Panthers sweep Take over top spot in Bi-County North

  • Pioneer - James Elliott, senior, No. 1 player, state D3 runner-up. Mike Phillips.

    Pioneer - James Elliott, senior, No. 1 player, state D3 runner-up. Mike Phillips.

  • Pioneer - Brad Hastings

    Pioneer - Brad Hastings

  • Pioneer - James Elliott, senior, No. 1 player, state D3 runner-up. Mike Phillips.
  • Pioneer - Brad Hastings

A career round from Brad Hastings helped Pioneer Valley Regional School take control of the Bi-County North Division.

Hastings fired a 1-under-par 35 and swept eight points as the Panthers swept Frontier Regional School (13-11) and Turners Falls High School (20-4) Thursday afternoon at Northfield Golf Course.

Jacob Willis also had a career day for the Panthers from the sixth spot, as he carded a 2-over 38 and took seven points. James Elliott also took seven points for Pioneer with a 40.

For The Red Hawks, Nate Patterson, Ben Ruddock and Alex Smiarowski each took three points.

Brett Sirum led the Indians with 37 and took three points.

Pioneer (6-1 overall, 6-0 North) leapfrogged Frontier (5-2, 5-1 North) to take over the division lead, while Turners (5-2, 4-2) is in third.

FC Tech 131∕2, Mohawk 101∕2 — Cody Booska continued his stellar Bi-County North play as Franklin County Technical School defeated host Mohawk Trail Regional High School 131∕2-101∕2, Thursday at Edge Hill Golf Course in Ashfield.

Booska shot a one-under 35 to medal for the Eagles and swept four points, while Trever Blake added three and Austin Felix and Shain Hardey each contributed 21∕2 for Tech.

Levin Finck took 31∕2 points for the Warriors, and Aaron Nelson added three.

Palmer 191∕2, Mahar 41∕2 — Zach Adams shot a 36 and took 31∕2 points in the opening match for Mahar Regional School Thursday at Quaboag Country Club, but Palmer High School proved to be too much for the Senators in a 191∕2-41∕2 independent win.

Jason Sloat, Matt Gazaille, Zach Handzel, and Sean Anderson all swept their matches for the Panthers.

Field hockey

Mahar 2, Amherst 1 — Mahar didn’t let an early deficit get in its way.

The Senators used a goal from Courtney White early in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie at the break and earned a 2-1 independent field hockey victory over Amherst Regional High School Thursday afternoon in Amherst.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 1-0 lead 12 minutes, 19 seconds into the game when Allison MacIntyre fired a shot under the pads of Mahar goalie Brian Rivers. Jules Brisette earned an assist on the goal.

Mahar stormed back and seized control of play, eventually breaking through to tie the score at 1-1 when Colleen Burke took a feed from Ally Parker in the circle and fired it home. The score remained tied through halftime, but two minutes into the second half White found herself in front of the Amherst net and she scored off a rebound to put Mahar (4-3-0) on top to stay.

Rivers did not register a save before giving way to Bethany Vescovi at halftime, and Vescovi came on to make one save to preserve the win. Nadia Squitero made seven saves for the Hurricanes.

Greenfield 9, FC Tech 0 — Host Greenfield High School was in control from start to finish as they dominated Franklin County Technical School 9-0 Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Field.

Alyssa Garvin had three goals and one assist, Erica Lapointe and Erica Glabach each scored two goals, with Glabach adding three assists. Danielle Townsley and Rachel Lapointe each added a goal for the Wave, and Grace Kennedy contributed two assists, and Rachel Lapointe one.

Greenfield had 26 shots to none for the Eagles, and Tech goalie Emily Sullivan gathered in 17 saves.

Girls’ volleyball

Turners Falls 3, Sabis 2 — Turners Falls came from two sets down to post a come-from-behind 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 15-13 independent girls’ volleyball win over Sabis International Charter School Thursday night in Turners Falls.

“They played well,” Turners coach Kelly Yankowski said of her team’s comeback. “They fought hard, and they played well together. They like to say that they played like a family. And that’s what won it. They worked together.”

Shelby Lewis finished with 10 kills, nine digs, six aces and two blocks for the Indians, which did have to overcome 17 service errors. Mackenzie Salls added 18 assists, nine digs, three aces and one block, and Tess Hunter registered four kills, two blocks, one ace and one dig.

Mahar 3, Mohawk 0 — Kelly Leblanc registered 14 assists on Thursday and Mahar Regional School beat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 25-10, 25-15, 25-12 in a Northern Division girls’ volleyball season-opener in Buckland.

Katherine Donelan added six kills for the Senators (5-2 overall, 1-0 North), while Caitriona Cronin recorded nine aces.

Emma Guyette finished with three blocks and one kill for the Warriors. Mackenzie Mayhew added 14 digs, and Emily Page collected three kills and two aces.

Athol 3, Greenfield 0 — Athol High School beat Greenfield High School 25-8, 25-18, 25-12 at Nichols Gymnasium Thursday night in Greenfield.

For Athol, Krystal Campbell had four assists and seven digs, and Tatiana Carrasquillo served 100 percent.

For Greenfield, Emily Franklin had five digs, and Alex Ortega four digs.

South Hadley 3 Pioneer 1 — South Hadley High School defeated Pioneer Valley Regional School 25-16, 25-16, 21-25, 25-23 at Messer Gymnasium Thursday night in Northfield.

Erin Bertrand had seven assists and two kills, Molly Miller added four assists and five digs, and Emily Malsch contributed five blocks and four kills for the Panthers.

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