Pioneer Suburban team wins

Staff Writer
Published: 2/27/2019 9:09:48 PM

Behind 25 points from Gavin Gammell, top-seeded Pioneer picked up a 47-36 win over fourth-seeded Belchertown in the first round of the Suburban League grades 5 and 6 boys basketball playoffs Tuesday night.

Kurt Redeker followed with 8 points, while Brayden Thayer tossed in 5 points in the victory for Pioneer.

Belchertown’s Ian McDonald paced his team with 7 points.

Youth hockey

FCHA splits

Matt Lavoine notched a hat trick, and Trevor Kuchieski had two goals and an assist to help Dillon Chevrolet and Gilmore & Farrell FCHA Bantam Green get past Ludlow, 6-2, in a Greater Springfield League hockey tilt Sunday at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

Hunter Smith dished out four assists in the victory, while Sam Knight scored a goal and Matt Provencal tossed in two helpers. MJ Paulin and Billy Woodall each notched an assist, and Trevor Parkinson made 20 saves in net.

In action on Saturday, Knight, Provencal and Eathon Bryant all tallied by the club dropped a 4-3 decision to Amherst at the Mullins Center Practice Rink.

Jayson Smith, Paulin, Chris Phelps and Brodie Gagne each had assists, and Parkinson turned away 23 shots.


Coaching clinic at Frontier

A youth baseball coaching clinic hosted by Frontier’s Chris Williams and Pioneer’s Jordan Branson will be held April 14 from noon until 2:30 p.m. at the Frontier Regional School gymnasium in South Deerfield.

The cost of the clinic is $10.

Coach Williams will focus on structuring practices to maximize repetitions so kids improve and perform consistently, keeping it fun, and keeping kids accountable.

Coach Branson will focus on evaluation and improvement of individual hitting, pitching, and fielding - finding strengths but also how to help kids improve technique and attitude.

For more information, contact John Heffernan at or 413-320-5816.


DA hockey advances

Eamon Doheny scored two goals, and top-seeded Deerfield Academy advanced to the NEPSAC Boys' Ice Hockey Tournament Martin/Earl (Large) Bracket semifinals with a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Avon Old Farms in the quarterfinal round Wednesday in Deerfield.

Noah de la Durantaye and Mikey Holland also tallied for the Big Green, which trailed 1-0 into the second period before rallying with four unanswered goals.

DA will play No. 4 Kent School in the semifinal round on Saturday.

• Elsewhere, No. 7 DA earned an upset victory in the NEPSAC Girls' Basketball Tournament Class A quarterfinals behind a 64-48 win over No. 2 Noble & Greenough in action Wednesday.


Mayhew Tools to sponsor pole award

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour drivers will have an extra incentive in their search of pole awards during the 2019 season.

Mayhew Tools, a Turners Falls-based company that produces tools that serve the industrial, automotive and hardware industries across the globe, will sponsor the pole award in 2019 for the Whelen Modified Tour.

Drivers will chase the top qualifying spot in 17 championship points events, but the drivers won’t be the only ones to benefit from winning a pole award. Mayhew is bringing the crew chiefs into the fray by announcing they will produce a “Big Stick” to each crew chief who turns the wrenches on a pole winning car.

The “Big Stick” is the largest pry bar that Mayhew has ever created.

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