Schools: Hopkins leaves Panthers in wake

  • Above, Pioneer’s Brendan Emond (5) drives the lane for a breakaway layup, defended by Hopkins trailer Caleb Graves, Monday night in Hadley, where the host Golden Hawks rolled 71-44 in a Hampshire League South showdown. Below, Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) puts up a jumper from the wing. Recorder Staff photos/Dan Little

  • Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) drives in for a left-handed layup, defended by Hopkins’ Justin Butterfield (15) on Monday night in Hadley. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer’s Garrett Cote (13) takes a first-half shot against Hopkins Monday night in Hadley. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer’s Jordan Loughman (20) puts up a jumper from the wing Monday night against Hopkins in Hadley. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Pioneer’s Troy Emond (3) goes in for a layup past Hopkins defender Justin Ciaglo (12) in the first half, on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 in Hadley. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Monday, February 05, 2018

Another local team gave Hopkins Academy everything it could handle for a half.

But like they have all season, the Golden Hawks put together a big second half to continue rolling.

Host Hopkins led Pioneer Valley Regional School just 30-24 at intermission Monday night, but a quick third-quarter start enabled the Hawks to create some separation and ultimately pull away for a 71-44 victory in a Hampshire League South Division boys’ basketball game in Hadley.

“We’re not at a point where we can mentally maintain focus in an intense ball game like that,” admitted Pioneer head coach Scott Thayer, whose team fell to 10-5 overall, 2-3 in the HL South. “It’s almost like we shut down and go into a blank stare out there.”

The Pioneer defense held Hopkins sharpshooter John Earle to just two first-half points. Then the senior guard scored 19 points in the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers to jumpstart the Hawks’ offensive effort.

“We did a really nice job on Earle in the first half and then the first few minutes of the third quarter, the lead goes from six points to 12 in a heartbeat and we were out of it mentally,” Thayer said.

Caleb Graves (13 points), Justin Ciaglo (13) and Jon Morrison (12) all scored in double figures for Hopkins, which wound up with a 41-20 edge in the second half.

Garrett Cote paced the Pioneer offense with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Troy Emond registered 10 points for the Panthers while Brendan Emond and Jordan Loughman had 6 points each.

Pioneer heads home to host Belchertown High School in another HL South game Thursday night in Northfield.

Belchertown 68, Mahar 54 — The second quarter wasn’t kind to Mahar Regional School Monday night.

The host Senators were outscored by a 28-3 margin in the second stanza, and Belchertown High School picked up a key road victory, 68-54, in a HL South contest in Orange.

“Extremely disappointed with the effort,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “It really felt like a wasted opportunity, where we didn’t come to compete until it was too late. Same old, same old. We just can’t finish and we go through long droughts where we don’t score.”

Trailing 14-13 after one quarter, Belchertown (12-5, 3-3) torched the Senators in the second and took a 41-17 lead into intermission. Mitch Medina poured in 22 points for the Orioles.

“The game just got away from us but we also didn’t help ourselves on the defensive end or do the little things winning teams do,” said Softic. “It’s tough to spot a good team a 30-point lead and expect to win.”

Mahar (11-5, 3-2) rallied in the second half as close as 62-51 with three minutes remaining, but the sizable deficit proved too large to overcome.

Brennan Mailloux and Matt Jenks scored 14 points each in the loss. Sam Paul added 9 points, including a 3-pointer, and Quinn Gervais tossed in 6.

Smith Academy 69, Greenfield 54 — Brett Gratz poured in 32 points and Jack Zigmont dropped 23 as Smith Academy hit nine 3-pointers en route to a 69-54 victory over Greenfield High School in a battle of Hampshire League North foes battling for postseason consideration Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Smith Academy (6-10, 3-2) led 14-6 after one quarter and 33-23 at halftime. The advantage was cut to single digits in the third, and Greenfield was within six points entering the fourth before the Falcons outscored the Green Wave, 27-18, in the final stanza.

“We just didn’t play with that sense of urgency from the start,” Greenfield coach Tim Caplice said. “We had it under 10 (points) for most of the third quarter but Gratz and Zigmont, we did a poor job reacting quickly to them on defense. We were a step slow and they got to wherever they wanted.”

Three players scored in double figures for Greenfield (3-12, 2-2), led by Hunter Campbell’s 15 points. Owen Phelps added 14 points and Colin Cloutier tossed in 13 on the night.

The two teams are battling for second place in the HL North, and the two have two losses apiece in the league. The top two teams in the North earn postseason berths, and if both squads would qualify if they finish tied for second.

Frontier 77, Mohawk 37 — Four players tallied in double figures, and host Frontier Regional School clamped down in the third quarter to pull away for a 77-37 win over Mohawk Trail Regional High School in an HL North contest Monday at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.

It was Senior Night for the Red Hawks (11-6, 5-0), who honored and started seniors Brandyn Robinson, Noah Graves, Jared Muzyka and Ben Litskoski. Robinson led the offense with 17 points, while Graves joined him in double figures with 10.

Mohawk (1-16, 0-5) put together arguably its best quarter of the season out of the gates, however, and the Warriors trailed just 18-16 after eight minutes. Frontier’s lead was just 28-24 at halftime.

Things got out of reach in the third, when Frontier held a decisive 31-4 edge to pull away for the comfortable victory.

Kalen Evans finished with 12 points for Frontier. Donovan Hoffman tossed in 11.

Mohawk’s Jackson Hicks led the way for the visitors with 12 points. Anthony Moffatt joined him in double figures with 10 points, followed by Kam Hoff with 7.

FC Tech 54, PV Christian 34 — A big first quarter enabled Franklin County Technical School to take a lead and the Eagles put things out of reach with an even bigger third quarter en route to a 54-34 victory over Pioneer Valley Christian Academy in a Tri-County League North boys’ basketball game Monday night in Turners Falls.

Franklin Tech (8-7, 2-4) led 17-6 after one quarter, and the 11-point gap held until the Eagles outscored PV Christian (7-6, 0-6), 21-14, in the third to take a commanding 44-26 advantage. The hosts held PV Christian to just 12 points in the first half.

“To give up 12 points in a half of a high school varsity game, that says a lot about how we were able to execute our defensive plan,” offered Franklin Tech coach Matt Llewelyn, whose team held PV Christian leading scorer Noah Connor scoreless on the night.

Jared Bergmann led all scorers with 19 points, including 15 in the second half. Garrett Cole tossed in 12 points in the win, while Seth Aldrich made it three Eagles in double figures with 10 — 8 in the first half. Sim Maniatty hit a 3-pointer and finished with 7.

Franklin Tech travels to Westfield Technical Academy Thursday night. The Eagles need to go 2-3 in their final five games to punch a postseason ticket.

Narragansett 83, Athol 60 — Despite drilling a season-high 14 3-pointers, Athol High School was unable to keep up with Narragansett Regional High School’s offensive barrage.

The host Red Raiders scored 30 points in each half but dropped a 83-60 independent boys’ basketball game Monday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

Athol (2-13) trailed just 22-20 after one quarter, but Narragansett outscored the Red Raiders in all four quarters to pull away for the win.

Mark Ferrari buried six 3-pointers en route to a team-high 19 points for Athol. Evan Saisa (14 points) and Brymere Edwards (11) also went for double digits. The trio combined for 10 of Athol’s 14 3’s.

Girls’ basketball

Palmer 56, Frontier 51 (2OT) — Tori Speth scored six of her 11 points during the overtime periods, but visiting Frontier Regional School was unable to snag a come-from-behind victory Monday night.

Host Palmer High School outscored the Red Hawks by a 17-12 margin in two overtime frames en route to a 56-51 independent girls’ basketball victory.

Ella Deane hit four 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for Frontier (12-4), which trailed 33-26 entering the fourth quarter. The Red Hawks received key 3’s from Ella Deane and Olivia Deane (7 points) in the fourth, while Lexa Boyden scored four points and Speth added three in the fourth to force overtime with the game even at 39 following regulation.

“The kids showed some resiliency,” Frontier coach Marty Sanderson said. “They chipped away at the lead and got back into it.”

Palmer’s Megan Wilson (19 points) and Jillian Lombardi (9) combined for 12 of Palmer’s 17 points in the overtimes. The teams were tied 45-45 after the first OT before Palmer outscored the Hawks by a 11-6 margin in double overtime.

Boyden totaled 11 points for Frontier. Ella Deane and Speth also hit double figures.


Greenfield 10, Mt. Everett 1 — Bryan Baumann scored four goals and assisted on two more, and host Greenfield High School made Senior Night a memorable one.

The Green Wave overcame an early 1-0 deficit, scoring 10 unanswered goals to blast Mount Everett Regional School, 10-1, in a Wright Division hockey game Monday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

“It was our Senior Night so it was a special one for us and it was great to come away with a win and with contributions coming from everyone on the team,” Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard lauded.

Jake Corcoran got the scoring started for the visiting Eagles (2-7-3, 0-5-1) just seven minutes into the first period, tallying on a breakaway for a 1-0 advantage.

Greenfield (11-4-2, 4-0-2) responded after falling behind however, scoring three times in the opening stanza. The hosts led 5-1 after two periods and put things away with five more in the third.

“The team really buckled down as a complete unit after that first goal,” Bouchard said.

Martin Given scored his first career varsity goal for Greenfield, while single tallies also came from Evan Simmons, Sean O’Sullivan, Cassidhe Wozniak, Aurel Pydych and Kyle Barnes. Simmons had three assists, while Wozniak and Doug Hanieski each finished with a pair of helpers. Brandon Green got onto the scoresheet with an assist, as did Bryce Jordan, O’Sullivan, Mason Whiteman and Mike McGoldrick.

Alex Gurganus recorded nine saves in net to pick up the win for Greenfield, as the Green Wave held a 27-10 edge in shots on goal. Bouchard was pleased with the play of senior defensemen Alec Jordan and Cam Barnes, who were key in shutting down the Mount Everett offense.

The Wave are off until Sunday when they travel to play at Drury High School.