Tigers chase Saints

Westfield Tech’s Andrew Czeremcha (23) fights his way to the hoop to drop in a nice
layup against St. Mary Monday. (Photo by Randall S. Burlingame)

WESTFIELD – Westfield Technical Academy beat St. Mary in high school boys basketball 62-45 Monday to get back to .500 at 7-7 overall, but more importantly remain unbeaten in first place in the Tri-County South (6-0).
Westfield Tech’s Josh Bush went off for 21 points and Ken Flores did a tremendous job on defense, keeping Jacob Butler in check and taking several critical charges during the game. Mark Klyuchits also had a fine game with 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers and going 4-for-4 from the free throw line.
Cody Garwicki had eight points, while Dave Tikhonchuk and Andrew Czeremcha each had seven points.
“We were able to score in the paint, from three, and the free throw line,” Westfield Tech coach Kyle Dulude said. “Hopefully we can continue doing this. If so, I think our success will continue.”
Jacob Butler led St. Mary with 20 points.

Bushor paces Gators
Pathfinder 55, Gateway 40

Jon LaGrant scored a game-high 19 points and Pathfinder improved to 3-11 overall.
Gateway’s Nathaniel Bushor also had a big night, scoring 19 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter.
Gateway made a nice run in the waning seconds of the first half, cutting their deficit to 23-17, and made another run late. The Gators, who were missing three players due to illness, got into foul trouble in the third quarter and Pathfinder went on a 13-4 run.
“We’ve made a lot of strides, going in the right direction for a young team,” Gateway coach Kevin McVeigh said. “They’re getting experience on the fly. It’s good to see they’re working on improving.”

Rams prevail
Southwick 52, Granby 44

A key second-quarter run – Southwick outscored Granby 22-5 – proved to be the difference for the Rams.
Ryan Sheehan (17 points), Mitchell L’Abbee (11), and Carrick Remillard (10) all reached double digits for Southwick.

Pacers hold off Bombers
Chicopee 59, Westfield 55

Chicopee outscored Westfield 17-8 in the first quarter and held off the Bombers.
Three players scored in double digits for Chicopee – Ramon Jimenez (15 points), Kobe Parker (13), and Isaiah Haines (11).
Westfield’s Gabe Santos scored a game-high 18 points.

LATE RESULTS – Sat. Feb. 3
BOYS WRESTLING: Southwick Duals

Westfield went 3-1 to complete the regular season 15-6. The Bombers only loss of the day – a narrow 41-30 defeat by Andover.
Senior captain Isaac Santos (126 pounds) registered a pin over Matt Donahue, junior Vitalliy Borodin (132) pinned Lucas Kaufman, and senior Dennis Sevastianov (160) pinned Matt Meger for Westfield. Bombers’ senior captain Jack Yvon (170) earned a decision over Shawn Baleu. Junior Doug Rogers (182) had the match of the day, rallying from five points down in the final seconds of regulation and registering a take down in sudden death to come away with a victory.
Westfield dominated Patfhinder 60-18 and Gateway 60-15.
Santos went on to record a total of three pins in three matches, finishing the season 21-7. Borodin also went 3-0 with three pins to wrap up his season 20-5.
Westfield junior Ed Towers (138) went 1-1, sophomore Cam Foster (152) went 2-2 to finish 16-7 overall, and Yvon went 2-0 to remain unbeaten. At 182, Bombers’ junior Doug Rogers went 2-1.
Wins were plentiful for Westfield with others like senior captain Josh Larriu (113), who capped off his season at 10-3; junior Ed Borodin (120); freshman Jack Desmarinis (120); freshman Cam Clauson (132); sophomore Carlito Serrano (195); and, Sevastianov, who not only won by fall over Andover, but also Pathfinder, Gateway, and technical fall over Southwick.
Westfield will now prepare for the Western Massachusetts championships Saturday at Central High School, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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