Mohawk takes title
Greenfield High Schol pole vaulter Vlad Popusoi approaches the launching pad during regular-season competition this spring. The Green Wave athlete not only defended his state title Wednesday, but in the process established the All-State Meet record of 15 feet, 6 inches.
Rahul Malik of GHS in the Triple Jump at Mohawk.
Mohawk sophomore Camron Olanyk (left) will be one of the top long-distance runners in the area this season.
Mohawk's Ryan Schwartz and Amar Abbatiello out pace the GHS runners on the 100 yard hurdles.
Leroy Page of Mohawk winds up for a discus throw, won event.
Mohawk junior Lucas Purington is seen winning the 100 last season. He will be back to compete in sprints and jumping events.
Mohawk Trail Regional High School clinched the outright Intercounty League boys’ track & field title Thursday with a 108-37 victory over Greenfield High School in Buckland.
The Warriors had not won the league title since 2006, sinking as low as a 3-4 record in 2010 that was the Warriors’ only losing season since the turn of the century. The Mohawk athletes who are now seniors were freshmen that spring, and Mohawk coach Kevin Freitas said it made this year’s championship that much sweeter.
“It’s been quite a climb the last three years,” he said. “It’s great for our seniors because they joined our program at a time when a league championship seemed like a distant idea. There were literally tears in their eyes they were so excited. And it just felt like we got better every single meet this year.”
The Warriors (6-1, 6-0) won all but one event on the track, including two wins from Lucas Purington, who won the 100-meter dash (11.3 seconds) and the 200 (23.6). Leroy Page won the 400 in 57.3 seconds, Josh Rode won the 800 in 2:10.3 and Cam Olanyk won the mile in 4:55.1. Jeff Jackson won the lone event for the Green Wave with a time of 11:37.5 in the 2-mile, but Mohawk swept the hurdling events as Bryan Schwartz won the 110 highs in 17.1 seconds, and Jeremiah Jones won the 400 in 62.7. Mohawk also swept the two relays.
Page wound up with three wins, taking the discus (117 feet, 10 inches) and javelin (140-3), Jacob Cross won the high jump (5-4), and Amar Abbatiello won the triple jump (37-4.75).
Veniamin Darmanchev won two events for the Green Wave with wins in the long jump (18-2.75) and the shot put (42-4). Vlad Popusoi broke his own school record in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet, 9 inches. Popusoi has now bested the previous school record by over one foot this season.
Mahar 115, Athol 30 — Chris Jackson won a pair of events Monday as Mahar Regional School knocked off rival Athol High School, 115-30, in an IL boys’ track & field meet in Orange.
Jackson won the discus in 112-6 and the shot put in 40-1.5. Cam Marshall won the pole vault at 11 feet, Leo Jillson won the javelin at 121-1, Joey Verheyen won the high jump at 5-8, and Zabien Shaw won the triple jump at 37-3.
Shaw made it a two-win day with a time of 11:38 in the 2-mile. Dan Bergman swept the hurdling events with a time of 17.4 in the 110 highs and a time of 63 seconds in the lows. Angel Beigen won the 400 (56.5), Daryl Kemsley won the 800 (2:44), and Pat Richard won the mile (5:26.1).
Matt Summers won the 200 (24.7) and the long jump (18-11) for the Red Raiders. Teammate Giovanni Palermo won the 100 (11.3).
Frontier 100, Pioneer 45 — Frontier Regional School won all but one of the track events Monday to knock off Pioneer Valley Regional School, 100-45, in an IL boys’ track & field meet in South Deerfield.
Saul Soto won the 100 (12.2), Dylan Talbot won the 200 (24.8), Collin Higgins won the 400 (55.7), Ian Blight won the 800 (2:14.2), Andy Habel won the mile (5:20.5), Dylan Landry won the 2-mile (11:55.9), and Justin Blake won the 400 hurdles (63.9). Higgins won the long jump in 17-7.5, Soto captured the javelin in 114-10, and Jamie Blinder won the pole vault in 11-0.
Dan Bordner won three events for Pioneer, with victories in the 110 hurdles (18.7), triple jump (35-3) and high jump (5-8). Greg Betsold won the discus (136-5) and the shot put (43-8).
Greenfield 3, Mohawk 2 — Greenfield took one more step toward securing the Tri-County League North Division girls’ tennis title by defeating Mohawk for the second time this season with a 3-2 victory Monday afternoon in Greenfield.
The Green Wave (10-2, 5-1) swept the doubles competition en route to the win, which puts them 1.5 games up on the Warriors and Frontier, who are both 3-2 in league play. Aliona Olaru and Emily Franklin earned a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nelly O’Connell and Jessica Robinson at first doubles, while Shannon Gibson and Ashley Lowell won by the same 6-1, 6-2 score over Dorjee Dolma and Alma Crawford-Mendoza at second doubles. Greenfield’s third point came at second singles, where Alexis Silk took a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Jen Field.
Mohawk’s Roz Lytle-Rich and Greenfield’s Manisha Malik played the match of the day at first singles, where Lytle-Rich won in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. Eliza Fassler also won for the Warriors with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Courtney Kimball at third singles.
East Longmeadow 3, Athol 1 — Athol is still looking for its 10th win after East Longmeadow High School downed the Red Raiders, 25-17, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, in a PVIAC East Division boys’ volleyball match on Monday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
Tyler Lajoie totaled 11 assists and 11 digs, Wyatt Doiron-LaRue collected 16 digs, six kills and served 100 percent, and Erik Akey added 12 kills and 100 percent serving for Athol (9-9, 2-5 East).
Athol hosts Putnam Vocational High School on Wednesday.