Senators survive Golden Hawks

  • Mahar's Jordan Desrosiers (3) puts in a breakaway layup against Hopkins in the first quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Above, Hopkins’ Andrew Ciaglo, center, fights for a loose ball against Mahar’s Deven Patch, left, and Charlie Barnes in the first quarter Thursday night in Orange. The teams battled throughout but Mahar held on for a 63-59 victory. Below, Mahar’s Jake Carron puts up a shot en route to his team-high 12 points in the win. Staff Photos/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Jacob Carron (22), center, vies for a loose ball between Hopkins' Josiah Beck (12), left, and Braeden Tudryn (33) in the second quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Charlie Barnes (5) lifts off for a layup against Hopkins in the first quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Charlie Barnes (5) fights for possession against Hopkins' Johnny Wilson (21) in the second quarter Thursday night in Orange. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Jordan Desrosiers (3) takes a shot against Hopkins in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Zack Notre (33) puts in a layup past Hopkins' Addison Phifer (21) in the second quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Charlie Barnes (5) drives down the court between Nate Waldon (11), left, and Braeden Tudryn (33) in the second quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Charlie Barnes (5) goes up for an uncontested layup against Hopkins in the third quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Mahar's Jacob Carron (22) takes a shot over Hopkins Defender Nate Waldon (11) in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Orange, Jan. 10, 2019. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Owen Morse, right, of Smith Academy, shoots against Smith Academy defenders Daniel Cavanaugh, left, and Colin Ferrara, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019 at Smith Academy.

  • Frontier’s Peter Carey dunks against Smith Academy, Thursday, in Hatfield where the Red Hawks cruised. staff photo/jerrey roberts

  • Peter Carey, of Frontier Regional, dunks against Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019 at Smith Academy.

  • Owen Morse, right, of Frontier Regional, shoots on a breakaway against Smith Academy, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019 at Smith Academy. Brett Gratz, left, and Alex Sharp look on.

Staff Writers
Published: 1/10/2019 11:01:09 PM

Nothing has come easy for Mahar Regional School this season.

Despite picking up their sixth win in nine games on Thursday night, the Senators continued to give head coach Chad Softic headaches as they edged Hopkins Academy, 63-59, in a Hampshire League South Division boys basketball game at Grzesik-Bixby Gymnasium in Orange.

“We just can’t stand prosperity,” Softic said after the win. “We play good basketball and then we get into these ruts where it’s just turnover city and it gets us in trouble.”

While he would like his team to play more consistently, he is proud of his players for battling to a 6-3 record.

“We’ve been in every game and we’re battling and trying to get better, but it’s just part of the process,” he said. “When we’re playing well, we are a pretty good team.”

The Senators led 13-11 after the first quarter but Hopkins (5-5) battled back to go into halftime tied at 29-29. Mahar regained the lead (46-42) but the end of the third quarter, but the Golden Hawks hung around right up until the end.

“It certainly wasn’t our prettiest win,” Softic said. “The turnovers are so frustrating. … If we clean up our decision-making, I think we can be a decent team.”

Jake Carron had a big night in the win, scoring 12 points to go with 11 rebounds. Six of his points came on three of the Senators’ final five possessions to put the game away.

Charlie Barnes continued to fill up the stat sheet for Mahar with 11 points, eight steals, seven assists and three rebounds. Jordan Desrosiers added 10 points, and Deven Patch had 12 points.

Caleb Graves led Hopkins with 19 points, and Justin Ciaglo added 13.

Greenfield 64, Athol 44 — Julius Brewington scored 18 of his season-high 19 points in the second half, helping visiting Greenfield roll past Athol, 64-44, in a Hampshire League North boys basketball game Thursday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Greenfield (6-2, 2-1) trailed 8-2 early but closed the first quarter on a 9-0 run and outscored the Red Raiders by a 20-13 margin in the second, staking itself to a 31-21 halftime lead.

“It got away from us a little bit,” admitted Athol coach Dan Bevis. “We’re struggling on offense right now and it’s affecting all areas of our game.”

Brewington scored 10 points in the third quarter to help Greenfield open up the lead. Owen Phelps and Hunter Campbell joined Brewington in double figures with 14 points apiece. Mason Meadows and Danny Vega added 5 points apiece.

Mark Ferrari led Athol (2-7, 0-4) with 11 points, leading three players in double figures as both Bryce King and Riley Paine totaled 10 points.

Athol heads to play an independent game Saturday at Lee (1:30 p.m.) while Greenfield hosts Smith Academy, Monday.

Frontier 72, Smith Academy 33 — Smith Academy led Frontier by a point after the first quarter, but that lead quickly evaporated, and the Red Hawks went on to outscore the Falcons 47-14 over the next two quarters, dropping them, 72-33, in a HL North Division boys hoop game Thursday in Hatfield.

The offensive explosion was triggered after a minor altercation on the court between the two teams.

“The guys really started moving the ball well on offense, which made their zone shift. It turned our shooting attempts from good shots to great shots,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. “Defensively, we closed out on the perimeter well all night.”

The Red Hawks (7-1) broke the 70-point mark for the third time this season, while holding their opponent to 33 points or less for the fourth time on the year. 

Frontier’s big night came despite leading scorer Carsten Carey having a quiet night with just 9 points, and brother Peter Carey netting only 6. Owen Morse had a nice game for the Hawks, pouring in a season-high 21 points, and Alex Sharp tossed in a season-high 14.

Brett Gratz led Smith Academy (3-6) with 14 points, and Jack Zygmont added 7.

Turners 64, Belchertown 54 — Chace Novak scored a season-high 27 points to lead Turners Falls to its third straight win with a 64-54 victory over Belchertown, Thursday in Turners.

Turners (5-5) got back to the .500 mark on the season with the victory after a 2-5 start. 

The Thunder jumped out to a 21-10 lead after the first quarter and held the lead the rest of the way, although the Orioles (2-6) did hang around.

“We just couldn't put them away,” Turners assistant coach Jay Liimatainen said. “It was a good start for us. We shot the ball really well in the first quarter and came at them pretty hard defensively. But they hung around at 10-12 points down for most of the night and cut it to six in the fourth to give us a little scare.”

Novak hit six 3-pointers en route to his big night. The sophomore sharpshooter is now averaging 16.3 points per game on the season.

“He is shooting the ball with confidence,” Liimatainen said.

Anthony Peterson registered a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, and Tyler Lavin added 13 points.

Jordan Lanoue led Belchertown with 17 points, and Corey Lanoue added 15.

FC Tech 67, Smith Voke 52 — Franklin County Technical School ended the game the way it started as it outscored host Smith Vocational 28-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 67-52 victory, Thursday night in Northampton.

The Eagles (6-3) got off to a hot start and led by 14 points after the first quarter only to have the Vikings roar back in the middle two frames and tie the game by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth, Franklin Tech reignited both its offensive and defensive game that helped establish the big lead early. The Eagles outscored the Vikings by 15 points in the frame to cruise to the victory.

“We started and ended the game in very similar manner,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said. “We picked up the defensive pressure again in the fourth and we got a lot of offense from our defense.”

Marcus Sanders had another huge game for the Eagles with a season-high 23 points to go with five assists and two steals.

“Marcus had a big game for us on both ends of the court,” Artus said. “Defensively, he was creating a lot of havoc.”

Jared Bergmann netted 12 points to go with three rebounds and two assists, while Bailey Young hit three 3-pointers en route to 11 points. Garret Cole had a big night for the Eagles with 9 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

Colin Earle led Smith Voke with 20 points.

Four Rivers 53, White Oak 52 — Jonah Goldstein poured in 17 points, including the game-winning free throw with seven seconds remaining, to lift Four Rivers Charter School to a 53-52 nail-biter over Westfield’s White Oak School in a River Valley Athletic League boys basketball game Thursday at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.

Sully Schnoor added 16 points for the Otters (2-3, 2-2), teaming with Goldstein for a big day from the team’s back court.

Girls basketball

FC Tech 42, Sci-Tech 35 — Jordan Hurlbert’s big offensive night propelled Franklin Tech to an impressive road victory Thursday night.

The visiting Eagles built an eight-point halftime lead and picked up a 42-35 Tri-County League victory over Sci-Tech in Springfield.

“I’m proud of the team’s play and effort tonight,” lauded Tech coach Sean Knightly.

Hurlbert scored a game-high 18 points for Franklin Tech (4-5, 2-1), which led 21-13 at halftime. Isabelle Duga joined her in double figures with 13 points, while Gemma Cruz tossed in 7.

Sci-Tech’s Montana Curtis was her team’s lone double-digit scorer, finishing with 14 points.

The Eagles host Westfield Tech Tuesday night.

Mahar 63, Hopkins 59

Hopkins (59)

Waldon 2-0—4, Beck 2-0—6, Ciaglo 4-3—13, Graves 6-5—19, Tudryn 1-5—8, Antes 2-0—4. Totals 19-14--59.

Mahar (63)

Desrosiers 4-1—10, Barnes 5-1—11, Chabot 2-0—4, Lyesiuk 1-1—4, Patch 6-0—12, Notre 1-1—3, Gonzalez 3-1—7, Carron 6-0—12, Watson, Tenney. Totals: 28-5--63.

3-Point Goals: (H) Beck 2, Ciaglo 2, Graves 2, Tudryn. (M) Desrosiers, Lyesiuk.

Score by quarters:













Greenfield 64, Athol 44

Greenfield (64)

Vega 1-2—5, Phelps 5-3—14, Sak 0-2—2, Meadows 2-1—5, Campbell 2-9—14, Cote 1-0—2, Hart 1-0—2, Brewington 7-5—19, Baird 0-1—1, Haselton, Avery, Cardenales. Totals 19-23--64.

Athol (44)

King 2-5—10, Edwards 1-0—2, Paine 3-2—10, Bousquet 2-0—4, Tarbell 1-1—3, Ferrari 4-2—11, Heath 2-0—4, Lutz, Pottinger, Stevens, LaMarsh. Totals: 15-10--44.

3-Point Goals: (G) Vega, Phelps, Campbell. (A) King, Paine 2, Ferrari.

Score by quarters:













Frontier 72, Smith Acad 33

Frontier (72)

Sharp 6-0—14, Evans 1-1—3, Felton-Emrick 2-0—5, Gochinski 1-0—2, Robinson 1-0—3, P. Carey 2-2—6, Morse 8-2—21, Jones-Thomson 2-0—4, Boudreau 1-1—3, C. Carey 3-3—9, Nuerminger 1-0—2, Barrington. Totals 28-9--72.

Smith Academy (33)

Gratz 4-2—14, Zygmont 3-0—7, Cavanaugh 2-0—6, Bartlett 1-1—3, Woodward 1-1—3. Totals: 11-4--33.

3-Point Goals: (F) Sharp 2, Felton-Emrick, Robinson, Morse 3. (SA) Gratz 4. Zygmont, Cavanaugh 2.

Score by quarters:







Smith Academy






Turners 64, Belchertown 54

Belchertown (54)

Z. Wright 2-0—4, Schiffer 1-0—2, Lawless 4-3—12, N. Wright 1-0—2, C. Lanoue 6-2—15, J. Lanoue 8-1—17, Raines 1-0—2. Totals 23-6--54.

Turners (64)

Lavin 6-0—13, Novak 10-1—27, Russell 1-0—2, Peterson 6-3—15, Kucenski 3-0—6, Whiting 0-1—1, Campbell, K. Dodge, Politis. Totals: 26-5--64.

3-Point Goals: (B) Lawless, C. Lanoue. (TF) Novak 6, Lavin.

Score by quarters:













FC Tech 67, Smith Voke 52

FC Tech (67)

Sanders 9-1—23, Bergmann 5-1—12, Vielmetti-Perusse 1-0—2, Maniatty 2-1—5, Young 4-0—11, Cole 3-3—9, Charest 2-1—5, J. Littlewood, C. Littlewood, LaClaire. Totals 26-7--67.

Smith Voke (52)

Cordova 2-3—8, Top 2-0—6, Venne 1-2—4, Rivera 1-0—2, Pierce 3-0—6, Earle 5-6—20, Zink 1-0—2, Adorno 2-0—4. Totals: 17-11--52.

3-Point Goals: (FT) Sanders 4, Bergmann, Young 3. (SV) Cordova, Top 2, Earle 4.

Score by quarters:

FC Tech






Smith Voke







FC Tech 42, Sci-Tech 35

FC Tech (42)

Hurlbert 8-2—18, Cruz 3-1—7, Crowningshield 1-0—2, Duga 6-1—13, Doane 0-2—2, Kucenski, Jobst. Totals 18-6--42.

Sci-Tech (35)

Lopez 2-0—4, Farrell 2-2—6, Brown 2-0—5, Curtis 6-1—14, Verdez 1-0—2, Sanchez 2-0—4. Totals: 15-3--35.

3-Point Goals: (FT) none. (ST) Brown, Curtis.

Score by quarters:

FC Tech













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