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Barrett Contributing on Two Sports at Westfield State

By Stephen Sports
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- After helping the Westfield State women’s basketball team earn a MASCAC Championship this winter, Mount Greylock graduate and Owls freshman Lucy Barrett switched gears to lacrosse.


And Barrett has not missed a beat.


She scored two goals on Saturday as Westfield State defeated Framingham, 17-4, in the Owls’ regular season finale. For the year, she has eight goals and six assists despite missing the team’s preseason training due to the extended basketball season.


Westfield State is the top seed in the MASCAC tournament and on Thursday will host the winner of Tuesday’s quarter-final between Worcester State and Framingham.


Elsewhere in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference, St. Joseph graduate Marissa Avanzato, a 2012 graduate of St. Joseph Central School, has been a key contributor for the Worcester State team that finished the regular season on top of the conference standings.


Avanzato has a 3.68 earned run average in 26-⅔ innings in the circle and also has played second base for the Lancers. On Saturday, she pitched three innings in relief to help Worcester beat MCLA, 10-4.


Speaking of MCLA, Mount Greylock graduate Michaela DiNicola has the fourth-best batting average for Trailblazers this spring. DiNicola, a senior, has more at-bats than anyone on the team (113) and has an average of .327 with 11 RBIs and four doubles. Her classmate Samantha Boyle (Taconic High) is hitting .224 with 13 RBIs.


The Trailblazers, who also include sophomore Jamie Meehan (McCann Tech) open the conference tournament on Thursday at Westfield State.


Like Avanzato’s Worcester State team, the Western New England Golden Bears are seeded first in their conference softball tournament.


And junior shortstop Gabby Lavinio is a big reason why.


The Wahconah graduate last week was named the Commonwealth Coast Conference Player of the Year after batting .448 with a league-leading 13 doubles, seven home runs and 30 RBIs. She ranked second in on-base percentage (.515) and slugging percentage (.776).


The postseason already is under way for some collegians, including Taconic graduate Dominic Nda, who earned his second straight gold medal in the 100 meters at Saturday’s Little East Conference Championship. He ran a time of 10.96 seconds to win the 100, finished third in the 200 (:22.89) and ran a leg on UMass-Boston’s second-place 4-by-100 relay.


Monument Mountain’s Jason Laramee, a sophomore at Springfield College, tied for fourth in the high jump (6 feet) at Saturday’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships.


Taconic High grads Matt Rabasco and Aaron Weeks helped the Worcester Polytechnic Institute men’s track and field team finish second at the NEWMAC Championships. Sophomore Weeks finished third in the javelin with a mark of 166 feet, 7 inches. Rabasco, a freshman, finished seventh in the 10,000-meter run.


At Saturday’s MASCAC Track and Field Championships, Monument Mountain grad Michael Kotleski, a sophomore at Bridgewater State, ran a leg on the team’s winning 4-by-400 meter relay quartet.


Mount Greylock graduate Carter Stripp competed in the 10,000 meters at Saturday’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Stripp is a freshman at Pomona-Pitzer, who finished third at the meet.


Wahconah graduate and American International College freshman Quinn Caesar scored a goal late in the fourth quarter on Saturday to help secure a 13-10 win over Georgian Court, AIC’s first win of the year in its season finale.


The Danielle Webster women’s lacrosse team played its final game on Saturday, a loss to Wheelock that left the Eagles with a record of 2-11. St. Joseph graduate and Daniel Webster junior Madeline Roulier finished second on her team with 24 goals and first with 13 assists.


In the women’s MASCAC Track and Field Championships on Saturday, Fitchburg State sophomore Michaella Vecchiarelli of Drury High finished third in the pole vault, clearing 2.75 meters.


Westfield State junior Jaclyn Farrell (Wahconah) helped the Owls win the MASCAC title by placing second in triple jump (34-4 ¾) and sixth in the long jump (15-7).


Hoosac Valley graduate Elizabeth Provost placed fourth in the shot put (37-6 ¾) and fifth in the hammer throw (141-1) to help Holy Cross finish sixth out of 11 teams competing at the Skyawk Invitational at Stonehill College on Saturday.


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Mount Greylock School Committee Votes Down Remote Learning Start to School Year

By Stephen Sports

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two months of input and advice from Mount Greylock’s working groups looking at the reopening of school were undone in four hours of discussion by the School Committee on Thursday night.

On a 6-1 vote, the committee directed interim superintendent Robert Putnam to submit to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education a radically different plan for the start of the year that moves more children into the school building more quickly than the administration was recommending.
Subject to approval by DESE and, not insignificantly, collective bargaining with the district’s unions, there will be no two-week period of fully remote learning as Putnam was proposing.
Putnam went into Thursday’s meeting with plans based on input from groups established in the spring and summer by him and his predecessor with the goal of getting the School Committee's blessing for the plan he has to submit to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Friday.
Putnam laid out a plan largely like the one he presented in a virtual town hall on Tuesday evening and told the School Committee he was looking for guidance.
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