Bombers wrap up regular season #1

Westfield’s Nick Maslar (13) spikes one between Milford defenders Monday. (MARC ST.ONGE/THE WESTFIELD NEWS)

WESTFIELD – It is now apparent that the Westfield High School boys volleyball team is once again the team to beat.
Westfield, the overall #1 team in the state of Massachusetts according to MaxPreps, rallied from one set down to defeat ninth-ranked Milford three-sets-to-one Monday at Westfield High School. The Bombers won 18-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-18.
Milford (13-3) stunned Westfield in the early going, taking the first set by seven points and then establishing a 3-0 lead to begin the second frame. The Bombers turned things around though, playing better at the net, and the opposition wilted.
“They looked like the hungrier team. …That was a deserved (first set) win for them,” Westfield High School boys volleyball coach Tyler Wingate said. “Teams will come in fired up to play us just based on past success. …(but) that’s not always going to be the tale of the match. We need to see a response in how we know how to play – – and I think you kind of saw that the rest of the match.”
After falling behind 3-0 in the second set, Westfield rallied to tie Milford 4-4 and 5-5 before taking control. The Bombers trailed just twice more – – early in the fourth set – – before pulling away.
Vitaliy Samoylenko (12 kills, 9 digs), Nick Maslar (11 kills), Mike Collins (9 kills, 2.5 blocks), Aiden Quarterley (31 assists, 5 digs), Alex Robitaille (10 digs, 5 assists), Nick Gonzalez (3.5 blocks), and Cole Davignon (3.5 blocks) paved the way for a Westfield victory.
It was the final game of the regular season for Westfield (12-1), whose only loss came against Chicopee Comprehensive. The Bombers avoided a season sweep though beating the Colts in the second meeting of the season.
Next up for Westfield: the West Sectional Division 1 tournament.
“Now entering the postseason, everything is one match,” coach Wingate said. “Hopefully this was a good learning experience for us. …We’re not quite there yet. I want that hunger to stay there so that we can still find a higher level of play.”

Bombers stomp Brownies
Westfield 17, Agawam 3

Cam Theriault had a hand in nearly half of all Westfield’s goals, finishing with four goals and four assists. Bombers’ Andrew Dion (1 assist) and Tristan Koumentakos each netted a hat trick; Chris Racicot had two goals and two assists; and, Blake Braceland, Ryan Cimini, Zach Barouxis-Kroll, Francis Powers, and C.J. Czarnecki each scored a goal. Race Kiniry and Drew Theriault assisted.
Westfield goalies Aaron Hooben (4 saves) and Mark Kravchuk (3) combined for seven saves.

Fox, Dellaguistina chase Panthers
Southwick 18, Palmer 2
Devan Fox (2-for-2, double, home run, 2 walks, 3 runs, 4 RBIs) and Mia Dellaguistina (3-for-3, walk, 4 runs, 3 RBIs).

Pompi, Buchter pave the way for Rams’ victory
Southwick 86, Palmer 43

Mia Pompi and Emily Buchter won three events apiece to lead Southwick to victory. Pompi finished first in the shotput (27-3 ½), discus (64-11), and javelin (70-3); Buchter won the long jump (15-1), 100 meters (13.1), and 200 meters (29.3).

Rams leap past Panthers
Southwick 82, Palmer 43

Jake Buchter (shot put, 34 1/2; javelin, 128-10), Matthew Coviello (triple jump, 35-2; high jump, 5-6), and Borese Antropov (800 meters, 2:32.00; 400-meter hurdles,1:06.7) each won two events in a Southwick victory.

LATE RESULTS – Fri., June 11
Bombers shock Brownies
Westfield 48, Agawam 19

After an upsetting one-point loss to East Longmeadow, it came as a bit of a surprise that Westfield overwhelmed Agawam in the final meet of the regular season. The Bombers were impressive from beginning to end.
Westfield sophomore Tristan Connors (126 pounds) got things started with a dominating performance against Agawam’s Reign Ingram, winning by fall in the second period. Then the Bombers recorded consecutive first period pins from sophomore Anthony Ross (132) and senior Zac Cernak (138). Ross defeated Brownies’ Joe Breault and Cernak took down Ilya Shlemanov.
At 145, Westfield freshman Spencer Bates continued to impress with a second period pin of Agawam’s Solomon Mirza. Bombers freshman Ruslan Tabolich (152) gave Brownies’ Max Holloway all he could handle, but Hollaway edged out a 9-6 victory.
Westfield sophomore Nikita Tabolich pinned Agawam’s Max Mundrenca in the first period in a matchup of 160-pounders. At 170, Westfield junior captain Caitlin Carter frustrated Brownies’ Dan Menbrenco all match before losing on points.
At 182, Westfield sophomore Nico Paulson won by forfeit, and then Bombers’ Chase Boisseau (195) won by pin in 30 seconds.
Westfield’s Peyton Bates (220) overcame a 40 pound disadvantage against Agawam’s Jacob Diaz and landed a stunning pin in the opening minute of their match.
Westfield finishes the regular season 3-2.
“It was an odd season to say the least … wrestling with a mask on,” Westfield High School wrestling coach Chris Malinowski said. “I am so proud of my guys for sticking it out and coming through the way they did. I’m so proud of every one of them.”

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2021 High School Spring Sports Standings
Westfield 12-1
Southwick 10-2

Westfield 7-3
Westfield Technical Academy 8-3
St. Mary’s 2-9
Southwick 6-5

Westfield 9-2
Westfield Technical Academy 4-5
St. Mary’s 7-2
Southwick 9-0

Westfield 5-4
St. Mary’s 6-5

Westfield 8-3
St. Mary’s 5-3

Westfield 3-2

Westfield 2-10
St. Mary’s 6-2

Westfield 3-1
St. Mary’s 0-5

Westfield 3-0
Southwick 2-1

Westfield 1-3
Southwick 2-3

Monday’s Results
Westfield 3, Milford 1
Southwick 18, Palmer 2
Westfield 17, Agawam 3
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2021 High School Spring Sports Schedules
Tues., June 15
SOFTBALL @ Hampshire, 4 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS @ Chicopee Comp, 5 p.m.
GIRLS LACROSSE @ Northampton, 5:30 p.m.
Tues., June 15
BASEBALL vs. St. Mary’s, Jachym Field, 4 p.m.
Tues., June 15
BOYS TENNIS @ Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, Holyoke Canoe & Tennis Club, 4 p.m.
GIRLS LACROSSE vs. Chicopee Comp @ Westfield High School, 4:30 p.m.
BASEBALL @ St. Mary’s, Bullens Field, 4 p.m.
Tues., June 15
BASEBALL vs. Hampshire, 3:30 p.m.
SOFTBALL vs. Ware, 4 p.m.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL vs. Athol, 5:15 p.m.
BASEBALL vs. Ware, Whalley Park, 7 p.m.

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