Tigers punch tourney ticket

Westfield Tech’s Dave Tikhonchuk puts up the floater over the St Mary’s defender Wednesday night. (Photo by Bill Deren)

WESTFIELD – Josh Bush scored 18 points, Brody Zabielski had 14, and seven others got in the scoring column as well as Westfield Technical Academy teamed up to beat St. Mary’s 60-41 in a high school boys basketball game Wednesday night.
With the win, Westfield Tech is all but assured second place in the Tri-County South, which earns the Tigers a postseason berth.
“We’re very excited to make it back to the tournament,” Westfield Technical Academy basketball head coach Kyle Dulude said. “We were senior strong last year and put up a big fight in the first round.”
Westfield Tech has just one senior on the team this season, but is still determined to make some noise in the tournament.
“We look to battle right to the end (this year),” coach Dulude said. “The players were very excited after the game. It was great to see them so happy.”
Jack Lamirande led St. Mary’s with 17 points. Saints’ Mike Pepe had nine.

Rams keep playoff hopes alive
Southwick 60, Ludlow 46

Four players scored in double figures for Southwick – Devin Parrow (14 points), Dan Scharmann (11) and Cade Billings (10) – in a much-needed road victory.
Dave Rivera led Ludlow with 18 points.
“We’re happy to get a win,” said Southwick boys basketball head coach Peter Fiorentino, whose team, now at 8-9, must win two of its final three games to qualify for the postseason.

Mustangs race past Saints
Monson 77, St. Mary 18

Monson ran out to a 30-3, first quarter lead en route to overwhelming visiting St. Mary. The Saints will look to bounce Thursday at Commerce at 6 p.m.

Rams stomp Comp
Southwick 3, Chicopee Comp 2

Three different players netted one goal apiece (Evan Iglesias, Nate Gendron, and Noah Durfey) as Southwick outshot Chicopee Comp 48-18 to win its second straight game of the 2018-19 regular season. Tegan Stannard and Noah Jubb assisted.
“We dominated about 70-75 percent of the game,” Southwick boys ice hockey head coach Chris D’Angelo said. “Our kids skated extremely well tonight. They really stepped up their play.”
Southwick goalie Andrew Morris finished with 16 saves.
“It’s just the continued effort in the belief that all of our hard work is finally starting to pay off,” coach D’Angelo said, regarding the team’s recent turnaround. “We had some lopsided games early in the season, but scores have been significantly closer (of late). It’s just virtually season-long practicing over and over and over, and correcting our small mistakes.”
“I’m extremely proud of how well our kids are working. What’s most important is that they’re having fun, and becoming better players. Wins are awesome … but everything up to this point, they’re still working.”

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