Published: 8/8/2022 8:44:33 PM
Modified: 8/8/2022 8:41:16 PM
It was a great summer for the Frontier boys soccer team.
The Redhawks competed in the Boys B Division of the Pioneer Valley Summer Soccer League, making it to the championship game on Saturday where they squared off with Springfield at Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow.
Three different Frontier players found the back of the net to lead the Redhawks to a 3-1 victory to take home the title.
For a Frontier team coming off an MIAA Div. 4 state championship appearance, having a strong summer capped off with a championship game victory gives the team confidence heading into the fall season.
“We had a strong contingency of varsity players this summer,” Redhawk coach Keith Burch said. “It was good to keep them together playing. They built some momentum going into the season. They’ve been playing together for so long they know each other really well. They love playing together. They’re an experienced bunch of kids and were fun to coach.”
Aidan Valderrama, Brady Burch and Matt Sicard were the Frontier goal-scorers in the victory. Leading 2-1 with 15 minutes to go, Burch was able to score to give the Redhawks a two-goal margin. With the way the defense was playing, that cushion was more than enough to get the win.
Chanhee Son — who took home MVP honors — dished a pair of assists while Cooper Johnson also assisted on a goal in the win.
“We were in control most of the day,” Keith Burch said. “Springfield was a good team and they took advantage of an opportunity to score. That third goal put the nail in the coffin. Our defense played so well throughout the game.”
After getting to work with the group throughout the summer, Keith Burch was impressed with the talent Frontier is returning this season. The Redhawks only lost a few starters from last years squad, with a veteran led group ready to make another run once the high school season starts this fall.
“They only have a couple of spots to fill,” Keith Burch said. “It will be very competitive to earn playing time. They’re an experienced club. [Frontier varsity coach Evan Horton] has a great team around him. Here’s to hoping they can make another state championship run.”
The Crumpin-Fox Club held its Open Singles Tournament on Saturday, with Mark Waskiewicz walking away as the champion after shooting a gross 70.
Justin Dion and Carter Fasick both shot 77s to tie for second while Seth Rosenbloom finished fourth (78).
In net scoring, Bob Bergeron took first (68), Jordan Haskell came in second (73), Brendan Creagh finished in third (75) and Brett Barnes took fourth (78).
Rosenbloom, Jay Lyke, Tom Helbig, Tim Brandl, Fasick, Dion and Creagh each won skins.
Jerry Gaimari recorded his fifth career ace on Monday, doing so on Hole No. 5 at the Country Club of Greenfield.
The shot came from 122 yards out, with Gaimari using a 7 iron. The shot was witnessed by Dan Hohengasser, Leslie Hohengasser and John Cariddi.
■ In a Mixer Event at CCG on Saturday, the foursome of Chris Varilly, Angie Varilly, Rich Young and Raye Young carded a 74 to take first.
Mike Archer, Elizabeth Archer, Roy Emerson and TC Emerson shot the low net of 63.