New coaches earn first wins as high school winter season begins
The Belchertown boys and the Smith Academy girls basketball teams made winners of new coaches in their respective debuts on Thursday night.
The Orioles defeated Gateway Regional 75-40 in Bill Beauregard’s first game as varsity coach, while the Falcons went on the road to beat Putnam 37-23 in Fred Granville’s debut.
Belchertown 75, Gateway Regional 40 — Zach Parsons began his senior season with a double-double as the Orioles (1-0) picked up a home victory.
Parsons scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds in the win, while Tyler Verville added 12 points with four rebounds and four assists.
“These guys work very hard, and they came out and played great from the start,” said Beauregard, who previously coached the school’s junior varsity team. “We want to play like that every game. We defended much better than I anticipated for an opening game, so for me that’s the biggest thing to take out of our performance.”
Curtis Dowers led the Gators (0-1) with 14 points and Ryan Fisk added 12.
Granby 76, Holyoke Catholic 33 — The Rams opened their season with a convincing win at home as Corey Baker had 23 points, six steals and two assists.
Jesse Molin added 12 points, while Brandon Cloutier and Colton Duxbury each had nine rebounds.
Jeff Laprade had nine points and Ryan Lukomski added eight for the Gaels in their opener.
Smith Academy 37, Putnam 23 — Cassidy Snyder scored 25 points to lead the Falcons (1-0) to a season-opening road victory.
Kate Yagodzinski had six points in the win, while Emi Barker and Ashley Higgins added three apiece.
“It’s definitely nice to win the first one,” Granville said. “I learned that this team is tough and resilient. These girls will have to stay together because we have such small numbers.”
Turners Falls 9, Central 3 — Three players registered at least six points as the Indians (1-0, 1-0 Wright) cruised to the season-opening victory in Springfield.
Cody Booska established a program record with seven assists.
Trevor Peduzzi scored five goals with a pair of assists, while Tim McMahon had four goals and two assists.
Brandon Lenois picked up a pair of assists and Nick Murphy added one.
Will Miller made 25 saves in goal for Turners.