High schools: Unbeaten Belchertown boys soccer cruises past Amherst (PHOTOS)

  • Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7), right, winds back to shoot and score on a free kick against Amherst in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Smith Academy’s Story Goldman (6) carries the ball while defended by Greenfield’s Tayler Bergeron in the first half of Thursday’s Bi-County League contest on Thursday in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Smith Academy’s Piper Higuera (11) holds possession of the ball while defended by Greenfield’s Tayler Bergeron in the first half of Thursday’s Bi-County League contest on Thursday in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Smith Academy’s Isabella Letourneau (15) clears the ball in the first half of Thursday’s Bi-County League contest on Thursday in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/JEFF LAJOIE

  • Belchertown’s Aiden Torna (18), left, slide tackles the ball out of the possession of Amherst’s Matthew Owen (4) in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7), right, side kicks the ball to a teammate as Amherst’s Ian Buchanan defends in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Amherst’s James Owen (22) traps the ball against Belchertown in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Amherst’s Lucius Conlin (11), left, looks to control the ball against Belchertown’s Trevor Weiss (9) in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Amherst’s James Owen (22) clears the ball away from Belchertown’s Aiden Torna (18) in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Jack Holt (7) takes a shot against Belchertown in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Amherst goalkeeper Yahsiel DeviDalomba clears the ball out of the box against Belchertown in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Amherst’s Matthew Owen clears the ball down the sideline against Belchertown in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Amherst’s Oliver Lewis-Horlitz (9), left, heads the ball over Belchertown’s Tanner Lockwood (13) in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Nathaniel Oldenburg (4), left, and Amherst’s Inigo De los Reyes (23) fight for possession in the second half Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Ava Shea (23) passes the ball against SICS in the second set Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Jordyn Hunter (19) serves against SICS in the second set Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Paige Magner (18) serves against SICS in the second set Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Belchertown’s Paige Magner (18) serves against SICS in the second set Thursday in Belchertown. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports
Published: 9/29/2022 9:45:45 PM

The Belchertown boys soccer team secured a dominant win over Amherst on Thursday, cruising to a 6-1 victory to improve to a 6-0-2 record on the season. 

Jack Holt notched a pair of goals and Tanner Lockwood, Elias Marques, Chris Rivers and Nicholas Adzima also scored for Belchertown. Marques, Rivers, Adzima and Joey Borelli had a helper apiece in the win. 

Goalie Matthew Devoto made six saves for Belchertown, while Amherst keeper Yahseil Devi Dalomba stopped five shots in the loss. Amherst’s lone goal was scored by Jamie Park.

Northampton 2, Hampshire 2 — Dan Martin and Brendan Stevenson tallied second-half goals for Hampshire, which rallied from a halftime deficit to earn a 2-2 draw on Thursday night.

Charlie Por and Aidan Miklasiewicz had the assists for the Raiders, and Liam Pond made four saves.

Northampton’s John Senn-McNally and Emile Roth registered goals for the hosts. Northampton goalie Koa Klose saved six shots.

South Hadley 3, Lenox 0 – Charles Anischik scored a pair of goals and Colin Quinn notched two helpers in a shutout win over Lenox. 

Matthias Lipp also scored for South Hadley and keeper Eddie Wykowski made three saves. 

Girls soccer

Smith Academy 2, Greenfield 1 – Greenfield’s Makayla Vakente made an impressive 23 stops, but Smith Academy still walked away with the win on Thursday. 

Caitlin Graves and Story Goldman both scored for the Falcons, with Megan Bell picking up an assist. Smith Academy  keeper Madison Zononi made seven saves in the win.

Smith Voc 9, Commerce 1 — Caitlin Willard netted a hat trick, and the Vikings stormed out to a 7-0 halftime lead en route to the dominant win.

Monique Fredette scored two goals and assisted on two others in the win, while goalie Maggie Lauder made seven saves.

Field hockey

Belchertown 0, East Longmeadow 0 – Belchertown and East Longmeadow played to a scoreless draw on Thursday in a battle of league leaders and undefeated teams.

Orioles keeper Eliza Rothstein made eight stops in the tie. Belchertown still hasn’t lost a game this season, sitting with a 6-0-1 record, and remaining atop the County League. The Spartans are in first place in the Valley League standings.

Pioneer 2, Hampshire 0 – Hampshire keeper Olivia Labrie made 11 stops but the Raiders couldn’t find the back of the net against Pioneer.

Girls volleyball

Belchertown 3, SICS 1 – SICS came out hot against Belchertown, snagging the first set, but the Orioles won the next three sets (22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-21) in a hard-won victory. 

Vivian Ross tossed up 21 assists, Ava Shea had 10 kills and four aces and Paige Magner finished with six aces in the win. Katie Collins had a team-high six digs and Michelle Zaluga served up four aces for Belchertown.

Easthampton 3, Greenfield 0 – The Eagles beat Greenfield in straight sets (25-18, 25-17, 25-13) on Thursday, led by Maggie Barr’s team-high 19 kills. 

Setter Erin Teague had 19 assists and Kayley Downie had a dozen digs in the win. Kaelin Damon had eight aces, seven digs and four kills for Easthampton. 

Frontier 3, South Hadley 0 – Frontier remained undefeated this season (10-0) with a three-set victory over South Hadley (25-8, 25-11, 25-7). 

Sophia Pinardi and Olivia Machon had four kills each, Shelby Orloski had five digs and Allie Pierce posted seven aces in the victory. 

Boys golf

Hampshire 14½, Pioneer Valley 9½ – Levi Zielinski shot two over part for Hampshire to earn the medalist spot and lead the Raiders to a close win over Pioneer Valley.

Zielinski shot a 38 at Beaver Brook Golf Course to best Brayden Thayer (44) 4-0. Camden Jarosz (53) and Nico Johnson (49) won both of their matches for Hampshire with a 3-1 score, and Pryden Messier (48) split his match with Mike Stennies (48) 2-2. 

Belchertown 20½, Palmer 3½ – All six Belchertown golfers won their matches, and Henry Poissant had a great day on the links for the Orioles, shooting a 35 to win the medalist award. 

Two other Orioles shot under 40, with Tyler McDonald (37) and Michael Murray (38) picking up wins. Riley Breen (40), Brady Perkins (41) and Cal Orzech (45) rounded out the scoring for Belchertown. 


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