By Meghan Self
The Red Hawks boys’ basketball team finished the regular season with a 16-4 record, while in the process, winning the Hampshire League title for the third consecutive season. Captains Owen Walkowicz, Peter Carey, and Donovan Hoffman have helped to lead this cohesive group as one of the better defensive teams in Western Mass. The Red Hawks have secured a 3-seed in the upcoming Division 3 tournament, which begins this coming Tuesday, February 25th, with a home game vs. Athol.
The Frontier Girls Varsity basketball team had a successful season with a record of 14-6. They finished 2nd in their league. As this was Dave Machon’s 1st year coaching. This year the team really felt together like a family which they have not felt in past years.The team participated in a dance class-inspired core and glute workout every Saturday morning run by Olivia Machon. These workouts were often followed by skills practice with Coach (Dave) and Basketball Yoga with Kate Blair. He brought in a different style of play than they’d seen in past years. The team responded with open arms and tireless legs. We are a team now. Formed from hard work, dedication, and strength of mind… I foresee good things for this program.The team was led by the heart and soul of Senior Marie Diemand. Marie contributed hugely whether with clutch free throws, points, defense or exemplary leadership. Marie will leave behind some very big shoes to fill.
Also leaving us is Senior Tori Speth. Tori was unable to see any time on the floor this season due to a shoulder injury. However, Even with no hope of returning to play, Tori displayed leadership and dedication. She will be missed.
Green Wave Hockey
Frontier student athletes helped propel the Green Wave hockey team into the Western Mass. Division 3A semifinals. The Wave, comprised of student athletes from 8 schools, with an overall record of 18-3.This earned them the second seed in the tournament. The team will take on Wahconah 3-5-20 in the Finals at Olympia Ice Arena.
From the Greenwave hockey these Frontier students played:Bryan Baumen, Kevin Baumen, Jacob Bryant, Ethan Bryant, Adien Roche, Kyle Barns, Shane Prusak, Sam Knight, Porter Clancy, and Trevor Bordet. According to Bryan Baumen “We Faced a lot of adversity and overcame it in a positive manner, we lost the first game of the year then went on a 7 game winning streak and the lost another then won 10 in a row, we won multiple games of teams that were divisions higher than us”.
Wrestling had a successful season with a 15-7-1 dual meet record. Led by Captain KC Mattson who set the tone for the season with his strong work ethic and steady performance.
Several wrestlers with 20+ wins on the season – below
Newcomer (soph) Payton Sladeski – 3rd seed 106
Victor McNutt (senior) 5th seed 138
Tanner Finch (junior) 3rd seed 145
Jake Mattson (freshmen)
Ito McMillan (senior) 2nd seed 152
KC Mattson (senior) 8 seed 170
Both Tanner and Ito reached the milestone of 100 career wins this year.
The season got off to a tough start before the snow flakes started flying in November. The Girls Ski Team, led by Captain Corriann Delaney. Despite the unpredictable weather, both the Girls and Boys Team competed every race to their maximum abilities and potential; they all showed significant improvement over the course of the season! Best of luck in States and the Team says “good bye” to two Seniors first year Emily Roberts and 6 year vetern Corriann Delaney; Corriann Delaney, the Western Mass Skier of the Year (2018-19 season) and candidate for 2019-2020 will conclude her PVIAC Skiing career as one of the top female alpine racer in Western Massachusetts history. Delaney plans to ski for the University of Massachusetts @Amherst next year!