Otters third at own Boys’ Ultimate Tourney
Four Rivers Charter School survived the heavy rains and the rest of the competition to finish third at the Four Rivers Boys’ Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College.
The Otters defeated Nipmuc Regional High School, 15-3, and Pioneer Valley Regional School, 15-3, in early-round action and advanced to the semifinals of the A Division, where they faced Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. The Otters took a 14-12 lead in that match but Lincoln-Sudbury tightened up on defense and ran off three straight points to earn a 15-14 victory and advance to the championship game, where they dropped a 15-10 decision to Hartsbrook School.
The loss send Four Rivers to the consolation match, where it took on Northfield Mount Hermon School and earned a 13-11 victory. Ben Garbus had a strong day for the Otters.
The Four Rivers junior varsity boys’ team went 2-2 in B Division play, finishing behind Greenfield High School.
• In girls’ division action, Four Rivers went 0-4 on the day.
St. Johnsbury defeated Lincoln-Sudbury, 13-10, in the championship match.
Track & field
Frontier places second
Natalie Mako shattered a meet record and set a school record for Frontier Regional School in the 3200-meter run Saturday as the Red Hawks placed second in a field of 16 teams at the Old Saybrook (Conn.) Invitational Meet.
Host Old Saybrook High School won the meet with 129.5 points. Frontier placed second with 107 points, and Haddam-Killingworth High School (Haddam, Conn.) took third with 84.
Mako finished the race in 10 minutes, 57.32 seconds to shatter the 2005 meet record of 11 minutes, 30.5 seconds. The time is also a Frontier school record.
“That time is really an extraordinary accomplishment,” Frontier coach Bob Smith said.
Mako was far from the only Red Hawks to have a big day. Thrower Amanda Mozea won the shot put at 34 feet, 7.5 inches and came in second in the discus at 97-4. Kat Miner also had a first and a second. Miner, who set the meet record in the high jump last spring at 5-3 did not clear that height this time around but her height of 5-0 was enough to win. She placed second in the 200 at 27.40 seconds. Mairead Ferry placed third in the 300 hurdles in 50.31 seconds, Katherine Conlisk took third in the javelin at 94-8, and Jaime Byrne finished second in the pole vault at 7-6.
• On the boys’ side, Frontier finished 11th out of 17 teams. Frankie Watroba had the best finish of the day for Frontier with a third in the triple jump at 37-7. Collin Higgins took fourth in the long jump at 16-3. Jamie Blinder was fourth in the pole at 10-0.
Mahar at Coaches Meet
Mahar Regional School’s Ally Parker and Sabrina Silva broke school records Saturday during the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Coaches Invitational at Dillboy Stadium in Somerville.
Silva won the shot put with a throw of 40-7, which broke her own school record. She also placed third in the discus at 111-9 and earned the meet’s Best Field Performer honor.
Parker finished fifth in the long jump at 17-7 to break Amanda Johnson’s record set back in 2010.
Mahar 7, Southwick 1 — Drew Patria fired a two-hitter over seven innings and Mahar Regional School took another step closer to postseason contention with a 7-1 independent baseball victory over Southwick-Tolland High School Saturday in Orange.
Mahar (8-5 overall), the surprise of the HL this season after a major roster overhaul from last season, improved to 5-1 in its last six games and must win two of its final seven to qualify for the WMass Division III Tournament.
Southwick scored once in the top of the first inning off Patria, who gave a up a walk and a single to the first two batters he faced, but settled in from there, allowing only a seventh-inning hit and three more walks the rest of the way. Patria struck out five in the game and had three 1-2-3 innings.
Mahar got the run right back in the bottom of the first when Buddy Boatwright walked (one of six walks issued by Southwick pitcher Nick Massarelli) to lead off the game and later scored. Mahar took the lead with one run in the third and then blew the game open with a five-run, fifth, in which Logan Barrett hit an RBI single and Patria helped himself out with a two-run single.
Barrett and Matt Richard each finished with two hits.
Mahar travels to Easthampton High School today at 3:30.
After getting washed out Saturday morning, the WMass boys’ and girls’ Individual Tennis Tournament began on Sunday.
Greenfield High School brought three singles players to the girls’ tournament at Smith College in Northampton and Manisha Malik won her first match of the day with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Central High School’s Jen Pham. Malik would go on to lose to Longmeadow High School’s Rachel Korn, 6-0, 6-2 in the second round.
Alexis Silk and Courtney Kimball lost their first match of the day for the Green Wave.
• On the boys’ side, Frontier sent Ricky Fields to the tournament but he lost in his opening round match to Longmeadow’s Pat Kelly.