School Roundup: Turners Falls honors senior swimmers

  • Seniors Allison Wheeler and Cameron Bradley of the Turners Falls swimming team on senior day, after a meet against Palmer High School, Tuesday in Turners Falls.  STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer
Published: 1/21/2020 10:26:15 PM

The Turners Falls boys and girls swimming teams honored their two seniors at Tuesday’s meet against Palmer High School. 

Allison Wheeler first got in the pool at Turners Falls as a three-year-old and joined the varsity team as a seventh-grader. It’s also her third year as a captain for the Thunder.

Both teams dealt with low numbers this season. The Turners Falls girls team lost to the Panthers, 51-40, on Tuesday. Going into the final relay, the Thunder trailed by two points but did not have swimmers remaining for the final event. 

“I would like to see the program grow in the future,” Wheeler said. “We used to have a lot more swimmers. Swimming is a really great experience. It’s one of those sports where everybody is so tight as a team because you spend do much time together. You don’t see that in other sports. I would like to see more people get involved.”

Olivia Whittier picked up victories for the Thunder in the 50-yard freestyle (28.40) and the 100 breaststroke (1:17.62).

“I did pretty well,” Whittier said. “I got around the times I usually get, within one or two seconds.”

Whittier is setting her sights on state competition in the breaststroke. 

“I am really close,” Whittier said. “By the end of the season or Western Mass. I want to qualify for states.”

Jade Tyler swam her way to wins in the 100 butterfly (1:10:17) and the 100 backstroke (1:12.57). Tyler has already qualified for Western Mass. in the 100 fly and 200 IM.

“I am holding myself to a higher standard,” Tyler said. “I want to make states in the fly.”

Wheeler placed second in the 100 backstroke (1:22.07) and the 100 freestyle (1:09.13) for the Thunder.

Wheeler, Whittier, Tyler and Hannah Dziedzic took first against the Panthers in the 200-medley relay (2:21.78).

The Thunder also won the 200 freestyle relay with Hannah Marchefka, Whittier, Tyler and Gracie Rosenburg finishing in 2:10.23. 

The boys, with only two swimmers, lost to Palmer, 62-6. Senior Cameron Bradley picked up the lone win of the meet in the 100 fly. Bradley is qualified for the Western Mass. meet in the event.

“With the competition there I am hoping to make it to states,” Bradley said. “I was close last year. My time time at Turners has been great.”

Bradley credited coach Colin Machat with his progression as a swimmer.

“He’s the best coach I have ever had,” Bradley said. “He’s really been able to allow me to reach my full potential as a swimmer. It’s been a great four years here.”

The leadership of both senior swimmers will be missed, according to the team’s coach.

“I am not sure what I will do without them next year,” Machat said.

Boys Basketball

Frontier 45, Hopkins 43 — An offensive rebound and put back by Collin Boudreau with only seconds remaining propelled the Red Hawks to a razor-thin 45-43 independent victory in Hadley on Tuesday.

A last second shot by the Golden Hawks missed the mark.

Brett Robinson scored a career-high 18 points on four 3-pointers. Robinson scored 13 points in the third quarter alone.

“Brett Robinson put the team on his back in the second half and really willed us to victory,” Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky said. “He was under control and balanced.” 

Boudreau scored nine points for the Red Hawks.

Girls Basketball

FC Tech 56, Renaissance 22 — A strong second half and a season-high 19 points from Isabelle Duga helped the Eagles cruise past the Phoenix in Springfield in a Tri-County League North matchup on Tuesday. 

“We didn’t cash in a lot of opportunities in the first half,” Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache said. “In the second half we finished a lot better and really executed everything.”  

The Eagles outscored the Phoenix 19-2 in the third quarter, using their press to great advantage. Duga led the Eagles with six steals and scored most of her points on breakaways. 

Jocelyn Crowningshield scored 14 points, with Gemanaia Cruz adding another 10. Cruz just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. 

Emily Ryan cleaned up on the glass for the Eagles, collecting 13 rebounds.

Mahar 60, Putnam 49 — Delaney Parker scored a career-high 21 points for the Senators in an independent road win over the Beavers.

Parker used her speed to dribble through Putnam’s press and get to the rim for easy baskets. 

Micalyn Mailloux scored 15 points with eight steals. 

The Senators held off a run by the Beavers late in the fourth quarter, going 11-for-14 from the free throw line. 

Saylor Kegans scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Senators.


For the third PVIAC ski race in a row, Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis earned a first place finish.

The junior soared down the mountain Tuesday at Berkshire East, finishing with a time of 34.06 seconds at PVIAC Meet No. 4.

Frontier’s Coriann Delaney took third place overall with a top run of 35.41 seconds, with teammates Emily Roberts (31st) and Cali Price (36th) also placing in the top 40.

Mohawk’s Emmy Sisum earned a 15th-place finish win a run of 41.86. Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner placed 28th, followed by teammates Amelie Rowehl (35th) and Myah Grant (45th). 

In the boys race, the top Franklin County finisher was Ben Martino of Frontier in 18th place (26.27).

Teammates Ben Makosiej and Alex Schreiber were 25th and 48th, respectively.

Mohawk’s Michael Harrison placed 28th for the Warriors.

Also for Mohawk was Weston Den Ouden in 33rd, Phineas Tuttman in 35th, Travis Russel in 42nd and Gage Patenaude in 45th.

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