High Schools: Amherst Nordic ski team hosts first-ever home meet

  • Kyle Yanko placed third Saturday, as Amhers Regional hosted its first ever nordic ski race at Cherry Hill golf course. COURTESY PHYLLIS CLAPIS

  • Rebecca Marshall, left, and Maddie Parker race for Amherst on Saturday at Cherry Hill  golf course. Parker placed sixth, and Marshall was ninth for the Hurricanes. COURTESY PHYLLIS CLAPIS

Staff reports
Published: 2/7/2021 6:11:03 PM

Amherst Regional made history Saturday when it hosted its first-ever home Nordic ski race at Cherry Hill Golf Course. In the program’s 12 years of existence, it had never hosted a home race.

Hurricanes junior Ryan Yanko finished first in the boys race, completing the four-kilometer course in 12 minutes, 47 seconds. He led Amherst to a 15-22 victory over Mohawk Trail.

Amherst’s Kyle Yanko was third (13:04), and his teammate Owen Candito took fourth (13:11).

Hampshire Regional student West Williams, racing for Mohawk Trail, placed fifth (13:27).

Taylor Hanson of Amherst rounded out the Hurricanes scoring in seventh (13:39).

Augustus Niswonger of Hampshire placed ninth (14:47).

In the girls meet, Hampshire Regional’s Katarzyna Wisnauckas, skiing for Mohawk Trail, won her third straight race, crossing the line first in 13:12. The Warriors swept the top four spots to win 10-28. Sylvie Mahon-Moore placed second (13:58), Eleanor Meunier was third (14:38) and Kala Garrido took fourth (15:17).

Zoey Candito led Amherst in fifth (16:05). Maddie Parker finished sixth for the Hurricanes (16:58), while Ave Zimmerman was eighth (17:12) and Rebecca Marshall ninth (17:37).

Girls basketball

Chicopee 47, Amherst Regional 44 – Daizany Mares tied the game with eight seconds left with a 3-pointer, but the Pacers made free throws to seal the win Saturday.

Mares finished with six points.

Delaney MacPhetres led Amherst with 13 points, and Tessa Kawall scored eight.

It was the Hurricanes’ first loss of the season.

Ice hockey

Greenfield 4, Amherst Regional 2 – Aidan Roche scored two goals, and Kyle Barnes added two assists for the Green Wave on Saturday.

Georgios Alimionos and Joseph Freniere found the net for the Hurricanes, and Kouji Ishida added an assist. 

Amherst’s Charles May stopped 35 shots.

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