-3 overall, 1-3 FCL) gave Mohawk everything it could handle. Emily Casella paced the Red Raiders with three victories, winning the 200 (29.2), the discus (85-10) and the shot put (32-3). Tanner Favreau won the 100 (13.8) and the 400 low hurdles (74.3) for Athol, and Sophia Palmacci won the high jump (4-4).
Athol 3, Central 2 — After winning the first two sets of the day, Athol nearly suffered a tragic collapse only to hold on and win the fifth set to take a 25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 15-10 victory over Central in a PVIAC East Division boys’ volleyball match Friday in Springfield.
Wyatt Doiron-LaRue finished with eight kills, four blocks and 10 digs for the Red Raiders (9-6), who moved to within one win of qualifying for the Western Massachusetts Tournament.
Tyler Lajoie added six kills and seven assists, Erik Aikey notched 10 kills and five blocks, Jose Sierra finished with 18 digs, and Beau Guimond and Matt Drazek each chipped in a block.