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Red Raider girls’ make quick work of Hopkins, 3-1

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #9 senior Molly Cleveland, checks Hopkins #17 Ally Jenks off the ball in the 1st half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #9 senior Molly Cleveland, checks Hopkins #17 Ally Jenks off the ball in the 1st half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, powers the ball up the field towards the net past Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, powers the ball up the field towards the net past Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak in the 2nd half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #19 junior Emily Casella, heads the ball down field along the sidelines past Hopkins Lacey Waskiewicz in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #19 junior Emily Casella, heads the ball down field along the sidelines past Hopkins Lacey Waskiewicz in the 2nd half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, powers the ball up the field towards the net past Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, powers the ball up the field towards the net past Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak in the 2nd half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, drives the ball up the field towards the net as Hopkins #15 Jera Barrett stands in her way and Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak closes in on her in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, drives the ball up the field towards the net as Hopkins #15 Jera Barrett stands in her way and Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak closes in on her in the 2nd half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • #27 Caitriona Cronin

    #27 Caitriona Cronin

  • #27 Caitriona Cronin

    #27 Caitriona Cronin

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #9 senior Molly Cleveland, checks Hopkins #17 Ally Jenks off the ball in the 1st half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, powers the ball up the field towards the net past Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #19 junior Emily Casella, heads the ball down field along the sidelines past Hopkins Lacey Waskiewicz in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, powers the ball up the field towards the net past Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/13. Athol's #4 Liv Smith, drives the ball up the field towards the net as Hopkins #15 Jera Barrett stands in her way and Hopkins #5 Kyra Michalak closes in on her in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • #27 Caitriona Cronin
  • #27 Caitriona Cronin

With the new realignment came a tougher schedule for Athol High School this season, but the Red Raiders appear to be handling it just fine.

Athol grabbed a 1-0 lead by halftime, extended it to two early in the second period and went on to defeat Hopkins Academy, 3-1, in an independent girls’ soccer match Thursday in Hadley.

Molly Cleveland got the Red Raiders on the board in the 17th minute with an unassisted goal, then freshman Julia Carey booted home a pass from Jess Mann in the 47th minute to extend the lead to 2-0.

Ally Jenks cut the lead in half when she scored with four minutes remaining, but Olivia Smith iced it with a minute left, assisted by Cleveland.

Athol outshot Hopkins 17-12.

Steph Putnam made eight saves for the Raiders. Kate Sullivan had 13 stops for the Hawks.

Turners 6, FC Tech 1 — Jenna Putala netted a pair of goals to help Turners Falls High School defeat Franklin County Technical School, 6-1, in independent girls’ soccer action Thursday night at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

Nicole Kordana, Nicole John, Heather McKenna, Wileshka Vega all added single tallies for the Indians (1- 1-0 overall), who led 3-0 at intermission.

Brooke Meuse scored the Eagles’ only goal.

Ashley Williams rejected seven shots in the Turners goal to pick up the win.

Meuse and Ashley Lowell combined for seven saves for Franklin Tech.

Frontier 1, Holyoke Catholic 1 — Frontier Regional School and Holyoke Catholic High School each scored in the first 20 minutes and the defenses took over from there, as the teams battled to a 1-1 independent girls’ soccer draw action Thursday at Rivers Park in Chicopee.

Meghan Devine put the Red Hawks on the board in the sixth minute, converting a pass from Amanda Calvo.

The Gaels’ tied in the 19th minute on Danielle Easton’s unassisted tally.

Frontier held a 16-12 edge in shots.

Camilla Baronas stopped 11 shots in the Red Hawk goal, while Katie Klejna had 15 saves for Catholic.

Girls’ volleyball

Athol 3, Easthampton 0 — Athol picked up its second straight win in convincing fashion, as it downed Easthampton High School, 25-13, 25-8, 25-12, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Thursday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Tessa Neverett led a balanced effort for the Red Raiders with eight digs, three aces and three kills.

Annie MacLean had five aces, two kills and nine digs, Julia Salmond recorded eight kills and 100 percent serving, Krystal Campbell collected 12 digs, and Lexi Hamlett contributed three aces.

Athol (2-0) hosts South Hadley High School on Wednesday.

Turners 3, Smith Voke 0 — Jessica Loynd fired home nine aces and added three assists as Turners Falls High School defeated Smith Vocational & Agricultural School, 25-14, 25-12, 25-9, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Thursday evening in Turners Falls.

Brittany Miller collected seven aces and two digs, Nadia Hansen totaled four aces and three digs, Tess Hunter chipped in with four aces and six kills, and Jordyn Fiske had four kills and three digs for the Indians.

Turners (2-0) hosts Belchertown High School Monday.

Sabis 3, Mahar 0 — Sabis International Charter School registered a surprising three-set sweep of Mahar Regional School, 25-22, 25-21, 25-15, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Thursday at the Grzesik-Bixby Complex in Orange.

Kelly LeBlanc finished with 13 assists, Caitriona Cronin had 13 digs, Katherine Donelan recorded six kills and four aces, and Erin Robinson had seven digs and four aces for the Senators.

“It was a completely different team than Tuesday,” said Mahar head coach Sarah Woodward. “We just didn’t have the energy, we were slow, we missed serves, and our passing was awful.”

Mahar (1-1) hosts South Hadley on Tuesday.

Chicopee 3, Mohawk 1 — Abby Roy’s posted 19 assists to lead Chicopee High School to a 25-14, 25-8, 22-25, 25-23 independent victory over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in girls’ volleyball play Thursday in Buckland.

Emma Guyette registered five kills and three blocks, Jess Dawicki had three kills and three aces, and Angel Donovan played a strong defensive game for the Warriors.

Mohawk (0-2) travels to Belchertown High School on Monday.

Golf

Smith Academy 15, Mahar 9 — Zack Vollinger and Justyn Helstowski each swept four points to help Smith Academy beat Mahar, 15-9, in Bi-County East golf action Thursday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol.
Matt Muccino and John Holhut each added a 48 and three points for the Falcons (1-0).

Zacki Adams fired an even-par 35 and swept four points for the Senators (1-1 East). Colin Mailloux added three points.

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