Schools: Mohawk trims Wave on courts

  • Greenfield’s No. 2 singles player Kevin Gifford has his eye on the ball as he returns a shot to Mohawk’s Tommaso Accomero in Greenfield on Monday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk's Dan White returns a volley vs GHS's Luca D' Angeloin the #1 match play in Greenfield on Monday. May 7, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • GHS's Luca D' Angelo plays Mohawk's Dan White in the #1 match play in Greenfield on Monday. May 7, 2018 Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Mohawk’s No. 2 singles winner Tommaso Accomero returns a volley against Greenfeld’s Kevin Gifford Monday afternoon during boys’ tennis action at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield Monday. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Recorder Staff
Published: 5/7/2018 10:57:36 PM

A forfeit at third singles proved to be the difference Monday afternoon when Mohawk Trail Regional High School edged Greenfield High School, 3-2, in a Tri-County League boys’ tennis match at the Davis Street Courts in Greenfield.

Each team won two of the four contested matches, but because the Green Wave (0-5-1 overall, 0-3 league) has just six players, it has to routinely forfeit third singles. That point proved to be the difference, and Mohawk (2-5, 2-2) won its second consecutive match.

Luca D’Angelo picked up a point for Greenfield at first singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Dan White. Tommaso Accornero got a point back for Mohawk at second singles with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kevin Gifford.

That left Mohawk needing one point in doubles’ competition to win the match and the Warriors got it at second doubles as Evan Shippee and Max Summers topped Connor Pedigree and Jacob Frank 6-1, 6-1.

Greenfield earned its second point of the day at first doubles, where Brandon Siow and Anjou Kang-Strykor beat Sam Nelson and Tristan LaCross, 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 (third set tiebreaker).

“It was a tough-fought match,” Greenfield coach Andrew Varnon said. “The first doubles match was particularly good. Good hands, good net play on both sides.”

Turners 5, St. Mary’s 0 — It was a clean sweep for Turners Falls High School Monday afternoon as the Powertown cruised past St. Mary’s Parish School, 5-0, in a TCL boys’ tennis match in Turners Falls.

Jimmy Vaughn beat Dom Nomakeo 6-1, 6-1 at first singles and Brian Poirier bested Jared Rusin 6-2, 6-1 at second singles. Will Turn closed out the wins at singles with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Aaron Kielbasa.

Brody Trott and Josh Gaulin bested Joe Wilcox and Kevin Lu, 6-4, 6-4, at first doubles, and Joe Kochan and Mike Boyle topped Ben Richter and Tom Young, 6-0, 6-0, at second doubles.

Turners (4-2) hosts Belchertown High School today at 4.

Girls’ tennis

Mohawk 4, Palmer 1 — Behind a singles sweep that lost just two combined games in three matches, Mohawk continued to play well Monday in a 4-1 independent girls’ tennis victory over Palmer High School.

Lilly Seaver paced the Warriors (7-2), picking up a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles. Mary Monohon dropped just one game at second singles, defeating Kim Huynh by a 6-1, 6-0 margin. Rounding out the trio of triumphs was Rosalie Kinsey at No. 3, where she defeated Maria Beaulieo, 6-0, 6-1.

The other Mohawk points came at first doubles, where Sienna Lewis and Avery Dupree picked up a 6-0, 6-1 win.

The Warriors are right back at it today when they host Turners Falls High School.

Boys’ track & field

Frontier 87, Pioneer 58 — Frontier Regional School used its depth to get past Pioneer Valley Regional School, 87-58, in an Intercounty League boys’ track & field meet Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.

Frontier won just one more event than Pioneer as the Hawks held a 9-8 advantage, but the Red Hawks did well to take second- and third-place finishes en route to the win.

Brandyn Robinson won the 400 (53.7) and triple jump (39-½) for the Hawks, while Carsten Carey won the mile (4:45.9) and the 2-mile (10:55.6). Phaelon Koski swept the hurdles with a time of 17.3 seconds in the 110 highs, and a 62.8 in the 400 intermediates. Ben Litskoski won the 800 in 2:12.6 for Frontier, and Peter Carey captured the high jump at 5-4.

Scott McDonough paced the Panthers as he won the 100 (11.9) and the long jump (19-4¼), and Jacob Kelton won the 200 (24.5) and the pole vault (12-0) for Pioneer.

Andrew Pratt won the discus (107-6) for Pioneer, Wyatt Keith won the javelin (127-9) and A.J. Wilson won the shot put (37-11).

Mahar 120, Athol 25 — There was no look-ahead for the Mahar Regional School boys’ track & field team Monday.

With a potential Intercounty League title meet looming Thursday against fellow unbeaten Mohawk Trail Regional High School, the Senators made sure to take care of business. Mahar won all but three events, breezing past rival Athol High School, 120-25, in IL action in Orange.

Hugo Frost picked up a pair of field wins for Mahar (4-0, 4-0), as he captured first in the long jump (18 feet, 9½ inches) and triple jump (39-4¼). Aidan Didonato won the 200 meters (24.4) and 400 (57.8), while Jon Gariepy was a double-winner in the 100 (11.7) and discus (106-0) and Ash Shaw snagged wins in the 800 (2:07.2) and high jump (5-8).

Athol (1-4, 1-4) received two of its three wins from Mason Barrieau, who swept the 110 and 400 hurdles. Chris Waslaske also claimed first in the shot put (39-4).

Mahar will welcome Mohawk to Orange for the huge meet Thursday at 3:30. Athol is off until next Tuesday when it takes on Greenfield.

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, Belchertown 2 — Trailing two sets to none, Athol rebounded to pick up an impressive five-set victory and qualify for the postseason Monday night.

The Red Raiders shook off a tough start to earn win No. 10, defeating Belchertown High School, 23-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-10, in a PVIAC East boys’ volleyball match in Belchertown.

Colby Soltysik had 45 assists, 22 digs and two kills for Athol (10-5, 6-2). Justin Blake put down 18 kills and added 25 digs in the win, while Jordan Carrasquillo totaled 12 kills. Anthony Potenti had seven kills and 21 digs, and Colby Mason added nine kills.

Tournament-bound Athol next hosts Chicopee Comprehensive High School Wednesday night.

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