Doyle peaking, Warriors prepared for States
Sean Doyle appears to be peaking at just the right time, and the Mohawk Trail Regional High School boys will be the only area team representative in the upcoming MIAA state championship as the PVIAC Alpine Ski League concluded its regular season Thursday night at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.
Doyle, who was one of 10 area individuals to qualify for the state individuals, flew through the slalom course to earn top nightly overall honors with an impressive time of 36.03 seconds, over a half-second faster than his nearest competitor.
It was a bittersweet night for the Red Hawks a team, however. Even though their fourth-place finish helped them edge Gateway Regional High School for the South Division title, they did not qualify for states because they did not have the minimum number of individuals finish in the overall top 28. Thus, Doyle — who was third — will be Frontier’s lone skier at states.
Red Hawk teammate Jack Hebert finished eighth in the South individual standings on the evening with a run of 47.36.
Mohawk’s boys, which placed second in the North behind Longmeadow High School, will head to the states after six skiers placed in the top 28.
John White led the Warriors, placing fifth in the North and eighth overall in a time of 37.52. Luke Looman finished eighth in the North and 11th overall in 40.31, while Liam Datres de la Blotier was ninth and 12th in 41.24.
Other Mohawk skiers qualifying for the states included Jameson Rice (who finished 17th overall in Thursday’s race in 44.14), Dan Burke and Ben White.
The Warrior girls’ team suffered a similar fate as the Frontier boys. After winning their last four South team races to win the regular season, they failed to qualify for the state team competition due to only two skiers finishing in the top 28. Caitlyn Wilkins, who was second in the South giant slalom (10th overall) in a time of 27.15, and Tyler Rice qualified for the state individuals.
Frontier’s Alli Zera — the Red Hawks’ only state individual qualifier — won the South individual race and placed eighth overall in 26.96.
Other top 10 finishers for the Warriors included Erin Laffond in sixth (30.09) and Hannah Poplawski in seventh (30.49).
Next up for the area skiers is Tuesday’s PVIAC Individual Championships, also at Berkshire East. Racing is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Mahar 60, Belchertown 12 — Mahar Regional School had three wrestlers win by pin and another seven by forfeit en route to a 60-12 Tri-County League wrestling victory over Belchertown High School Thursday night in Orange.
The Senators (2-3 TCL) won three of the five contested matches on the day, including the bout of the night at 182 pounds, where two top wrestlers squared off. Mahar’s Isaac Fortner, who was on the fence of earning a seed for the upcoming WMass Division III championships, may have put himself in the discussion as he cruised to a first-period victory over Daytona Barrows. Fortner pinned Barrows in 1:27.
Mahar’s 113-pound wrestler Dylan Castine also picked up a pin, stuck Belchertown’s Dylan Spellacy in 1:07. Zach Duguay earned the third win of the day for the Senators with a 29-second pin over Orioles’ Ethan Sousa at 138 pounds.
The wrestling seeds will be released on Sunday.