Major breakthrough

Westfield’s Kaela Mochak (20) powers past Amherst Wednesday night. (Photo by Lynn Boscher)

WESTFIELD – Olivia Hadla knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 28 points as the Westfield High School girls basketball team bounced back from a brief skid by defending their home court Wednesday night. The Bombers broke though against the Amherst Hurricanes 64-50.
Kaela Mochak chipped in 10 points.
Westfield, which opened the season 2-1, had lost three straight, including a 54-45 loss to Longmeadow Monday night at home.

Donais paces Saints
Commerce 29, St. Mary’s 24

Commerce’s Liliana Maisonet scored a game-high 13 points, and Danajah Stokes and Pajae Chin-Yee tallied seven apiece to lead the Red Raiders at home.
Madie Donais led St. Mary’s with 12 points.

Tigers trump Gators
Westfield Technical Academy 74, Gateway 27

Westfield Tech jumped out to a 29-3 … and the rest was history.
Mark Klyuchits (14 points), Cody Garwacki (13), Josh Bush (12), Kevin Flores (12), Andrew Czeremcha (9), and Dave Tikhonchuk (7) led a balanced offensive attack for Westfield Tech.
“The team chemistry is coming together,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said. “The guys are excited to play basketball, and everyone’s positive behavior is great to see. We will have to stick together Friday as we have a tough road game at McCann.”

Bombers down Brownies
Westfield 136, Agawam 46

Westfield swept several events, and easily swam past Agawam in a make-up of Friday’s postponed meet due to a winter storm.
Alexa Richter and Emilie Pease won two individual events apiece to lead Westfield. Richter claimed victory in the 200 freestyle (2:06.29) and 100 free (58.37); Pease took first in the 50 free (27.41) and 100 backstroke (1:06.85).
Richter and Pease also teamed up with Emily Mihalek and Kathryn O’Connor to win the 400 free relay in 4:00.86.
Pease, Elizabeth Fraser, Emily Langlois, and Chloe Schumacher placed first in the medley relay (2:05.16). Richter, O’Connor, Fraser, and Langlois won the 200 free relay (1:51.80).
Other individual winners included: Fraser (500 free, 5:36.31), Casey Sturmer (100 breaststroke, 1:26.73), and Jordan Bannish (diving, 211.10), who broke 200 for the first time in the diving competition.
“We thoroughly dominated the meet,” Westfield coach Tom Lewis said.
Westfield 114, Agawam 65
Three swimmers (Cole Viamari, Matt Morash, Tommy Russell) won a pair of events to lead Westfield, and the Bombers won all three relay events in a convincing victory.
Viamari finished first in the 200 free (1:59.22) and 500 free (5:26.42), Morash claimed victory in the 200 IM (2:13.62) and 100 free (51.72), and Russell took home gold in the 50 free (22.52) and 100 backstroke (54.73).
Kevin Hayes (diving, 199.55) and Patrick Lurgio (100 breaststroke, 1:10.25) also won for Westfield.
Westfield’s Jack Beaulieu produced a season best 59.38 finish, good for second in the 100 butterfly.
Beaulieu teamed with Russell, Lurgio and Morash for a gold-medal worthy finish in the medley relay (1:47.80), and teamed with Viamari, Adrian Orzulak, and Lurgio to capture first in the 400 free relay.
Westfield’s 200 free relay team (Adrian Orzulak, Matt Morash, Cole Viamari, Tommy Russell) also won. They posted a time of 1:38.80.

Moorhouse, Bombers knock down Falcons
Westfield 8, Minnechaug 2

Ryan Moorhouse had a hand in four scores (2 goals, 2 assists) and Connor Cottengim scored twice as Westfield improved to 7-2-1.

LATE RESULTS – Tues., Jan. 9
PVIAC SKI – Race 1

St. Mary’s senior Matt Masciadrelli proved fastest on the mountain at Berkshire East in Charlemont Tuesday night, winning the slalom over East Longmeadow’s Cam Ottoson.
The St. Mary’s boys ski team placed four skiers in the overall top 20, and four in the top 10 in the division standings.
“The boys have some depth this season and we have strong skiers deep into our roster,” St. Mary ski coach Andy Lussier said.
Jack Masciadrelli finished seventh overall (3rd division), Hayden Lussier was 15th (4th division), and Collin Freeman, 20th (6th division).
St. Mary’s freshman Chloe Lussier placed ninth overall among the girls, and second in the division.
“She has been skiing well and has been attacking,” coach Lussier said.
The Saints coach could not contain his enthusiasm in regards to what lies ahead.
“It’s great to have a full roster of boys as well as enough girls to field a scoring team,” coach Lussier said. “If you consider where we started a few years back when we started the team with only five boys, this is a great evolution.
“Now we have 10 boys and five girls so both can be scored as teams,” he added. “We have a great group of athletes this season who are very coachable and willing to learn. We’re pretty excited about this season.”

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