Hawks tournament bound
Fro 17 Cassidy ciesluk scores
Fro 1 Courtney Newsome makes a hit as 5 Emily Woodward looks on
Fro 2 Remi Quesnelle and 7 Sarah Conlisk up for a block
Frontier's Cassidy Ciesluk (17) is a tower of power at the net for the tourney-tested Red Hawks.
Fro 5 Emily Woodward tip
Fro 5 Emily Woodward 7 Sarah conlisk
Frontier Regional School officially punched its ticket to the postseason by downing Lee High School, 25-13, 25-13, 16-25, 25-6, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Wednesday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
“We played a lot better (tonight),” said Red Hawks head coach Sean MacDonald. “We cleaned up some stuff. We had been making lots of hitting errors that were just uncharacteristic.”
Sarah Woodward led a balanced offensive attack for Frontier (10-1) with 11 kills and seven digs.
Cassidy Ciesluk recorded nine kills, Remi Quesnelle added seven and Sarah Conlisk contributed six, while Emily Woodward dished out 34 assists.
“We looked a lot better running our offense,” said MacDonald “The tempo is starting to speed up a little bit and we’re spreading the production around.”
Frontier travels to Hingham to face tough independent foe Notre Dame Academy Friday afternoon at 5.
Turners 3, Smith Voke 0 — Turners Falls High School became the first area volleyball team to earn a postseason berth Wednesday afternoon with its 25-9, 25-13, 25-19 verdict over Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School in an independent match in Northampton.
Jess Loynd led the Indians (10-2 overall) with 10 aces and 11 assists. Ashleigh Lovett collected six kills and a pair of aces, while Brittany Miller contributed six aces and one kill.
Turners heads over to Greenfield High School tonight for a 7 o’clock match.
Commerce 3, FC Tech 0 — High School of Commerce maintained its lead in the Metro Division as it cruised to a 25-10, 26-24, 25-18 win over Franklin County Technical School in girls’ volleyball play on Wednesday in Springfield.
Gabby Roy totaled three kills, two blocks and four digs for the Eagles, while Megan Duga had three aces, three assists, one dig. Nicole Miller pitched in with four aces and one kill, and Katie Newell had three assists and one dig.
Franklin Tech travels to Pioneer Valley Regional School Saturday.
Mohawk 3, Dean Tech 0 — Nelly O’Connell registered 10 assists to help Mohawk Trail Regional High School beat Dean Technical High School, 25-11, 29-27, 25-13, in an independent girls’ volleyball match Wednesday in Holyoke.
Angel Donovan had four kills and three aces, Jessica Dawicki added three kills and four aces, Bobbie Jo Tuthill collected six aces and Haley Lowell chipped in five aces for the Warriors (2-7), who battled back from losing five points in the second set due to a scorekeeping error.
Mohawk hosts unbeaten Athol High School today at 5 p.m. in a Northern Division match.
Granby 2, Athol 0 — Granby High School qualified for the WMass Tournament by shutting out Athol, 2-0, in a Pioneer North Division girls’ soccer match Wednesday night at O’Brien Field in Athol.
Erin Mikalchus opened the scoring for the Rams (9-0-0, 3-0-0 North), scoring from Kate Desormier in the 37th minute. Desormier added the second goal, from Mikalchus, in the 71th minute.
Brittany Hauschild turned aside six shots to record the shutout in goal.
Stephanie Putnam played well in the Red Raider net with 13 saves.
Athol (5-4-0, 0-4-0) hosts Sabis International Charter School Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Easthampton 3, Mohawk 0 — Alyssa Fugiel made 11 saves to lead Easthampton High School to a 3-0 independent girls’ soccer victory over Mohawk Wednesday in Buckland.
Maddi Grabowski and Brenna Mottor both finished with a goal and an assist for the Eagles (6-0-1), while Gabby Downer added the other marker.
Sally Slowinski did her best to keep the Warriors in it, stopping 16 shots.
Mohawk (1-9-1 overall) travels to Turners Falls on Friday at 3:30.
Sabis 4, Frontier 0 — Sabis International Charter School scored three second-half goals to pull away from Frontier Regional School, 4-0, in an independent girls’ soccer match Wednesday in Springfield.
Lindsay Ferreira scored the only goal in the opening 40 minutes, then added an early second-half tally to make it 2-0. Rachel Browne —who assisted on both goals — scored twice late to put it away.
Jilliam Jacques made nine saves to earn the shutout.
Camilla Baronas rejected 10 shots in goal for the Red Hawks (4-4-1), who travel to South Hadley High School on Friday at 4 p.m.
Frontier 6, Athol 0 — Rose Moscaritolo notched a hat trick to lead Frontier to a 6-0 PVIAC North field hockey victory over Athol Wednesday night in South Deerfield.
Eighth-grader McKenzie Patterson finished with a goal and two assists, McKayla Poissant collected a goal and an assist, and eighth-grader Tierney Roche also scored for the North-leading Red Hawks (7-1-1, 5-0-0). Taryn Marquis also pitched in with an assist.
Gwen Thayer kicked out the only shot she faced to record the shutout in goal.
Alicia Lachance made 13 saves for the Red Raiders.
Frontier goes to Minnechaug Regional High School Friday at 3:30.
Southwick 3, Pioneer 0 — Southwick-Tolland Regional High School remained unbeaten in the PVIAC West Division with a 3-0 win over Pioneer Wednesday in Northfield.
Sydney Rogers scored with 23 seconds left in the first half to break a scoreless tie. Rogers and Kate Corey added second-half tallies for the Rams (7-1-1, 6-0-0 West), and Sarah Bodzinski registered the shutout by making eight saves.
Meredith Townsley stopped a dozen shots for the Panthers.
Pioneer (3-6-0, 2-5-0) goes right back to work today when it hosts Holyoke High School at 4 p.m.
Pioneer 141∕2, Monson 91∕2 — James Elliott was match medalist with a 36 and swept four points to lead Pioneer over Monson High School, 141∕2-91∕2, in an independent golf match Wednesday afternoon at Quaboag Country Club in Monson.
Blake Kimball also took four points, Eric Pratt (41) added three points and Nick Stennes chipped in with 21∕2 for the Panthers (11-1-0).
Robert Scibelli (39) and Hunter Hughes (40) each took 31∕2 points for the Mustangs (7-4-1).
Pioneer hosts Mohawk today at 3.