Raiders edge Wave, 2-1
GREENFIELD (October 14, 2013) Greenfield High School vs. Athol at Greenfield. Photo by Beth Reynolds
Hickory Ridge 10/14/13. Turners #2 player Ryan Lenois, hits the ball out of the 1st hole bunker at Hickory Ridge.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
GREENFIELD (October 14, 2013) Greenfield High School vs. Athol at Greenfield. GHS Goalie makes a save by deflecting the ball. Photo by Beth Reynolds
Athol High School scored just before halftime to break a 1-1 tie, then hung on to beat Greenfield High School, 2-1, in an independent boys’ soccer contest Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The Green Wave actually struck for the first goal, as Vlad Popusoi booted home a pass from Vova Cobileanschi in the fourth minute.
The Red Raiders battle back to tie in the 13th minute on a goal from Tyler Lajoie, assisted by Alex Page. Then, with just over a minute left in the half, Bradley Bousquet took a feed from Zach Dodge and scored the go-ahead marker for Athol.
Raider keeper Jamie Posk aided the win by making nine saves. Greenfield’s Oleg Cobileanschi also turned aside nine shots.
Both teams still control their own postseason destiny — in different ways.
The Red Raiders (7-5-2 overall) greatly improved their position, needing only four points in their final four games to qualify for the Western Massachusetts Division III Tournament (formerly Division II). Athol can also qualify if it finishes in at least a tie for second in the Schmid Division, where it currently sits third. It and can improve their playoff chances even more if it can beat second-place Sabis International Charter School on Thursday in Springfield.
Greenfield’s postseason prospects remained unchanged in spite of its 3-7-3 record. It sits in second place in the McGrath North Division with six points, while third-place Mahar has played one more game and only has five points. If Greenfield earns five points in its final four league games, it will clinch at least a tie for second in the North and a berth in the Division IV Tournament (formerly Division III). If Mahar loses or ties any of its next three league matches, Greenfield’s chances improve that much more.
Greenfield faces North-leading Pioneer Valley Regional School on Wednesday in Northfield. The Green Wave dealt Pioneer its only division loss, 2-0, back on Sept. 10.
Hopkins 121∕2, Turners 111∕2 — Turners Falls High School took its best shot at unbeaten Hopkins Academy Monday, but the Golden Hawks were able to get sweeps in two of the final three matches and earn a 121∕2-111∕2 independent victory over the Indians in golf action at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst.
Turners jumped out to an early 71∕2-1∕2 lead when Brett Sirum shot a 40 and swept four points at No. 1, and Ryan Lenois fired a low-medalist 37 and added 31∕2 points.
After Caleb Farnham got Hopkins 31/2 from the third spot and Spencer Butterfield swept his match at No. 4 to close the gap. Kyle Kucenski picked up 31∕2 points at No. 5 to give Turners a three-point lead, but Joe Yusko swept the final match to win it for the 15-0-0 Golden Hawks.
Turners dropped to 10-5-0 overall.
Athol 3, Turners 1 — Hope Parker finished with 24 assists, five digs, three aces and one kill and Athol won a very tight battle with Turners Falls to take a 25-21, 29-27, 23-25, 25-21 win in a North Division girls’ volleyball match Monday night in Turners Falls.
Julia Salmond registered nine kills, eight aces and 11 digs for the unbeaten Red Raiders (14-0), while Tessa Neverett added 13 kills, 27 digs and four aces.
Shelby Lewis recorded 10 kills, seven aces and six digs for the Indians (11-5), and Mackenzie Salls chipped in 18 assists, three kills, five aces and three digs. Danielle Conant chipped in 16 digs and one ace, and Sam Currier registered 18 digs, seven kills and one ace.
Frontier in holiday tourney
Frontier Regional School finished in the top half of the 24-team VolleyHall Classic volleyball tournament Monday at Springfield College.
Frontier went 4-2 in morning pool play, which included a 25-19, 27-26 loss to eventual champion and perennial Massachusetts Division I state champion Barnstable High School (each match had a 27-point cap).
The Red Hawks then went 2-4 in the afternoon pool to advance to the Silver Bracket, where they lost in the quarterfinals to Coventry, Conn., a smaller school that is the Nutmeg State’s version of Frontier, having won six consecutive Class S (small schools) state championships.
Barnstable defeated Coventry, R.I., in the finals.