High Schools: Turners Falls sweeps Greenfield in volleyball doubleheader

  • Turners Falls’ Olivia Stafford returns a serve against Greenfield on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls’ Abbi Holloway returns a serve against Greenfield on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls’ Emily Young and Abbi Holloway both go for the ball against Greenfield on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Kelsey Richardson returns the ball against Turners on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Greenfield’s Rachael Dodge sets the ball against Turners Falls on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls’ Steph Peterson gets under a ball against Greenfield on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls’ Taylor Greene serves against Greenfield on Tuesday in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Reports
Published: 4/6/2021 9:01:22 PM

Let’s play two, shall we?

It was a doubleheader in the Powertown Tuesday afternoon, as host Turners Falls won both matches of a twin bill against rival Greenfield to secure a girls volleyball sweep.

The Thunder scored a 25-11, 25-13, 25-18 sweep in the first match of the outing, and had to overcome a loss in the opening set of match No. 2 to secure a 21-25, 25-10, 25-9, 25-14 victory.

After having to postpone matches earlier this season, the two schools decided to play both rescheduled contests in one day.

“It was a good experience. We played a lot of volleyball in one day,” Turners coach Kelly Liimatainen said.

Turners’ Emily Young had four aces, six kills and two digs to power the hosts in the opening match, while Taylor Greene dished out eight assists to go with two kills and two aces, and Jill Reynolds dropped in two aces and a kill.

After a quick mask break in between the two matches, Greenfield came out strong to snag the opening set of match No. 2.

“[Greenfield] came right back and had the energy,” Liimataninen lauded.

Turners rallied and took the final three frames to cap a solid day on the court.

Young went for five kills in match two, while Madison Liimatainen (seven kills, four aces), Olivia Stafford (eight aces, three digs) and Steph Peterson (six aces) also made key contributions.

Korynne Callahan had nine kills and 12 aces in the first match for the Green Wave, with Cassie Mattei adding four aces, two kills and five digs and Gianna Conte recording six digs and two kills.

Callahan had another strong performance in the second match, going for six kills, six aces, five digs and two blocks. Karisma Santana added four kills, three aces and two blocks in the second match, with Aisha Pruitt-Gonzalez dishing 11 assists, knocking two kills and three aces and making five digs.

Boys soccer

Mohawk Trail 3, Greenfield 1 — A second-half explosion proved to be the difference on Tuesday in Buckland.

Leading 1-0, the Warriors scored two goals in the first five minutes of the first half to come away with a 3-1 victory over the Green Wave.

“It was a good, hard fought game,” Mohawk Trail coach Nick Brown said. “It feels good to keep everything rolling and keep feeding off the momentum of our first two games.”

Tyler Dubreuil got the scoring going for the Warriors in the second half off in the 42nd minute off a kick in from Keemen Ramirez, with Dubreuil then taking it in himself and scoring to put Mohawk Trail up, 2-0.

Three minutes later, Warrior goalie Reuben Bassett sent a long pass up field to Dubreuil who buried it to make it a 3-0 game.

Ramirez had the lone tally in the first half for Mohawk Trail, coming off an assist from Dubreuil in the 35th minute.

Felix Pruitt-Dahl scored for Greenfield in the 65th minute, driving a shot into the top right corner of the net from just inside the 18.

Pioneer 3, Mahar 3 — Every time the Senators found the back of the net, the Panthers had an answer.

Both teams traded goals throughout, with Pioneer’s Peter Loud’s strike in the 71st minute forcing a 3-3 tie in Orange on Thursday.

“Our younger kids are making progress,” Mahar coach Dan Guertin said. “We’re seeing a lot of improvement.”

Senator Cole Johnson scored the opening goal of the game in the 25th minute off an assist from Liam O’Donnell, but Pioneer answered two minutes later with Ethan Quinn finding the back of the net. Loud picked up an assist on the play.

The 1-1 deadlock remained into the second half, but Johnson tallied a second goal in the 50th minute to put Mahar up, 2-1.

Cameron Dresser had the answer for the Panthers in the 63rd minute, scoring off an assist from Trey Frasier to make it a 2-2 game.

Henry Gilmore scored in the 70th minute to put the Senators back in the lead but Loud answered one minute later to draw Pioneer even at 3-3.

Eighth grader Tristian Gaj came up with nine saves for Mahar while Zach Piescik stopped 10 shots for the Panthers.

Girls soccer

Frontier 6, Franklin Tech 0 — Four different Red Hawks found the back of the net as Frontier raced away with a 6-0 victory over the Eagles on Tuesday in South Deerfield.

“It was nice to get a lot of players in the game,” Frontier coach Phil Pittelli said. “We tried some new things and it was nice to see the girls study the new formations and work on it during the game.”

Isabel Marrapese, Hannah Mackin, Makayla Santos and Meybelyn Green were the goal scorers for the Red Hawks, with Mackin and Green both striking twice.

Green’s two goals came in the second half, as she was pulled out of her typical goalie duties and put on offense.

Santos, Kylie Laford, Samantha Scanlon and Sydney Tor picked up assists for Frontier.

Emily Merritt came up with 22 saves for Franklin Tech.

Mahar 3, Pioneer 1 — Nobody has had any answers for Senator Delaney Parker so far this year.

The senior kept up her scoring streak Tuesday, potting a hat trick to lead Mahar to a 3-1 victory over the Panthers in Northfield.

“Overall, it was an incredible performance by our team,” Pioneer coach Nikki Pullen said. “Even with a loss, I couldn’t be more proud of our effort and teamwork.”

Parker scored two in the first half, the first in the seventh minute and the second in the 30th minute off an assist from Sienna Moore. Her final strike came in the 60th minute.

Hailey Ring scored the lone Pioneer goal, finding the back of the net in the 55th minute off a dish from Rachel Wood.

Charlotee Kahler came up big in net for Pioneer, stopping 20 shots. Taylor Soucie made four saves for the Senators.

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