High schools: Franklin Tech wins outright FCL South title; Amber Bergeron goes off for 40 points in Greenfield win

Franklin Tech's Hannah Gilbert (21) drives past Pioneer's Kyler McLellend (11) during a past game.

Franklin Tech's Hannah Gilbert (21) drives past Pioneer's Kyler McLellend (11) during a past game. STAFF PHOTO/Paul Franz

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Published: 02-01-2024 9:50 PM

Add another banner to the gymnasium in Turners Falls.

The Franklin Tech girls basketball team secured an outright Franklin County League South title on Thursday night, rolling to a 52-30 road victory in Ware.

Franklin Tech improved to 14-2 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the FCL South. The club can cap a perfect league mark when it hosts Putnam on Monday.

The Eagles led 14-4 after one quarter and used a dominant 13-0 edge in the fourth to pull away for the win.

Hannah Gilbert led the way with a dominant 25-point effort. Lea Chapman tallied 11 points and Kyra Goodell tossed in nine for Franklin Tech.

Pioneer 63, Mount Greylock 36 – The Panthers officially punched their ticket to the state tournament, cruising to an independent victory in Williamstown on Thursday night.

It was the sixth win in the last seven games for Pioneer, which improved to 10-5 on the season.

Kyler McClelland led three players in double figures with 18 points, followed by Addie Harrington with 16 and Natalie Rios with 15. 

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The Panthers led 27-10 at halftime. Next up is a trip to Hopkins Academy on Monday night (7:30 p.m.). 

Greenfield 64, Hopkins 20 –It was the Amber Bergeron show, as the senior dropped a season-high 40 points as the Green Wave cruised above the .500 mark on the season with a lopsided Franklin County League North win on Thursday night.

Greenfield improved to 7-6 overall with the victory. 

Carly Blanchard finished with 12 points while Anna Bucala and Tayler Bergeron each had five points for the Green Wave. 

Boys basketball

Four Rivers 49, St. Michael’s 40 — Ethan Sandberg knocked down nine 3’s to finish with 39 points, helping the Otters pick up a win over St. Michael’s on Thursday. 

Caleb Bird-Richards added 14 points for Four Rivers. Michael Pierce scored nine points for St. Michael’s. 

Alpine ski

Loomis rules, again

Six PVIAC alpine ski races down, six victories for Mohawk Trail’s Addie Loomis. 

Loomis blasted down the slalom course at Berkshire East in a time of 42.40 seconds on Thursday, good for first place. 

Emmy Sisum took second (44.70), Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner placed fourth (46.72) and Mae Hoff came in ninth (51.25) for the Warriors. Brooke Koshinsky (15th, 53.10), Naomi Den Ouden (16th, 53.13), Caroline Makosiej (17th, 56.24) and Ohia Dellert (28th, 1:00.57) also earned top 30 finishes for Mohawk Trail. 

Four Warrior boys earned top 30 finishes on Thursday. Phineas Tuttman came in sixth (32.72), Grayson Bishop took seventh (32.88), Weston Den Ouden placed 18th (34.45) and Ben Zarotny took 29th (36.75). 

Late Wednesday results

Wrestling

East Longmeadow 46, Franklin Tech 29 — Maxon Brunette (126), Connor Herzig (138) and Jackson Morey (165) earned wins via pin for the Eagles in a loss to the Spartans on Wednesday. 

Nordic ski

The Mohawk Trail nordic ski team competed in its fourth race of the season on Wednesday in at Notchview in Windsor, with the Warriors boys taking third while the Mohawk Trail girls came in fourth.

Augustus Niswonger was the top Warrior finisher on the boys side, taking eighth overall after completing the 6k course in a time of 18 minutes, 35 seconds. Vincent Gauthier placed ninth (18:47), Adam Muller came in 21st (21:05), Luke Pickard took 33rd (21:30) while Aymeric Louka finished in 46th (24:39) for Mohawk Trail. 

In the girls race Charlotte Niswonger was the top Warrior  placer, coming in eighth with a time of 22:52. Corinne Somes took ninth (23:09), Anya Read came in 18th (25:06) while Ada Corner placed 30th (27:05).