Published: 31-05-2019 19:55:53
There is definitely a Franklin County flair for the upcoming WMass tennis tournaments.
MIAA released plantations and seizures for the Division 3 fields on Friday, and the area is well represented with four teams in total looking for sectional titles.
The boy's field is burdened with local interest. Turners Falls High School is the top-seeded team in Division 3, followed by Greenfield, the second-seeded squad in seven teams field.
Tri-County League champion Turners (14-2) gets the lone bye on the boy's side, and Thunder opens their postseason home with a semi-final match on Thursday against the winner of no. 4 Lee (7-4) and no .5 South Hadley (10-7). Powertown has lost in quarter finals around each of the last three years, the last two as the fifth-seeded team in the Division 3 field.
TCL runner-up Greenfield (11-4) will be working in the quarter-final round on Tuesday afternoon. The second-seeded Green Wave welcomes No. 7 Frontier (9-5) for a 3:30 p.m. competition at Davis Street Courts. The red gardens enter the postseason under unusual circumstances as the school girls' team competed all year round with a boy (Coleman Hartner) on the roster, requiring that they now compete in the boy's tournament if they wanted to include Hartner in the postseason list.
"Playing in the boy's moves was a decision made by the team," Frontier coach James Fitzgerald began. "We've had Coleman on the team all season, and he's one of the reasons we are where we are. Given the opportunity, we would be referring and bordering on inappropriate if we left him from the rooster. We know what we are entering and we are ready. We have prepared all year in moments like this. "
It has been a special season for Davis Street Kids, as the Greenfield boys team rose from a one-win 2018 season to No. 2 seed in the 2019 tournament.
"I'm particularly proud of seniors," said Greenfield coach Andrew Varnon. "There is a lot to be proud of this season."
If seed stays, Turners and Greenfield can meet in the WMass Championship match that is scheduled for June 11 at Forest Park in Springfield. Last year's champion, South Hadley and finalist, Belchertown, however, will offer solid resistance along the way.
"We want a recurring fight with Turners," offered Varnon, whose team split a few matches with Powertown in the regular season. "It would require us to win two matches. But at least there is a way for us to play them in Forest Park at the end of this whole thing."
Greenfield is the only girl team in the Division 3 field, and Green Wave is inoculated fourth in eight teams after finishing 9-1 and sharing TCL North with Pope Francis. The chief coach's main coach Alexis Silk's team is open with a quarter-final round match against No. 5 Mount Greylock (12-2) Wednesday at. 3.30. at Davis Street Courts.
"I love their spirit," silk said of her team. "I'm excited that we've made it to this point. I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do."
Greenfield reached the six-month round a year ago, eventually falling to potential champion Lee. The defending champs are the number 2 seed in the field after a perfect match 15-0, while South Hadley is the top-seeded team on the girls' side with a 15-2 regular season mark.