Schwartz fueling repeat try
Bryan Schwartz of Mohawk on slalom course at Berkshire East
Caitlyn Wilkins of Mohawk on giant slalom at Berkshire East
John White of Mohawk on slalom course
Bryan Schwartz is on a roll, and his efforts have Mohawk Trail Regional High School on the verge of back-to-back North Division championships.
Schwartz earned his fourth consecutive individual race victory Thursday night to lead the Warriors to the North’s top spot in the team standings during the PVIAC Alpine Ski League at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.
Schwartz conquered the competition in the slalom, as he cruised to a first-place time of 36.55 seconds. Not far back was Frontier Regional School’s Sean Doyle, who continued his own stellar individual season with a second-place finish at 36.82. It was his second straight runner-up showing and third straight top-five finish.
Mohawk’s Jon White came in fourth overall in 38.33, and Luke Looman was 10th in the A and 11th overall in 40.50. Alex Rice completed the Warriors’ team scoring with his 41.23 showing, good for 13th overall, as the Warriors final team tally of 156.61 was far and away the best on the hill. Longmeadow High School was a distant second at 161.82, while Amherst Regional High School came in third in 169.07. Frontier struggled as a team, taking seventh in 191.81.
Other top area individual finishers included Mohawk’s Liam Datres de la Blotier in 14th overall (41.62), teammate Dan Burke in 22nd (43.77), Frontier’s Jacob Conroy in 23rd (43.80) and the Warriors’ Ben White in 24th (43.85).
Frontier’s girls’ team, meanwhile, finished a distant second to Northampton High School in the South Division. The Blue Devils posted a team score of 121.99, while the Red Hawks finished at 140.15 in the giant slalom.
Mohawk’s Caitlyn Wilkins was the top area finisher, claiming 11th overall in 28.16, while Frontier’s Ally Zera placed 22nd overall and third in the South with a time of 30.27.
Mahar 43, Frontier 31 — Mahar Regional School used a six-point second-quarter advantage and a five-point margin in the final period to defeat Frontier, 43-31, in a Franklin County League girls’ basketball league game Thursday night at Goodnow Gymnasium in South Deerfield.
Natashia Patria and Jenelle Juskiewicz used their long-range prowess to sting the Red Hawks. Patria led the Senators with 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, while Juskiewicz made a pair of treys and finished with 12. Jill Valley had a double-double for Mahar with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Kianna Whitmore pulled down eight rebounds.
Amanda Calvo scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Frontier. Olivia Riordan bucketed 7 points.
Hopkins 71, Turners 40 — Four double-figures scorers powered Hopkins Academy to a 71-40 FCL girls’ basketball victory over Turners Falls High School Thursday night at Reed Gymnasium in Hadley.
Olivia Mathieu led the Golden Hawks with 17 points. Madi Stevens added 16, Kate Sullivan chipped in 13 and Mackenzie Sullivan contributed 12 as Hopkins outscored Turners 19-4 to take a 37-23 lead at halftime.
Jenna Putala hit for a dozen points and Tanisha Sanders pitched in with 10 for the Indians, who were plagued by 23 turnovers on the evening.
Easthampton 45, Mohawk 20 — Elizabeth Whitney poured in a game-high 26 points as Easthampton High School downed Mohawk, 45-20, in a FCL girls’ basketball game Thursday night in Easthampton.
Kristen Windoloski added 11 for the Eagles, who led 26-6 at halftime.
Hannah Finck led the Warriors with 5 points and Jen Dawson chipped in with 4.
Pathfinder 45, Mohawk 20 — Pathfinder Vocational used a 14-4 third-quarter spurt to break open a close game and beat Franklin County Technical School, 45-22, in Tri-County League girls’ basketball play Thursday in Three Rivers.
Sophia Hess drained three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 22 points for the Pioneers. Donna Becker contributed 11.
Brooke Meuse led the Eagles with 6 points. Megan Aldrich registered 5 points and seven rebounds.
Athol 72, Greenfield 16 — Alexa Whitney poured in a game-high 22 points as Athol High School ran past Greenfield High School, 72-16, in FCL girls’ hoop play Thursday night at Mallet Gymnasium in Athol.
Shelby Bronnes threw in 10 points and Tanner Favreau and Alexis Hamlett both had 8 for the Red Raiders, who led 34-9 at intermission.
Kelsey Roberts’ 10 points paced the green Wave.
Four Rivers 55, Hartsbrook 51 — Jackson Reeves-Henning netted a game-high 25 points, including two free throws in the final five seconds, to help Four Rivers Charter School defeat Hartsbrook School, 55-51, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game on Thursday in Hadley.
Kai DeLorenzo added 10 points for the Otters (5-3). Ben Garbus sank a pair of key free throws in the final minute to keep Four Rivers in front before Reeves-Henning put it away.
Four Rivers hosts the Dublin (N.H.) School on Jan. 25.