High schools: Smith Voc edges Frontier in evenly-contested wrestling match (PHOTOS)

Frontier’s Javion Cabrera, top, competes against Smith Vocational’s Colin Pascal in the 285-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Frontier’s Javion Cabrera, top, competes against Smith Vocational’s Colin Pascal in the 285-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Javion Cabrera tosses Smith Vocational’s Colin Pascal while competing in the 285-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Frontier’s Javion Cabrera tosses Smith Vocational’s Colin Pascal while competing in the 285-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Konner James competes against Smith Vocational’s Aaron Fein in the 150-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Frontier’s Konner James competes against Smith Vocational’s Aaron Fein in the 150-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Konner James competes against Smith Vocational’s Aaron Fein in the 150-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Frontier’s Konner James competes against Smith Vocational’s Aaron Fein in the 150-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Frontier’s Ben Baker works to pin Smith Vocational’s RJ Kacenski while competing in the 144-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Frontier’s Ben Baker works to pin Smith Vocational’s RJ Kacenski while competing in the 144-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Smith Vocational’s Evan Latour works to pin Frontier’s Zach Brown while competing in the 138-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Smith Vocational’s Evan Latour works to pin Frontier’s Zach Brown while competing in the 138-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Smith Vocational’s Logan Hawley works to pin Frontier’s Jocelyn Antes while competing in the 126-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Smith Vocational’s Logan Hawley works to pin Frontier’s Jocelyn Antes while competing in the 126-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Smith Vocational’s Mateo Henriques lifts Frontier’s Wyatt Finch while competing in the 120-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton.

Smith Vocational’s Mateo Henriques lifts Frontier’s Wyatt Finch while competing in the 120-pound weight class Wednesday night in Northampton. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Reports

Published: 01-31-2024 9:26 PM

It was an even match between the Smith Vocational and Frontier wrestling teams on Wednesday in Northampton. 

Of the eight matches that were wrestled, the Vikings won four and the Redhawks took four. With Smith Vocational taking 18 points from forfeits, and Frontier taking just 12, the Vikings were able to walk away with a 42-36 victory. 

It was Smith Vocational that had the edge in the lighter weight classes. Viking Jonah VanDer Woute got things started with a first period pin against Jaxsen Byrne at 113 pounds, Mateo Henriques secured a third period pin against Wyatt Finch at 120, Logan Hawley earned a second period pin over Jocelyn Antes at 126 while Evan Latour pinned Zach Brown 29 seconds into their match at 138, giving Smith Vocational wins in the opening four matches wrestled. 

Then it was Frontier’s turn to get some wins on the mat. Ben Baker pinned RJ Kacenski in the opening round at 144, Konner James pinned Aaron Fein in the third round at 150, Alex Schreiber tallied a first period pin against Lucas Dupont at 190 while Javion Cabrera ended things with a second period pin over Colin Pascal. 

Girls basketball

South Hadley 40, Drury 26 – Make in nine wins in a row for the Tigers.

The visiting Blue Devils were held to a season-low 26 points in another stellar defensive effort from South Hadley (12-3, 8-1).

Drury led 11-7 after one quarter and 21-19 at halftime before the Tigers clamped down defensively. South Hadley held the visitors scoreless in the third quarter, and allowed just one field goal in the entire fourth quarter to pull away for the win. All told it was a 21-7 edge for the Tigers after intermission.

Drew Alley led the offense with 11 points in the win, while CC Gurek and Kate Phillips tallied nine points apiece. Caitlin Dean also scored seven points in another balanced effort for the Tigers.

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Smith Academy 36, Mohawk Trail 32 — Trailing 23-21 going into the fourth quarter, the Falcons were able to outscore the Warriors 15-9 in the final frame to earn a comeback victory over Mohawk Trail on Wednesday in Buckland. 

Caitlin Graves had a game-high 17 points for Smith Academy while Vivian Higuera scored seven points and Alexa Jagodzinski added six points in the win. 

The victory halted a two-game losing skid for the Falcons, which got back to the .500 mark at 7-7 overall.

Hoosac 85, Amherst 48 – Ashlyn Lesure (30 points)    and Emma Meczywor (23) combined for 53 points, as high-powered Hoosac powere d to an 85-48 victory on Wednesday night in Amherst.

The visitors led 31-8 after one quarter and 55-19 at halftime.

Zola Higham paced Amherst (2-11) with 22 points. Shannon Klaes went for 11 points, while Keira Cunniffe and Ursula Lundquist added five points apiece.

 Boys basketball

Frontier 49, Southwick 33 — Fighting to hit the 10-win mark to guarantee a spot in the state tournament, the Redhawks picked up a big victory on Wednesday, going on the road and knocking off the Rams. 

Frontier led 28-20 at the half before pulling ahead 39-26 going into the fourth. 

Owen Babb finished with 16 points, Max Millette scored 15 points, Nico Fasulo tallied 10 points while Garrett Dredge added six points for the Redhawks. 

Greenfield 79, Easthampton 49 — The Green Wave built a 44-18 halftime lead to earn an independent win over the Eagles in Greenfield on Wednesday. 

Trevor Canon-Smith led Easthampton with 29 points. Ryan Guyette scored 10 points while Brayden English added six points in the loss. 

Hoosac Valley 76, South Hadley 50 — Jack Loughrey scored 21 points for the Tigers in a loss to the Hurricanes in Cheshire on Wednesday. 

Hoosac led 38-25 at the half. 

Noah Hambley tossed in 11 points while Tim Loughrey finished with 10 points for South Hadley. 

Boys hockey

Agawam 4, Easthampton 1 – Hunter Stockseth tallied for the Eagles in the second period, but the Brownies never trailed in a 4-1 independent victory on Wednesday night at Lossone Rink in Easthampton.

Stockseth tied the game 1-1 with his goal, but Agawam’s AJ Robbins answered later in the frame and finished with a hat trick thanks to a third-period insurance marker.

Paige Galpin finished with 26 saves for Easthampton, which dropped to 9-4 overall with the loss.

Preps

Williston results

The Williston alpine ski team competed in the fourth Mt. Institute Ski League race of the season on Wednesday at Berkshire East, with the Wildcat boys taking third and the Williston girls placing sixth. 

Helena Pagar, Emmett Gould, Maya Vulakh and Cobyn Barry had strong days on the mountain. 

Also on Wednesday, Zola Piekarski, Brooke Schlutter, Monique Lyons and Riley Stocker found the back of the net to lead the Williston girls hockey team to a 4-0 win over Taft. Liv Ferebee had the shutout in net. 

Elsewhere the Wildcat boys basketball team fell to Pomfret, 68-67.