Bulletin board: FCHA Green 14U captures league championship

  • The Franklin County Hockey Association 14U Green team captured an A Division title in the Greater Springfield League playoffs over the weekend thanks to wins over Nonotuck and Westfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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Published: 3/14/2023 7:17:45 PM
Modified: 3/14/2023 7:17:25 PM

The high-flying Franklin County Hockey Association 14U Green team captured a league title over the weekend.

Playing in the Greater Springfield League A Division playoffs, FCHA poured in 14 goals across two games to nab a championship.

The squad clinched a No. 1 seed after a stellar regular season record of 20-1-1. In Saturday’s semifinal, FCHA took down No. 4 Nonotuck Knights, 7-3, punching a title-game ticket.

In Sunday’s championship game, FCHA battled against the perennial power and the second-seeded Westfield Bombers. Team Green team came out on top with a hard-fought victory, nabbing a 7-3 decision to put up a second straight seven-goal outing.

The title game was a back-and-forth battle with Franklin County holding a slim 4-3 lead in the third period before pulling away late to seal the win. 

The team was supported all season by excellent goaltending from Ben Johnston, while strong defense was supplied from defensemen Wayde Bardwell, Jack Laurie, Bryce Drowski, Stefan Flaska and Sam Bucala.

Offensively, FCHA was powered by Austin Drowski, Braeden Talbot, Nico Siano, Chase Zraunig, Jed Amstein, Shawn Beckwith, Luca Siano, Shawn Baumann, Mark Lichtner and Ethan Ahnert.

FCHA’s head coach was Jan Flaska, with assistants Alex Siano and Brian Bucala.

Next up, FCHA will compete in the state tournament in Ashburnham this weekend.

Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

The Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon is returning to Charlemont in April.

The Pentathlon is scheduled to take place on April 1 at Berkshire East Mountain Resort. The race includes five events: a 4.5-mile trail run, an 18-mile bicycle road ride, a two-mile paddle, a two-mile adventure run and a two-mile adventure run and climb down the ski mountain. Participants can choose to complete the course as a team or solo.

Nearly 200 athletes participated last year, with 60 signed up for the 2023 event so far. There will be food and raffle prizes to winners in each category. There is a discounted entry fee for family teams and under-19 entrants.

Online registration is available now at BikeReg.com. Race day registration will be available, with the race still looking for volunteers. This year’s benefactor is the Mary Lyon Foundation.

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