Schools: Warriors turn back Frontier, 81-64

  • Mohawk’s Seth Hoynoski leads the way in the 100-meter hurdles during the Warriors’ track meet against Frontier Tuesday afternoon in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Frontier’s Brandon Robinson competes in the long jump during their track meet against Mohawk Tuesday afternoon in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Mohawk’s Zach Coburn leads the 400-meter race, trailed by Frontier’s Andy Paul, during their track meet Tuesday afternoon in South Deerfield. Coburn and Paul finished first and second. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Mohawk’s Bennett Boucias competes in the long jump during their track meet against Frontier in South Deerfield Tuesday afternoon. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Frontier’s Ben Litskoski competes in the high jump, clearing 5 feet, 6 inches during their meet against Mohawk Tuesday afternoon in South Deerfield. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/11/2017 11:09:03 PM

Mohawk Trail Regional High School came into the season with a new leading cast on its boys’ track and field team but if Tuesday’s season-opener is any indication, the three-time defending Intercounty League champion Warriors will be just fine.

Seth Hoynoski won three events and the Warriors had a number of other top performances on Tuesday during a 81-64 win over Frontier Regional School in an Intercounty League boys’ meet in South Deerfield.

Hoynoski swept the hurdles for the Warriors, winning the 110-meter highs in 17.7 seconds, and taking the 400 intermediates in 61.4 seconds. He also captured the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 3¾ inches, and was part of Mohawk’s winning 4 x 400 relay team. That team included eighth-grader Cullen Brown, David Hobbs and Bennett Boucias and finished in 3:49.4 to edge a solid Frontier team that came in at 3:58.2.

Ben White and Zach Coburn both won a pair of events for the Warriors. White swept the two sprints, winning the 100 in 12.3 seconds, and the 200 in 24.2. The 100 was a very competitive event with Frontier’s Aaron Landry and Mohawk’s Riley DuPree each coming in at 12.4 seconds. Coburn won the long jump in 16-10¾ and also edged out Andy Paul in the 400, as his time of 55.7 was less than a full second better than Paul’s 56.6. Boucias won the mile in 4:59.5, finishing just ahead of Alex Sharp (4:59.6). Sharp managed to earn Frontier a win in the 2-mile in 11:28.5. The final individual winner of the day for Mohawk came in the javelin, where John Demech won at 136-3. Mohawk’s 4 x 100 relay team of DuPree, White, Hunter Gibson and Gabe Bower won in 47.2.

Frontier did well in the field events. Ben Litskoski won the high jump (5-6), Luke Parsons won the discus (94-6), Matt Carlson won the shot put (39-3¾), and Ben Hamer won the pole vault (9-0). Jake Meier captured a competitive 800 race for Frontier in 2:14.8, beating out teammate Litskoski (2:16.3) and Mohawk’s Aidan Sandvik (2:16.8).

“They were nervous going in,” Mohawk coach Shawn Billings said of the opener. “We are a little untested. We’ve got a lot of youth here, a lot of new guys on the team and a lot of guys who have not had the weight and the pressure of the meet on their shoulders. We have a whole new generation of kids out there.”

Both teams are off for over a week.

Girls’ meets

Mahar 125, Turners 20 — A lot is expected out of the Mahar Regional School girls’ track and field team this spring. The Senators very much looked the part of a league title contender on Tuesday.

Mahar opened its season with victories in all but two events, as the visiting Senators captured a 125-20 victory over Turners Falls High School in an Intercounty League contest.

Junior Kianna Reilly won three events to pace Mahar (1-0, 1-0 IL), as she opened what will likely be a huge spring with wins in the 200 meters (29.6 seconds), triple jump (31 feet, 10 inches) and high jump (4-8).

Freshman Kamryn Reilly also impressed, winning the 100 (13.9), while Maeve Powell took a pair of field victories in the javelin (69-6) and shot put (30-10½). Eighth-grader Siobhan Davis won the 400 (71.2), while Anna Wetherbee (800, 2:54), Emma Currier (mile, 6:09.2), Aileen Fitzgerald (2 mile, 15:25), Hannah Paul (400 hurdles, 79.6), Sienna Moore (pole vault, 7-0) and Elina Gordon-Halpern (discus, 61-11) all captured victories.

Turners (1-1, 1-1) won a pair of events, with Dabney Rollins taking the 100 hurdles (20.9) and Brynn Kruzlic capturing the long jump (12-10).

Mohawk 110, Greenfield 35 — Wins from several veterans helped key Mohawk to a season-opening 110-35 win over Greenfield High School in an Intercounty League girls’ track and field on Tuesday in Buckland.

“I think it was a good first meet for us,” explained Mohawk head coach Joe Chadwick. “We’re still trying to find ourselves. We’ve got a lot of new faces, over 20 girls competed in their very first track meet ever. We’ve got some places to work on and we’ll move people around and get better.”

Lily Shearer won a pair of events for Mohawk (1-0, 1-0 IL), as she captured both the 100 hurdles (18.6 seconds) and 400 hurdles (80.6), while teammate Gabby Shean won both the javelin (95 feet, 4 inches) and shot put (29-3).

Greenfield eighth-grader Victoria Marin had an impressive debut on Tuesday. She won three events, highlighted by a victory in the long jump with a best leap of 14-3½. Marin also added wins in the 100 meters (14.1) and high jump (4-4), though head coach Peter Conway thinks the long jump is likely to be her best event this spring.

“I knew she’d do well there because she’s been over 15 feet in practice,” he said of Marin. “For an eighth-grader, she shows a lot of promise.”

Amy O’Sullivan grabbed a win in the mile for Greenfield in what was one of the more exciting races of the day. She came from behind to clip Mohawk’s Jackie Wells, crossing the line in 5:47.9.

Mohawk’s Erin Laffond (200, 31.2), Lily Wells (800, 2:26), Meghan Davis (2 mile, 12:08), Violet Rawlings (discus, 99-5), Alexis Parent (400, 67.4) and Ashley Lacross (triple jump, 30-8) all picked up individual wins.

Girls’ tennis

Frontier 4, Palmer 1 — Frontier girls’ tennis took home its first win of the season Tuesday afternoon, defeating Palmer 4-1 in an independent match at Frontier High School.

The Red Hawks (1-1) swept all three single’s matches in straight sets with Celia Speth defeating the Panthers’ Amanda Costa in No. 1 single’s 6-1, 6-2. Frontier’s Morgan Farrick won No. 2 single’s 6-3, 6-4 over Flavia Huertra before Tori Bowen took the No. 3 single’s 6-2, 6-2 against Kimberly Hunyah.

Ashley Levasseaur and Ian Newman took the No. 2 double’s 6-3, 6-0 to secure the victory for Frontier.

Anna Zera and Penelope Hosley, who was making her first-career varsity appearance, dropped the only match of the afternoon for the Red Hawks 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), .

Frontier will visit Mohawk Thursday afternoon in a Tri-County League North match at 3:30 p.m.

West Springfield 3, Turners Falls 2 — Jessica Mosijchuk and Auxana Newell came back from a set down at first doubles to defeat Carlie Kretchmar and Amber Taylor at first doubles, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 and West Springfield High School edged Turners Falls, 3-2, in an independent girls’ tennis match Tuesday afternoon in West Springfield.

Turners Falls won a pair of three-set matches in singles play. Kortney Thurber defeated Allyson Fontaine 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 at first singles, while Hailey Trott topped Jeanette Vorobyova, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5, at third singles.

Kaili Lynch played well at second singles for Turners Falls but fell, 6-1, 6-2 to Hailey MacDonald.

Boys’ tennis

Greenfield 3, Sci-Tech/Renaissance 2 — A clinching win from the first doubles tandem of George Balis and Brandon Siow enabled host Greenfield High School to open its season with a 3-2 Tri-County League boys’ tennis win over the Sci-Tech/Renaissance co-opeative program in a match played Tuesday afternoon at the Davis Street Courts.

Just three matches were contested, as Sci-Tech/Renaissance showed up with just four players and forfeited third singles and second doubles.

Balis and Siow captured a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Nickolas O’Brien and Tony Martinez at first doubles to grab the clincher after Greenfield (1-0, 1-0 TCL) started with a 2-0 advantage following the forfeits.

Fahrah Day dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision to Sci-Tech/Renaissance’s Brandin Stewart at first singles, while Greenfield teammate Victor Ivancev was edged at No. 2, 6-4, 6-2, by Xavier Farrell.

“Overall, I think it’s a good, positive start,” said Greenfield head coach Andrew Varnon, who was victorious in his debut. “We hope to improve over the course of the season but it was a good first step.”

The Green Wave are right back in action today, when they travel to Stanley Park in Westfield to play St. Mary’s Parish School in another TCL contest.

Westfield 4, Turners 1 — Freshman Brian Poirier snatched a nice win at third singles, but his victory was the only point visiting Turners Falls High School could muster in a 4-1 loss to Westfield High School in an independent boys’ tennis match on Tuesday.

Poirier swept to a 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles for Turners (0-1) in its opener, dispatching Westfield’s Erik Unger.

The Powertown was unable to steal another point, though there were several close matches on the day. Ricky Craver fell at No. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-0, to Westfield’s Matt Roberts, while the Turners first doubles tandem of Jovanni Ruggiano and Nick Morin dropped a 7-5, 6-2 decision.

Turners returns to action today, when it plays its home opener against Sabis International Charter School (3:30).

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, Central 0 — Athol High School boys’ volleyball defeated Central High School in straight sets Tuesday afternoon at Central High School in a PVIAC East match for its second win in as many days.

The Red Raiders edged out Central in close sets in game one (25-21) and game three (25-21), while easily cruising to a 25-14 victory in set two. On Monday, they topped Southwick-Tolland Regional High School in straight sets.

After starting the season with two straight losses, Athol hasn’t lost a single set in its four game winning streak.

The Red Raiders (4-2 overall, 3-1 PVIAC East) used a balanced attack to pace the victory with senior outside-hitter Josh Herk leading the way with 10 kills. Senior Dustin Aikey (eight kills) and junior Justin Blake (seven) followed close behind for Athol.

Defensively, Herk proved he could do it all and led the Red Raiders with 16 blocks. Junior Hudson Carlson and Blake each added 15 digs in the winning performance.

Athol will next take the court Thursday evening when it hosts Chicopee at 6.

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