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Early struggles continue for Eagles

  • Jonathan Mahoney heads in a goal against Smith Academy Wednesday as Mahar earned a 6-0 McGrath Division victory. For THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Mahar’s Andrew Herk looks to make a play Wednesday. FOR THE RECORDER/MIKE PHILLIPS

  • Above, Franklin Tech's Emily Ryan (18) bumps the ball against Commerce Wednesday in Turners Falls where the Eagles fell, 25-17, 25-18, 25-8. Below, Maggie Charlton lunges for the ball. Staff/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech's Emily Ryan (18) serves against Commerce on Wednesday in Turners Falls, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little

  • on Wednesday in Turners Falls, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little

  • Franklin Tech's Emily Minor (10) serves against Commerce on Wednesday in Turners Falls, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little

  • Above, Pioneer's Kiana McGraw (17) goes up for a block against Sabis hitter Sydney Barklow (10) Wednesday in Northfield where Sabis came from one set down to earn a 3-1 win. Below, Annika Tormanen serves the ball. Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer's Annika Tormanen (3) serves against Sabis on Wednesday in Northfield, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer's Autumn Flagg (7) sets the ball against Sabis on Wednesday in Northfield, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer's Autumn Flagg (7) bumps the ball against Sabis on Wednesday in Northfield, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer's Kiana McGraw (17) serves against Sabis on Wednesday in Northfield, Sept. 12, 2018. Staff/Dan Little



Staff Writers
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Early in the season, the Franklin County Technical School volleyball team has struggled to find the same rhythm that made it such a dangerous team late last season.

The host Eagles were unable to break through with their first victory of 2018 on Wednesday, as visiting Commerce captured a 25-17, 25-18, 25-8 sweep in an independent contest in Turners Falls.

“We’re still trying to adjust to where we’re supposed to be and cover what we’re supposed to be covering defensively,” admitted Franklin Tech coach Jade Cuevas, whose team fell to 0-4 with the defeat.

Reagan Fiske had two aces, two digs and a kill for Franklin Tech. Teammate Summer Gadreau finished with three kills, two aces, one dig and a clean block. Kelly Trudeau added four digs to pace the defensive effort, while tossing in a kill and an ace.

“(Commerce is) a good serving team, so we struggled a bit with that,” Cuevas said.

Franklin Tech is back in action Friday when it travels to play Southwick in a Metro Division clash.

Sabis 3, Pioneer 1 — After dropping the opening set, visiting Sabis rallied to win three tight frames and pull out a come from behind independent victory over Pioneer Wednesday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

The game scores were 16-25, 28-26, 26-24, 25-17.

Annika Tormanen put down three aces, two kills and a dig to pace the host Panthers (1-1). Kiana McGraw registered three aces, three kills and a dig, while libero Avery Johnson put together a stellar outing in the Pioneer back row.

Pioneer hosts Mahar in Northern Division action Friday.

Boys soccer

Mahar 6, Smith Academy 0 — James Temple had himself quite a Wednesday.

The Mahar Regional School junior scored four goals and assisted on another, lifting the Senators to a 6-0 win over Smith Academy in McGrath Division action in Orange.

Riley Drew scored a goal and assisted on two others for Mahar, which improved to 3-0 on the season. John Mahoney also found the back of the net, and Henry Ndayisaba notched an assist to help the offensive effort. Mahar has now scored 20 goals on the year.

While the offense worked well, staking the hosts to a 4-0 halftime lead, Mahar coach Dan Guertin was also quite pleased with his defense.

“I love the way my defenders have embraced the role of playing back there and being physical,” the coach explained.

Athol 9, Greenfield 1 — Dilan Fountain netted a hat trick, and Noah Austikaitis and Angel Rivera notched two goals apiece to help Athol thump Greenfield, 9-1, in an independent boys soccer game Wednesday in Athol.

Athol (2-1) led 3-0 at halftime, but Greenfield (0-1) cut into the deficit just 52 seconds into the second half when Anjou Kang-Stryker buried a penalty kick for the Green Wave.

“It was Greenfield’s first game of the year and they came out with a lot of energy. It rattled us a little bit,” Athol coach Dave King said. “We settled in after a bit in the second half.”

The Red Raiders scored six unanswered goals after the Kang-Stryker tally, including two goals via penalty kicks. Bryce King and Parker Deleo added goals in the win, while Rivera and King had two assists apiece.

Athol held a 20-10 edge in shots for the game, with Greenfield goalkeeper Alex Bacigalupo recording 7 saves. Casey Mason (5 saves) and Vinny Gordon (2) led the way for Athol in net.

Greenfield opens its McGrath Division schedule with a home game against Mahar today, while Athol hosts Narragansett on Saturday.

FC Tech 4, Pathfinder 0 — Tony Barilone had two goals and one assist to lead Franklin Tech to a 4-0 win over Pathfinder in Tri-County League action in Turners Falls.

Barilone set up Ruben Galvez for the only goal of the first half in the 33rd minute as the Eagles (2-1) took a 1-0 lead into the second half. That set up a wild start to the second, as Barilone scored five minutes into the frame from Galvez, and Eddie Ovalle scored an unassisted goal three minutes after that to push Franklin Tech to a 3-0 cushion. Barilone finished off the scoring in the 54th minute on an assist from Giovanni Ruggiano, giving Barilone a three-point game in the win.

“He played a nice game,” Franklin Tech coach Kurt Richardson said. “His screening was superb, he saw the field well and his passing was excellent.”

Richardson’s team outshot the Pioneers, 18-6. Grayson Funk stopped three shots for the shutout.

Four Rivers 6, Putney School 5 — Sully Schnoop and Muris Lonergan each scored twice on Wednesday and Four Rivers held on to defeat the Putney School, 6-5, in the season-opening River Valley Athletic League match in Putney, Vt.

Schnoop and Lonergan each netted goals in the first half as the teams went into the break tied at 2-2. In the second, Avani Richardson scored an unassisted goal, and Evan Leaf finished off a beautiful cross from Toby Sol to put the Otters up 4-2. Putney did not go away, as it cut the deficit to 4-3 before Schnoop notched his second of the game to give Four Rivers a two-goal lead once again. Putney again pulled to within a goal, but Lonergan got his second of the day for a 6-4 lead. Putney got one back but Four Rivers goalie Jonah Goldstein shut the door from there.

Golf

Hampshire 23, Mohawk 1 — Triston LaCross scored the lone point of the day for Mohawk in the No. 1 spot, as the Warriors dropped a 23-1 decision to Hampshire in an independent golf match Wednesday at Worthington Golf Club.

LaCross shot 58 for Mohawk (1-1), earning a point in his match against Hampshire’s Evan Boyle. Andy Robertson had the low round of the day for the Warriors in the No. 3 spot, shooting 56. Ben Thompson shot 60 at No. 4, while Will Guyette carded a 64 at No. 2.

Mahar 6, Smith Academy 0

Smith Academy

0

0

0

Mahar

4

2

6

Goals: (M) Temple 4, Drew, Mahoney.

Assists: (M) Ndayisaba, Drew 2, Temple.

Shots: Smith Academy 0. Mahar 13.

Saves: (SA) Jeffries 4, Belina 3. (M) Williams 0.

Athol 9, Greenfield 1

Greenfield

0

1

1

Athol

3

6

9

Goals: (G) Kang-Stryker. (A) Austikaitis 2, Rivera 2, Fountain 3, King, Deleo.

Assists: (A) Rivera 2, King 2, Austikaitis, Mahoney.

Shots: Greenfield 10. Athol 20.

Saves: (G) Bacigalupo 7. (A) Mason 5, Gordon 2.

FC Tech 4, Pathfinder 0

Pathfinder

0

0

0

FC Tech

1

3

4

Goals: (FT) Barilone 2, Galvez, Ovalle.

Assists: (FT) Barilone, Galvez, Ruggiano.

Shots: Pathfinder 6. FC Tech 18.

Saves: (P) Tocci 13. (FT) Funk 3.