Schools: Wave boys outlast Tribe

  • Turners Falls No. 2 singles competitor Avery Walker returns a volley from Greenfield foe George Felogloy Wednesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls, where the visiting Green Wave edged the host Indians, 3-2, in their Tri-County League boys’ tennis match. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Turners Falls’ Jimmy Vaughn goes to the backhand to return a volley from Greenfield’s Stephen Walker Wednesday afternoon at the Bourdeau Fields Athletic Complex in Turners Falls. Vaughn fell to Walker at No. 1 singles and the visiting Green Wave prevailed, 3-2, in their Tri-County League boys’ tennis match. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • George Felogloy, of Greenfield High School, returns a hit from Avery Palmer, of Turners Falls High School, during their game Wednesday, April 27. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Stephen Walker, of Greenfield High School, returns a hit from Jimmy Vaughn, of Turners Falls, during their game at Turners Falls High School, Wednesday, April 27. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Jimmy Vaughn, of Turners Falls, serves to Stephen Walker, of Greenfield, during their game at Turners Falls High School, Wednesday, April 27. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

  • Greenfield’s No. 1 singles man Stephen Walker unleashes an airborne serve to Turners Falls opponent Jimmy Vaughn, who he beat in straight sets Wednesday afternoon. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 4/27/2016 11:31:59 PM

Greenfield High School got off to a fast start and Turners Falls High School was unable to slow the Green Wave down until it was too late.

Greenfield quickly posted wins in the first two matches and held on to win at first doubles for the deciding point as it beat the Indians, 3-2, in Tri-County League boys’ tennis action Wednesday at the Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.

The Green Wave (4-2, overall, 4-0 TCL) jumped out to the early lead when George Felogloy posted a 6-1, 6-0 win over Avery Palmer at second singles. Shortly after that, Stefan Walker defeated Jimmy Vaughn, 6-1, 6-3, at first singles to put the Wave ahead 2-0.

Victor Ivancev and Fahrah Day clinched the win for Greenfoeld at first doubles, as they held off Mason Whiteman and Nick Morin in the second set to win, 6-2, 7-5.

Turners (4-4, 3-2) earned points at third singles, where Ricky Craver downed Elijah Xeno, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, and second doubles, where Brian Poirier and Jovanni Ruggiano bested Josh Cady and Brandon Siow, 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

“They had good depth for first and second singles. Stefan and George were both solid,” said Turners coach Steve Touloumtzis. “The pivotal match for us was first doubles. They (Greenfield) played strategically well.”

“They were pretty well coached,” he added. “They’re beatable, but we deserved the loss.”

Turners goes to Pioneer Valley Christian Academy on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Girls’ tennis

Tri-County North

Frontier 4, Mohawk 1 — Frontier Regional School won two of three singles matches and swept the doubles to defeat Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 4-1, in TCL girls’ tennis play Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Ally Zera cruised to a 6-0, 6-0, win over Lilly Seaver at second singles, and Ashley Barrington bested Mary Monohon, 6-2, 6-0, at third singles for the Red Hawks.

In doubles, Erika Poissant and Tori Bowen beat Charlotte Holdeside and Emilia Seaver, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 1, and Anna Zera and Tori Speth blanked Kylie Cole and Corinne Freeman, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2.

The Warriors picked up their only win at first singles, where Nelly O’Connell outlasted Celia Speth, 3-6, 6-3, (10-8).

Frontier (4-0, 2-0 TCL North) heads to Greenfield today at 3:30 p.m. Mohawk (0-2 , 0-2) travels to Palmer High School Friday at 4.


Frontier 12, Palmer 4 — Kelsey Jarvis, Mindy Esposito and Natalie Denkiewicz belted home runs to lead a late-inning power surge by Frontier Regional School during a 12-4 win over Palmer High School Wednesday afternoon at Zabek Field in South Deerfield.

Frontier took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning when it blew things open with six runs. Jarvis sparked the onslaught by hitting a three-run bomb to make it 4-0, and after a Sarah Meunier walk, Denkiewicz came up and uncorked a two-run shot. Lexa Boyden followed with a base hit and Esposito knocked in the sixth run of the frame with an RBI single.

The Red Hawks kept piling up the runs, with five more in the sixth, including three on an Esposito bomb, giving her two hits and four RBIs on the day.

“It was nice to see it all come together today,” Frontier coach Carrie Fydenkevez said. “We’ve played great defense all along, but it was the bats we were waiting for and we put them together today.”

Frontier finished with 15 hits, including a pair from Hannah Adams, Jarvis, Denkiewicz, Boyden, Esposito and Ava Harper.

That was all the support needed for Emma Wesoloski, who went the distance, striking out one and walking one. Palmer got two runs in each of the final two innings.

Savannah Cavanaugh suffered the loss, striking out 12 and walking four in six innings.

Turners Falls 11, Mt. Everett 1 — Eighth-grader Alyson Murphy belted her first career home run and Mackenzie Phillips took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Turners Falls High School knocked off Mt. Everett Regional High School, 11-1, in an independent softball game Wednesday in Turners Falls.

Phillips took a no-hitter and shutout into the seventh inning before back-to-back doubles by Gwendolyn Carpenter and Marion DeVoti broke up both the no-hitter and the shutout. Phillips finished off the inning without giving up any more runs and wound up with 16 strikeouts and one walk in the complete-game victory.

Murphy’s first-career bomb highlighted a nice offensive day for the Indians against Eagles’ hurler Morgan DeGrenier, as the Indians put up 11 runs on 12 hits and three walks.

“Mackenzie pitched great, but the thing I was most happy with was that my kids showed good discipline at the plate today,” Turners Falls coach Gary Mullins said. “(DeGrenier) throws a lot of change-ups and she throws a lot of pitches up in the zone, and we showed good discipline and hit the ball hard. When you are disciplined and go after good pitches, it makes a difference.”

Murphy came up in the first inning with two on and two out and belted a pitch over the left-field fence. Melissa Hersey and Jordyn Fiske each hit RBI singles later in the inning. Jenna Putala and Gabby Arzuaga finished with three hits apiece in the win, including two doubles from Arzuaga and one from Putala. Putala drove in three runs, Arzuaga a pair.

DeGrenier finished with six strikeouts and three walks.

Boys’ track & field

Frontier 113, Athol 31 — Chad Parent won four events for the second time this week and Frontier cruised to another victory, topping Athol High School, 113-31, in an Intercounty League boys’ track & field meet Wednesday in South Deerfield.

Just like on Monday when Frontier defeated Pioneer Valley Regional School, Parent swept the sprints and the jumps. He won the 100 in 11.9 seconds, and the 200 in 24.7, and in the field he won the long jump in 17-11.25 and the triple jump in 36-11.25. 

Andy Habel won the mile in 4:54.7 and the pole vault at 10 feet, and he also teamed up with Dylan Landry, Brandon Trueswell and Clay Kocot to win the 4 x 400 relay in 4:00.1.

Andy Paul won the 400 in 58 seconds, Connor Hamilton won the 800 in 2:07.3, and Aidan Waldron won the 2-mile in 10:51 for the Hawks. Nate Walker won the high jump at 5-4, Luke Parsons won the discus at 92-2, and Jared Kellogg won the shot put at 38-5.75. Ben Morse, Joe Zinan, Aaron Landry and Kocot won the 4 x 100 relay in 48.9 seconds.

Mason Barrieau swept the hurdles for the Red Raiders, winning the 110 highs in 18.8 seconds, and the 400 intermediates in 65.7. Matt Winters earned a win in the javelin at 107-1.

Girls’ track & field

Putnam 76, Greenfield 68 — Putnam Vocational Technical Academy won all but two field events and edged Greenfield High School, 76-68, in an independent girls’ track & field meet Wednesday at Turners Falls High School in Turners Falls.

Ajah Farrington and Jamie Day each won a pair of events for the Green Wave. Farrington won the long jump in 14-4, and the 200 in 30 seconds, and Day won the 800 in 2:52, and the mile in 6:43. Amy O’Sullivan won the 2-mile in 13:20, while older sister Sarah O’Sullivan captured the pole vault at 7-9. Amelia Simmons had the other win on the day for the Wave, winning the 400 low hurdles in 77.5 seconds.

Boys’ volleyball

Athol 3, Dean Tech 0 — An unexpected personnel loss right before match time didn’t slow down Athol High School, which downed Dean Technical High School, 25-16, 25-21, 25-11, in an independent boys’ volleyball match Wednesday at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.

The Red Raiders’ Lorenzo Carra went home with the flu right before the match began, but Nick Casella filled in admirably, as he totaled 5 kills, 13 assists and 7 service points.

Tyler Lajoie finished with 5 kills, 18 assists, 2 digs, 1 ace and 9 points, while Carter Amadon added 9 kills, 1 block, 4 digs and 5 points.

Josh Herk tuend in a solid effort with 9 kills, 4 digs and 6 digs. Nelson Leadbetter racked up 13 digs, Ryan Warner added 2 kills and 6 digs, Allen Clair contributed 2 kills and 5 digs, and Dustin Aikey had 4 digs.

“Josh played the game of his life today,” said Athol head coach Donna Lajoie. “(It’s the) best I've ever seen him play. Ryan Hulbert also did some great things today at the net with a couple of nice saves off poor passes. Zack Roberts also put up his best game of the season.”

Zachery Welch collected 8 blocks and Johvante Perez added 6 digs and 4 blocks for the Golden Hawks.

Athol (8-3) hosts Ware High School Friday at 5 p.m.

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