Saints run past Tigers

Westfield Technical Academy’s Skye Gordon (15) and St. Mary’s Anna Kosinski (12) meet in mid-air while going for the ball Friday night. (Photo by Marc St. Onge)

WESTFIELD – St. Mary’s used a 6-1, first quarter spurt and a 15-0, third quarter run to top host Westfield Technical Academy 29-20 in a high school girls basketball game Friday night.
In a low-scoring affair, St. Mary’s led 12-5 at the half. The Saints’ big third quarter effectively ended the night for the opposition.
Still, Westfield Tech stormed back with a 15-4 run to end the game.
Ann Kosinski led St. Mary’s well-balanced attack, scoring seven points. Three Saints’ players – Emma Goodreau, Kaylee Hamel and Paige Hutkowski each had five.
Westfield Tech’s Jenn Folsom scored a game-high 10 points.

Rams drain 13 three’s in loss
Monson 76, Southwick 58

Monson went on a 27-9 run in the second quarter to gain control of the game and never looked back. Logan Gerry led the Mustangs with 31 points, and Colby Duggan had 22.
Ryan Molta made seven 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 21 points for Southwick (2-7 overall, 1-3 league). Rams’ Josh Lis finished with nine points, and Evan Clarke had eight.
Southwick made a total of 13 three-point shots.

Bombers suffer first defeat
Minnechaug 127, Westfield 59

Alexa Richter claimed the lone victory of the day against a sensational Minnechaug team. Richter won the 100 freestyle in 56.88, which qualified her for the state Division 1 championships.
Richter also finished second in the 200 freestyle in 2:05.54, also good for the state championships.
Westfield divers Claire Smith (4th, 203.70 points) and Jordan Bannish (203.05), and three Bombers’ relay teams qualified for states against Minnechaug.
The medley relay team (Emilie Pease, Richter, Emily Mihalek, Chloe Schumacher) finished in 2:03.12. the 200 free relay team (Richter, Ally Russell, Kathryn O’Connor, Emily Langlois) logged their best time of the season (1:48.39), and the 400 free relay team, which was tied going into the last leg, managed to squeak out a second-best time of 4:00.27.
Langlois (200 individual medley, 2:27.22) and Mihalek (100 butterfly, 1:06.03) also posted season best times in their respective individual events.
“We were just outmatched by the fact that Minnechaug has a very large number of seniors and juniors that are very fast,” Westfield High School swim coach Tom Lewis said. “They will be the class of the Western Mass. championships this year.”
Westfield fell to 6-1.

Falcons hand Bombers first loss
Minnechaug 104, Westfield 72

Tommy Russell won the 50 freestyle (22.10) and 100 backstroke (56.32), and teamed up with Anton Bonacci, Jack Beaulieu, and Matt Morash to finish first in the medley relay in 1:46.46. Morash, Jaden Noel, Beaulieu, and Russell also led early in the 400 freestyle relay before just being touched out. The second-place time of 3:28.59 earned the team a spot in the D1 state championships.
In his first competition, Westfield junior Mark Ionkin placed first in diving (105.30 points). Bombers’ Jaden Noel finished runner-up in the 100 backstroke (58.62), also good for states.
Westfield’s Patrick Callahan recorded a season best in the 500 freestyle (5:44.77), and Beaulieu (100 fly, 58.72) and Bonacci (100 breaststroke, 1:09.28) posted season-best results in their respective individual events.
“All in all, I am happy with the way the meet went,” coach Lewis said. “It was a lot of fun. The kids swam fast.”
Westfield (6-1) next hosts Tantasqua Monday at 3 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 16
Tigers’ 48-10 spurt nets win
Westfield Technical Academy 69, Pioneer Valley Christian Academy 30

Westfield Tech went on runs of 23-6 and 25-4 in the second and third quarters to defeat PVCA.

Saints rally, fall short
Pathfinder 54, St. Mary’s 45

St. Mary’s rallied to within one point with about five minutes remaining, but came up just short on the road.
“It was a tough one – we had our chances,” St. Mary’s High School boys basketball head coach Joe Molta said. “We some good opportunities where we could’ve taken a lead but didn’t unfortunately.”
Brady Collins led St. Mary’s with 19 points. Saints’ Mike Pepe had 12.

Shea puts up double-double worthy outing
Frontier 43, Southwick 30

Kathleen Shea dominated the boards on the offensive end and scored a team-high 15 points for Southwick. Rams’ Hannah Burke finished with six, and Brielle Ensign, Emily Martin, and Annette St. Jacques each had three.

St. Mary’s continues to ski fast even given the challenging snow conditions at Thursday night’s Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference race at Berkshire East in Charlemont. The depth of the boys team figured into the results as the Saints posted their third straight division win.
Jack Masciadrelli recorded the slalom’s fastest time (35.11), winning the overall and division.
“(Jack) put down a great run,” St. Mary’s ski coach Andy Lussier said. “He charged the top section and was fast on the pitch.”
St. Mary’s Manny Umana Kimura finished seventh in the division and 15th overall (40.92) while Colin Freeman finished ninth in the division and 18th overall (42.23) to support the team division win. Aidan Burke fought through a missed gate, hiked and provided the team’s fourth time for the overall score.
“He didn’t give up and had a decent run despite the mishap,” coach Lussier said of Burke.
Southwick’s Aiden Mapel finished 12th overall in 40.02. Billy Fouche led Westfield with a 34th place finish (49.44).
Chloe Lussier also continued her strong skiing season for St. Mary’s, finishing seventh overall and third in the division (29.42).
“Chloe was one of the fastest in the top section and skied the pitch clean,” coach Lussier said. “Things are coming together for her and it’s only a matter of time before she’s back to 100 percent.”
St. Mary’s seventh grader Elianna Umana Kimura continued to ski well ending of 23rd overall and 10th in the division (33.16).
“She really wants it and it’s only a matter of time before things break for her,” coach Lussier said.
Westfield’s Emma Renaudette placed 17th overall in 31.14. Southwick’s Ruby Francis and Grace Brockbank finished 39th (36.33) and 42nd (36.57), respectively.
Westfield ski coach Monique Piotte said: “Although it’s not going to be be the best on the hill, it still says volumes about (our skier) are accomplishing. …We’re a very small team but they’re doing great.”
The ski team returns to the slopes Jan 21.

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