SOUTHWICK – A good-old fashioned home town race took over Southwick Wednesday, and the Rams prevailed against a friendly rival.
Southwick claimed four of the top six finishes, and seven of the top 10 to defeat visiting Gateway in a high school girls’ cross country meet, 24-35.
“The theme of the meet was teamwork and sportsmanship today,” Southwick coach Kristin S. Tetrault said. “We had many seasoned runners assume leadership roles and use their running talents and know-how to help push newer teammates to personal bests. Southwick ran well in packs and I was really happy with the results.”
Southwick’s Emily McKinney (22:13) and Samantha Smith (22:18) placed second and third, overall.
Cassie White (24:26) and Caroline Clarke (24:26) held down the fifth- and sixth-place spots for Southwick, and Rams’ Emma Morton (24:58), Maggie Drohen (25:02), and Maddie Provencher (25:33) claimed 8-10.
Faye Gryzbowski, of Gateway won the race in 21:54. She was followed by teammates (23:02) and Shyanne Jones (24:57) in fourth and seventh, overall.
“Today was a great mid-season meet,” coach Tetrault said. “I have come to love competing against Gateway as their crowd support and team structure is much like that of Southwick. Both teams are full of athletes that demonstrate a high level of sportsmanship, and their family and friends do the same.”
“I love when the crowd cheers on each runner and that is exactly what happened at today’s meet,” she added.
Southwick’s head coach noted that several individuals who scored in Wednesday’s meet had not scored in previous meets, which bodes well for the Rams.
“That is a positive sign for our team,” Tetrault said. “We are looking forward to PVIACs and Western Mass championships.”
Results for the boys’ meet were not available.
Southwick def. Smith Voke, 25-22, 25-9, 25-19
Hannah Sitler delivered six aces and six kills to help lead Southwick past visiting Smith in a 3-set sweep.
Taylor Keiderling contributed five aces for the Rams, and Katrina VanderVliet had four.
JV GIRLS’ SOCCER
Holyoke 3, Southwick 1
Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional High School sophomore Alyssa Cournoyer scored the lone team goal Tuesday on a beautiful direct kick in the second half.
Haley Parker delivered solid defense for the Rams, and Aliviah Raymond provided great pressure from the forward position.