Otters roll to PV Invitational title

Staff Writer
Published: 5/19/2019 8:47:42 PM

It was a weekend to remember for the Four Rivers Charter School boys ultimate team.

The Otters captured arguably their most impressive tournament victory to date, besting the field at the Pioneer Valley Invitational, affectionately known as the Rally in the Valley. Four Rivers needed overtime but defeated Canada’s Ottawa Ignite, 9-8, in the championship game, Sunday at the Oxbow in Northampton.

“With the competition talent there, this was one of the nicest, if not the nicest wins we’ve ever had,” Four Rivers coach Terry Plotkin lauded.

Tied 8-8 into overtime, Four Rivers wasted little time scoring the game-winning point. Henry Zwart caught the disc right in front of the goal line and hit Sully Schnorr for the game-winner.

The lead up to the title game was impressive, indeed. In the semifinals against top-seeded Middletown (Conn.), the Otters rolled to an early lead and didn’t look back en route to a 13-5 victory. In the quarterfinals, Four Rivers’ Sovahn Crawford scored the team’s final two goals to finish off a 13-5 win over Montpelier (Vt.).

Seeded third in pool play action on Saturday, Four Rivers opened with a 10-8 win over Cape Elizabeth, the top-ranked team out of Maine. The Otters then knocked off Cumberland (Maine), 12-9, before suffering what was the team’s only loss all weekend to Westfield (N.J.), 13-6. The Otters closed with a 3-1 pool play record thanks to a 13-4 victory over Brooklyn Tech (N.Y.).

Main handler Evan Leaf had a nice tournament for Four Rivers. After he went down late in the title game after cramping up, Cedar Noonan came on in relief and helped stem the tide.

Plotkin said his team had never finished better than ninth in previous Pioneer Valley Invitationals, essentially winning the B Division. But this weekend was different, as the squad put itself in solid positioning heading into next weekend’s state tournament. That will also be held at the Oxbow, and the Otters are likely to be the No. 2 seed in the field behind top-seeded Amherst.


Bucky Bash

Nate Burdick and Jake Willis carded a round of 68, good enough for low gross honors at the Country Club of Greenfield’s Bucky Bash held over the weekend.

Jason Kelton and Pat McGuire were runners-up with a 70.

The low women’s gross was carded by the team of Ann McHugh and Ellen Bitzer (94).

Bob Betsold and Jeff Jackman won the low net title with a 64, followed by two teams at 65 in Michael Duclos Jr./John Dempsey and Mike Archer/Jamie Crocker.

The women’s low net was posted by TC Emerson and Elizabeth Archer at 76.


Deerfield results

It was a good weekend for Deerfield Academy, as the Big Green swept action throughout the slate.

The No. 1-ranked girls tennis team blanked Sacred Heart, 5-0, to advance to the semifinals of the NESPAC Class A Tournament, ultimately falling to Hotchkiss, 5-4.

The lacrosse teams swept games, with the girls team knocking off Exeter, 13-9, and the boys team beating Exeter, 12-5.

The boys tennis dropped a 4-1 decision to Brunswick in the Class A quarterfinals.

At the Division 1 track & field championship, the boys team was sixth and the girls team nabbed 10th place.

Boys and girls rowing picked up wins over Gunnery, Choate and Taft, while baseball lost to Choate (7-5) and golf lost to both Andover and Exeter.

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