Simply putt, these guys are good

Westfield junior golfer Jack Hogan tees off on the first hole of the Western Massachusetts Division 1 golf championships Monday at Chicopee Country Club. (Photo by Chris Putz)

CHICOPEE – The Whip City made its presence felt on golf’s championship stage Monday, producing a pair of top seven finishes by a pair of steady golfers.
St. Mary’s Luke Willenborg shot a 9-over-par 79, tying Hopkins Academy’ s Jack TerDoest for runner-up at the Western Massachusetts Division 3 championships Monday at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley.
Lee’s Thomas Fraser claimed the individual title with a 7-over-par 77.
Monson (352 points) won the team championship with Franklin Tech (363), Lee (364), Lenox (365), and Smith Academy (375) rounding out the top five.
Westfield junior Jack Hogan made a lasting impression at the WMass D1 golf championships, finishing in seventh place with a 78 at Chicopee Country Club. Despite playing himself out of some tough spots on the greens, Hogan missed the cut for the state tournament by one shot for the second straight year.

St. Mary’s Luke Willenborg, right, stands alongside Saints’ coach Melissa Finley at Monday’s Western Massachusetts Division 3 championship at The Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley. (Submitted photo)

“He played well,” Westfield coach Chris Strycharz said of his top golfer. “If a few putts fell, he would have been right there. …Overall, not a bad finish. He’s only a junior so he has another shot at it next year.”
Westfield placed sixth overall in the team competition with a 359. The Bombers finished the regular season as Valley East co-champs with a record of 9-7.

Bombers rally past Lancers
Westfield 2, Longmeadow 1

Chandler Pedolzky helped fuel a comeback for Westfield, rallying the Bombers with a second half score off a pass from Ellen Jury and an assist to Kaela Mochak for the game-winner.
Adriana Arona prevailed in net for Westfield.

Tigers chase Indians
Westfield Technical Academy 4, Ware 0

Stephaun Nikiel got Westfield Tech going early with the first goal of the game, Ruvim Suprunchuk tallied the Tigers’ second, and Brad Marion tacked on two more for good insurance.
With the victory, Westfield Tech remained in first place in the Bi-County.

Bombers tame Lions
Westfield def. Ludlow 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22

Bella Kozciak (12 kills, 8 digs), Autumn Mocci (5 kills, 9 digs), Tabby Franceschet (4 digs), Maddy LeBlanc (2 kills, 1 block), Julia Golob (22 assists, 8 digs), and Diana Shia (5 digs, 1 ace) fueled a thrilling victory for Westfield.

Rams strike gold
BOYS – Southwick 20, St. Mary’s 40; Southwick 15, Hampden Charter School of Science 50; St. Mary’s 15, Hampden Charter School of Science 50
GIRLS – Southwick 20, St. Mary’s 40; Southwick 15, Hampden Charter School of Science 50; St. Mary’s 15, Hampden Charter School of Science 50

Southwick took home the gold in both the boys’ and girls’ races with Becca Drohen leading the way for the Lady Rams in 20:54 and Bill Carroll winning for the boys in 18:36 at Stanley Park.

LATE RESULTS – Fri., Oct. 20
Mount Everett 6, St. Mary’s 2

Mount Everett scored four goals in the final 11 minutes to pull away from St. Mary’s. Saints’ Aaron Blanchard and Jake Butler each finished with a goal and an assist.

Saints shine on ‘Senior Night’

Erin Olearcek had a hand in three of St. Mary’s goals in a 4-0 win over Commerce Friday night at Westfield Middle School North.
Erin set up the game’s first goal with a feed to Allie Goodreau and then connected on two beautiful direct kicks from long range. Goodreau rounded out the scoring with a tap-in of a loose ball in the box.
Erin’s older sister, Caitlyn, and Lexi Shedd, both of whom are seniors, were honored during a halftime ceremony.

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