Frontier Regional eyes girls volleyball, football titles as WMass championship weekend commences

  • Ashley Telega, right, Ella Deane and the Frontier Regional girls volleyball team will play Lee Saturday in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 final. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Aaron Landry, right, and the Frontier Regional football team will play Wahconah in the Western Massachusetts Division 7 championship, Saturday. GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

Saturday, November 11, 2017

They wanted another shot at Lee.

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team dropped a five-set match to the Wildcats to end the regular season, and the teams will face off in Saturday’s Western Massachusetts Division 3 title game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Holyoke Community College.

“This is definitely who we wanted to play,” Frontier senior setter Ella Deane said. “We know that what we showed them wasn’t completely who we are.”

Lee, the tournament’s No. 2 seed, limited its errors in that regular season game, while No. 1 Frontier gave the Wildcats (17-1) 10 free points in the fifth set.

“I don’t feel like we played particularly well at all. While they were playing well, we made a lot of errors,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. “If we can cut those down and make them earn those points, it can really swing the outcome.”

The Red Hawks focused on errors preparing to face Lee a second time this season and for a third straight time in the sectional final. Frontier prevailed in five sets last season and in three in 2015.

“I think we’re both pretty familiar with each other,” MacDonald said.

Bailey Thomas and Lydia Morawiec provide dangerous options at the net for setter Suriana Lee.

“They’ve got weapons on all sides of the net,” MacDonald said. “(Suriana Lee) has been superb for a brand new setter moving into that role.”

When Frontier gets past the Wildcats’ block, they’ll have to contend with Lee libero Anna Wang.

“They’ve got what I think is the best libero in Division 3 in the West,” MacDonald said.

But by now the Red Hawks have seen it all in their 12-year run atop Western Mass. Division 3.

This year, they’ve leaned on junior outside hitter Lauren Davenport, who leads Frontier with 276 kills, and senior outside Selayna Bathurst (154 kills),

Bathurst tops the team with 206 digs, while Deane has dished out 562 assists.

Frontier has 304 aces this season, 54 from Bathurst.


Division 7 — Frontier and Wahconah face off for the second straight postseason, this time with a sectional title on the line. They play at 3 p.m. Saturday at Holyoke High.

Wahconah (8-1) beat the Red Hawks 54-8 last year in the semifinals and played in the state championship game.

This year, Wahconah’s only loss is to West Springfield, while Frontier (8-1) lost to Greenfield in Week 2.

Aaron Landry leads the Red Hawks with 1,193 yards on the ground and 16 touchdowns, while Steven Worthley has run for 829 yards and 12 scores.

Quarterback Tim Clayton helms a potent Wahconah passing attack with 1,172 yards and 12 scores.

Girls soccer

Division 4 — Granby is playing for its third straight sectional title but in a different division. The Rams won the previous two Division 3 championships.

Now in Division 4, the top-seeded Rams (10-5-3) will play the No. 3 Lenox (10-5-4) at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westfield State.

Granby has not given up a goal in the playoffs and has not had a hard time scoring, finding the net nine times in two games.

Lenox beat No. 2 Gateway Regional to reach the finals. Granby and Lenox did not play during the regular season.

Nora Young (19 goals, 16 assists), Summer Molin (20 goals, 11 assists) and Trystin Burger (10 goals, seven assists) all can find the net for the Rams.

Division 3 — No. 1 South Hadley (18-1-1) will face No. 3 Monument Mountain (13-3-5) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Westfield State.

South Hadley beat Hampshire Regional and Southwick on its way to the finals.

Alexa Blaney and Lindsay Marjanski both have 19 goals.

Boys soccer

Division 3 — Top-seeded Belchertown, which lost to Frontier in the finals last season, will face No. 2 Southwick (12-3-1) for the title at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Westfield State.

The Orioles (14-2-2) edged Mount Greylock 3-2 in the semifinals to reach the finals.

Ben LaClair has 21 goals on the season for Belchertown.

Cross Country

The Western Mass. cross country championships will be held at Northfield Recreation Center after several years in Westfield. Girls Division 2 starts at 1 p.m., followed by girls Division 1 (1:35), boys Division 2 (2:10 and boys Division 1 (2:45).

Amherst Regional has two of the top runners in the region in Jack Yanko and Sophia Jacobs-Townsley.

Last week, Yanko set a meet record (15:16) at the PVIAC championship.

Jacobs-Townsley also won the girls individual PVIAC title (18:07) for the Hurricanes. She is going for a third straight sectional title.

Mary Yount is one of Northampton’s top runners, she placed third (18:51) at PVIAC.

The Northampton boys are coming off a team win at PVIAC, with Ben Gordon-Sniffen leading the way.

Because of forecasted cold temperatures, the MIAA is allowing runners to wear garments under their uniforms to stay warm. Runners need to make sure bib numbers and chips are attached correctly to uniform top.


Hampshire Regional will compete at the Western Mass. championships, 3 p.m. Saturday at Westfield High.

Hampshire was third overall last season. Catrina Touchette placed second in the all-around in 2016 with a score of 34.025 for the Raiders.