Mohawk stays strong late

  • Mohawk’s Ashley Reynolds has her pocket picked by Easthampton’s Nes Bentley in Buckland on Monday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Chuck Miner's grandson Parker Smith-Laclaire, 3½, picks the tape off the plaque that held paper that was obscuring it before ceremonies at Mohawk dedicating the gym to Miner’s memory. Staff photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • A plaque is unveiled in the Mohawk gymnasium dedicated to the memory of late former girls basketball coach Chuck Miner. A ceremony was held prior to Monday’s game against Easthampton. Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Chuck Miner's former players stand at mid court during ceremonies at Mohawk dedicating the gym to his memory. February 11, 2019 Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Ashley Reynolds looks to shoot over Easthampton’s Val Murphy in Buckland on Monday. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk 20 Stella Clark competes for a rebound vs Easthampton in Buckland on Monday. February 11, 2019 Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

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Published: 2/11/2019 11:12:56 PM

During former Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls basketball coach Chuck Miner’s battle with leukemia, he constantly told his family and friends to stay strong.

On Monday night, after a plaque was unveiled in the Mohawk gymnasium to honor the 58-year-old Miner, who lost his battle in March 2018, the Warriors did exactly that and inched even closer to a WMass Division 4 tournament berth.

Mohawk outscored Easthampton 18-10 in the fourth quarter to snap a tie after three frames and went on to claim a 52-44 victory.

The night began with a large crowd on hand to remember Miner, who coached Mohawk girls basketball teams at various levels for 14 years and also served as a youth coach for many more. Part of the presentation included the unveiling of a plaque which includes the phrase, “Stay Strong” along the bottom to serve as a reminder of Miner’s words to others during his battle.

“He always told us to stay strong while he was battling leukemia, he was the strongest person I’ve ever known,” his daughter and current Mohawk coach Larissa Harrison said. 

As if on cue, the Warriors heeded that advice in their battle with the Eagles, which came down to the final frame. The teams went into the fourth quarter tied at 34-34, but on the strength of 14 made free throws in the final frame (the team shot a respectable 14-of-20 in the fourth from the line), Mohawk pulled out a win and moved into sole possession of second place in the Franklin County League West Division.

“He was with us for sure, tonight,” Harrison said.

Mohawk (6-12) needs one win in its final two games to clinch no worse than a tie for second place in the West, which would give the team an automatic qualifier. The Warriors face West-leading Pope Francis and McCann Tech, the team Mohawk is currently battling with for second place in the league.

Ashley Reynolds went 7-of-8 from the line in the fourth quarter and finished with 13 points in the win, while Grace Poplawski scored 16 points to lead the Warriors. Stella Clark went 4-of-6 from the line in fourth and finished with 12 points, Mya Lesieur added 6 points, and Grace Ward had 5 points and 11 rebounds.

Abbey Coleman led Easthampton with 17 points.

Greenfield 52, Frontier 33 — Behind a strong first quarter and another big night from Recorder-area leading-scorer Samantha Smith, Greenfield clinched sole possession of the Franklin County League North Division title behind a 52-33 win over Frontier, Monday night at Nichols Gymnasium in Greenfield.

Greenfield (15-2, 6-0) led 18-2 after one quarter and 32-6 at halftime. Smith scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to power the Green Wave.

“Our first quarter, we played pretty good defensively right out of the gates,” Greenfield coach John Hickey lauded.

Katie Haselton had 9 points and five steals for Greenfield. Raegan Hickey added 7 points, eight assists and five steals, while Bry Rivera and Racquel Provost scored 4 points apiece.

Frontier (9-9, 4-3) was led by Marie Diemand and Amelia Sobieski, as the duo scored 10 points each. Kaitlyn Mackin added 6 points for the Red Hawks, which need one more victory to clinch postseason qualification.

Pioneer 44, Ware 39 — Lily Faille’s steal with 17 seconds remaining resulted in two points by Olivia Rowe, sealing the deal for a huge Pioneer road victory Monday night. The visiting Panthers moved within a game of first place in the Franklin County League South, knocking off Ware, 44-39.

The Panthers (11-8, 5-2) took the lead with 1:09 left in the third quarter and didn’t trail the rest of the way. Up 40-39 with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, Rowe hit a pair of free throws to pad the advantage. After defensive stops by both teams, Ware (14-4, 6-1) took over with a chance to tie the game. But a defensive deflection and steal by Faille saw Pioneer push the ball up the floor and Rowe finished off a bucket to secure the five-point victory.

Rowe finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks in another standout performance inside. Paige Loughman joined her in double figures with 14 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three assists, and Steph Scoville tossed in 10 points and seven boards.

Pioneer trailed 20-16 at halftime, but used an 18-point third-quarter effort to take the lead. Scoville and Rowe combined for 14 points in the third, and Rowe scored 14 of her 17 points after halftime.

Ware didn’t have a player score in double figures, with Shelby Tweedie leading the way with 9 points.

FC Tech 42, Smith Voke 39 — Franklin Tech is postseason-bound.

The visiting Eagles didn’t want to leave their tournament fate to chance, so they got their 10th victory of the season Monday thanks to a 42-39 decision over Smith Vocational in an independent girls basketball game in Northampton.

“I’m very proud of the girls,” Franklin Tech coach Sean Knightly said. “It was a hard-fought game against a good team. We played excellent defense and were able to do enough offensively to get the job done.”

The Eagles (10-8) led for most of the night, building a 20-17 lead at halftime and making it 32-27 entering the fourth.

Jocelyn Crowningshield led the offensive effort with 14 points, followed by Gem Cruz with 9. Emily Ryan and Isabelle Duga tossed in 7 points apiece to help aid the cause.

Franklin Tech is back in Tri-County League North play Wednesday on the road at Duggan Academy.

Hopkins 83, Athol 48 — Samantha Jenks poured in 29 points, and visiting Hopkins Academy took care of business in an 83-48 victory over Athol in a Franklin County League North game Monday night at Mallet Gymnasium.

The Golden Hawks (13-5, 3-3) jumped out to a 25-6 lead after one and took a 44-16 advantage into intermission.

Athol received double-digit performances from Angelica Baptista, Taylor Cleveland and Haley Bigwood. Baptista hit a 3-pointer en route to a team-high 13 points, and Cleveland followed with 11 points while Bigwood tossed in 10. Rozlyn Nelson added 7 points.

The Red Raiders host Narragansett on Thursday.

Putnam 53, Turners 25 — Avi’Nique Harris scored 16 points to lead Putnam past Turners Falls, 53-25, in FCL South action Monday in Springfield.

Dabney Rollins had 11 points for Turners Falls, while Klarissa Fleming and Lucy Spera each added 4 points.

Boys basketball

Pioneer 66, Greenfield 43 — It had been nearly a month since Pioneer coach Scott Thayer had gotten a complete performance from his team. That changed on Monday night.

The Panthers got big performances from several players and held Greenfield’s high scorers in check en route to a 66-43 victory in independent play at Messer Gymnasium in Northfield.

With injuries mounting and players playing out of position, the Panthers (14-3) went 4-2 over the past four weeks since a 21-point win over Hopkins Academy on Jan. 14, but the four wins were far from convincing. Part of that stretch included a narrow 46-41 win over Greenfield High School two weeks ago in Greenfield.

Things were much different the second time around as the Panthers led 29-17 at the break and then outscored the Green Wave (9-9), 27-12, in the third quarter to pull away.

“It’s the most complete game, defensively and offensively, that we’ve played in quite a stretch here,” Thayer said. “We went through this rash of injuries and went into a tailspin. But the defense offensive came together a little bit and when it does it’s fun to watch.”

The Panthers had 22 field goals in the game and 16 assists, something Thayer found encouraging.

“When we were playing well early in the season, we were getting a lot of assists,” he said.

Garrett Cote finished with 24 points and seven assists in the win, while Ryan Potter had 12 points. Jared Hubbard finished with 9 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals, while Zach Fox had 7 points and 10 boards. Troy Emond added 6 points in his return from injury.

Hunter Campbell, Ryan Cote and Jared Hart each scored 10 points for the Green Wave. Mason Meadows, who had 15 points and 19 rebounds when the teams met on Jan. 30 and leads the Wave in scoring at 10.6 points per game, was held to 2 points, and Owen Phelps, who is second on the Wave in scoring at 9.6 points per game, was held scoreless.

Hampden Charter 63, FC Tech 57, OT — Playing without the services of its starting backcourt in overtime, host Franklin Tech was unable to earn what would’ve been an impressive come-from-behind victory Monday night.

The Eagles lost Marcus Sanders to an injury during the game and Jared Bergmann fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Eagles did well to overcome a tough first quarter but ultimately fell in OT, 63-57, in a Tri-County League North contest in Turners Falls.

“We got off to a slow start but after that, they did everything we asked them to do,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said of his club, which trailed 20-11 after one quarter. “To get to overtime, you wouldn’t have guessed we would’ve done that based on the start of the game.”

Bergmann led the Eagles (7-8, 2-5) with 17 points to go with five rebounds and five assists. Sanders added 14 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists before exiting the game after cutting his lip open after diving into the bleachers. Garret Cole put together an impressive double-double of 15 points and 24 rebounds, while Sim Maniatty pulled down 11 boards to go with 3 points.

The Eagles outscored Hampden Charter (6-10, 2-5), 33-28, in the second half to force overtime. But Tech was outscored by a 6-1 margin in the extra session

Hockey

Greenfield 4, Agawam 2 — A first-period barrage was a welcomed sight for the Greenfield hockey team Monday evening.

The host Green Wave stormed to a 3-0 advantage after one period, and Sean O’Sullivan’s empty-netter in the final minute secured a 4-2 victory over Agawam in an independent contest at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.

“We came out flying,” began Greenfield coach Adam Bouchard of his team. “That’s something we’ve been trying to harp on… try and get out to an early lead. Most of the season we’ve had to play from behind so it was nice to go out and play with a 3-0 lead.”

Doug Hanieski got the scoring started and Aidan Roche followed with two straight tallies to continue his hot offensive stretch. Roche has now scored goals in four of his last five contests, and his two first-period strikes made it 3-0 after one.

Agawam didn’t go away, however. The Brownies cut the deficit to 3-1 after two periods, and Mitch Drewnowski’s goal with 4:12 left in the third period got the visitors within 3-2.

“We came out a little lackadaisical in the second period and got a little sloppy in our own defensive zone,” Bouchard said. “We were able to tighten it back up down the stretch.”

O’Sullivan created the insurance needed, when he scored his 10th goal of the season with 39 seconds to play to create the 4-2 final.

Will Averill, Kyle Barnes, O’Sullivan, Bryan Baumann and Hanieski notched assists for the Green Wave, and goaltender Riley Drew made 25 saves to pick up the victory.

Next up is a huge Wright Division game with league-leading Belchertown set for Friday at 4 p.m. at the Mullins Center Practice Rink in Amherst.

Greenfield 52, Frontier 33

Frontier (33)

Mackin 2-2—6, Sobieski 4-2—10, Deane 2-0—5, Bridwell 1-0—2, Diemand 5-0—10, Walker, Warren, Maes-Polan, Roberts, Doulette, Fuller, Sackrey. Totals 14-4—33.

Greenfield (52)

Rivera 2-0—4, Provost 1-2—4, Haselton 4-0—9, Hickey 3-0—7, Reed 1-0—2, Smith 11-1—24, Richardson 0-2—2, Pruitt-Dahl, Kuchieski, Joy, Kachelmeyer. Totals: 22-5—52.

3-Point Goals: (F) Deane. (G) Haselton, Hickey, Smith.

Score by quarters:

Frontier

2

4

10

17

33

Greenfield

18

14

16

2

52

Mohawk 52, Easthmptn 44

Easthampton (44)

Downer 4-4—12, Murphy 4-2—13, Bentley 1-0—2, Coleman 6-4—17. Totals 15-10—44.

Mohawk (52)

Lesieur 2-1—6, Ward 2-1—5, Clark 4-4—12, Poplawski 6-3—16, Reynolds 2-9—13, Dupree, Allen, Rancourt. Totals: 16-18—52.

3-Point Goals: (E) Murphy 3, Coleman. (M) Poplawski, Lesieur.

Score by quarters:

Easthampton

13

4

17

10

44

Mohawk

8

12

14

18

52

Pioneer 44, Ware 39

Pioneer (44)

Tibbetts 0-1—1, Loughman 6-1—14, Scoville 5-0—10, Rowe 7-3—17, Faille 1-0—2, Briggs, Ellis, Flagg, Kahler, Cecunjanin. Totals 19-5—44.

Ware (39)

Vadnais 3-1—7, Welsh 2-3—8, Orszulak 1-1—3, LaValley 2-2—6, Tweedie 4-1—9, Burke 2-2—6. Totals: 14-10—39.

3-Point Goals: (P) Loughman. (W) Welsh.

Score by quarters:

Pioneer

8

8

18

10

44

Ware

11

9

11

8

39

Hopkins 83, Athol 48

Hopkins (00)

Belson 1-0—2, Earle 5-0—11, Dyjach 0-1—1, Hanscom 1-0—2, C. Kowal-Safron 5-0—13, A. Kowal-Safron 3-5—13, Palmisano 2-2—6, Jenks 10-4—29, Mitchell 1-0—2, Beauchamp 0-3—3, Boisvert 0-1—1. Totals 28-16—83.

Athol (00)

Nelson 1-5—7, Cleveland 5-1—11, Deleo 2-0—4, Baptista 2-8—13, Bigwood 4-2—10, Wrigley 1-1—3, St. Cyr, Polana. Totals: 15-17—48.

3-Point Goals: (H) Earle, Jenks 5, C. Kowal-Safron 3, A. Kowal-Safron 2. (A) Baptista.

Score by quarters:

Hopkins

25

19

18

17

00

Athol

6

10

11

15

00

Putnam 53, Turners 25

Turners (25)

Fleming 1-2—4, Whiteman 1-0—2, Rollins 4-3—11, Waldron 1-0—2, Li. Spera 0-2—2, Lu. Spear 2-0—4. Totals 9-7—25.

Putnam (53)

Rosado 3-0—6, Ramirez 1-2—5, Chai. Haywood 2-0—4, Chad. Haywood 1-2—4, Harris 8-0—16, Sullivan 1-0—2, Rodriguez 3-2—8, Bethea 0-2—2, Fernandez 2-0—4, Rivera 1-0—2. Totals: 21-8—53.

3-Point Goals: (P) Ramirez.

Score by quarters:

Turners

4

4

3

14

25

Putnam

11

15

15

12

53

FC Tech 42, Smith Voke 39

FC Tech (42)

Cruz 4-1—9, Kucenski 1-0—2, Doane 1-1—3, Crowningshield 6-0—14, Duga 3-1—7, Ryan 3-1—7, Eastman. Totals 18-4--42.

Smith Voke (39)

Sherman 2-1—5, Schabker 1-0—2, Pensivy 6-1—13, Cyr 3-5—11, Cone 1-0—2, Start 1-0—2. Totals: 16-7--39.

3-Point Goals: (FT) Crowningshield 2. (SV) none.

Score by quarters:

FC Tech

14

6

12

10

42

Smith Voke

12

5

10

12

39

BOYS GAMES

Pioneer 66, Greenfield 43

Greenfield (43)

Vega 0-2—2, Sak 1-2—4, Zwart 1-0—3, Meadows 1-0—2, Campbell 3-2—10, Cote 4-0—10, Hart 3-4—10, Brewington 1-0—2, Haselton, Phelps, Avery, Baird. Totals 13-10—43.

Pioneer (66)

Emond 2-1—6, Hubbard 3-2—9, Potter 4-2—12, Fuller 1-1—3, Cote 7-5—24, Fox 3-1—7, Curtis 1-1—3, Emberley 1-0—2, Brown. Totals: 22-13—66.

3-Point Goals: (G) Zwart, Campbell 2, Cote 2. (P) Emond, Hubbard, Potter, Cote 5.

Score by quarters:

Greenfield

11

6

12

14

43

Pioneer

10

19

27

10

66

Hamp Chart 63, FC Tech 57 (OT)

Hampden Charter (63)

Lewis 6-6—19, Rosemond 6-5—20, Masonette 1-2—4, Cox 1-0—2, Ranck 9-0—18. Totals 23-13—63.

FC Tech (57)

Sanders 7-0—14, Bergmann 7-2—17, Vielmetti-Perusse 0-1—1, J. Littlewood 0-1—1, Maniatty 1-1—3, Young 3-0—6, Cole 6-2—15, Lau. Totals: 24-7—57.

3-Point Goals: (HC) Rosemond 3, Lewis. (FT) Bergmann, Cole.

Score by quarters:

Hampden

20

8

9

19

7—

63

FC Tech

11

12

18

15

1—

57

HOCKEY

Greenfield 4, Agawam 2

Agawam

0

1

1

2

Greenfield

3

0

1

4

Goals: (A) Buonagurio, Drewnowski. (G) Hanieski, Roche 2, O’Sullivan.

Assists: (A) Grasso, Sliech. (G) Averill, Barnes, O’Sullivan, B. Baumann, Hanieski.

Shots: Agawam 27. Greenfield 36.

Saves: (A) Prior 32. (G) Drew 25.


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