Roundup: Wahconah waits for its Western Mass. hockey seed
By the time some readers open their newspaper or check online today, the Wahconah hockey team will know who it will be playing in the Western Massachusetts Division III-A tournament.
The Division III-A seeding meeting is at 9 a.m. at West Springfield's Dante Club.
The Warriors are the only Berkshire County team to have qualified for the Division III-A tournament.
Last year, Wahconah reached the finals as the fifth seed. The Warriors beat No. 4 Belchertown 2-0 and then knocked off top-seeded Chicopee 6-5, before losing to No. 2 Chicopee Comp 4-2 in the championship game.
In 2014, Wahconah was the second seed and won the Western Mass. title, after beating Easthampton, Belchertown and Chicopee in the title game.
10 NAMED TO ALL-STAR GAME
SPRINGFIELD >> Ten Berkshire County senior basketball players will participate in the 2016 Western Massachusetts Senior All-Star Games. The games will be played on Friday, March 25, on the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams at the Hall of Fame.
Eight Berkshire County boys will be on one team in the first of three games, a battle of the top seniors from Divisions II, III and IV. Those players selected include Jameson Coughlan and Matt Koperniak of Hoosac Valley, Josh Sampson of Lee, Patrick Colvin of Lenox, Zach Ronnow of Mount Greylock, Connor McDonough of Pittsfield, Treyvon Ringgold of Taconic and Cole Morrison of Wahconah. That game is set for 5:30 p.m.
The second game, set to start at 7, features two girls All-Star teams. Hoosac's Madi Ryan and Pittsfield's Allie Hunt will be teammates.
"The annual Western Massachusetts Senior All-Star Games allow us to recognize the basketball talent that originates from our region, the birthplace of basketball," Hall of Fame president and CEO John L. Doleva said in a statement. "We couldn't be more proud of these fantastic student-athletes."
READING >> Mount Greylock's Devin Pelletier was the only one of six Berkshire County wrestlers to win his first-round match in the All-State Tournament on Friday.
Pelletier scored a 5-3 decision over James Kilgo of Nashoba Regional, and was set to face Chelmsford's Joe Vecchione in the quarterfinals.
Other local wrestlers were not as fortunate.
At 132 pounds, Taconic's Zabion Powell lost to Pablo Ogata of Framingham in a 19-4 technical fall. Western Mass. champion Isiah Williams lost his opening bout at 152 to Jared Garcia of Marshfield 6-1. The third Taconic wrestler, heavyweight Dalton Peck, dropped a 2-1 decision to Xaverian's Alfonso Depalma.
Western Mass. champ at 195, Alex Griffis of Mount Greylock, was pinned by Chelmsford's Phill Kimera in 42 seconds.
Monument Mountain's Nate Cormier dropped a 5-4 decision to Lowell's Bobby McCarthy at 145, while Bart Christiano was beaten by Lowell's Josh Martin 7-3.
In the early consolation rounds, Williams beat Isiah Castellucci of Gloucester 11-4, while Winchester's Tyler Christopher pinned Cormier in 26 seconds. Christiano moved on when Griffis defaulted.