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Athol spikes Mahar, 3-1

  • Amherst 9/25/13. Mohawk's #15 Tasha Bunker, comes charging into stop Amherst #1 Kayla Tobin from advacing the ball up the field in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Amherst 9/25/13. Mohawk's #15 Tasha Bunker, comes charging into stop Amherst #1 Kayla Tobin from advacing the ball up the field in the 2nd half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Amherst 9/25/13. Mohawk's keeper #1 Sally Slowinski, makes save off a point blank goal shot from Amherst #11 Sophie Marciano in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts

    Amherst 9/25/13. Mohawk's keeper #1 Sally Slowinski, makes save off a point blank goal shot from Amherst #11 Sophie Marciano in the 2nd half.
    photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Athol #8 senior Tessa Neverett (Mike Phillips)

    Athol #8 senior Tessa Neverett (Mike Phillips)

  • Athol #8 senior Tessa Neverett (Mike Phillips)

    Athol #8 senior Tessa Neverett (Mike Phillips)

  • Athol #4 Annie Maclean Capt.

    Athol #4 Annie Maclean Capt.

  • #27 Caitriona Cronin

    #27 Caitriona Cronin

  • #10 Mahar senior Jess Lloyd (Mike Phillips)

    #10 Mahar senior Jess Lloyd (Mike Phillips)

  • Amherst 9/25/13. Mohawk's #15 Tasha Bunker, comes charging into stop Amherst #1 Kayla Tobin from advacing the ball up the field in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Amherst 9/25/13. Mohawk's keeper #1 Sally Slowinski, makes save off a point blank goal shot from Amherst #11 Sophie Marciano in the 2nd half.<br/>photo by J. Anthony Roberts
  • Athol #8 senior Tessa Neverett (Mike Phillips)
  • Athol #8 senior Tessa Neverett (Mike Phillips)
  • Athol #4 Annie Maclean Capt.
  • #27 Caitriona Cronin
  • #10 Mahar senior Jess Lloyd (Mike Phillips)

Athol High School dropped the third set but otherwise won most of the key points late to defeat longtime rival Mahar Regional School, 25-22, 25-19, 21-25, 25-17, in a PVIAC Northern Division girls’ volleyball match Wednesday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Julia Salmond and Tessa Neverett dominated at the net for the Red Raiders (8-0 overall, 3-0 North), finishing with 12 and 10 kills respectively. Both players benefited from the solid effort of Lexi Hamlett, who dished out 36 assists. Neverett also chipped in 28 digs and Annie MacLean had 19 digs and 100 percent serving.

Caitriona Cronin had another stellar match for the Senators (5-4, 1-1 North), recording 22 digs. Kelly LeBlanc contributed 15 assists and three aces, while Erin Robinson totaled eight kills.

“We had our share of mistakes, they had they share of mistakes, and it kept going back and forth,” said Athol head coach Bernie Merron, “but in the end we were the stronger team with our hitting. I was pretty pleased with the result.”

Athol doesn’t return to the court until Tuesday, when it travels to Pioneer Valley Regional School at 5 p.m.

Mahar hosts Turners Falls High School Friday night at 7.

Turners 3, Pioneer 0 — Brittany Miller registered 10 aces to lead Turners Falls to a 25-9, 25-13, 25-19 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School in North Division girls’ volleyball action Wednesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

Shelby Lewis added six kills and three aces for the Indians (7-2, 1-1 North) while Ashleigh Lovett totaled three aces and two kills.

Savannah Sojka collected five kills and two digs, Molly Miller finished with four aces and three digs, and Emily Malsch had four kills for the Panthers (0-7, 0-2), who travel to independent foe Belchertown High School today at 5 p.m.

Greenfield 3, Mohawk 0 — Manisha Malik totaled six kills, five digs and three aces as Greenfield High School downed Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 25-8, 25-17, 25-21, in a North girls’ volleyball match Wednesday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Leah Wallner collected five aces, five kills and one block, and Ashley Lowell added six kills and one ace for the Green Wave, which scored 13 straight points to win Game 3.

Bobbie Joe Tuthill led the Warriors with 15 digs and one kill, Emma Guyette had two blocks and two kills, and Emily Page had two kills and two aces.

Greenfield (3-4, 2-1 North) hosts Smith Vocational High School on Friday at 4 p.m.

Renaissance 3, FC Tech 0 — Renaissance School won its Metro Division opener against Franklin County Technical School, 25-19, 25-10, 25-20, in a girls’ volleyball match Wednesday in Springfield.

Nicole Miller led the Eagles (1-8, 0-2 Metro) with six digs, one kill and 100 percent serving, Heather Johnson added five digs and Gabby Roy contributed three kills.

Franklin Tech hosts Dean Technical High School on Friday vat 6 p.m.

Boys’ soccer

Hopkins 6, Mohawk 0 — Paul Delamy recorder a natural hat trick during a 21-minute span of the first half and Hopkins Academy cruised to a 6-0 win over Mohawk in independent boys’ soccer play Wednesday in Buckland.

Delamy scored in the fifth, 14th and 26th minutes as the Golden Hawks built a 5-0 halftime lead.

Evan Delaney, Ethan Sanderson and Patrick Knightly also scored for Hopkins, and Ben Pitta made two saves for the shutout.

Josh Talyor made 12 saves, including his second stop of a penalty kick in as many days, for the Warriors.

Mohawk hosts Gateway Regional High School on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Monty Tech 6, FC Tech 2 — Montachusett Vocational-Technical High School scored three times in each half to beat Franklin County Technical School, 6-2, in an independent boys’ soccer match play Wednesday in Fitchburg.

Nick Saladino led the Eagles with a goal and an assist, and Kyle Gray scored the other goal.

Joey Barcomb made six saves in goal.

Franklin Tech hosts High School of Commerce on Friday.

Dublin (N.H.) 4, Four Rivers 3 — Unbeaten Dublin School scored three times in the first 20 minutes and held off Four Rivers Charter School, 4-3, in a River Valley Athletic League girls’ soccer match Wednesday at Greenfield Community College.

Jack Conant notched a pair of goals to cut the lead to 3-2 before Dublin tallied an insurance marker with nine minutes left. Ben Michel used an assist from Jack Conant late to score the final Four Rivers goal. Alex Stenson played well on defense for the Otters.

Four Rivers (3-1-0) travels to Hardwick on Tuesday to face Eagle Hill School at 3:30 p.m.

Girls’ soccer

Amherst 5, Mohawk 1 — Hannah Viederman registered a hat trick to power Amherst Reginal High School to a 5-1 independent girls’ soccer win over Mohawk Wednesday night in Amherst.

Sage Decharia added the other two goals and Sabrina Ribiero had two assists for the Hurricanes, who led 2-0 at the half.

Hope Lively scored the only goal and Sally Slowinski made 13 saves in net for the Warriors.

Putney (Vt.) 4, Four Rivers 2 — Putney (Vt.) School scored three goals in the final 16 minutes to beat Four Rivers Charter School, 4-2, in River Valley Athletic League girls’ soccer action Wednesday in Greenfield.

Asia Littell scored the Otters’ first-half goal, assisted by Sophie Garbus, then Helen Perham put Four Rivers in front with an unassisted tally in the 47th minute before Putney rallied for the win.

Four Rivers (1-2-0) hosts Dublin (N.H.) School on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Golf

Greenfield 18, FC Tech 6 — Ben Westerman, Tyler Boissonneault and Griffin Rogoza all swept four points as Greenfield downed Franklin County Tech, 18-6, in a PVIAC Northern Division golf match Wednesday at the Country Club of Greenfield.

Westerman was the Green Wave’as medalist with a 44.

The Eagles’ Cody Booska was match medalist with an even-par 36 and took four points.

Turners 161∕2, Westfield V-T 71∕2 — Brett Sirum fired a 36 and took four points to help Turners Falls beat Westfield Vocational-Technical High School, 161∕2-71∕2, in independent golf play Wednesday at Thomas Memorial Golf & Country Club in Turners Falls.

Ryan Lenois (39) and Alex Fitzpatrick (41) also swept four points for the Indians (7-2 overall).

John Dion took four points for the Tigers.

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