Roundup: Monument Mountain boys basketball team books tournament spot
The Berkshire Eagle
BRATTLEBORO — It took a little longer than the Spartans and coach Randy Koldys would've liked, but Monument Mountain earned a spot in the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament after defeating Brattleboro 71-53 on Saturday afternoon.
"We were pretty excited [in the locker room following the game]," Koldys said. "It was one of our first goals we wanted to accomplish this season. I was pleased with our defense in the second and third quarters. We didn't foul, which is what you want to see when getting closer to the tournament."
Brattleboro converted just one free throw in the outing. Meanwhile, Connor Hanavan and Dion Brown did most of the damage on the offensive end for Monument Mountain.
Hanavan finished with a game-high 26 points and Brown added another 23.
Zach Goffin registered another eight for the Spartans (10-5).
MONUMENT MOUNTAIN (71)
Santos 1-0-3, Harris 0-0-0, Boyko 0-0-0, Buffoni 1-0-3, Hanavan 11-1-26, Brown 11-1-23, Kronenberg 0-0-0, Robbins 2-0-5, Goffin 4-0-8. Totals 31-2-71.
Warren 2-0-5, Millerick 6-1-13, Galanes 2-0-4, Lawrence 1-0-2, Packard 4-0-9, Fitzgerald 6-0-18. Totals 22-1-53.
Monument Mountain 14 22 21 14 — 71
Brattleboro 8 17 14 14 — 53
3-point goals — MM 7 (Hanavan 3, Buffoni, Santos, Robbins, N/A); B 8 (Fitzgerald 6, Warren, Packard).
Wahconah 82, Phoenix Charter 39
DALTON — Tom O'Connor and Kevin Huban almost outscored Phoenix Charter, as Wahconah (11-4) rolled to an easy victory.
O'Connor had a game-high 21 points and Huban added 14, as every Wahconah player in the score book scored.
"I thought we did a really good job in the first half of running our stuff and playing good basketball," Wahconah coach Dustin Belcher said.
The Warriors led 28-8 after one quarter and 52-17 at halftime.
PHOENIX CHARTER (39)
Nieves 5-2-16, Centcho 4-0-10, Rivera 0-0-0, Nicholas 5-1-11, Soto 0-0-0, Wiggins 1-0-2, Eckezverria 0-0-0. Totals 15-3-39.
Mendez 2-1-5, Bernardo 1-2-4, Huban 5-1-14, Voight 1-0-2, Eberwein 3-0-6, Salvini 4-1-9, O'Connor 10-1-21, Gallagher 0-2-2, Trager 2-0-5, Astore 1-0-2, Hescock 5-2-12. Totals 34-10-82.
Phoenix Charter 8 7 9 15 — 39
Wahconah 28 24 18 12 — 82
3-point goals — PX 6 (Nieves 4, Centcho 2). W 4 (Huban 3, Trager).
Mount Greylock 70, Mount Everett 38
WILLIAMSTOWN — The Mounties snapped a two-game slide with a big win over the Eagles.
Toby Foehl had the hot hand early, scoring 14 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter. Mount Greylock (11-6, 5-2) led 28-5 at the end of the first and didn't look back.
Greylock's Mac Waynick scored six in the quarter and finished with 13.
"I thought we took care of the basketball and we shared it," Greylock coach Bob Thistle said. "We got a lot of guys in the scoring column. I think the kids played hard from the beginning."
Mike Ullrich scored 14 points for Mount Everett (3-14, 0-5).
Greylock is back in action Sunday with a road trip to Sabis, the defending WMass D-III champion.
"I just think it's the fact we are playing the defending Western Mass. champs, and I think the kids are going to get pumped up on their own," Thistle said, when asked how he's getting his team ready for the showdown a day after a game.
MOUNT EVERETT (38)
Foster 1-0-2, Rodrigo-Sierra 1-0-3, Carpenter 3-0-7, Montelone 0-0-0, Henderson 1-3-5, Devoti 0-0-0, Zucco 0-0-0, Bleau 3-0-7, Mullen 0-0-0, Rothvoss 0-0-0, Ullrich 6-0-14. Totals 15-3-38.
MOUNT GREYLOCK (70)
Foehl 9-1-22, McAlister 2-0-6, Doyle 3-2-9, Paris 3-0-6, Waynick 6-1-13, Brady 1-0-2, Harrison 1-0-2, Jezouit 0-0-0, Martin 2-0-4, Smith 3-0-6. Totals 30-4-70.
Mount Everett 5 12 15 6 — 38
Mount Greylock 28 16 18 8 — 70
3-point goals — ME 5 (Ullrich 2, Carpenter, Rodrigo-Sierra, Bleau); MG 6 (Foehl 3, McAlister 2, Doyle).
Wahconah 48, Taconic 45
DALTON — The streak lasted into February, but there are no undefeated basketball teams remaining in Berkshire County.
Noelle Furlong was front-and-center with 18 points on the evening and running mate Maria Gamberoni added 13.
Taconic (12-1, 5-1 in the Berkshire North) led 14-8 after the first quarter behind six points from Ciany Conyers, who ended with 13.
Wahconah (13-4, 3-3) clawed its way back into the game by outscoring the Braves 29-19 over the second and third quarters.
The Warriors took off in a 15-point third frame in which Gamberoni had seven points.
Furlong canned two of her three, 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Wahconah hang on for the win.
Taea Bramer had a team-high 14 points for the Braves.
Buda 0-0-0, Conyers 6-0-13, Bramer 6-2-14, Phillips 4-0-8, Patrick 2-0-4, Balcom 0-0-0, Winn 0-0-0, Cross 3-0-6. Totals 21-2-45.
Morris 1-0-3, Furlong 7-1-18, Belcher 0-0-0, Gamberoni 5-3-13, Cote 3-0-6, Marauszwski 3-0-8. Totals 19-4-48.
Taconic 14 11 8 12 — 45
Wahconah 8 14 15 11 — 48
3-point goals — T 1 (Conyers); W 6 (Furlong 3, Marauszwski 2, Morris).
High School Wrestling
Monument competes at Duals tournament
MINNECHAUG — The Spartans went winless at the Minnechaug duals, but a handful of wrestlers had impressive performances on the day. Ely Cormier was a perfect 3-0 in the 138-pound weight class, with two pins coming in less than a minute.
Caden O'Rourke was also perfect, despite only competing in two matches. His longest match was against Lincoln Sudbury's Anthony Vert, who he defeated via fall in 1:10. O'Rourke didn't have an opponent in the 195 weight class against Xaverian and ended the day against Nicholas Byrne of Northbridge, who he defeated via fall in 45 seconds.
Finally, Logan Mead went 2-1, including a forfeit in the 220 weight class in the dual against Lincoln-Sudbury. He took down Xavierian's Brendan Shaughnessy via fall in 46 seconds, but lost to Northbridge's Doug Landry.
Williams women 4, Wesleyan 1
WILLIAMSTOWN — Amanda Reisman scored twice as the Ephs swept a weekend series with Little Three rival Wesleyan, claiming their second Little Three title in as many seasons.
Both Williams and Amherst swept Wesleyan, but the Ephs tied the Mammoths on Jan. 17, and then beat Amherst the next day.
Williams (12-6-4, 9-4-2 NESCAC) scored three goals in the first period and clamped down on the Cardinals (6-13-1, 0-11-1) the rest of the way.
Reisman's first goal, at 8:40 of the first period, proved to be the game winner.
Eph goalie Chloe Heiting lost her shutout bid when Wesleyan's Cali Stevens scored on the power play early in the third period. Heiting made 17 saves.
Wesleyan goalie Allegra Grant stopped 40 shots.
Salem State 88 MCLA men 67
SALEM — When these teams met in North Adams back in January, Hayden Bird scored a college career-high 31 points. The host Vikings learned a painful lesson that night, and were not about to repeat things on Saturday.
Salem held Bird to three points, pulled out to a 42-25 halftime lead, and cruised home with a victory over the Trailblazers (14-7, 7-2 MASCAC).
Noah Yearsley had 15 points to lead the Trailblazers, while Ki-Shawn Monroe had 11.
Salem State (4-18, 3-6) had three players in double figures. They were led by Hakeem Animashaun, who had 27 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots.
With the loss, and Westfield State's 72-55 win over Fitchburg, MCLA and Westfield are now tied atop MASCAC with identical 7-2 records. The two teams close the regular season in Westfield.
Salem 59, MCLA women 55
SALEM — The Trailblazers were 25 seconds from snapping its losing streak, but Salem's Hannah Cravedi scored the game's last four points to secure the win for the home team.
Cravedi finished with eight points in 28 minutes of play. The Vikings (6-15, 3-6 in MASCAC) got a big boost of the bench from Nicole Freddo, who had a team-high 16 points, three blocks and three steals.
Kylah Langston and Hannah Mazzeo each scored a game-high 18 points and had big afternoons for the Trailblazers (2-18, 0-9). Langston had eight rebounds and shot 7-11 from the field. Mazzeo had a double-double that featured an eye-popping 20 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.
Fordham 69, UMass women 64
AMHERST — The Minutewomen saw their fourth-quarter comeback fall just short against the Rams on Saturday afternoon. After being outscored 34-19 in the first half, UMass stormed back with a 26-point fourth quarter, but failed to generate the final push to eke out the win at home.
Sam Breen had a team-high 21 points, along with four assists and six rebounds to pace the Minutewomen (16-8, 6-5 in the Atlantic 10).
Bre Cavanaugh had a game-high 22 points and Kendell Heremaia added 17 for the Rams.
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