2009 Articles
High School Girls Volleyball: Super 7
by The Republican Sports Desk
Tuesday September 08, 2009, 11:50 PM






























The Republican file photo
Frontier's Cassidy Stankowski is one of the region's top volleyball players, even as a freshman at the South Deerfield school.
Here comes high school girls volleyball in Western Massachusetts  Looking for the best of the best, as The Republican staff
writer Jason Remillard saw it at the end of the preseason?

Check out the Super Seven:


SONIA BROWN, Amherst

A stalwart of the Hurricanes' attack; second-team All-Scholastic as a junior; will play a bigger role with the graduation of the
Mears twins and Laura Caraker - all first-teamers in 2008.

ANNIE GORMAN, Minnechaug

Junior middle blocker has benefited from playing on travel teams in the offseason and should coninue that improvement as
the Falcons challenge for the championship in the ever-tough Eastern Division.

CAROLINE MARTIN, Longmeadow

Junior libero was a second-team All-Scholastic selection last season as the Lancers won their second straight Western
Mass. Division II championship; plays a big part on defense and should be a sparkplug yet again in 2009.

ANNA McGANN, Longmeadow

Junior will take the starting outside hitter spot vacated when All-Scholastic first-teamer Andrea Davis graduated; coach
George Mulry expects big things from her this season.

VANESSA RUIZ, West Springfield

Junior outside hitter and middle blocker is poised for a breakout season for the Terriers; played a major role in getting West
Side to the Division II tournament; has improved immensely through Junior Olympics and Bay State Games programs.

CASSIDY STANKOWSKI, Frontier

It's hard to believe that this hard-hitting outside hitter is in her third year for the Red Hawks and is only still a
freshman; had 182 kills, 103 aces and 198 digs for Division III Western Massachusetts champions; will be the
clear-cut first option now that older sister Alyssa has graduated.

ERIN SWEENEY, Chicopee Comp

Senior has developed into an excellent setter for the Colts; her success will have a lot to do with how Comp fares in its first
season in the new Western Division; second-team Division II All-Scholastic as a junior.

Girls volleyball preview: Red Hawks are reloading once again
From the Hampshire Gazette

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sean MacDonaldThe Frontier Regional girls volleyball team has been among the most consistent programs in the area in
recent years, winning four consecutive Western Massachusetts championships and state titles in 2005 and 2006.

And even after graduating one of their talented senior classes, the Red Hawks still expect to excel, at least in western
Massachusetts.

"With as many people as we lost and the new people coming in, our goal is to get back to the western Mass. final, and we
might as well win it," said coach Sean MacDonald.

"We don't know if the state level is a realistic option this year," he added. "But we're proud to say that we can compete while
we rebuild. But really, we're reloading."

The Red Hawks, who won the Division 3 sectional title at 21-0 in 2008 before falling 3-1 to North Reading in the state
semifinal, graduated nine seniors.

Among them were three Gazette All-Stars: hitters Alyssa Stankowski and Samantha Clairemont and setter Franny Cicia. All
three also were named to the Division 3 all-state team.

However, the Frontier program continues to produce young talent.

"With the addition of our freshmen/middle school team, we've developed our own feeder system," MacDonald said. "We can
teach the basics and skills, with more people moving up step-by-step."

The Red Hawks junior varsity squad went undefeated for the second straight season in 2008, and MacDonald believes it will
only take a short time for the younger players to step in and play at the level he wants.

"The concern is how we're going to mesh with the new people at the varsity level," he said. "They have to mesh with the
returning players and play like a team."

MacDonald said he expects Frontier's serving will be strong across the board.

Freshman Cassidy Stankowski, Alyssa's younger sister who played well last season as an 8th grader, will take over as the
main offensive weapon for the Red Hawks at outside hitter.

Libero Kendra Ouimette is Frontier's defensive leader, and senior Amanda Dacyczyn will be counted on to provide offense.

Frontier high school girls volleyball posts win over
Agawam
by The Republican Sports Desk
Wednesday September 09, 2009, 9:17 PM

Frontier freshman Cassidy Stankowski is carrying on a family tradition of excellence on the volleyball court.

By FRAN SYPEK
fsypek@repub.com

AGAWAM - Cassidy Stankowski has been playing high school girls volleyball since she was a second-grader.

She loves the sport and takes it seriously. Only a freshman, Stankowski started her third season with Frontier Wednesday in
impressive fashion with an 18-kill, three-ace effort that helped the Red Hawks to a 3-0 triumph over host Agawam in the
opener for both teams.

"Cassidy is naturally gifted," coach Sean MacDonald said.

Stankowski is now the first option for the Red Hawks, who graduated nine seniors. She was dominant as Frontier won, 25-
12, 25-9, 25-20.

One of those seniors from last year was her older sister, Alyssa, now at Westfield State College.

"I miss her," Stankowski said.

But it's a new season and a whole new lineup for Frontier. The Red Hawks worked well together and also got big
contributions from players like Stana Wheeler and Holly DeWitt.

"A lot of these girls played together on the jayvee team," MacDonald said. "That's why they work well."

The former jayvee players are close.

"We're like sisters," sophomore Stana Wheeler said. "We worked very hard for this win and it feels great."

For Stankowski, it's all about the team.

"We had really good intensity on the court and we really bonded well, which helped," she said. "Our team is so tight and we
picked up each other when we were down."

The Red Hawks changed a few of their cheers, but like teams of the past, they put on some glitter and got their hair done
before a match.

Why mess with success?

"We have great potential and I feel like we're going to have a good season," Stankowski said.

What better way to start than to earn a victory over a traditionally successful program like Agawam.

"They put up a really good fight," Stankowski said. "They made us work."

With so many players taking part in their first varsity game, Stankowski was a calming influence.

"There were a lot of nerves, but I was very happy with our team," MacDonald said.

Things don't get easier for Frontier.

Next up is a very good Amherst team on Friday.


Cassidy Stankowski Named Massachusetts "Player of the Week"
by AVCA and MaxPreps


Frontier girls volleyball turns back East Longmeadow
by The Republican Sports Desk
Tuesday September 15, 2009, 11:28 PM































The Republican photo by Don Treeger
Amanda Dacyczyn of Frontier blocks a spike by East Longmeadow's Emily Stetkiewicz during Frontier's 3-0 win Tuesday
night at East Longmeadow. East Longmeadow's Brittany Bish (8) looks on.

By JASON REMILLARD
jremillard@repub.com

EAST LONGMEADOW - Take away Frontier Regional School's four straight Western Massachusetts Division III volleyball
titles, and one can actually some similarities between the Red Hawks and their opponent Tuesday night.

Both Frontier and East Longmeadow were depleted by graduation last season, losing nine and 10 players respectively, with
an All-State selection among those departures on each team. Both teams have fared well thus far this season in the
rebuilding process, which made for a potentially intriguing match Tuesday.

After a nip-and-tuck first game, Frontier (3-0) made the right adjustments and took a 25-23, 25-14, 25-16 independent
victory. Freshman Cassidy Stankowski - already in her third year starting for the Red Hawks - put down 19 kills and served
four aces.

















The Republican photo by Don Treeger
East Longmeadow's Hailey Johnston bumps the ball as teammate Katherine Wrona looks on during action Tuesday night
against visiting Frontier Regional.

"I thought East Longmeadow played really well," Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. "They're probably the best team
we've played so far, no disrespect to anyone else."

The Spartans (2-1) more than hung with the Red Hawks in the first game. They led 23-22 before a pair of errors and a
Stankowski kill gave Frontier the win. The East Longmeadow defense, led by Nicky Batakis and Rachel Villeneuve, seemed
to dig every shot in sight and gave the team chances for points on offense.

MacDonald then showed why he is one of the best around when it comes to in-game adjustments. The Red Hawks looked
much different in taking the next two games. Frontier's serving, which has long been one of its strong suits, came to the fore
again, as Amanda Daczyczyn served three straight aces to close the game.

Game three was controlled by Frontier most of the way. It ended appropriately with an ace by Stankowski, who was named
the American Volleyball Coaches Association/MaxPreps.com player of the week for Massachusetts.

"It's getting there, but it's not really where I want it to be," MacDonald said of his team's serving. "Last year, we did a lot of
jump serving and had a lot of really aggressive serving. We're working on that, but we're not quite ready to pull it out."

East Longmeadow setter Brittany Kish did a stellar job commanding the offense, while Villeneuve and Batakis made 14 digs
apiece.

"Our all-around defense was good," Spartans coach Melanie Dzioba said. "We just couldn't put a ball away."

Holly DeWitt finished with eight kills and two aces for Frontier, while Kendra Ouimette had 15 digs from the libero position.
Setters Marie Wheeler and Courtney Parent combined for 29 assists.


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Frontier and Longmeadow set for big high school girls volleyball match
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
September 29, 2009, 9:15PM

One of the most anticipated matches of the Western Massachusetts high school girl volleyball season takes place
Wednesday.

The defending sectional champions – Longmeadow in Division II and Frontier Regional in Division III – meet at 7 p.m. in
South Deerfield. As they say in boxing, “Someone’s 0 must go” in this clash of 7-0 teams.

The established Frontier program has won four straight Division III titles under coach Sean MacDonald and would likely be a
top contender if it played in Division II, while Longmeadow has benefited from third-year coach George Mulry, who guided
the Lancers to back-to-back titles in his first two years.

MacDonald and Mulry are close friends whose paths also cross routinely as officials and as coaches of offseason travel
teams. Their players are also close, as many play together in the offseason. Both have done an excellent job this season
building their teams up from significant losses to graduation.

Frontier is led by outside hitter Cassidy Stankowski and libero Kendra Ouimette, while Longmeadow is paced by the duo of
Anna McGann and Hannah McGrath in the middle.

Frontier prevails in battle of girls volleyball unbeatens
against Longmeadow
By Bill Wells
September 30, 2009, 9:26PM

In a rare battle of undefeated defending Western Massachusetts champions, Frontier Regional impressively topped
Longmeadow 3-0 Wednesday night in a highly anticipated independent girls volleyball match at South Deerfield.

Coach Sean MacDonald’s squad, which played with great intensity, earned the sweep with scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-
16.

“We really minimized the number of errors we made,” MacDonald said. “I think we only missed four serves for the whole
match. We didn’t have a lot of hitting errors, and we played pretty good defense.”

Frontier, the four-time reigning Division III champion, jumped to 8-0. Cassidy Stankowski led the hosts with 16 kills. Angelica
Perfido made 14 digs, and Kendra Ouimette had 15 digs and four aces.

Longmeadow, which has won the Division II title the last two seasons, fell to 7-1. Coach George Mulry said his Lancers
committed too many unforced errors.

“We prepared well and neutralized Cassidy pretty well, but we couldn’t get anything done on offense,” Mulry said. “And
Frontier wouldn’t let the ball hit the floor without a fight.”

Caroline Martin finished with 24 digs for Longmeadow, and Anna McGann notched seven aces.
Bill Wells can be reached
at wellsb6@charter.net


Cassidy Stankowski - 22 News Athlete of the Week
Red Hawks sweep Red Raiders
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Staff Writer
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Frontier Regional 3, Athol 0 - Cassidy Stankowski had 12 kills and four assists as the Red Hawks (8-0) moved to within
one win of clinching a postseason berth.

Tory Whitney finished with three aces and five assists, while Megan Sullivan had four kills in the 25-8, 25-19, 25-18
victory.

Frontier gets its first shot at wrapping up a playoff spot when it hosts Longmeadow at 7 tonight.

Frontier clinches postseason
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Frontier Regional volleyball team wrapped up its postseason berth with perhaps its most impressive win of the
season to date.

The Red Hawks defeated Longmeadow 3-0 in a battle of unbeaten teams Wednesday night and will officially make a run
for their fifth straight western Massachusetts Division 3 tournament championship.

Cassidy Stankowski had 16 kills and two aces for Frontier (9-0) which swept 25-14, 25-15, 25-16.

Angelica Perfido had 14 digs for the Red Hawks, while Kendra Ouimette finished with 15 digs and four aces.

The Lancers fell to 7-1 on the season.


Red Hawks sixth at volleyball showcase
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Staff Writer

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team placed sixth among 12 teams at the Spalding Showcase of Champions at
Holyoke Community College on Saturday.

The Red Hawks went 5-8 to finish second in the silver bracket, falling twice to Westborough, 25-17, 25-23, in both the
first round and the bracket final. The Rangers finished fifth in the tournament.

Frontier played teams from Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire. The Red Hawks lost 25-20, 25-18 to eventual
tournament winner New Bedford.

Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald said that Emily Sanderson and Kelsey Abramson played well during the tournament.

Frontier plays in Medfield tourney
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Staff Writer
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Frontier Regional traveled to the Medfield Tournament on Saturday and compiled a 6-6 record against Division 1 and 2
teams.

The Red Hawks started the day playing in a four-team pool with Notre Dame of Hingham, Bishop Feehan, and
Pembroke, and finished second with a record of 4-2.

Frontier then advanced to the gold round against the top two teams from three other pools.

Frontier finished 2-4 in that round, but had some success against defending Division 1 state champion Barnstable,
losing one set 25-16 but winning the other 25-20.

"We were very happy to make it into the gold round, and especially happy to earn a split with Barnstable," said Red
Hawks coach Sean MacDonald.

Courtney Parent had 51 assists for Frontier, Kendra Ouimette added 44 digs, Holly Dewitt contributed 17 kills and
Amanda Dacyczyn finished with six kills.

Red Hawks clinch Northern Division title
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Frontier Regional 3, Pioneer Regional 0 - The Red Hawks clinched the Northern Division championship as they cruised
past the Panthers 25-12, 25-14, 25-13 to sweep the season series.

Cassidy Stankowski led the Red Hawks (14-0, 7-0) with 23 kills, Holly DeWitt added five kills and 15 service points, and
Amanda Dacyczyn contributed four kills and two aces.

Belchertown 3, Athol 1 - Emily Thornton had seven kills and four aces as the Orioles (10-6, 6-1 Southern) won 25-14,
25-12, 24-26, 25-23 at home.

Alicia Stenuis added six kills and nine aces for Belchertown.












































Frontier stays undefeated by sweeping Ware
Robbin Jones Jr, October 29, 2009 8:18 p.m.

Frontier defeated Ware 25-19, 25-12, 25-22 on Thursday in Ware. Marie Wheeler led Frontier with 21 assists, Kendra
Ouimette had 19 digs and three aces, and Holly DeWitt added 11 kills and two aces. Justine King had seven kills and six
digs for Westfield and Kaley Robidoux added eight kills and a block.

Frontier volleying for perfection
By Scott Coen
November 03, 2009, 1:17AM

We have been treated to some great high school sports teams this fall. There are a handful of teams still undefeated
even this late in the season. But at no school does the tradition of excellence continue like it does at Frontier Regional,
where the girls volleyball team is once again contending for a WMass and state championship

To put things as simply and succinctly as possible, the Frontier girls are perfect. Perfect in the true sense of the word.
Perfect as in 17-0 perfect. And what's really impressive about this group of girls, is that this was supposed to be a
rebuilding year.

Frontier lost 9 seniors from a team that went 21-1 last season. The Red Hawks won WMass and ultimately lost to North
Reading in the state semi-finals. The year before, 2007, Frontier lost in the state championship to North Reading and
finished 23-2. In 2006 the Red Hawks were 23-2 and won the state title by beating North Reading. In 2005, the teams
first trip to the state championship, Frontier beat Mt. Alvernia of Newton, Ma. finishing undefeated at 25-0. Do the math
and that all adds up to a 92-5 record, include this years 17-0 record, and that makes Frontier 109-5 to dating back to
2005.

According to head coach Sean McDonald the key to this years success is team chemistry. The girls like each other, pull
for each other, and have bonded together like championship teams need to.
Cassidy Stankowski leads the 17-0 Frontier Red Hawks If there's one girl on the team that needs to be singled out, it
would have to be freshman sensation Cassidy Stankowski. A freshman, she has been nominated as the Massachusetts
player of the year by Gatorade.

Later today the Frontier girls will hit the road to play Millis, the defending Division 3 state champion. It may be a game
Millis needs to win just to make the tournament. It could also end up being the toughest test of Frontiers lofty undefeated
record.

The WMass tournament is right around the corner and this is a terrific bunch of young ladies. It might be worth taking
time out of your day to go watch them play. The Frontier Volleyball Team.....17-0 and counting.


Frontier girls volleyball caps regular season with undefeated record
By The Republican Sports Desk
November 03, 2009, 10:51PM
By GREG BIDGOOD

Danielle Chatigny had three kills and two digs and Amanda Andrews had two kills and four digs as Franklin Tech rolled 3-
0 over Mohawk . . . Jessica Gondela led the way with three aces and seven kills and Megan Forrest pitched in seven
assists, one ace and two kills as Pioneer beat Belchertown 3-1 . . . Frontier (18-0) will finish the regular season
undefeated for the second consecutive season as Kathy Stankowski had 18 kills, seven digs and five blocks and Kendra
Ouimette had 17 digs and three aces during a 3-1 win over Millis.

Frontier volleyball aims for fifth straight crown
By Daily Hampshire Gazette
Created 11/05/2009 - 10:00

The Frontier Regional girls volleyball team will enter the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament looking for its
fifth straight title as the No. 1 seed and a lot of confidence with an undefeated record in regular-season play.

The Red Hawks (18-0) defeated defending state Division 3 champion Millis 3-1 Tuesday night.

"That was a huge win for us," said Red Hawks coach Sean MacDonald. "Playing from behind was something we hadn't
done much of this year; it was good to get some experience."

Frontier won its fourth straight sectional championship in 2008, but graduated nine seniors, including three all-state
players.

"We really only have three returning starters," said MacDonald. "Cassidy Stankowski, Kendra Ouimette, and Amanda
Dacyczyn are all captains, and their experience is huge. Their leadership is very visible on and off the court."

The Red Hawks have a first-round bye in the 13-team tournament, and will host either No. 8 Mahar (11-8) or No. 9
Mount Greylock (12-6) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Monday.

The Mounties are at the Senators in the first-round match at 7 p.m. Friday.

Frontier has defeated Mahar twice this season by 3-0 scores, and has not faced Mount Greylock.

"It's unfortunate," said MacDonald. "I really prefer to know what I'm up against. I hate playing against teams I haven't
seen before."

The Red Hawks, have played in two invitational tournaments, with teams from Massachusetts and elsewhere. Those
results do not count in their regular-season record.

"Those tournaments are a huge help," said MacDonald. "We get used to playing all the western mass teams, its nice to
see some teams we haven't seen yet and learn from that."

The Red Hawks will aim to improve on their state tournament performance last year, when they lost 3-1 to North Reading
in the semifinals.

The two Hampshire County teams in the Division 3 tournament are Easthampton (No. 10, 15-5) and Belchertown (No.
13, 10-10).

The Eagles will play at No. 7 Wahconah (13-5) in Dalton in a first-round match at 7 p.m. Friday.

Easthampton has been eliminated in the first round during the past two years, including a 3-0 loss to Pioneer Christian
in 2008.

"It's going to be nice playing a team we haven't seen before," said Eagles coach Molly Jacobson. "This way, we'll be able
to focus just on our side of the net, and not worry about how to adjust to them. Sometimes it's good not knowing
anything about the other team."

Jacobson said her team is optimistic coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 2 Lee (18-0) on Friday.

The Orioles also enter the tournament with confidence.

"The last two weeks or so have really been an eye-opener," said Belchertown coach Scott Poulin.

The Orioles dropped their last four matches against Mahar, No. 6 Pioneer (13-7), No. 3 Ware (14-3), and Division 2
opponent East Longmeadow (8-10). "We played some good teams and came out looking pretty good," said Poulin. "A lot
of those games could have gone either way."

Belchertown plays a first-round match at No. 4 Monument Mountain (15-4) in Great Barrington at 7 p.m. Friday.

Division 2

Amherst Regional (14-3) earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament and will host a
quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Tuesday against No. 6 Westfield (10-10).

The Hurricanes twice swept the Bombers 3-0 during the regular season.

If Amherst wins again, it would advance to face either No. 2 West Springfield (19-1) or No. 7 Commerce (11-9) in the
semifinals on Thursday.

The Hurricanes lost a five-set match to the Terriers during the regular season and did not play the red Raiders.

Amherst is confident, having defeated No. 1 Longmeadow (16-2) in a five-set match on the road Oct. 9.

"Longmeadow, West Springfield, and Amherst are all very evenly matched," said Hurricanes coach Kacey Schmitt. "If it
gets down to those three teams, it's just going to come down to whoever comes out to play that night."

Schmitt's team is experienced.

"Six of my seven starters are seniors," she said. "They are committed and battle-tested."

Led by seniors Sonia Brown, Ashley Fuller, and Jennie Rogers, the Hurricanes will look to get past their 3-1 semifinal exit
to East Longmeadow in last year's tournament.

Top-seed Frontier holds off inspired Mahar in volleyball quarterfinals
By Russ Held, The Republican
November 09, 2009, 10:31PM

Reigning champion and top-seeded Frontier (19-0) held off an inspired Western Massachusetts Division III quarterfinal
effort by No. 8 Mahar (12-9) Monday night.

The Red Hawks were 3-1 winners and will host Monument Mountain in Thursday's semifinals at 7 p.m.

“Mahar played great, the best I have seen them play in two or three years,” Frontier coach Seam MacDonald said.
“Their defense was great. They just dug everything on us. I mean everything.”

Cassidy Stankowski had a career-high 30 kills for Frontier, which won 25-10, 24-26, 25-8 and 25-13. Courtney Parent
and Marie Wheeler combined for 41 assists and Amanda Dacyczn added six kills.

Marie Wheeler added 18 assists and Courtney Sam Parker had 14 assists for Mahar. Teammate Amanda Johnson had
16 digs, while Sabrina Silva and Kelly Vitols combined for 11 kills.

Stankowski leads Frontier over Senators
By Daily Hampshire Gazette
Created 11/10/2009 - 10:00

SOUTH DEERFIELD - A career-best effort by Cassidy Stankowski and mostly dominant overall play by the Frontier
Regional girls volleyball team were enough to overcome an incredibly gutsy defensive performance by Mahar Regional
Monday night.

The top-seeded Red Hawks improved their record to 19-0, but it didn't come easily in the Western Massachusetts
Division 3 Tournament quarterfinals at Goodnow Gymnasium.

The eighth-seeded Senators (12-9) fought off a pre-match injury and actually won a game before Frontier's height and
depth were simply too much in its 25-10, 24-26, 25-8, 25-13 victory.

The four-time defending sectional champion Red Hawks advanced to the semifinals Thursday at home against No. 4
Monument Mountain (17-4) which defeated No. 12 Lenox 3-0 in another quarterfinal Monday.

Mahar coach Sarah Woodward, whose squad was already missing a middle hitter due to injury, lost starting middle hitter
Elise Powers to a sprained ankle during warm-ups, a crippling blow to a team severely lacking in height.

Frontier took advantage of that early, as Stankowski (career-high 30 kills) registered 10 kills alone in the opener. The
freshman phenom unleashed a string of four consecutive putaways to give the hosts a 5-1 lead.

"Cassidy is a great player," said Woodward. "I've known her since she started playing volleyball. She's a smart player.
We moved our defense around because of her, and tried to move some people around to block her a little better. She's
got a great career ahead of her."

The lead grew to 7-1 before the teams began trading points. At 17-9, Stankowski ripped another powerful spike into the
open floor to send Marie Wheeler to the service line. She served four straight points, helped by a Stankowski kill and a
Kelsey Abramson tip to extend the lead to 21-9. After exchanging points, Stankowski finished the game with two powerful
jump serves.

Frontier jumped out to another 5-1 advantage in Game 2, but when the score reached 8-3, something appeared to click
with the Senators. After a side out at 8-4, Kendra Killian served for four points to pull Mahar even for the first time in the
match.

Frontier tried to seize the momentum back and managed to build a 14-10 lead despite some sloppy play in the front row,
but some outstanding defensive play by Sam Parker, Amanda Johnson and Jackie Paulilus helped the Senators tie the
game at 15-15 and again at 20-20.

Johnson was in the midst of a seven-point service run that put Mahar ahead for the first time, and they ran it to 24-20
before Angelica Perfido's tip snapped the run at 24-21. Courtney Parent reeled off three points Frontier to tie the game
at 24-24 before two unforced Red Hawk errors at the net closed it out and left match tied at 1-1.

Frontier unleashed a flurry of winners in Game 3 to take control. With the score tied at 5-5 and Wheeler at the service
line, the Red Hawks ripped off 10 straight points to take command 15-5. Stankowski kept the Senator defense off
balance with a combination of tips and kills, while Parent (23 assists) and Wheeler (17 assists) were key in keeping the
offense running smoothly during the entire game.

Kendra Ouimette went to the line for another five-point stretch late in the game before Holly DeWitt finished it off with a
blast that deflected off a Mahar block and dropped in for the final point.

Game 4 was a close affair until it was 12-9, when Frontier got a side out and Wheeler went to the line and served for
three points and a 16-9 lead. After exchanging a few points, Ouimette took over at 18-13 and served out the match.

"After the first game, it seemed like things were going our way," said Red Hawks head coach Sean MacDonald. "Then it
was a combination of us making a lot of unforced errors and them digging almost everything we could throw at them.

"This was the best I've seen Mahar play in a while, at least against us. My hat's off to them. They really played well,
especially with one of their starters down."

Frontier girls volleyball stays perfect in advancing to Div. III Western Mass.
championship
By The Republican Sports Desk
November 13, 2009, 1:15PM

Frontier advanced to the Western Massachusetts final, improving its record to a perfect 20-0.

Monument Mountain came into the match as the four seed with a 17-4 record.

Frontier won by scores of 25-16, 25-15 and 25-14,

The Red Hawks seek their fifth straight sectional title against No. 2 Lee (20-0), a 3-0 winner over No. 3 Ware in the other
semifinal.

Cassidy Starkowski stood out for Frontier, posting 17 kills and 14 service aces.

Marie Wheeler also had a great game with six service aces to go along with 12 assists.

Teammate Kelsey Abrahamson added three blocks and one kill.

Frontier and Lee meet Saturday at 4 p.m. at Holyoke Community College for the WMass. title.

Frontier again in volleyball final
By Daily Hampshire Gazette
Created 11/13/2009 - 07:01

SOUTH DEERFIELD - Off to the final again.

Frontier Regional girls volleyball team seized control of the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament quarterfinal
match early and used 27 aces to roll to a 25-16, 25-15, 25-14 victory over Monument Mountain Thursday night at
Goodnow Gymnasium.

The top-seeded Red Hawks (20-0) advance to the championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday final at the Bartley Center at
Holyoke Community College where they will face No. 2 Lee (20-0), a 25-15, 26-24, 25-13 winner over No. 3 Ware in
Thursday's other semifinal.

Frontier, the four-time defending champion, will make its eighth appearance in the sectional final this decade (sixth in a
row) and 14th overall.

The upstart No. 4 Spartans (17-5) did not appear to be intimidated early, taking a 3-2 lead in the first set before Emily
Wheeler of the Red Hawks took the service line and freshman sensation Cassidy Stankowski began warming up on the
front row.

Wheeler reeled off six straight points, three of them finished by Stankowski kills, to build a 9-3 advantage.

Stankowski added two points later, including an ace on a jump serve, to extend the Frontier lead to 12-4.

However, Monument clawed its way back with two kills by Kelly Pearson, a five-point service run from Emily Boyer and
three unforced Frontier errors to close the gap to 16-15 before Stankowski ripped a winner into the open floor.

Amanda Dacyczyn served for the next three points, then, after an exchange of serves, Wheeler (12 assists, six aces)
served out the set with four more points, three of which ended with Spartan errors.

The second set was another tight affair early until Wheeler served for three straight aces to give Frontier a 7-3 lead.

Monument was able to close the gap, but at 8-5 Stankowski took over on the line and reeled off seven points, including
three aces, to make it 15-5 before the Spartans stopped the run. The closest they could get was 20-15, but a side-out
on serve gave the ball back to Frontier at 21-15, and Dacyczyn ripped off the final four points, one of them an ace, to
put the hosts up 2-0.

If the first two sets did not give the casual fan any indication how good Frontier was, the third did.

The Red Hawks led 7-3 when Stankowski (14 aces, 17 kills, four digs) stepped to the service line and proceeded to rip
off seven aces in an eight-serve sequence to extend the lead to 15-3 in a matter of a few minutes, leaving the Spartans
more than a little befuddled at her nearly untouchable topspin bullets.

"It's just kind of a neat situation where you can have a freshman go back and reel off nine or 10 service points," said
Frontier coach Sean MacDonald. "She had nine attempts, seven aces and one error in that stretch. ... There isn't a
volleyball coach on the planet who wouldn't take that."

What impressed MacDonald even more was the point his team won after Pearson was able to dig Stankowski's serve at
11-3. When Frontier was setting up Holly DeWitt for a kill, the set was off the mark, but DeWitt was able to readjust in
midair and tip the ball beyond the Spartan blocker and just over the net, where it dropped in.

"I thought that was the play of the day for her," said MacDonald of the junior outside hitter. "She kept the ball in play and
put in a perfect spot. ... She's struggled at time with inconsistency, but she's been big for us. She's come a long way,
and she's going to be crucial to our success from here on out.

"Those are the things that we're trying to instill in them," MacDonald added. "It's not so much the kill, but the error that
can kill you if we make some stupid play while Cassidy is having the service run of her life."

Frontier built its lead to as much as 20-4 before MacDonald emptied the bench and Monument made a brief rally to
close the gap to 23-14. Megan Sullivan went to the line and served for the last two Frontier points, closing out the match
with an ace.

Kelsey Abramson added three blocks for the Red Hawks.

"We're starting two sophomore setters, a sophomore middle hitter, and Amanda changed positions," said MacDonald.
"I'm just proud of the job the young kids have done, and the returning varsity players, the support they're giving them
when they make mistakes, because you know you're going to make them, we all just have to fight through it and learn
from it."

Frontier, Longmeadow looking to extend success at Western Massachusetts
girls volleyball championships
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
November 13, 2009, 8:20PM

The word “dynasty” is often thrown about casually when it comes to sports, but it might be appropriate on Western
Massachusetts high school volleyball courts.

With four straight sectional titles, Frontier Regional School has established itself as a dynasty in Division III.

Longmeadow would like to attain that status in Division II by adding a third consectuive championship, while West
Springfield is hoping to put itself on the map with its first championship. Lee simply hopes it can pull off the biggest upset
in Western Massachusetts volleyball history.

The top two seeds in Division II and III will meet Saturday at Holyoke Community College, as Frontier shoots for five in a
row against Lee at 4 p.m., while Longmeadow aims for the three-peat against West Side at 7 p.m.

That nightcap could be one for the ages, if the last two meetings between Longmeadow and West Springfield are any
indication. Longmeadow bested West Side in five games earlier this season and also in last year’s Division II
quarterfinals. The losses served as a spark as the No.2-seed Terriers (21-1) bring the best record in Western
Massachusetts to the Bartley Center.

“Last year was definitely motivation,” West Springfield outside hitter Vanessa Ruiz said. “We just came back with fire in
our heart and really wanted to win.”

The top-seeded Lancers (18-2) will be ready for the challenge, and there is potential for another five-game classic.
West Springfield needed such a performance to get past Amherst Regional in Thursday’s semifinal.

On the Division III side, Saturday’s match appears to be nothing more than another Frontier coronation. On paper, the
No.1 Red Hawks (20-0) haven’t faced such a potential mismatch in its four previous championship victories. Those were
at least against Northern Division rivals they knew well.

The No.2 Wildcats, also 20-0, don’t play the type of schedule Frontier does. The Red Hawks defeated Longmeadow,
Amherst and Division III state powerhouse Millis this season. Lee’s biggest victory outside of Berkshire County was
against Easthampton.

Frontier Regional rolls to fifth straight Western Mass. Division III title
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
November 14, 2009, 8:08PM

HOLYOKE – Cassidy Stankowski’s game comes with its own soundtrack.

Whenever the Frontier Regional School freshman takes a swing at a serve or spike, not only does she strike it hard, the
Red Hawks’ cheering section chimes in with sound effects.

A giant “Boom!” rises up from the bleachers, and the ball usually finds an open hole in the defense.

Stankowski and the fans were booming en masse Saturday; Stankowski racked up 20 kills, 11 digs and six aces as
Frontier defeated Lee 25-23, 25-17, 25-17 to capture its fifth consecutive Western Massachusetts Division III volleyball
title.

The boom squad will be out again Wednesday when Frontier (21-0) takes on South sectional champion Case in a state
semifinal at 7 p.m. at Ashland High School. The state final is Saturday at noon at Algonquin Regional High School.

“I personally don’t hear the fans,” Stankowski said, added that she remains focused on the task at hand. “But it’s really
great to have a nice fanbase.”

In three years on the team, Stankowski already has three sectional championships. She has also established herself as
arguably the most dominant player in the region and will likely join older sister Alyssa, who graduated last season, as an
All-State selection. Alyssa, a Westfield State College freshman who was in attendance Saturday, won four WMass titles,
while Cassidy has three more years to tie or surpass her.

“Stankowski is a dominant hitter,” Lee coach John Warner said.

The Wildcats (20-1), in their first title match in the program’s seven-year history, gave the Red Hawks a challenge early,
rallying from an 18-9 deficit to make the first game competitive. Game point came awkwardly as Lee’s Ashley Raftery
whiffed on a serve.

The next two games weren’t all Frontier, but the Red Hawks certainly had the upper hand. There were six lead changes
in game two before Frontier surged ahead for good at 13-12.

Match point in game three was indicative of the talent both teams possess. Each team had several chances to score, but
neither defense would relent. Finally, Sam Daoust’s shot hit the net, giving Frontier its ninth WMass title.

“We just really buckled down and we focused,” said junior libero Kendra Ouimette, who had 12 digs. “We pulled together
as a team, and just the louder we were, the stronger we played.”

Frontier received timely contributions from substitutes Angelica Perfido and Kelsey Abrahamson, especially in game two.
Perfido and Abrahamson finished with six and four kills, respectively.

Frontier wins fifth straight volleyball title
By Daily Hampshire Gazette
Created 11/16/2009 - 08:09

HOLYOKE - If this was supposed to be a rebuilding year, Sean MacDonald will take many more of them.

The Frontier Regional volleyball coach, faced with trying to rebuild a squad that graduated nine seniors, put his faith in a
starting rotation that included three sophomores and a freshman.

The result, so far, has been 21 straight victories, a growing confidence with each passing game and a police and fire
escort through the middle of South Deerfield early Saturday evening.

The Red Hawks won their fifth consecutive sectional crown by sweeping previously unbeaten Lee 25-23, 25-17, 25-17,
in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament championship Saturday in front of a raucous, bipartisan crowd in
the David M. Bartley Center at Holyoke Community College.

"It feels amazing. This was so unexpected, so it feels that much better," said junior libero Kendra Ouimette, Frontier's
quiet leader and defensive catalyst who finished the match with 12 digs.

When asked if still being unbeaten surprised her, Ouimette replied, "Sometimes, yeah. I think back to the beginning of
the year, when everybody was talking about how we lost nine seniors. I'm so proud of all the girls, and how they have
stepped up."

The top-seeded Red Hawks (21-0) advanced to play South sectional champion Joseph Case High School of Swansea
(20-4) in the state semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ashland High School. Case swept Sacred Heart of Kingston 25-11,
25-13, 25-14 in the South final.

MacDonald said he is impressed by his program's accomplishments over the last half-decade.

"It's tough to wrap my brain around," he said, referring to Frontier's streak of five straight sectional titles. "We figured if
things went right (this year) we may get here, (but) winning it is an entirely different story."

The Red Hawks had visions of an easy first game after Holly DeWitt (five service points) and Cassidy Stankowski (three
kills) helped build a 5-0 lead. The lead never got closer than three, and it grew to as large as 18-9 before a side out put
the No. 2 Wildcats (20-1) back on the line. Eight serves later, Frontier was clinging to a one-point lead.

Frontier reached game point at 24-20 before Julia Warner (11 kills) ripped a kill down the line to get the serve back for
Lee. Ashley Raftery served for the next two points, but shanked her third attempt to give the Red Hawks the game.

With Frontier trailing 12-11 in the second game, Angelica Perfido (six kills, three aces) went on a seven-point run, which
included an ace and four put aways by Stankowski, to give the Red Hawks the lead for good at 18-12 .

After some back-and-forth play, Stankowski (20 kills, 11 digs, six aces) served for three points, and Kelsey Abramson
(four kills, one block) ended the game with a kill.

Perfido started the third game with consecutive aces, Amanda Dacyczyn (five kills, two digs, one ace) added four in a
row and Stankowski ripped off a pair of aces during her stretch of three points to help Frontier build a 12-5 lead.

Warner's play at the net helped the Wildcats stick around for a while, but they never got closer than five the rest of the
way. Every time Lee seemed to seize the momentum, the Red Hawks took it away with a well-timed hit, tip or dig that
resulted in a point - capped by Perfido's kill down the line after a fantastic volley that lasted nearly a full minute and
featured two remarkable saves by each side to keep the play alive.

The match ended on another marathon volley with even more spectacular defense until fatigued Lee hitter Sam Daoust
put the ball into the net.

"Lee gave us a great game," said Stankowski, "After the first game we started to buckle down and we knew what was on
the line. We really wanted it.

"Everybody stepped up, and it was really nice to have people come off the bench cold," she added. "Angelica came in
and did a great job."

MacDonald, whose teams are a combined 113-5 in this five-year championship run, said, "I can not stress enough how
proud I am of this team, the job that they've done and how hard they've worked. ...

"It's a really special year we're having," MacDonald added. "We're going to go after Case on Wednesday, but to me right
now, anything after (Saturday) is really thick gravy. But we'll go after them and take our shot."

State volleyball semifinalist Frontier has been able to get exciting points across
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
November 17, 2009, 6:41PM

The video of the deciding point of Frontier Regional School’s victory in the Western Massachusetts Division III volleyball
is a hit among Sean MacDonald’s online friends.



























Given the excitement of that exchange between Frontier and Lee, MacDonald should submit the clip to ESPN.

As MacDonald’s Red Hawks prepare for Wednesday’s state semifinal, it’s difficult to imagine another scenario quite like
the one in which Frontier finally finished off Lee on Saturday.

The ball was touched 51 times and crossed the net 18 times as the point lasted 73 seconds before Lee’s Sam Daoust
hit the ball into the net.

“That last rally, match point, was just phenomenal,” MacDonald said after Frontier’s victory.

A win against South champion Case, at Ashland High School, would put the Red Hawks at 22-0 and place them in their
fourth state final in the last five years – in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Since 2004, Frontier has won six
straight Northern Division titles, five straight WMass titles, state title match appearances from 2005-07 and a pair of
victories (2005 and 2006).

Wednesday’s winner faces the victor of the other semifinal – between the Academy of Notre Dame (14-11) and Mount
Alvernia (19-5) – in Saturday’s championship match at noon at Algonquin Regional High School. Frontier topped Mount
Alvernia, of Newton, for the 2005 state championship.

“It’s tough to wrap my brain around, it really is,” MacDonald said. “This year, we figured we’d might get here if things
went right. It’s just a really special year we’re having.”

Case (20-2) needed only 54 minutes to defeat top-seeded Sacred Heart in the South final. Case has a solid middle
hitter in sophomore Briana Souza, who set the school record for blocks in a season.

“We’re going to go after them, but to me, anything after this is really the gravy,” MacDonald said.

BREAK ON THROUGH: While Frontier has built its reputation on winning big games like state semifinals, Longmeadow
would like to do the same.

The Lancers captured their third consecutive Western Massachusetts Division II championship Saturday against West
Springfield, but would really like to move to the next level. Longmeadow’s two previous state semifinal appearances
ended on a losing note.

George Mulry’s team has a chance to rectify that Wednesday against Bourne at Westborough High School. The
Canalwomen (17-2) have won three of the last four South titles, but aren’t quite as talented this year as those other
teams were.

A victory would put Longmeadow (19-2) in its first state final, where it would face the winner between Melrose (22-1) and
Medfield (23-0) at 3 p.m. Saturday at Algonquin.

Longmeadow is familiar with its foe, having faced Bourne at the Barnstable playday tournament earlier this season.
Senior middle hitter Hannah Gasper is Bourne’s main weapon.

“We know what they have, and they know what we have,” Mulry said. “We’re just going to come out there and surprise
some people. Throughout the state, teams are a little bit down this year from where they’ve been in the past, so it’ll be a
good chance for us to sneak up on some people.”

Frontier volleyball will miss familiar opponent in state tournament
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
November 17, 2009, 8:53PM

For the previous four years, I had the privilege of covering some exciting volleyball matches between Frontier Regional
and North Reading. Whether it was a state semifinal or a state final, these two teams brought out the best in each other
every time they met.

It all started with Frontier's 3-2 win in the 2005 semifinals at Marlborough High School, which to me remains the signature
match of this rivalry. The Red Hawks prevailed in the 2006 final to repeat as champions, but the 2007 final and 2008
semifinal were both won by the Hornets.

As Frontier prepares for Wednesday night's Division III state semifinal against Case, something is missing. North
Reading won't be a postseason opponent for the Red Hawks, since the Hornets are in their first year in Division II.

I'm sure the Red Hawks are happy with whomever their opponent is, but there was something special about those
matches with the Hornets. After the 2005 match, I'd drive to the subsequent meetings at either Hudson or Lincoln-
Sudbury knowing the chances were good of witnessing a classic. Kyle Belanger knows what I'm talking about, as he and
I were there for a couple of them when he was with the Greenfield Recorder.

Frontier coach Sean MacDonald would make yearly trips to scout the Hornets, just in case their paths crossed in mid-
November. The Red Hawks players looked forward to the challenge, and I'm sure the North Reading side did, too.

The quality of volleyball between those two teams made Frontier's victories sweeter and their losses heartbreakers. And
I felt like I was riding that same wave of emotion.

As I cover Wednesday's Frontier-Case match, part of me will be thinking back to the last four years and hoping this
match (and hopefully one Saturday) can give me that same special feeling.

Case ends Frontier volleyball season
By Daily Hampshire Gazette
Created 11/19/2009 - 10:00

ASHLAND - Another state semifinal appearance, another frustrating loss for the Frontier regional girls volleyball team.

The Red Hawks struggled with unforced errors and missed services, and Joseph Case High School took advantage in a
23-25, 25-19, 25-19, 26-24 victory in the State Division 3 Tournament on Wednesday night at Ashland High School.

"At some points we showed our age, but I think we're going to be better for this," said Frontier coach Sean MacDonald,
whose squad ended its season at 21-1. "... We'll be back here next year."

The Cardinals (21-2) move on to the state championship match Saturday against Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro
(15-11), a 3-1 winner over Mount Alvernia in Wednesday's other semifinal.

The Red Hawks trailed throughout the early stages of its first game as Shannon Orton established her presence at the
net for Case with several great hits and a big block.

The Cardinals built their lead as high as 11-6 before Frontier began coming back. Marie Wheeler's five-point service
run, which included an ace, gave the Hawks their first lead at 14-13.

Case quickly regained the lead, but Frontier rallied again and took the lead for good at 19-18, after a five point service
run by Courtney Parent that included two aces. Cassidy Stankowski finished it off with a blast off a double block that was
not returned.

The Cardinals rebounded with a solid effort to win the second game, which featured four lead changes. After getting the
early advantage, Case rallied from 7-4 and 12-11 deficits to take control after Caitlin Vandenburgh's two service aces
and strong play at the net by Briana Sousa and Jenn Cabral.

Frontier tried to rally, but could only get as close as 21-18 before Orton ripped a winner and the Hawks committed three
unforced errors late.

Case kept the momentum going in the third game as Megan Armburg served for four points to make it 10-5. Frontier tied
the score 11-11 with help from a kill and a beautifully-timed tip by Amanda Dacyczyn.

The Hawks took a 17-15 lead after three serves by Marie Wheeler, and they still led 18-17. Case took the lead for good
at 20-19, and Kayla Prior served out the game.

Frontier appeared primed to send the match to a fifth game, grabbing a 6-5 lead in the fourth.

Case stayed within reach behind the play of Cabral and Kristen Robillard, and finally reclaimed the lead at 16-15. Case
appeared to take control at 21-17, but Stankowski's hits and a few unforced errors by the Cardinals helped the Hawks
pull even at 22-22. Frontier took a 24-23 lead, but two unforced errors gave it back to Case, and Cabral ended it with a
tip that was not returned. Vandenburgh led the Cardinals with a dozen kills and 16 digs. Orton registered 10 kills and
three blocks, Cabral had nine kills and 21 digs, and Robillard dished out 29 assists.

Stankowski finished with a match-high 27 kills to go along with 21 digs and an ace. Holly DeWitt added eight kills, 10 digs
and an ace, and Kendra Ouimette totaled 23 digs.


Frontier Regional volleyball team ends stellar season
By Jason Remillard, The Republican
November 18, 2009, 9:32PM

ASHLAND – Even in defeat, the Frontier Regional School volleyball team finds a silver lining.

All season, Frontier looked like a team trying to get back to the Division III state final after losing nine seniors from a
team that lost in last year’s Division III state semifinal.

With only one senior on the 2009 squad, the Red Hawks were happy just to be in position to get to their fourth state final
in five years. However, Joseph Case of Swansea was out for its first state title since winning the Division II crown in 2005.

It all came down to who was better at the end, and after some back-and-forth action, Case prevailed 23-25, 25-19, 25-
19, 26-24.

“At some points, we showed our age,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. “But I think we’re going to be better for this.
We’ll be back here next year. We’ve got a young team.”

Case (22-4) will take on Notre Dame Academy (15-11) in Saturday’s Division III championship match at noon at
Algonquin Regional High School.

The Cardinals had the answer for Frontier’s fabulous All-State freshman, Cassidy Stankowski. They dug everything in
sight and put a pair of excellent middle blockers (Shannon Orton and Briana Sousa) in her way. Even so, Stankowski still
finished with a whopping 27 kills and 21 digs.

“Case picked up a lot of stuff, and I thought our defense was pretty good at some points,” MacDonald said.

The fourth game was indicative of the strength of both squads. However, Frontier could not put away the game with a 24-
23 lead. Case ran off the next three points and clinched it when Jenn Cabral’s ninth kill tipped off Kelsey Abramson.

Holly DeWitt added eight kills and 10 digs for Frontier, while All-State libero Kendra Ouimette had 23 digs.

Game one saw Frontier (21-1) in a rare position, playing from as many as five points behind. Long serving runs from
Marie Wheeler and Courtney Parent helped the Red Hawks claw back in it and take the lead at 19-18. Stankowski’s first
chance at game point was blocked by Orton, but she buried her next chance off a block to put Frontier ahead 1-0.

Case learned from its mistakes in game two by keeping Frontier down when it had the lead. The front-row combo of
Orton, Cabral, Caitlin Vandenburgh and Sousa continued the stellar play they showed in the first game, and the defense
came through when it had to against Stankowski and the other Red Hawk hitters.

“I know the team, they regroup, they fight and they get themselves together,” Case coach Denise Levesque said.

The Red Hawks again rallied from behind in game three and led 18-17 before the Cardinals went on an 8-1 run to close
it out. All-State selection Vandenburgh had two of her 12 kills in that span, while Frontier made several uncharacteristic
unforced errors. Kayla Prior aced game point, as Frontier sank into a 2-1 hole.

“I thought Case played well, but I thought we weren’t as sharp as we could have been,” MacDonald said.


Gazette All-Stars showcase athletes
By Daily Hampshire Gazette
Created 01/01/2010 - 06:10

The first installment of the Daily Hampshire Gazette Fall All-Stars features boys and girls cross country, field hockey,
girls volleyball and gymnastics.

The boys cross country team is headed by Northampton junior Ian Lutz, who captured his first major championship with a
first-place finish at the Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship meet.

The girls cross country team is led by Leah Haake of Amherst Regional. The senior finished third at the western
Massachusetts meet and guided the Hurricanes to their 15th straight title.

Steph Slysz of Smith Academy finished her field hockey career with 84 career points and capped her senior year by
leading the Falcons to the Western Massachusetts Division 2 championship.

Cassidy Stankowski of Frontier Regional is only a freshman but she dominated the volleyball court and paced the Red
Hawks to a fifth-straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 title.

Jessie Healy of Hampshire Regional led the Red Raiders to a third place finish at the sectional gymnastics championship.


















SONIA BROWN, Amherst Regional - The senior captain led the Hurricanes in kills (148), digs (194) and aces (53) ... She
averaged 7.8 kills, 10.2 digs and 2.3 aces per match ... One of her best performances came on Sept. 21 against
Chicopee Comp when she totaled 12 kills, 15 digs, three blocks and three aces ... Named to the PVIAC Eastern Division
All-Star Team.

ASHLEY FULLER, Amherst Regional - The senior missed matches due to injury but still led the Hurricanes with 362
assists as a primary setter ... Finished the season with 83 digs and 26 aces ... Recorded 18 assists, five digs and two
aces in Amherst's 3-0 win over Westfield in the quarterfinals of the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament.

JENNIE ROGERS, Amherst Regional - The senior was an invaluable all-around player for the Hurricanes ... Played in 19
matches for the Hurricanes at the outside hitter position with 98 kills, 186 digs and 44 aces ... She averaged 5.1 kills, 9.8
digs and 2.3 aces per match ... Recorded 23 digs, 11 kills and four aces in season-ending 3-2 loss to West Springfield
in the semifinals of the Western Massachusetts Division 2 Tournament ... Named to the PVIAC Eastern Division All-Star
Team.

ALICIA STENUIS, Belchertown - The senior recorded 92 kills and 54 aces (second most on the team) at the middle
blocker position for the Orioles ... Finished the season with an 88.9 serving percentage ... Had six kills and nine aces in
a win against Athol.

ZUHEILY MORALES, Easthampton - The senior totaled 61 kills, 68 aces and 45 digs ... Her match averages were three
kills, 3.2 aces and 2.1 digs ... One of her best performances came against Pioneer Christian with five kills, six aces and
four digs ... Named to the PVIAC Central Division All-Star Team.

JEN RANNIKKO, Easthampton - The senior finished the season with 161 kills, 37 aces, 22 blocks and 54 digs ... One of
her best performances came in the Eagles' 3-2 upset of Wahconah Regional in the first round of the Western
Massachusetts Division 3 Tournament when she recorded 17 kills, five digs and five blocks ... Named to the PVIAC
Central Division All-Star Team.

HOLLY DEWITT, Frontier Regional - The junior helped lead the Red Hawks to their fifth straight Western
Massachusetts Division 3 championship, 3-0 over Lee ... Finished the season with 140 kills, 46 aces and 76
digs ... Ranked eighth in the state in Division 3 in kills ... Recorded five kills and 15 service points to help
the Red Hawks clinch the North Division title against Pioneer Regional.

KENDRA OUIMETTE, Frontier Regional - The junior cocaptain helped lead the Red Hawks to their fifth
straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 championship, 3-0 over Lee ... Finished the season with 285 digs
and 54 aces ... Ranked third in the state in Division 3 in digs ... Had 15 digs and four aces in key regular-
season win over Longmeadow ... Named to the Division 3 All-State and the PVIAC Northern Division All-Star
teams.

CASSIDY STANKOWSKI, Frontier Regional - The freshman cocaptain helped lead the Red Hawks to their fifth
straight Western Massachusetts Division 3 championship, 3-0 over Lee ... Finished the season with 436
kills, 78 aces and 19 blocks ... Ranked third in the state in all divisions in hitting percentage and second in
kills per set ... Recorded a career-high 30 kills against Mahar ... Named to the Division 3 All-State and the
PVIAC Northern Division All-Star teams.

CAULIEN COCKLEY, South Hadley - The junior cocaptain led the Tigers in digs and kills ... Recorded more than 50 aces
... Her versatility allowed her to as a setter when South Hadley used a 4-2 formation ... Recorded 22 assists, 16 service
points and three aces in key victory over Pioneer Christian.

HONORABLE MENTION

Katie Dougherty, senior, Belchertown

Meghan Grygorcewicz, senior, Easthampton

Meaghan Mauer, senior, South Hadley

Piso Mohlala, senior, Amherst Regional

Courtney Parent, sophomore, Frontier Regional

Julia Volpe, senior, Easthampton

Hilary Woodworth, senior, Amherst Regional

2009 Republican All-Scholastic Team












































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