Schools: Four Rivers rules its own Ultimate tourney

  • Above, Four Rivers huddles up before their game against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Below, Four Rivers’ Aidan Delorenzo (97) jumps up to receive a pass while playing against Newton North. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Josh Gibson (6) jumps up to receive a pass while playing against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Jonah Goldstein (16) passes to a teammate while playing against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Aidan Delorenzo (97) jumps up to receive a pass while playing against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Ben Yu (18) passes to a teammate while playing against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Henry Zwart (20) jumps up to receive a pass while playing against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Evan Leaf (10) passes to a teammate around a Newton North defender during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers Charter School competes against Newton North during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

  • Four Rivers’ Alexis Dimitriou (25) scores a point against NMH during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/6/2018 10:09:01 PM

Four Rivers Charter School’s boys’ and girls’ varsity teams each won their divisions during the Four Rivers Ultimate Tournament Saturday at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield.

The boys’ team went 5-0 on the day en route to the A Division title. The Otters opened the tournament with a 11-6 win over Northampton High School, then defeated Phillips Andover Academy, 11-0. Four Rivers then beat Pioneer Valley Performing Arts, 11-0, and got past Newton North High School, 11-5, to advance to the finals, where they faced defending state runner-up Masconomet High School.

In the finals, Four Rivers finished off its unbeaten day with a 11-8 victory to take the title.

“Both teams were tired at that point but I just thought we held up a little better,” Four Rivers coach Terry Plotkin said.

Henry Zwart was a huge offensive threat all day for the Otters, while Mac Almeida was a top defender. Senior captain Milou Riggouloud had a big day all-around for the Otters.

Northfield Mount Hermon School finished fourth in the A Division.

• On the girls’ side, Four Rivers won all three of its matches by identical 13-0 scores to win the A Division.

The top division in the tournament included five teams and Four Rivers defeated Longmeadow High School, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts and NMH by the 13-0 scores. Billerica High School was also in the division but had to leave early, so the match against Four Rivers was canceled.

The inexplicable, identical shutouts were made even more impressive by the fact that several players were absent, taking SATs for Four Rivers, which left the team with just eight players in the first game and 10 players in the second.

Anna Goldstein had a big day playing the “deep” position in the defensive zone. Goldstein played nearly every point and had well over a dozen defenses to keep opposing offenses off the board. Fellow sophomore Hjordis Aho also played nearly every point and was a top offensive threat. In the final game of the day against NMH, Aho laid out to catch the disc on two points, including the game-clinching point to end the day.

Four Rivers will go into this weekend’s Amherst Invitational as one of the top seeds in the field.

The Four Rivers girls’ junior varsity team won the B Division title, playing the Four Rivers middle school team in the championship match.

Softball

Easthampton 11, Pioneer 0 — Rachel Robinson struck out seven and allowed three hits and two walks to shut out Pioneer Valley Regional School, 11-0, in an independent softball game Saturday in Northfield.

The game was close much of the way until Easthampton scored nine times in the final three innings to pull away.

The Eagles finished with 15 hits on the day. Sierra Raskevitz had three hits, including a double and one RBI for Easthampton, while Michelle McDermott finished with two hits and two RBIs. Kristalynn Culver had three hits, including a triple and one RBI, and Robinson singled, tripled and drove in a run.

Anneka Johnson, Jenny Fuller and Olivia Rowe each had one hit for Pioneer. Steph Scoville suffered the loss, striking out nine and walking eight in seven innings.

Pioneer travels to Athol High School today at 4.

• In the junior varsity game, Kensey Gibson scored the game-winning run on an Abby Briggs single as Pioneer beat Easthampton, 5-4.

Chloe Cutting struck out eight in the win, while Cutting and Briggs each had two hits.

Track & field

Vaultapalooza results

Pioneer Valley Regional School held its annual pole vaulting tournament “Vaultapalooza” Sunday in Northfield.

Three teams took part in the MIAA-sanctioned competition.

Jillian Scott of Hampshire Regional High School won the girls’ division with a vault of 8-6, while teammate Jesse Paradis-Stern took second at 7-6. Pioneer’s Al Unaitis finished third at 6-6, and Skylar Cohen of Northampton High School was fourth at 6 feet.

Pioneer’s Jake Kelton captured the boys’ competition with a height of 11-6. That came two days after Kelton recorded a personal-best height of 12 feet during the Panthers’ narrow loss Friday to Mohawk Trail Regional High School. Kelton had three attempts to break the school record of 12-6, but came up short.

Pioneer’s Gavin Curtis took second on Sunday with a height of 10-6.




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