Schools: Athol spikers fall to Central

  • Above, Athol’s Josh Herk and Central’s Leon Danh and Dante Bolden soar for the ball at the net during their PVIAC East volleyball game Tuesday at Mallet Gym in Athol. Below, Athol’s Justin Blake returns a shot to Central. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Ryan Warner serves the ball to Central during their game Tuesday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Justin Blake returns a shot to Central during their game Tuesday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Ryan Warner and Dustin Aikey attempt to block a shot by Central’s Giuseppe Santaniello during their PVIAC East volleyball game Tuesday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Hudson Carlson returns a shot as Central defender Dante Bolden attempts to make a block during their PVIAC East volleyball game Tuesday. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Central’s Alex Son spikes the ball to Athol as Colby Soltysik and Hudson Carlson attempt to make a block during their game Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Ryan Warner spikes the ball to Central as Alex Son attempts to make a block during their game Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Justin Blake returns a shot to Central during their game Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Athol’s Colby Soltysik attempts to block a shot by Central’s Alex Son during their game Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/16/2017 11:18:34 PM

Athol High School’s league title hopes took a blow Tuesday night.

In their home finale, the Red Raiders lost the final two sets after staking themselves to a 2-1 lead, and visiting Springfield Central High School held on for a 25-13, 21-25, 7-25, 25-22, 16-14 win in a wild PVIAC East Division boys’ volleyball contest at Mallet Gymnasium.

Two Athol (10-8, 6-3 East) players finished in double-figure kills, as Justin Blake (18 kills) and Josh Herk (15) paced the offense. Colby Soltysik registered 38 assists to go with four kills, eight digs and an ace.

“I liked the response in sets two and three but untimely errors and nerves were our downfall in two close losses in sets four and five,” offered Athol coach Sean MacDonald.

Ryan Warner’s big service run in the third set enabled Athol to take a 2-1 lead thanks to a commanding 25-7 win in the third. But Central (9-8, 5-4) rallied for the 25-22 win that forced a winner-take-all fifth, and the Golden Eagles escaped town with a 16-14 win.

It was the final regular-season home match for the Red Raiders, who paid tribute to the team’s four seniors — Anthony Negron, Warner, Dustin Aikey and Herk — prior to the contest.

Athol finishes its regular-season slate with road games against Chicopee High School (Thursday) and High School of Commerce (Friday).

Boys’ track

Greenfield 122, Athol 23 — Isaiah Morrison’s three event wins were more than enough to propel Greenfield High School to a 122-23 victory over Athol High School in an Intercounty League boys’ track finale Tuesday afternoon at the Pete Conway Track.

Morrison took first in the 400 hurdles (1:02.2), long jump (18-8¼) and pole vault (13-6), as the Green Wave finished their IL run with a final record of 4-2.

Senior Sam Knight swept the distance races, capturing the mile (5:15.2) and two-mile (12:22.5), while Jesus Rodriguez took top spots in the discus (87-10) and javelin (119-0).

Connor Joy (100, 11.2), Silvian Popusoi (110 hurdles, 16.0), Robert Byrd (200, 23.2) and Matteo Velez (400, 58.8) all won events on the track for Greenfield.

Dennis St. Jean was the lone individual winner for Athol, taking the top spot in the 800 meters (2:11.8).

Frontier 99, FC Tech 46 — Phaelon Koski won three events, lifting Frontier Regional School to a convincing 99-46 win over Franklin County Technical School in an Intercounty League boys’ track & field dual meet Tuesday in Turners Falls.

Koski claimed victory in the long jump (19-½), 100 hurdles (18.1) and 400 hurdles (67.5) for the visiting Red Hawks (3-3, 3-3 IL). Matt Carlson won the shot put (39-½) and took second in the discus, while Jake Meier (high jump, 5-4), Luke Parsons (discus, 103-9) and Ben Hamer (pole vault, 10-0) were all big winners for Frontier.

Tech senior Owen Ortiz had another strong outing in preparation for the postseason meets. Ortiz won the triple jump (39-11½) and the 100 meters (11.6), while finishing second in the long jump to Koski. The Eagles finished their dual season 1-5 overall.

Mahar 100, Pioneer 45

Mahar 114, Sabis 31 — Mahar Regional School nearly swept both dual meets Tuesday, closing out its regular-season run with a pair of victories in Orange. The Senators knocked off Pioneer Valley Regional School, 100-45, in the Intercounty League finale, while also taking care of Sabis International Charter School, 114-31, in an independent meet.

Bryce Cleveland won the discus and the javelin for Mahar (8-0, 6-0 IL) in both meets. The senior captured the discus with a top throw of 112 feet, 8 inches while also capturing the javelin in 134-3.

Aaron Hendry also won a pair of events, crossing first in the 400 meters (53.9) and 110 hurdles (16.7). Teammates Nick Sharp (shot put, 40-11), Ash Shaw (high jump, 6-0) and Cam Mosher (pole vault, 10-6) all captured individual victories.

Scott McDonough won three events for Pioneer (3-3, 3-3) against Mahar. The sophomore took the top spot in the 200 meters (24.4), long jump (19-5) and triple jump (38-6) in a fine regular-season finale. McDonough will be a major factor in the postseason meets over the next month.

Girls’ track

Greenfield 104, Pioneer 40

Greenfield 104, Athol 36 — Eighth-grader Victoria Marin was downright dominant, capturing four events in Greenfield High School’s sweep of two Intercounty League foes on Tuesday at the Pete Conway Track.

Marin’s four wins enabled the Green Wave to finish third in the IL with a 3-2 record (5-2 overall). Marin won the 100 meters (13.4 seconds) and 200 (29.1), while also claiming the long jump (15-0) and high jump (4-7).

Amy O’Sullivan won the 800 (2:43.9), mile (5:55) and two-mile (13:12) in a grueling day of competition for Greenfield, while Sarah O’Sullivan swept both meets in the triple jump (29-11¾) and pole vault (8-6).

Greenfield’s Courtney Danielson won the 400 hurdles (81.4) and javelin (100-1), while Dina Samake captured the discus (64-7) and shot put (23-11¾).

Pioneer was led by Lily VanBaaren’s win in the 400 (68.5), while Liesel Nygard added a win in the 100 hurdles (19.9).

Athol’s Crista Jillson was her team’s lone winner against Greenfield, taking first in the 400 meters with a time of 67.9 seconds.

Boys’ tennis

Holyoke 4, Greenfield 1 — George Balis captured his team’s lone win of the afternoon at third singles, as visiting Greenfield High School dropped a 4-1 decision to Holyoke High School in an independent boys’ tennis match Tuesday at Crosier Field in Holyoke.

Balis won a 6-0, 6-3 match over Holyoke’s Joe Cavanaugh for Greenfield (6-6).

The first doubles tandem of Brandon Siow and Aaron Do won the first set in their match against Bobby Anderson and Marty Keane before falling in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Greenfield’s Victor Ivancev moved up to No. 1 singles, where he was edged by Holyoke’s Andy Mier, 7-5, 6-3.

The Wave stays on the road Thursday, traveling to Pioneer Valley Christian School.

Turners Falls 4, Chicopee Comp 1 — Jimmy Vaughn did not lose a point at first singles as he beat Jason Martins 6-0, 6-0 and Turners Falls High School defeated Chicopee Comprehensive High School, 4-1, in an independent boys’ tennis match Tuesday afternoon in Chicopee.

Turners Falls (8-5) punched its ticket to the WMass Division II Tournament with the victory.

Brian Poirier picked up a 6-2, 6-0 win at third singles over Chris Maleko. Turners Falls also swept doubles. Jovanni Ruggiano and Nick Morin topped Erik Bayuer and Justin Pimental 6-1, 6-3 at first doubles, and Will Turn and Brody Trott bested Michael Foley and Pratt Pattel 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.

Ricky Craver had a great match at second singles but came up short to Darren Kibler, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-10 (super tiebreaker).

Girls’ tennis

Greenfield 5, Renaissance 0 — Greenfield High School dropped just seven total games, breezing to a 5-0 win over Renaissance School in an independent girls’ tennis match on Tuesday at the Davis Street Courts.

Jenna Silk was a 6-0, 6-1 winner over Nicole Schabot at No. 1 singles, while Lilya Georgista (6-0, 6-1) and Leah Bosco (6-1, 6-1) also picked up singles wins for Greenfield (3-5).

Alyssa Garvin and Ngawang Tridytsang teamed for a 6-1, 6-1 victory at first doubles, while Emily Cavander and Ana Blagadarenco were 6-0, 6-1 winners at No. 2.

Greenfield hosts St. Mary’s Parish School today.

Mohawk 4, PV Christian 1 — Lilly Seaver picked up a huge win at first singles, edging Brianna Shvetsov, 6-0, 6-4, to lead Mohawk Trail Regional High School past Pioneer Valley Christian School, 4-1, in an independent girls’ tennis match Tuesday in Buckland.

Mary Monohon also picked up a singles win at No. 2, 6-2, 6-0, while the first doubles tandem of Emelia Seaver and Eva Markham were 6-1, 6-0 winners. Avery DuPree and Sienna Lewis also added a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles.

Mohawk (5-6) returns to action today against Renaissance School.




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