Ringing the bell

MONSON – The clock continues to tick on a new winter sports season, but the alarm bell rang loudly for one team in a matchup of high school girls basketball teams.
MacKenzie DeVries and Kaitlyn Santos reached double-digits offensively and the Monson Mustangs overwhelmed visiting St. Mary’s 58-7 Wednesday.

St. Mary’s Madie Donais (24) launches a shot before a Monson player can get into position to defend. (Photo by Chris Putz)

DeVries led all scorers with 14 points. Santos finished with 11.
Monson stormed out to a 23-2 first quarter lead. The Mustangs shut out St. Mary’s in the second and third quarters (10-0, 14-0) to pull away.
Mia Krupczak (8 points), Sydnie DeVries (7), and Hannah Garon (6) also chipped in for Monson.
Amelia Willenborg led St. Mary’s with five points. Saints’ Jessica Crosby had two.

Welsh, Pioneers stop Gators
Pathfinder 38, Gateway 24

Caleena Welsh scored a game-high 19 points in leading Pathfinder to victory. Four players – Peyton Bucko, Becca Herman, Donna Viel, and Lily Waters – had five points apiece for Gateway (2-3).

Lancers top Bombers
Longmeadow 44, Westfield 24

Westfield opened the match well against a solid Longmeadow squad with senior captain Josh Iarriu pinning Charlie Townsend as time ran out in the 113 pound bout.
Westfield freshman Jack Demarinis continued to impress, taking Jimmy Barrett the distance in a matchup of 120 pounders.
At 126, senior captain Isaac Santos fell 7-0 to Matt Frieda, considered arguably one of the very best in his weight class.
Junior Vitally Borodin got Westfield back on track with a first period pin over Blaise Iavelle in the 132 pound match.
After being held scoreless in the next four matches, Jack Yvon won by default for Westfield. Bombers’ junior Vadim Kazimirov brought Westfield close with a third period pin over Lucas Olsen at 195.
Westfield forfeited at 220, and freshman heavyweight Jeremiah Masso fell to William Dion.
“In the end, the loss of starters Nic Clauson, Carlito Serano, and Johan Schieppe to injuries was too much to overcome,” Westfield coach Chris Malinowski said.
In junior varsity action, Cam Clauson and Mike Durkee picked up their first victories for Westfield. Bombers’ Mike Minchala recorded his second win via pin.
Westfield next wrestles at the Phil Tomkiel Holiday Tournament next Thursday in Agawam.

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