Schools: Turners’ Olivia Whittier punches state swim ticket, Greenfield hockey wins

Staff Writer
Published: 2/10/2019 10:31:20 PM

On the strength of a personal-best in the 100-yard breaststroke, Turners Falls High School sophomore Olivia Whittier paced the Thunder at Sunday’s West-Central sectional swimming and diving championship held at the Art Linkletter Natatorium on the campus of Springfield College.

Whittier finished seventh overall in the event, posting a time of 1 minute, 13.05 seconds. That finish was good enough for a state qualification in the event, and she’ll compete in the MIAA Div. 2 meet Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at Boston University.

Whittier also swam the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 26.93 seconds.

Fellow sophomore Jade Tyler also qualified and swam in two events. Tyler notched a personal-best time of 2:28.40 in the 200-yard individual medley, beating her previous top mark by two seconds. Tyler also competed in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 1:08.25.

Junior Cameron Bradley was the lone Turners swimmer to qualify for the meet on the boys side, and he put together a strong day in the pool. Bradley finished 20th overall in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.08, and just missed out on a state invite in the 100 butterfly where he swam a time of 59.31 seconds.

“Overall I think we did very well as a team this year,” said Turners head coach Colin Machat. “We know what to work on and where to improve and will definitely start next year running with goals for more swimmers qualifying for West-Central Mass. and more states cuts.”

Hockey

Greenfield 2, Assabet Valley 0 — Sean O’Sullivan had little interest in playing overtime hockey.

The Greenfield High School forward broke up a play at the blue line, skated in and fired a shot that found the back of the net with just 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining in regulation. His stellar individual effort broke a scoreless game with OT looming, and the host Green Wave tacked on an empty-netter to snag a 2-0 independent victory over Assabet Valley Saturday night at Collins-Moylan Arena.

“It was a great individual effort,” lauded Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard of O’Sullivan’s steal and subsequent goal.

Greenfield (12-2-2) was outshot through two periods, but the squad regrouped in the third period. It wasn’t until O’Sullivan’s late goal did they cash in, however. Following the goal, Assabet pulled its goalie with 48 seconds left after gaining possession in the offensive zone. Eventually, Greenfield called timeout with 34 seconds to play and a defensive zone faceoff upcoming, and Bouchard & Co. set up what they wanted in order to withstand a final flurry.

“They didn’t get a shot on net in the end,” Bouchard said.

Greenfield lit the lamp once more with just one second left on the clock. Kyle Barnes buried the empty-netter to seal the deal, with assists from Bryan Baumann and Jacob Bryant.

Riley Drew stopped all 24 shots he faced, notching his third shutout of the season. The Green Wave wound up with a 30-24 edge in shots on goal.

“It was a good, hard-fought game which is just what we needed,” said Bouchard of the win. “Assabet Valley is really quick and they played a strong defensive game.”

Greenfield stays the independent route tonight, when it hosts Agawam High School at 5 p.m. back at Collins-Moylan Arena. It’s the first Berry Division team the Wave will play this season, though the Brownies are just 2-10-1 on the season.

Greenfield 2, Assabet 0

Assabet Valley

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Greenfield

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Goals: (G) O’Sullivan, Barnes.

Assists: (G) B. Baumann, Bryant.

Shots: Assabet Valley 24. Greenfield 30..

Saves: (AV) n/a 28. (G) Drew 24.


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