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Frontier spikers open new era with victory

Life after Stankowski has begun.

After graduating in the spring, two-time Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year Cassidy Stankowski is not on the Frontier Regional School roster for the first time in six seasons, but the Red Hawks showed they have plenty left by opening the 2013 campaign with a 25-19, 25-5, 25-14 independent girls’ volleyball win over Ludlow High School Wednesday in Ludlow.

While there was no Stankowski on the roster, there is still a Cassidy impacting the team — Cassidy Ciesluk, who registered six kills and one Red Hawks ace. Sarah Woodward finished with seven kills and two aces in the win, Emily Woodward added 19 assists, and Courtney Newsome chipped in three aces and two kills. Coach Sean MacDonald said that with a number of new players dotting the starting lineup this season, it took the squad time to gel at the start but got it together and looked strong after that.

“We looked pretty shaky in the first set,” MacDonald began. “We made a few errors but in the second game we really smoothed it out and didn’t really make any errors at all.”

Frontier hosts West Springfield High School Friday at 6.

Turners Falls 3, Chicopee 2 — After four straight close sets, Turners Falls High School turned it up a notch in the decisive fifth.

The Indians forced a fifth set with a close win in Game 4, then won the final set in commanding fashion to take a 22-25, 25-18, 24-26, 25-23, 15-8 victory over Chicopee High School in an independent girls’ volleyball match Wednesday in Chicopee.

“We just came out as a powerhouse in the fifth game,” Turners coach Kelly Yankowski said. “They realized they really wanted to win the opener badly and came out and looked great in the fifth set. It was a really good win for us.”

Shelby Lewis finished with 15 kills, six digs, four blocks and five aces for the Indians. Sam Courier added eight kills, four aces and six digs. Mackenzie Salls collected 16 assists, four aces and four digs, and Dani Conant recorded three aces and 12 digs.

Steffanie Hollins led Chicopee with 16 kills and 12 blocks.

South Hadley 3, Mohawk 0 — Emily Page finished with four aces and two kills but Mohawk Trail Regional High School suffered a 25-10, 25-23, 25-17 loss to South Hadley High School in an independent girls’ volleyball match Wednesday in South Hadley.

Bobbie Jo Tuthill added four aces and 10 digs for the Warriors. Nelly O’Connell chipped in seven assists.

Field hockey

Turners Falls 5, Pioneer 2 — Could there be a new sheriff in town in the West Division?

Lauren Grimard finished with one goal and two assists Wednesday and Turners Falls showed that it could be a team to reckon with in the West this season as it knocked off Pioneer, 5-2, in a field hockey match in Northfield.

Grimard scored on an assist from Emma Johnson six minutes into the game to give the Indians a 1-0 lead, but Pioneer tied the score 10 minutes later when Maddie Kerber scored off a rebound from an Alyssa Llewelyn shot. The Indians did not let the goal deflate them, and potted two more before halftime to take control of the game. Grimard set up both of the goals, the first coming off the stick of Samm Peabody with 10 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first half, the second coming from Johnson with 5:10 remaining.

The Indians firmly took hold of the game in the second half as Courtney Eugin scored four minutes in on an assist from Johnson and Rileigh Carlisle added the fifth goal of the game from Peabody with 9:33 remaining. Amelia Pelletier got one goal back for the Panthers late. Turners Falls finished with a 25-10 edge in shots (including a 15-6 edge in the first half), and a 13-2 advantage in corners (including an 11-2 edge in the first).

“My seniors were so proud at the end of the game, they’ve worked so hard and they were so happy to finally beat Pioneer in a season-opening game,” Turners coach Megan Gilbert said. “I don’t think we’ve done that since I’ve been coaching here. I was happy with how they played and think the girls were pleasantly surprised with how well they played.”

Jaimee White finished with eight saves in the Indian goal. Opponent Meredith Townsley turned aside 20 shots in her first career game in a varsity goal.

Golf

Hopkins 151∕2, Frontier 81∕2 — Austin Brighenti shot a 41 and took four points at No. 2 to lead Hopkins Academy to a 151∕2-81∕2 win over Frontier in an independent golf match Wednesday at Hickory Ridge Golf Club in Amherst.

Caleb Farnham tied Brighenti for low medalist for Hopkins with a 41. Farnham, playing at No. 4, took three points. Andrew Omer shot a 44 and took 11∕2 points, while Joe Yusko shot a 42 and also took 11∕2.

Nate Patterson, Cam Blair and Ben Ruddock each shot a 42 for Frontier. Rudduck and Patterson each took 21∕2 points while Blair took one.

Greenfield 17, Mohawk 7 — Riley Phelps fired a 50 and took 31∕2 points Wednesday as Greenfield topped Mohawk, 17-7, in a Bi-County North Division golf match at the Country Club of Greenfield.

Ben Westerman, at No. 3, carded a 51 and swept four points for the Green Wave, while Tyler Boissonneault, at No. 5, shot a 51 and took four points. Christian Laplante notched a 52 and took 31∕2 points at No. 4.

Aaron Nelson was the match medalist for Mohawk with a 47 at No. 2, sweeping four points in the process. Rowan Jones shot a 54 at No. 1 for the Warriors.

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