Schools roundup: Watson’s pin clinches opener

Staff Writers
Published: 12/12/2018 10:19:34 PM

Five Mahar Regional School wrestlers won via pinfall, and the Senators edged Sabis, 36-34, in a tightly-contested independent contest Wednesday in Springfield.

The match came down to Caleb Watson at 285 pounds where he was making his debut on the mat and Watson earned the fifth and final pin of the night for the Senators to earn the six points that overtook Sabis. Another big moment in the match came at 126 pounds where seventh-grader Landon Hardy managed to avoid being pinned. He lost by major decision, but not getting stuck saved his team two points — which was the difference in the final score.

Jeff Kidwell (106 pounds), Todd Chiasson (160), Peter Tattan (170) and Jayden Carey (182) all snagged victories via pin for Mahar in the road win. Chiasson’s was a lengthy match where he scored a third-period pinfall over Sabis’ Christian Fagan.

FC Tech 43, Pathfinder 21 — Kyle Brunelle and Walker Picard each won via pin on Wednesday night and Franklin County Technical School opened the dual-meet season with a 43-21 win over Pathfinder in Turners Falls.

Brunelle won by second-period pin at 138 pounds, and Picard won by first-period pin at 220. Franklin Tech four forfeits in the win, and Brody Wood won by major decision at 170 pounds. Joshua Brunelle won at 126 pounds.

Frontier 50, Gateway 24 — Frontier picked up six forfeits on Wednesday and also captured two other matches via pin en route to a 50-24 win over Gateway in wrestling action in South Deerfield.

Forest Riddington won by pin at 113 pounds, and KC Mattson won by pin at 170 pounds. Ovidiu Nichita won 9-0 at 120 pounds, and Ito McMillan won 14-3 at 152 pounds for a pair of major victories.

Granby 47, Athol 30 — Caleb Cox was the lone wrestler to win a contested bout for Athol on Wednesday night and the Red Raiders fell to Granby, 47-30.

Athol won four matches via forfeit and picked up its fifth win of the match at 145 pounds where Cox earned a third-period pin.

Girls basketball

Athol 42, Murdock 13 — A standout defensive effort limited host Murdock to just two first-half points, and Athol rolled to a 42-13 independent victory in an impressive season-opener Wednesday in Winchendon.

Athol led 14-2 at halftime and expanded the advantage to 30-7 after three quarters.

Taylor Cleveland, Angelica Baptista and Haley Bigwood led the Red Raiders with 8 points each. Reily Polana followed with 6 points and Kendall Deleo tossed in 4.

McCann Tech 43, Pioneer 36 — Despite holding a 10-point lead at one point in the third quarter, Pioneer was unable to hold off a charging McCann Tech squad Wednesday night. The visiting Hornets outscored the Panthers by a 15-8 margin in the fourth frame to snag a come-from-behind 43-36 independent victory at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

“They mentally beat us in the third and fourth quarters,” Pioneer coach Meg Burrington offered.

The Panthers (1-1) received double-doubles from Olivia Rowe (11 points, 16 rebounds) and Paige Loughman (12 points, 10 rebounds), and the hosts built a 22-16 halftime lead that grew in the third quarter. But McCann clawed back, tying the game 28-28 entering the fourth.

Pioneer, which was just 4-for-15 from the free throw line, received 5 points, six rebounds and five steals from Steph Scoville. Alina Cecunjanin added 4 points while Lily Faille and Abby Briggs had 2 points each.

McCann’s Kaylee Tatro led all scorers with 17 points, 14 of those coming in the second half.

Boys basketball

Drury 75, Turners 46 — Turners Falls got a look at one of the preseason favorites in the WMass Div. 4 mix Wednesday night.

Visiting Drury, which broke through with a big second quarter, received a game-high 29 points from Scott McGuire to overpower the Thunder, 75-46, in an independent boys basketball game in Turners Falls.

The Blue Devils (2-0), which blasted Hopkins Academy in their opener last week, were semifinalists a year ago and return the bulk of their roster this winter. Hunter Sarkis had 16 points while Reese Racette tossed in 15 points in the victory.

Turners (0-1), which was already missing several key players due to injuries or illnesses, lost another one Wednesday when Jake Dodge left with an ankle injury. He finished with 6 points before exiting.

Tyler Lavin was the lone Thunder player in double figures with 14 points, followed by Anthony Peterson and Kyle Dodge with 9 points apiece. Jovanni Ruggiano added 6 points.

Drury led just 10-9 after one quarter before outscoring Turners by a 25-12 margin in the second that gave the visitors a 35-21 halftime lead.


Greenfield 9, Southwick 0 — Doug Hanieski and Bryan Baumann had five points each, and visiting Greenfield High School spoiled Southwick’s first-ever home game as a varsity hockey program Wednesday night thanks to a 9-0 Wright Division rout at Amelia Park Ice Arena in Westfield.

Baumann had two goals and three assists, while Hanieski lit the lamp for a hat trick to go with two assists.

Aurel Pydych had a fine game for the Green Wave, scoring a goal and adding an assist while leading the squad at both ends of the ice. Jacob Bryant, Porter Clancy and Kyle Barnes all tallied, while Sean O’Sullivan recorded a pair of helpers. Riley Drew made nine saves to pick up the shutout.

Southwick, which is in its first season as a varsity program, received 42 saves in net from Andrew Morris as Greenfield held a 51-9 edge in shots.


Athol 42, Murdock 13

Athol (42)

Cleveland 4-0—8, Deleo 2-0—4, Baptista 3-1—8, Polana 3-0—6, Bigwood 4-0—8, St. Cyr 1-0—2, Putnam 2-0—4, H. Wrigley 1-0—2. Totals 20-1--42.

Murdock (13)

Haley 1-2—4, Ladzier 2-1—6, Garner 1-0—2, Brooks 0-1—1. Totals: 4-4--13.

3-Point Goals: (A) Baptista. (M) Ladzier.

Score by quarters:













McCann Tech 43, Pioneer 36

McCann (43)

LaCasse 5-0—10, Towler 2-0—5, Tatro 5-5—17, Tetlow 5-1—11. Totals 17-6--43.

Pioneer (36)

Loughman 5-1—12, Scoville 2-1—5, Rowe 5-1—11, Faille 1-0—2, Briggs 1-0—2, Cecunjanin 1-1—4, Flagg, Kahler, Ellis, Tibbetts. Totals: 15-4--36.

3-Point Goals: (MT) Towler, Tatro 2. (P) Loughman, Cecunjanin.

Score by quarters:














Drury 75, Turners 46

Drury (75)

McGuire 13-1—29, Rodriguez 1-0—2, Cartmell 0-2—2, Racette 5-5—15, Woodson 1-0—2, Collins 1-0—3, Daugherty 2-2—6, Sarkis 5-3—16. Totals 28-13--75.

Turners (46)

Lavin 5-2—14, K. Dodge 3-3—9, J. Dodge 3-0—6, Whiting 1-0—2, Ruggiano 2-2—6, Peterson 3-3—9, Russell, Driscoll, Waldron, Duclos. Totals: 17-10--46.

3-Point Goals: (D) McGuire 2, Collins, Sarkis 3. (TF) Lavin 2.

Score by quarters:














Greenfield 9, Southwick 0











Goals: (G) Bryant, Baumann 2, Hanieski 3, Barnes, Clancy, Pydych.

Assists: (G) O’Sullivan 2, Baumann 3, Hanieski 2, Barnes, Pydych.

Shots: Greenfield 51. Southwick 9.

Saves: (G) Drew 9. (S) Andrew Morris 42.

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