On Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13 were days where Frontier sports teams not only excelled but went beyond all expectations. Over the years, there is an expectation that our school teams will perform not only well but achieve victories leading to division championships and beyond. Yet, this past weekend they gave themselves and us more than we both could have wished for.
For the first time in school history, the boys cross country team brought home a trophy for their accomplishments. Finishing second at the Western Massachusetts Division 2 championship, the team has earned the right to compete at the state Division 2 meet in Gardner next Saturday. Congratulations to all the boys on the team and our two long-time coaches Walt Flynn and Bob Smith.
Also, this past weekend our boys’ soccer team won the Western Massachusetts Division 3 title game beating Belchertown by the score of 2 to 1 for their second straight title. Our RedHawks will play Central Massachusetts champions Nipmuc at 7:30 pm Wednesday at Westfield State. Last year our boys won Franklin County’s first sectional soccer title with penalty kicks. Congratulations to Coach Dale Totman and all of the Red Hawks who made this season so successful.
Finally, in what could only be called one of the most exciting contests in Frontier sports history, the Red Hawks volleyball team won its 12th straight Division 3 championship with an exhilarating 3 to 2 set victory over Lee at Holyoke Community College. This editor was in attendance and I can only say it was as thrilling as any amateur or professional sporting event ever witnessed. With all of last year’s seniors graduating, experts were saying that it would be impossible for our girls to continue this championship run yet they did. Their next game is this Wednesday at 5pm at HCC where they will play Central Massachusetts champion Millbury in the state semifinals. Once again, congratulations to Coach Sean MacDonald and all of the team for their hard work and resiliency.