Gators win third straight

Gateway’s Becca Herman, left, dribbles the ball up the court as Alannis Camacka (15) defends. (Photo by Chris Putz)

HUNTINGTON – The Gateway Regional High School girls basketball team has been on a rollercoaster rider, of sorts, this season, managing to post consecutive wins just once and failing to string together three straight wins … until now.
On Tuesday night, Gateway’s Becca Herman scored 11 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter and the Gators went on to defeat Westfield Technical Academy 55-15 for their third straight victory.
Grace VanBuren chipped in 10 for Gateway, and Megan Wright had eight.
Jaymee Hall scored six points for Westfield Tech, all in the second half.
Gateway moved above .500 for just the second time this season, improving to 7-6. The Gators will attempt to make it four straight when they travel to Boland School in Springfield to take on Renaissance Friday.
Westfield Tech will look to bounce back Friday at Pioneer Valley Christian. Tip-off times for both games is 6 p.m.

Pacers hold off Bombers
Chicopee 54, Westfield 45

Chicopee doubled up Westfield 14-7 in the first half, and staved off the Bombers through the next three quarter to prevail.
Madison Gutierrez and Jasmine Leyda scored 18 points and 15, respectively, for Chicopee.
Westfield’s Kaela Mochak scored a game-high 19 points. Olivia Hadla chipped in 11.

Rams hit road block
Frontier 40, Southwick 36

McKenna Leary led the way for visiting Southwick. Rams’ Julia Gardner played well in her first varsity start.
In JV action, Southwick lost to Frontier 38-22. Ashley Squires scored a team-high eight points for the Rams.

Donais paces Saints
Hampden Charter School of Science 41, St. Mary’s 21

Madison Sheehan scored a game-high 18 points, and Hampden Charter prevailed at home.
Hampden Charter outscored St. Mary’s 8-2 in the first quarter, and led 15-5 at the halftime break.
Madie Donais led St. Mary’s with 10 points.

Bombers edge Blue Devils
Westfield 94, Northampton 86

Westfield (7-2) won a tightly contested swim meet, putting it away when Patrick Lurgio and Dominic Navarrete finished 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke with times of 1:09.02 and 1:12.02, respectively for Westfield.
Matt Morash put up a great winning time in the 200 free relay (1:55.28), Kevin Hayes finished first in diving (225.70 points), Cole Viamari took home first in the 500 freestyle (5:24.67), and Tommy Russell won the 100 backstroke (54.30).
In one of the day’s most thrilling races, Tommy Russell just missed out upending Northampton’s Quinn Nortinsmith with a second-place 22.41 in the 50 free.
Morash, Viamari, Jack Beaulieu and Adrian Orszulak captured gold in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:39.73.

Bombers overwhelm Blue Devils
Westfield 124, Northampton 56

Westfield overwhelmed Northampton on the road to improve to 8-1.
“The girls had a relatively easy time of it,” Westfield High swim coach Tom Lewis said.
Alexa Richter won two events to lead Westfield, posting a very fast time in the 200 freestyle relay (2:04.95) and capturing the 100 freestyle in 57.70.
Westfield’s other individual winners included: Elizabeth Fraser (200 individual medley, season best 2:18.93), Sara Russell (50 free, 27.95), Emily Mihalek (100 butterfly, 1:07.05), Alexis Bradley (100 backstroke, 1:11.66), and Casey Sturmer (season best 1:23.93).
The Bombers also won three relays – the medley (Emilie Pease, Fraser, Mihalek, Sara Russell) in 2:04.38, the 200 freestyle (Richter, Fraser, Pease, Russell) in a season best 1:49.66, and the 400 freestyle (Mihalek, Fraser, Richter, Pease) in 4:00.92.

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