High School Roundup: Turners Falls field hockey knocks off defending WMass champion Frontier

  • Turners Falls’ Logan Addison scores a goal during her team’s game against Frontier on Tuesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Frontier’s Maeve Huit, right, tries to move past Turners Falls’ Hannah Marchefka during action on Tuesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Frontier’s Emily Demaio runs away from the pack during action against Turners Falls on Tuesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Frontier’s Lila Roche, front, tries to keep possession ahead of Turners Falls’ Olivia Whittier during action in South Deerfield on Tuesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls’ Logan Addison, left, battles with Frontier’s Emily DeMaio during action in South Deerfield on Tuesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Jade Tyler of Turners Falls, left, and Frontier’s Devyn Prusak try and gain possession on Tuesday in South Deerfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 10/6/2020 7:30:34 PM

Expectations were high for the Turners Falls field hockey team entering this season. After a season-opening victory against Mahar last week, the Thunder made another impressive statement on Tuesday.

Logan Addison scored three goals, and visiting Turners Falls knocked off defending WMass Div. 2 champion Frontier, 4-2, in a battle of two of the top programs in Franklin County in South Deerfield.

Hannah Marchefka also found the back of the net for Turners (2-0), which received two assists from Brynn Tela and one from Taryn Thayer. The visitors led 3-1 at halftime, and kept the pressure on over the final two quarters.

Frontier (1-1) received goals from Savannah Upton and Emily DeMaio. Shelby Clark assisted on Upton’s marker.

“Turners is a great team,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said. “I’m proud of my girls. I thought they stayed resilient in the second half even though we were behind.”

Haleigh Greene played well in net for the Thunder.

Mahar 1, Athol 0 – Hannah Dupont broke a scoreless tie with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter, and visiting Mahar got its first win of the season behind a 1-0 victory over Athol on Tuesday.

Locked in a 0-0 game, the Senators (1-1) got on the board when Abby Henne dropped a pass back to Dupont, and her shot found the back of the net.

“We changed up some of what we were running and there was better movement today,” lauded Mahar coach Laurie Saisa.

Isabella Bisceglia made three saves to pitch the shutout for the Senators, while Athol goalie Sam Kenniff turned away 17 shots in a busy yet impressive outing for the hosts.

Mohawk Trail 6, Pioneer 0 – After a tight 1-0 loss to Frontier in a back-and-forth game last week, Mohawk Trail scored its first win of 2020 on Tuesday thanks to a 6-0 victory over Pioneer in a game played in Buckland.

Five different players found the back of the net for the Warriors (1-1), which held a decisive 19-2 edge in shots. Lexi Williams tallied twice, while Mya Lesieur, Courtney Allen, Hannah Gilbert and Stella Clark all scored goals.

Abby Sinistore notched two assists, with Avery DuPree, Emily Silva and Clark also notching helpers. The Warriors led 4-0 at halftime.

Charlotte Kahler made 11 saves in net to aid the Pioneer (1-1) cause, while Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner stopped two shots for the Warriors to earn her first shutout of the season.

Cross country

Greenfield, Pioneer split dual meets

Host Pioneer scored individual victories in both races, but the Panthers and visiting Greenfield each won a team decision for a split on Tuesday in Northfield.

In the girls race, Sahana Heilman cruised to victory on the 2.79-mile course, crossing first with a time of 20 minutes, 19 seconds to help the Panthers score an 18-40 win.

Pioneer had the first four runners across in an impressive performance on Tuesday. Lucy Koester was the runner-up in 21:54, followed by Laila Heilman (third, 22:24) and Allison Clary (fourth, 22:31).

Kandice Lu was the first Greenfield runner across, nabbing fifth place in 23:12, while teammates Shane Subeldia (sixth, 24:14) and Johanna Guiod (seventh, 24:16) were right behind.

Noah de Ruiter scored the individual victory in the boys race, as he was first with a time of 17:23. Greenfield’s Andy Bostrom took second in 18:12, and the Green Wave had three of the top four finishers to score a 22-39 team win.

Iggy Passiglia wound up third for Greenfield (18:24), and Emanuel Rosca was next in fourth position (19:50). Teammates Jackson Caron (sixth, 20:13) and Theo Popusoi (seventh, 21:52) also ran well.

Pioneer’s Jonathan Bodenstein was his team’s second runner across, posting a fifth-place performance in 20:00. Griffin de Ruiter nabbed 10th place (24:12) for the Panthers.

Frontier runs past Athol

Dan Fellows captured first place on the boys side and Angelina Egland won her second straight race on the girls side as Frontier captured a sweep of Athol during cross country action on Tuesday at Bearsden Conservation Area in Athol.

Fellows crossed first in the boys race with a time of 19:22, as the Red Hawks had the first four finishers. Aleks Carey was the runner-up in 20:35, followed by Aden Gray (third, 21:34) and Amory Maxey (fourth, 22:10).

Athol’s Brent Boudreau led the hosts with a strong fifth-place showing in 22:43. Teammate Antonio Carbone also scored a top 10 showing, finishing 10th overall in 26:42.

Egland won the girls race in 22:53, pacing a Frontier squad that swept all top 10 spots in the individual standings. Leah Gump was second in 24:13, followed by teammates Olivia Deane (third, 25:05), Abigail Howard (fourth, 25:06), Ayla Starr (fifth, 25:11), Sasha Malo (sixth, 25:51), Sadie Ross (seventh, 26:35), Lucia Doulette (eighth, 27:49), Mary Burt (ninth, 28:46) and Hannah Davis (10th, 29:05).

Athol’s Lily King was the first runner for her team across, as she wound up 11th overall in 29:15.

Mohawk Trail sweeps Mahar

Dennis Simmons won his second consecutive race to open the season, lifting Mohawk Trail to a sweep over Mahar in action on Tuesday in Orange.

Simmons crossed the line first overall on the boys side with a time of 19 minutes, 37 seconds, helping the Warriors to a 21-34 team win. Mohawk Trail teammates Sean O’Dea (20:58) and Vincent Gauthier (22:26) followed in second and third place, respectively.

Mahar was paced by Stephen Gaj, who nabbed fourth overall in 23:13. Daniel Kidwell (24:01) and Jeff LaPlante (24:22) made it three Senators in a row as they took fifth and sixth place.

Mohawk Trail’s Erica Szewczyk won the girls race in 25:29 to pace the visitors, and she was followed in second place by teammate Ellie Pinkham (26:03). Mahar’s Delaney Parker ran to an impressive third-place finish (26:32), followed by Mohawk’s Caitlin Upton (26:52) and Savannah Simmons (27:55).

Kayley Murphy was the second Mahar runner across, finishing sixth overall in 28:01. The Senators didn’t have enough runners to score as a team.


Athol 17½, Mahar 6½ – Owen Willhite shot 53 to capture medalist honors as host Athol knocked off rival Mahar, 17½-6½, in a match played Tuesday at Ellinwood Country Club in Athol.

Willhite won three points in his match at No. 2, while teammate Quentin Polana shot 63 and won 3½ points in the No. 1 spot. Emma Bacigalupo continued her strong start to the season with a four-point sweep at No. 5 (59), while Isaac Dodge (59) and Logan Hume (64) combined to win six points for the Red Raiders.

“We’ve had some kids put in a lot of work the last week or so and you’re starting to see a big difference,” Athol coach Josh Talbot lauded. “They're starting to play with a little more confidence and hopefully we can continue that.”

Mahar’s Dylan Young had his team’s low round of the day (59).

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