High Schools: Ty Sadoski's 28 points lift Franklin Tech past Athol

  • Franklin Tech's Vinnie Renaud, left, defends shot by Athol's Dylan Fountain during action Thursday night in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech's Noah Ausikaitis (3) fouls Athol's Aedan Erickson during action Thursday night in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech's Ty Sadoski (2) drives past Athol's Jet Castillo during action Thursday night in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Athol's Connor Mahony (2) goes in for a layup against Franklin Tech during action Thursday night in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech's Vinnie Renaud (24) shoots past Athol's Vinnie Gordon during action Thursday night in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Franklin Tech's Ty Sadoski (2) goes in for a layup against Athol during action Thursday night in Turners Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 1/20/2022 9:43:51 PM
Modified: 1/20/2022 11:11:19 PM

TURNERS FALLS — The leading boys scorer in the Recorder area came to play on Thursday. 

Franklin Tech's Ty Sadoski took over the game in the third quarter of a Hampshire League North battle against Athol, scoring the opening nine points in the frame to help give the Eagles a 47-40 lead heading into the fourth quarter.  

The junior finished with 28 points as Tech held on for a 56-48 victory. 

“Our team is coming together very well,” Sadoski said. “We’re starting to come together and we’re really working really well as a team. We had to get our energy up after the first half. I didn’t like that first half, none of us did. We had stupid fouls, stupid turnovers. We had to get our energy up and we did.” 

The Eagles (6-4, 3-2) trailed 30-29 at the half but Sadoski came out and knocked down a jumper to open the second half. 

The junior then added a pair from the free throw line, made a shot down low and drained a 3 to give Tech a 38-30 lead. Noah Ausikaitis then knocked down a 3 and David Klempner scored inside to give the Eagles a 43-30 lead on a 14-0 run to open the third quarter. 

“I love the character of this team,” Franklin Tech coach Tim Artus said. “They're a team that works hard, cares and tries to do it the right way. When it’s not going right, they come together and fix it. It’s a joy to coach this group.” 

The Bears (2-6, 1-3) fought back with an 8-0 run to get back in the game behind two points from Dilan Fountain and Jet Castillo and four points from Vinny Gordon, with Castillo sinking a pair from the charity stripe to close out the frame and cut the Eagle lead to 47-40 heading into the fourth. 

Athol’s defense gave it a chance in the fourth, with Ausikaitis scoring five points and Sadoski held to just two in the frame but the Bears were unable to close the gap. 

“We got sloppy with the basketball,” Bears coach Brian Patria said. “We made some mental mistakes. We had 14 turnovers in the first half but we came out sloppy. We fought and battled through the fourth but tonight wasn’t our night. Franklin Tech played a good game. They’re very aggressive and scrappy. Hats off to them.”

Both teams struggled to find a rhythm early, with Colby Goodwin knocked down a 3 to open the game for Athol. 

Gabe Tomasi had four points for Tech in the frame but Beau Manning finished the quarter with seven points for the Bears to give Athol a 13-8 lead after one. 

The offense picked up in the second quarter after both squads figured out the opponents pressure. Sadoski had a big quarter for the Eagles, scoring 11 points in the frame.

A 6-0 run in the middle of the quarter off buckets by Goodwin, Gordon and Aedan Erikson helped give Athol a slim 30-29 lead at the half. 

Ausikaitis finished with 13 points in the win, with Robby Murphy adding six points for Tech. 

With the Eagle backcourt led by Sadoski and Ausikaitis is improving with each game, gaining chemistry together. 

“It’s a lot better having Noah, Josiah [Little], David [Klempner, Dylan [Shinall], they all put in great energy,” Ausikaitis said. “It’s nice with a good group of guards who can do what we have to do. We’re a young team and we have years to develop.” 

For Athol, it’s another close loss though Patria said he feels his team is close to putting it all together and coming out with wins soon.

“We’ve been learning a lot,” Patria said. “Being on this side, it’s frustrating. We’re competing. All the games have been within striking distance, we just can’t get over the hump. They’re still fighting and we’ll keep doing the best we can.” 

• In the JV game, Logan Cormier had 24 points as Athol beat the Eagles, 69-37. 

Pioneer 50, Mahar 43 — Jayden Fox scored 13 points with Brayden Thayer and Josh Wood each chipping in 10 points to lead the Panthers to a Hampshire League South win in Orange on Thursday. 

Thayer knocked down a 28-foot 3 as the shot clock expired with 20 seconds left to give the Panthers a 48-43 lead and helping seal the win. 

"I was really pleased with our fight in the second half,” Senator coach Chad Softic said. “We really cranked it up defensively in the second half and we did a much better job of taking care of the ball. In the end we missed too many shots late and Brayden — to his credit — hit the big one. That's the game."

Hunter Martin scored 11 points for Mahar while Will Barnes and Cole Johnson each had 10 points in the loss. 

Southwick 56, Turners Falls 54 — The Thunder nearly forced overtime, but a layup rolled off the rim with less than a second remaining in a two-point loss to Southwick Thursday.

Turners trailed 49-37 entering the fourth quarter but charged back thanks to some key 3-pointers and a full court pressing defense.

“We made a run there. It was nice to see the kids competitive in a game,” Turners assistant coach Jay Liimatainen said.

Matt Crossman led the way with 17 points, while Levin Prondecki tossed in 13 points and Branden Truesdell added 11. Deven Sloan pulled down 11 rebounds to go with four points.

Girls basketball

Franklin Tech 53, Athol 47 — The Eagles trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter but stormed back to pull out a Franklin County League South triumph in Athol on Thursday. 

Hannah Gilbert recorded 23 points and seven rebounds in the win. Lea Chapman had 12 points and 12 rebounds, Kendra Campbell scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebound and Kaitlin Trudeau scored six points for Franklin Tech. 

Emma Bacigalupo went off for 22 points for Athol, with Reily Polana adding 11 points and Lizzy Mailloux finishing with six points in the loss.

• In the JV game, Franklin Tech held off Athol, 39-30.

Swimming & diving

Turners, Monson split

Nik Martin and Desmond Wallace each won events to lift the Turners Falls boys swim team to a 22-14 win over Monson in a Constitution League meet Thursday in Turners Falls.

Martin touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.58 seconds. Wallace won the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 1 minute, 23.06 seconds.

Matthew Sibley added a runner-up performance in the 500 freestyle for the Thunder.

• The Turners girls team fell to Monson, 65-27, on Thursday, despite a victory in the pool from Sophia McComb. She was the winner in the 100 backstroke, posting a time of 1:12.99.

Leah Gump was the runner-up in the 200 freestyle (2:32.81), while Alex Wood took second in the 100 free (1:22.55). The 200 freestyle relay team of McComb, Lillian Poirier, Gump and Ella Guidaboni was victorious thanks to a swim of 2:11.72.

Deerfield s cores

Multiple Deerfield Academy teams were in action on Wednesday, with the girls hockey team picking up a 3-2 win over Choate and the girls basketball team defeating Williston, 68-51. 

The Big Green wrestling team beat Pomfret, 42-36, and the boys hockey team fell to Kimball Union, 7-3.  


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