Warrior skiers roll on
Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s boys’ team didn’t clinch the North title, nor did the Warriors win the team race on Tuesday during the PVIAC Alpine Ski League at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont — that honor went to Longmeadow High School, by .53 seconds.
However, the Warriors have clinched a berth in the upcoming MIAA State Championships and another North championship banner will undoubtedly be added to the gymnasium wall on Thursday, once the first four Warrior skiers complete the giant-slalom course.
Bryan Schwartz clinched the individual league crown with his sixth straight win, completing the demanding slalom course in 35.29 seconds. Frontier Regional School’s Sean Doyle, however, vaulted to second in the overall standings by virtue of his runner-up finish in 35.48 seconds. The only other area skier to finish in the top 10 was Mohawk’s Jon White, who placed sixth in the North (38.16) and seventh overall.
Mohawk also had four other skiers finish in the top 20 and clinch a state individual berth — Luke Looman came in 13th (40.36), Liam Datres de la Blotier was 14th (40.52), Alex Rice took 17th (41.53) and Jameson Rice wound up 19th (41.93). The Red Hawks’ Jacob Conroy finished 15th overall (40.62). All of the aforementioned Warriors qualified for the state individuals.
Frontier’s girls’ team placed second in the South Tuesday, its fourth straight runner-up finish behind division champion Northampton High School.
Ally Zera finished third in the South and 20th overall with her GS time of 28.71, while teammate Jess Cobb placed 10th in the South (33.86). Caitlyn Wilkins of Mohawk clinched a state individual berth with her 13th-place finish (28.06), as did Zera.
Thursday is the final regular-season meet.
Greenfield 5, Belchertown 4 — Jourdan York-Welcome scored two goals, including the game-winner with 8:06 remaining, to help Greenfield High School beat Belchertown High School, 5-4, in a Fay Division hockey game Tuesday night at Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield.
York-Welcome tied the game at 4:48 with his goal from Dillon Dodge and Kyle Smith, then struck again with helpers from Cam Woodward and Jake Elwell.
Josh Brandl added a much-needed insurance goal with 2:45 left to make to 5-3. Patrick McCarthy’s marker with 26 seconds left cut it to one again, but the Orioles couldn’t get the tying tally.
Belchertown’s Alex Bachand scored the only first-period goal but Elwell tied it just six seconds into the middle stanza, assisted by Woodward and York-Welcome. Louis Tonelli put the Orioles back in front with his marker at 6:32, then Dodge fired home the equalizer with 30 seconds left in the period. Mike Duclos and Tyler Townsley had the assists.
Ryan Dupont had the go-ahead goal to make it 3-2 before York-Welcome took over.
Greenfield held a 26-23 edge in shots. Noah Foster-Marquis made 19 saves in the Green Wave net. Kyle Mikulski had 21 stops for the Orioles.
Greenfield (9-6-0) travels to South Hadley High School on Saturday night at 6:30.