Hawks power down Powertown

  • Above, Frontier’s Donovan Hoffman attacks the hoop against Turners Falls defenders Javoni Williams (left) and Anthony Peterson (right) Friday night during the Red Hawks, 64-32, win at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield. Below, Frontier’s Carsten Carey looks to make a play on Friday night where he finished with 19 points and 18 boards to lead the Hawks to their seventh straight win. Recorder PHOTOS/Paul Franz

  • Frontier's Donovan Hoffman shoots over Turners Falls defender Anthony Peterson Friday in South Deerfield where the Hawks earned a 64-32 win. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Frontier’s Kalen Evans goes up for a layup against Turners Falls defender Anthony Peterson Friday night in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Carsten Carey continued his big season with 19 points and 18 rebounds as Frontier dumped Turners Falls, 64-32, Friday night in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls’ Chace Novak gets fouled by Frontier’s Carsten Carey (left) Friday night where the Red Hawks earned a 64-32 win in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Turners Falls forward Anthony Peterson (33) attempts to pass around Frontier defender Donovan Hoffman Friday night where the Red Hawks earned a 64-32 victory in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 19, 2018

Carsten Carey posted another big night with 19 points and 18 rebounds, and Frontier Regional School continued to roll along with a convincing 64-32 victory over Turners Falls High School Friday night in an independent boys’ basketball game at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

Frontier (7-4) won its seventh game in a row after an 0-4 start to the season, and Friday night’s performance was paced on the defensive end.

“It was another solid defensive effort,” lauded Frontier coach Ben Barshefsky of the win. “The guys are definitely starting to commit on that end of the floor. I thought this was the most complete game of the season for us.”

Ben Litskoski scored 15 points, and Kalen Evans added 13 in the win for the Red Hawks, who led 15-7 after one quarter and 29-18 at intermission. Frontier held Turners to just 14 points after halftime.

Anthony Peterson, Jimmy Vaughn, Jovani Williams and Tyler Lavin paced Turners Falls (3-8) with 6 points apiece.

Frontier hosts Pioneer Valley Regional School in an interesting matchup Monday, while Turners heads to Greenfield High School the same night.

Pioneer 85, Athol 35 — Balanced scoring propelled Pioneer to a dominant 85-35 win over Athol High School in an independent boys’ basketball game Friday night at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

Pioneer (7-3) stormed out to a 22-3 lead after one quarter, and the advantage grew to 40-13 at halftime.

Four players finished in double figures for the Panthers, with Brendan Emond’s 13 points leading the way. Troy Emond and Karl Wheeler each had 12 points, while Garrett Cote tossed in 11 points. Jordan Loughman (9 points), Ryan Underwood (8) and Zachary Fox (8) all contributed to the balanced effort.

Athol (1-9) received a team-high 8 points from Justin Blake. Mark Ferrari added 7 points while Angel Rivera and Brymere Edwards each dropped in 6.

Athol hosts Belchertown High School Monday night.

Belchertown 69, Greenfield 50 — Mitch Medina scored 26 points and Belchertown rolled to a 69-50 win over Greenfield in an independent boys’ basketball game Friday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Belchertown (6-5) led 24-9 after the first quarter.

Corey Lanoue finished with 12 points in the win, and Nolan Vogel added 10 points.

Jonath Roman led the Green Wave (3-7) with 15 points. Colin Cloutier added 11, and Mason Meadows tossed in 7.

Mahar 76, Smith Academy 56 — Offensive struggles have plagued Mahar Regional School in recent weeks. That certainly wasn’t the case Friday night.

The Senators poured in a season-high 30 points in the first quarter and never looked back, rolling past visiting Smith Academy, 76-56, in an independent boys’ basketball game in Orange.

“The psychology of seeing the ball go through the net; it takes the pressure off everyone,” said Mahar coach Chad Softic of the hot start. “We made a lot of shots tonight and they weren’t all layups. Guys were feeling good at the end of the game.”

Sam Paul scored 12 points and dished out 14 assists in a stellar game at the point, while Quinn Gervais put in a team-high 17 points for the Senators (8-3). Charlie Barnes had 14 points and Brennan Mailloux made it four players in double figures with 12.

Smith Academy (4-6) was led by Brett Gratz, who scored 21 points, and Jack Zigmont, who added 18.

Mahar hosts Mohawk Trail Regional High School Monday night.

Baystate Academy 65, FC Tech 56 — A three-point second quarter proved to be disastrous for Franklin County Technical School Friday night. The host Eagles were outscored by a 15-3 margin in the second frame and ultimately dropped a 65-56 decision to Baystate Academy in a Tri-County League North boys’ basketball game in Turners Falls.

Franklin Tech (6-6, 1-3) led 18-15 after one quarter, but the second quarter deficiencies put the hosts into a 30-21 halftime hole that proved to be the final deficit.

Jared Bergmann had a huge night in the loss for the Eagles, as he registered a game-high 27 points. Garrett Cole tallied 8 points, while Seth Aldrich and Max Charest each added 6 points.

 JaHeem Brown led Baystate Academy (7-2, 3-1) with 23 points. Tyrek Rankin totaled 17 points in the win.

Boys’ swimming

Ludlow 54, Turners Falls 33 — Undefeated Ludlow High School continued its perfect stretch to open the season Friday afternoon. The Lions stayed atop the Constitution League with a 54-33 win over Turners Falls in a boys’ swim meet in Turners Falls.

Turners (3-6, 1-3) was led by the performances of Nick Taylor and Cameron Bradley, as both won two individual events. Taylor was first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2 minutes, 24.52 seconds, and he added a first-place showing in the 500 freestyle in 6:14.72.

Bradley won both the 100 butterfly (1:02.33) and 100 backstroke (1:06.80), and the duo teamed with Ricky Hall and Tommy Hall to finish first in the 400 freestyle relay (5:14.48).

Nik Martin scored a pair of runner-up finishes for Turners, as he was second in both the 200 freestyle (2:43.07) and 100 freestyle (1:10.02).

The Powertown returns to the pool Friday when it hosts Renaissance School.

Girls’ swimming

Ludlow 63, Turners Falls 24 — Jade Tyler and Olivia Whittier continued to rack up victories, but Turners Falls dropped a 63-24 decision to first-place Ludlow in a Constitution League girls’ swim meet Friday afternoon in Turners Falls.

Tyler won both the 200 individual medley (2:31.99) and 100 butterfly (1:11.09) for Turners (3-6, 1-3), while Whittier was also a double-winner with victories in the 200 freestyle (2:26.95) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.85).

Turners’ Allison Wheeler was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle, as she touched the wall in 1:11.00. Lillian Poirier added a third-place showing in the 100 freestyle (1:15.01).

The 200 medley relay team of Wheeler, Whittier, Tyler and Poirier took second place with a time of 2:17.62.


Athol 34, Mohawk 30 — Bryce Shufelt picked up a pin in just 58 seconds, and the Athol 120-pounder helped the visiting Red Raiders to a tight 34-30 victory over Mohawk Friday night in an independent wrestling match in Buckland.

Athol (2-4) also received victories via pinfall from Chris Waslaske at 182 pounds, where he pinned Mohawk’s Gabe Bower in 1:20. Fellow Red Raiders Jon Mahony (106 pounds), Holden Girouard (113) and Luke Innis (138) also pinned their opponents in the victory.

Mohawk (1-4) was powered by the work of Dylan Wooldridge, who pinned Athol’s Logan Wornham at 145 pounds in 2:52. Jameson Daily-Pecor also earned a pinfall victory at 160 pounds, as he toppled Joe Gray in 1:27.

Athol’s Caleb Cox earned a major decision at 132 pounds, while Mohawk earned forfeit wins by Ethan Bower (195), Mason Biagini (170) and Quinton Romer (152).