WESTHAMPTON – All good things must finally come to an end … or at least that’s how the saying goes.
For the first time in more than a decade, someone other than Westfield has won a high school gymnastics meet. Minnechaug was the culprit, posting a monumental upset Tuesday night with a final score of 131.9 at Hampshire Regional High School. The Bombers finished with 131.15 points; the Hampshire Red Raiders, 126.125.
“Minnechaug was the stronger team tonight,” said Westfield coach Angela Henrickson, who admitted it was a tough night.
Minnechaug’s Kyla Miller won two events, and finished first all-around with a score of 34.525 to stop Westfield’s winning streak at 179-0. Miller captured gold on the balance beam (8.95) and vault (8.75).
“Kyle and Sam (Druckenmiller) were outstanding,” Henrickson said of the high-flying Falcons. “We had a rough start on bars but finished the meet strong on beam, and were able to keep the loss under a point. …We were happy to see (Minnechaug) coach Cheryl Palm take a much-deserved win tonight and we will be ready to face them again on Friday.”
Mairead Hagan did all she could to try and preserve the streak. The Westfield senior gymnast placed first on uneven bars (8.6), and was third all-around.
“Mairead kept her composure and had her best meet of the season despite the mounting stress throughout the night,” Henrickson said.
Westfield’s Madison Somppi finished second on floor exercise (8.8) and placed fourth on balance beam (8.55). Bombers’ Caitlin Daniels was third on vault (8.25).
The Bombers will look to avenge their loss Friday when they host Minnechaug – and Chicopee – on senior night at WHS. The special event begins shortly before 6 p.m.
Gorman’s two points seals it
Southwick 2, Mahar 0
Sydney Gorman had a hand in two goals, scoring once, and assisting on another in Southwick’s shutout. Emily Martin also scored for the Rams, and Caroline Wilcox had an assist.
Southwick goalie Clare Stratton (7 saves) pitched a shutout.
Fortier scores in WHS loss
South Hadley 2, Westfield 1
Madeleine Fortier scored the lone Westfield goal. Thea Glenzel assisted.
Westfield goalie Gwen Smith finished with 28 saves, 20 of them coming in the second half.
Gators post key ‘W’
Gateway 1, Mahar 0
Jessica Van Heynigen scored about seven minutes into the second half, and goalie Becca Herman made four saves to earn a shutout victory for Gateway over league-leader, Mahar.
Gateway’s Juliana Dickinson, Angela and Meghan Wright, and Charlotte Kazalski were solid defensively.
Rams knot Monson
Southwick 2, Monson 2
Krista Girroir and Autumn Waitt scored one apiece for Southwick. Rams’ goalie Hannah Gerrish made 11 saves.
St. Mary 3, Franklin Tech 3
Aidan Burke led a strong defensive effort for St. Mary. Saints’ Dom Nomakeo played well in goal.
St. Mary’s Jack Lamirande (2 goals, 1 assist) and Aaron Blanchard (1 goal, 1 assist) led the offense.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Gateway 28, Palmer 30; Gateway 25, Southwick 33; Palmer 25, Southwick 30
Palmer’s Cotton Hewes set a new course record at Littleville Dam in Huntington, finishing with a first place time of 18:33.
Southwick’s Bill Carroll completed the course a runner-up in 18:43. Gateway’s Brandon Daniels and Calvin Rioux rounded out the top five with a fourth (19:00) and fifth (21:17) place finish, respectively.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Westfield 25, Chicopee Comp 31; Agawam 38, Westfield 21
Westfield senior captain Sophie Gronbeck bested all challengers, finishing first among all finishers with a four-year personal best time of 19:47, followed closely by Agawam’s Sarah Ross (19:50).
Gronbeck and Ross pushed each other around the 0.4 mile perimeter of the field toward the finish, electrifying the crowd.
Senior captain Mia McDonald (22:13) was the second Westfield runner to finish, followed by rookie sensations Makenzie Ritchie (season best 22:34) and Anna Stewart (season best 24:25). Bombers’ rookie standout Nicole Servetnik (season best 25:03), senior captain Sarah Grobe (season best 26:05), and veteran runner Angela Hinck (26:56) rounded out the scoring finishers.
Other notable Westfield (4-4) performances included a multi-year personal best time by junior Emmy Rix (27:40) and season best times from Katie Burzynski (27:57), Shaunna Feyre (28:16), Abby Fraser (29:43) and Dita Putri (36.00).
Minnechaug def. Westfield, 25-8, 25-8, 25-22
Bella Kozciak (5 kills, 3 aces), Madi Robitaille (2 kills, 5 digs), Emily Gelinas (7 assists), and Olivia Hadla (4 kills, 3 digs) contributed for Westfield.
Willenborg stars for Saints
Monson 20, St. Mary’s 4
St. Mary’s Luke Willenborg led all golfers at Tekoa Country Club. Willenborg shot a 42.
LATE RESULTS – Mon., Oct. 16
St. Mary 11, Duggan Academy 1
Aaron Blanchard scored four goals, and Jake Butler and Jack Lamirande recorded hat tricks for St. Mary. Saints’ Aidan Burke played well in goal and netted his first varsity goal.
Butler and Jack Lamirande delivered three assists apiece; Kevin Rockwal, who had a nice all-around effort with goalie duties, also had two assists; and, Dom Nomakeo had one.
JV FIELD HOCKEY
South Hadley 3, Westfield 2
Thea Glenzel scored the first Westfield goal on a pass from Avery Guiel. Glenzel set up Abby Daley for the second Bombers’ score.
Westfield keeper Danielle Coe made eight saves.
Mahar 3, Southwick 1
Marissa Ouellette scored for Southwick.