School Roundup: Mohawk Trail’s Loomis skis to another win

  • Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis competes to a first place finish in the slalom with a time of 35.30 seconds Thursday night at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

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Published: 1/23/2020 10:44:29 PM

Taylor Loomis continues to tear up the slopes at Berkshire East this winter.

The Mohawk Trail junior earned yet another first place finish in the fifth PVIAC girls meet of the season on Thursday. She was able to race through the course in a winning time of 25.46 seconds.

Frontier’s Coriann Delaney placed second with a run of 26.11, as her stellar senior season carried forward.

Amelie Rowehl earned an 11th-place finish for the Warriors with a run of 28.76, with teammates Emily Sisum taking 16th, Lydia Sargent placing 26th, Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner earning a 29th place finish and Myah Grant finishing in 40th.

Red Hawk Cali Price placed 31st while teammate Emily Roberts came in 54th.  

On the boys side, Mohawk’s Weston Den Ouden earned a 14th place finish with a run of 35.41. Phineas Tuttman came in 25th with a time of 39.14, with teammate Michael Harrison close behind, taking 29th. 

Rosco Palmer (34th), Travis Russel (41st) and Gage Patenaude (42nd) also had top 50 finishes for Mohawk.     

Ben Martino had the top run among Frontier boys, taking 24th with a time of 38.75. Ben Makosiej was the only other Red Hawk to compete, and he was close behind in 26th with a time of 38.75 seconds.

Boys basketball

Mahar 65, Mohawk 37 — Charlie Barnes put on a show against the Warriors on Thursday, scoring 21 points, snagging five rebounds and dishing out five assists to lead the Senators to a 65-37 independent victory in Orange. 

“I was really pleased with our effort,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “Offensively we did a nice job making the extra pass to get a better shot. Charlie Barnes was all over the floor tonight and continues to play a stellar all-around game that his coach appreciates.”

The Senators (6-5) raced out to a 36-19 lead at the half before blowing the gates open in the third quarter, outscoring Mohawk 22-11 to go into the fourth quarter with a comfortable 58-30 lead. 

Jake Tenney and Noaha Chabot finished in double figures for Mahar with 10 points each. Jakob Carron chipped in with eight points and pulled down 10 rebounds. 

For Mohawk (1-10), sophomore Tyler Dubreuil dropped in 18 points, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers. Shawn Davenport added in eight points in the loss. 

Belchertown 59, Athol 57 — It was a heartbreaker for the Red Raiders on their home floor in an independent contest with the Orioles. 

A missed late shot by Athol sent the game to overtime with the teams knotted at 51. In OT, the game was tied at 57 when Belchertown knocked down a jumper with 4.7 seconds to play, giving the Red Raiders one final shot to tie or win the game, but a deep Bryce King shot at the buzzer was unsuccessful, with Athol falling 59-57.

“We need one of these close ones to fall our way,” Athol coach Dan Bevis said.

Noah Pottinger led Athol (3-9) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Mark Ferrari had a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the loss. King had 10 points and six assists while Vincent Gordon added in 10 points. 

Jordan Lanoue was a monster for Belchertown (4-5), scoring a game-high 25 points.

■ In JV action, Conner Mahony nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead Athol to a 51-48 win in overtime. 

Girls basketball

Franklin Tech 57, Duggan 38 — It didn't take long for the Eagles to punch a ticket to the Western Mass. tournament. 

Franklin Tech got out to a 53-20 after three quarters to cruise to a 57-38 Tri-County League North win over Duggan, giving the Eagles their 10th win of the season which automatically qualifies them for postseason play.

“Qualifying for the Western Mass. tournament was one of our lower-level goals but it’s good to have accomplished it,” Franklin Tech coach Joe Gamache said. “We have our eyes set on bigger ones. We’re continuing to improve, it’s a fun team to coach.”

Jordan Hurlbert had a stellar all-around game for the Eagles, scoring 11 points, grabbing 13 boards, blocking three shots and coming away with five steals. 

Isabelle Duga dropped in 14 points in the win while Jocelyn Crowningshield added in 12 points, seven steals and five assists. 

Desiree Doane chipped in 10 points and four assists, Gemanaia Cruz had eight points and seven rebounds, Emily Ryan had seven rebounds and Emily Merritt snagged five boards for Tech. 

Frontier 47, Ware 44 — Amelia Sobieski finished with an 11 point double-double to lead the Red Hawks to a 47-44 independent victory over the Indians on the road. 

Marie Diemand had a big game for Frontier, scoring 19 points, knocking down nine shots from the free throw line.

Sierra Warren knocked down a big 3 late to put the Red Hawks ahead, and tough defense by Diemand and Kaitlyn Mackin down the stretch sealed the victory. 


Mahar 48, Agawam 36 — The Mahar wrestling team was out to prove it could stack up against top competition, taking on the Div. 1 Brownies on Thursday. 

Twelve of the 14 weight classes were filled by both teams, leading to nearly a full slate of matches, with the Senators coming out with wins in eight of them to earn a 48-36 independent win. 

Mahar went down 12-0 due to forfeitures at 220 and 285, but got right back into the match.

Issa Gilmore got the night started with a pin at 106, followed by a pin by Jon Mahony at 113 pounds some 15 seconds into his match against Agawam’s Kyler Ma.

In what was a domination by Mahar of the lower weight classes, Jeff Kidwell earned six points at 120 with a pin, followed by a pin at 126 by Domanic Cacciolfi to put the Senators up 24-12 early. 

“Our little guys rolled through their little guys,” Senator coach John Speek said. “Today was all the lightweights getting work done and doing what needed to be done.” 

Gregory Lehmann got the fifth straight pin for Mahar, earning a pin 50 seconds into his match at 132 and Luke Chiodo got a pin 37 seconds into his match at 138 to get the Senators out to a 36-12 lead. 

Henry Ndayisaba came out with a pin in the second period against Jaron Luke at 152 and Todd Chiasson had Mahar’s final win of the night at 160 with a pin 1:05 into the match. 

Agawam picked up wins at 145, 170, 182 and 195. 

“It was good to go down and in D-1, we’d all be wrestling,” Speek said. “It’s nice to have that stay true and wrestle it out. We feel like we’re a strong team.”

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