Mohawk clinches crown
Mohawk Trail Regional High School finally made it official after its fourth skier crossed the finish line Thursday, when the Warriors clinched the boys’ North Division championship during the season finale of the PVIAC Alpine Ski League at Berkshire East Ski Resort in Charlemont.
Meanwhile, Mohawk’s Bryan Schwartz received a stiff challenge from Frontier’s Sean Doyle but was able to complete a perfect season with his seventh straight individual victory.
The Warriors (101.86) finished second to Longmeadow High School (101.63) in the team competition, but had more than enough points to claim their second straight North crown.
Schwartz conquered the giant slalom, finishing in 24.61 seconds, while Doyle nearly matched his rival, completing his run in 24.65. Jon White of Mohawk completed an all-Franklin County top three by finishing in 25 seconds flat.
Luke Looman placed 12th overall for the Warriors (25.76), the Red Hawks’ Jacob Conroy tied for 16th overall (26.28), and Alex Rice finished 18th (26.49).
In addition to the aforementioned skiers, Liam Datres de la Blotier Jameson Rice, Dane Amstein, Ben White and Dan Burke also qualified for the MIAA State Individual Championships.
On the girls’ side Caitlyn Wilkins earned a top-10 overall finish (42.62) and earned a spot in the state individuals, as did Frontier’s Ally Zera, who placed 14th overall and first in the South (45.49). Red Hawk teammate Mia Monseratte was 10th in the South (59.16).
The state meet is scheduled for Feb. 26 at Berkshire East.
St. Mary 59, FC Tech 47 — Matt Plasse broke loose for a half-dozen 3-pointers and finished with 24 points to power St. Mary High School to a 59-47 Tri-County League boys’ basketball victory over Franklin County Technical School on Thursday night in Westfield.
Justin Crosby was equally effective for the Western Massachusetts Tournament-bound Saints (12-4 overall, 8-2 TCL), as he drained 22 points. Sam Thresher pitched in with 9 points for the Saints, who jumped out to an 18-6 lead after the first quarter and extended it to 35-16 by halftime.
Chris Wetherby led the Eagles (7-9, 5-6 TCL) with 10 points, while Kyle Jarvis dumped in 9. Jake Earl struggled against the St. Mary defense and was held to 8 points.
Nate Boyer and Gerald Richardson each finished with 6.
Swift River 32, Four Rivers 25 — Four Rivers Charter School dropped its regular season finale to Swift River School, 32-25, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ basketball game Thursday at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield.
Jackson Reeves-Henning netted 12 points for the Otters (9-5), who trailed 16-15 at halftime.
The teams will play a rematch on Monday at 4 at IAS in the quarterfinals of the RVAL tournament. Four Rivers is seeded fourth, while Swift River is fifth.