The Recorder – HS Roundup: Maes-Polan and Vecellio shine in pole vault for Frontier

Alena Maes-Polan herself had a day for the Frontier women’s track and field team on Friday in a meet against Athol.

Maes-Polan set a personal best in the pole vault with a jump of nine feet and nine inches. The senior also took first place in the 400 hurdles with a time of 77.4 seconds, helping the Redhawks to a 143-2 win over a shorthanded Bear team in South Deerfield.

Caroline Crocker won the long jump (15-3.5), 100 hurdles (15.8) and 200 (28.8), Abi Howard won the high jump (5-0) and 800 ( 2:43.4) and Brooke Davis won the triple jump. (30-3) and 100 (14.5) for Frontier. Other Redhawk winners were Cadi Wells-Robinson in the shot put (29-10), Lily Novak in the discus (78-10), Sadie Ross in the javelin (90-11), Leah Gump in the mile (6:11.3), Josie Fosnot at 400 (65.5) and Bianca Peura at 2 mile (14:01).

The Redhawks won the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Sydney Gauvin finished third in the shot put (24-10) and discus (66-6) for Athol.

boys track

Border 118, Athol 19 — Jack Vecellio broke another mark of his own on Friday afternoon, again breaking his school’s record in the pole vault. Vecellio cleared 16 feet, bettering the previous record of 15-6 he set on April 1 this year.

“It’s nice to know that I kind of have a little higher grades every time, but yeah, there are different grades that I’m aiming for, like state records and local (records),” said Vecellio.

Ideally, the senior wants to clear 17-6 by the end of the outdoor season. That would break the state record, currently 17-1 held by Erick Duffey and set back in the summer of 2017.

“It was the nicer first day, so we’re working on the track starting from different (and) further down the track,” Vecellio said on Friday. “So once I can go back, I think that will be the most important thing to help me improve.”

Other Redhawk winners on Friday were Ian Burt in the long jump (16-11.5) and triple jump (37-4.5), Erich Brown in the high jump (5-10), 110 hurdles (20.6 ) and 800 (2:18.1), Alex Schreiber in discus (100-0), javelin (90-1) and 400 hurdles (74.8), Ben Cachiguango in 100 (12.3), Luke Howard in the mile (5:13.3), Ian Balk in the 400 (58.2), Dwight Balk in the 200 (25.5) and Dan Widmer in the 2 mile (11:02.7).

Frontier won the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Joe Grant took the only victory of the day for Athol, winning the shot put with a 33-11 draw.


Turner 5, Athol 4 — Levin Prondecki broke a pair of singles and brought home a pair of RBIs while Jackson Cogswell had a trio of hits as the Thunder earned an independent win at Athol on Friday.

Alex Quezada and Lincoln Coleman each had a pair of hits while Derek Wissmann had it safe for Turners (5-2). Quezada went the distance on the mound, striking out five.

Dilan Fountain had a double and a single, Caleb Cox smashed a double and Connor Mahony hit it safe for Athol (0-7). Quentin Polana had six strikeouts in the loss.

Soft ball

Franklin Tech 5, Frontier 3 — Lilly Ross hit an RBI double while Kylee Gamache had a hit and two RBIs as the Eagles came away with a 5-3 independent win over the Redhawks at Turners on Friday.

Hannah Gilbert and Keira Stevens each had an RBI single for Franklin Tech (6-1). Lauren Ross took the win in the circle, striking out six.

Delaney Fifield had a single and a double for Frontier (2-7). Ashley Taylor had a triple RBI, Gabrielle Adams had an RBI single, and Makayla Santos hit it safe. Chloe Cutting struck out three in the loss.

Mount Greylock 7, Turners 6 — The Thunder rallied in seventh scoring four runs but were unable to get the tying run on the plate as they fell to Mounted Police in Franklin County League action West in Williamstown on Friday.

Madi Liimatainen hit a home run and added a single for Turners (4-3, 1-2) while striking out 16 in the circle. Emily Young scored a brace while Paige Sulda and Jenna Petrowicz struck safely in the loss.

Boys volleyball

Agawam 3, Athol 1 — The Bears took the third set but suffered a 25-10, 25-22, 24-26, 25-12 loss to the Brownies on Friday at Athol.

Girls tennis

Border 4, Springfield International 1 — The Redhawks won two singles matches and both doubles matches to earn a victory over the Bulldogs at South Deerfield on Friday.

Sydney Scanlon took a 6-0, 6-0 win in singles No. 2 and Sam Baker took a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in singles No. 3. Chloe Felton and Hashini Ratnatunge took a win 6 -0, 6-0 in doubles No. 1 while Emily Plasse and Grace O’Leary won 6-0, 6-0 in singles No. 2 for Frontier.

The best match of the day came in singles No. 1, with Emma Clancy falling to Springfield International’s Ryayanna Shobrick 6-2, 7-6(2) in a back-and-forth affair.

Turners 4, Hampden Charter 1 — The Thunder came away with a trio of wins and a forfeit to earn a 4-1 win over Wolves at Turners on Friday.

Haley Randall picked up a 7-5, 6-0 win in singles No. 2 while Turners picked up a forfeit win in singles No. 3. Maria LaBelle and Mady Lilly picked up a 6-0, 6- 0 in doubles No. 1 and Jill Reynolds and Holly Hicks earned a 6-2, 6-0 win in doubles No. 2 for the Thunder.

Steph Peterson fell doubles No. 1 for Turners.

Boys tennis

Springfield International 4, Turners 1 — Mike Boyle picked up the lone win of the day for the Thunder in singles No. 1, earning a 6-2, 6-0 victory.

Alex Sabin dropped to No. 2 singles while Jake Reich and John Carmichael lost to No. 1 doubles for Turners. The Thunder lost the No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles.