High schools: Amherst girls down Northampton in ultimate action (PHOTOS)

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  • Northampton’s Melina Taranto Paz wraps her arm around teammate Tali Serlin after scoring against Amherst on Thursday at JFK Middle School. The Blue Devils fell 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Phoebe Young snags the disc out of the air against Northampton on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Eva Lagrant leaps for a catch against Northampton’s Ellie Finkel on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Maeve Dunkerley throws against Amherst on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Annabel Ogden attempts a throw against Northampton’s Tali Serlin on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Becky Marshall attempts a throw in front of Northampton’s Ciana Cunningham on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. Northampton’s Maeve Dunkerley, left, and Amherst’s Eva Lagrant cut behind. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Becky Marshall secures a score in the end zone against Northampton on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Alice Crawford-Muscat hauls in a catch in front of Northampton’s Caroline Cooper on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Tae Weiss tracks the disc in for a score against Northampton on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Meghan O’Connor throw’s away from Amherst’s Anna Burns on Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton's Olive Polson-Filas swats the disc away from Amherst's Tae Weiss in front of Meriel Phelan during an ultimate game Thursday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Northampton’s Olive Polson-Filas knocks the disc away from Amherst’s Tae Weiss in the end zone on Thursday at JFK Middle School. The Hurricanes won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Amherst’s Nomi Zeidenderg reaches for a catch against Northampton Thursday at JFK Middle School. Amherst won 15-4. STAFF PHOTO/KYLE GRABOWSKI

Staff Reports
Published: 4/28/2022 9:47:31 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Amherst’s Nomi Zeidenderg unlocked Northampton’s defense with seven assists Thursday, as the Hurricanes girls ultimate team defeated Northampton 15-4 at JFK Middle School.

Phoebe Young added five assists for Amherst.

Amherst’s Nicole Lambert pulled in four goals.

Becky Marshall and Alice Crawford-Muscat each scored three goals with an assist for the Hurricanes.

Amherst’s Anna Burns added two goals, and Tae Weiss, Ava Zimmerman and Lyudmile Pitts each caught one goal.

The Hurricanes scored the game’s first five goals and led 12-1 at one point in a game to 15.

Olive Polson Filas led the Blue Devils with two goals and made two huge defensive swats in the end zone to prevent Amherst scores. Melina Taranto Paz and Caroline Cooper each scored once for Northampton.

Baseball

Smith Academy 11, Turners 0 — Griffin Smiarowski struck out 11 in six shutout innings for the Falcons in an 11-0 Bi-County North win on Thursday in Turners Falls. He also had two hits and scored a run.

Logan Graves (single) and Ryan Beina (two hits) scored three runs each for Smith Academy.

Smith Academy scored in every inning but the first.

Softball

Belchertown 9, Paulo Freire 2 – The Orioles walked away with a seven-run win after 3½ innings of play due to a short-staffed Paulo Freire roster. 

Belchertown blazed out to a fast start, scoring eight runs in the opening inning to jump out to an 8-0 lead. It added another run in the bottom of the third before the game was called. Isabella Cauley went 3-for-3 at the plate while Jessa Troy, Gina Camerota and Lauren Cote each recorded two hits; Troy and Camerota also scored twice for the Orioles. Troy, Lex Piwcio, and Lauren Chrabascz drove in two RBIs apiece. 

Chrabascz threw four innings, allowing six hits and striking out one batter in the win. 

Wahconah 17, Frontier 2 — Delaney Fifield smacked a two-run home run in the fourth inning, but the Redhawks couldn’t keep pace with undefeated Wahconah in an FCL West loss on Thursday in Dalton.

Seventh grader Jazzy Hayes got her first hit of the season for Frontier (2-9, 0-6). Skyler Steele walked and scored a run. Wahconah (6-0, 4-0) received a 10-strikeout performance from pitcher Avery Vale-Cruz.

Gateway 7, Lee 6 – A late comeback effort from Lee fell short in a 7-6 Gators’ victory. Gateway led 7-4 heading into the top of the seventh, but Lee could only muster two runs to close out the game. 

Nicole Hannigan threw all seven innings for the Gators, striking out 11 and allowing eight hits. 

Sawyer Wilkinson plated twice and Stephanie Paiva  and Chloe Govoni picked up two hits in the win. Govoni  also scored twice for Gateway. 

Girls tennis

Belchertown 5,  Northampton 0 – Though the Orioles swept the Blue Devils on Thursday, Northampton didn’t make it easy for the home team. 

No. 1 singles Ava Shea won 6-3, 6-0 while No. 2 Amber Drummond and No. 3 Zoe Bate both won their matches, 6-3, 6-3. 

The doubles were hotly contested; the No. 1 doubles team of Kasey Gibbons and Brooke Burrows won 6-1, 7-5,  while the No. 2 doubles match between Belchertown’s team of Alena Karabetsos and Ellie Gelinas and Northampton’s Phoebe Ryan and Tamar Feinland needed a tie-breaker to decide the second set. Karabetso and Gelinas won both, taking the first set 6-3 and the second 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker). 

Boys tennis

PVCICS 5, Turners Falls 0 – Hugo Shinn took the win in No. 1 singles 6-0, 6-2 while teammate James Scott won his No. 2 singles match 6-0, 6-0. The team of Gabe Loinaz and Arnick Eshtiaghi took the win in No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-3. 

Turners Falls forfeited both third singles and second doubles to PVCICS. 

Belchertown 4, Agawam 1 – The Orioles won all four matches they played on Thursday, handing Agawam their only win via forfeit in No.  3 singles. 

No. 1 singles Thomas Vinagre (6-1, 6-0) and No. 2 singles Carson Boscher (6-0, 6-0) earned wins in both of their matches.  

The No. 2 doubles match between Michael DeMento and Adam Cooper of Belchertown and Agawam’s Nolan King and Santana Briotta was a close one; DeMento and Cooper won their first set 7-5 and the second 6-4. Cal Orzech and Jackson Couchon won No. 1 doubles 6-1, 6-0.

Frontier 5, St. Mary’s 0 — It was a straight-set day across the board for the Redhawks, which improved to 6-0 on the season with the sweep of the Saints.

Coleman Hartner was a 6-3, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles for Frontier, while teammate Robert Fuqua took a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 2 singles. Jacob Han earned a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at third singles, while the No. 1 doubles team of Benjamin Desmond and Donovan Vinchi notched a 6-1, 6-0 victory. St. Mary’s forfeited second doubles.

Boys volleyball

Frontier 3, Commerce 0 – Frontier bested Commerce in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-20) on Thursday afternoon. Jesse Kurkulonis and Aleks Carey finished with 16 and 14 kills, respectively. Kurkulonis added five service aces and 11 kills. Setter Tavo Vincent-Warner tossed up 39 assists and libero Payton Sladeski dug up 36 balls in the backcourt. 

Belchertown 3, Athol 2 – Belchertown and Athol needed all five sets on Thursday to decide a winner in their matchup, with the Orioles coming out on top (18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 15-12). The Orioles dropped the first set before winning two and three, and pulled out the win in the fifth and final set after Athol tied the match up in the fourth.

Rainer Kristensen finished with 33 assists. Will HIll and Ty Bogdanovich led the way with seven aces apiece, and Connor White led the team in kills (15) and blocks (3). Gabriel Ibekilo picked up 11 kills and two blocks. 

Ware 3, Granby 1 – The Rams managed to take one set in a hard-fought match against Ware. After dropping the first set 17-25, Granby played to a deuce that they eventually won 30-28. They dropped their next two sets 21-25, 23-25. 

Setter Stephen Szlosek put up 19 assists and Michael Swanigan led the offense with 11 kills. Swanigan also finished with a team-best seven service aces. 

Youth sports 

Softball

Agawam 15, Northampton 14 – Greta Lepore struck out eight in Northampton’s loss to Agawam. 

Alexa Peters got a single and plated twice, while Ary LaBarge and Mia Lindahl finished with three runs and an RBI each. Emily Kajka also scored twice for Northampton.


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