H.S. Skiing: Mohawk Trail co-op posts standout performance at PVIAC Race No. 1

  • Lydia Sargent of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom event of PVIAC Race No. 1 held at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Emily Sisum of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom event of PVIAC Race No. 1 held at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner of Mohawk Trail competes in the slalom event of PVIAC Race No. 1 held at Berkshire East in Charlemont on Thursday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

Staff Writer
Published: 1/21/2021 9:00:32 PM

The winter sports season officially kicked off in Franklin County on Thursday, with the first PVIAC alpine ski race of the year taking place at Berkshire East in Charlemont.

This season, Frontier is joining the Mohawk Trail team as part of a co-op, with three girls and four boys coming over. The Warriors sent 10 boys and 10 girls to the slopes on Thursday.

It was an impressive start for the girls team, with four skiers placing inside the top six in the slalom, the lone race run of the day for the girls. Taylor Loomis took first overall, finishing with a time of 36.69 seconds, followed by her sister Addie Loomis, who placed second with a run of 37.66 seconds.

“It was really exciting to have my sister right there behind her,” Taylor Loomis said. “We were talking at practice and I told her we can get one and two. I wasn’t expecting her to actually do it. It was a fun day. It was a good first race. It was nice to get one under our belts. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Warrior Ellie Pinkham placed fifth with a time of 39.70 while Emily Sisum’s time of 39.72 earned her a sixth place finish.

Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner had a top 20 finish for Mohawk Trail, taking 19th with a time of 48.50. Amelie Rowehl (48.94), Lydia Sargent (55.47), Myah Grant (59.32), Caroline Makosiej (1:14.82) and Cali Price (1:26.24) also competed for the Warriors.

“We had some fun,” assistant coach Brandon Boucias. “We’ve been working hard for a while and it showed off today. It’s been really good so far this year. It’s a bummer it’s a COVID year and there won’t be a state championship because we’re a really deep team.”

On the boys side, it was Mohawk Trail’s Weston Den Ouden who blazed through the giant slalom in a time of 26.90, good for second place overall on the day.

Joining Den Ouden in the top 10 from the Warriors was Ben Martino, who placed sixth with a run of 28.10, Liam Green (ninth, 28.23) and Ben Makosiej (ninth, 28.30) in what was an equally impressive day for the newly formed co-op squad.

For all four skiers, it was the best finish of their careers.

“Weston skied his butt off,” Boucias said. “Second overall is insane for the boys side. He’s a ninth grader and he impressed again.”

Michael Harrison’s time of 29.80 placed him 16th while Phineas Tuttman placed 23rd with a run of 30.43 and Gage Patenaude wasn’t far behind, taking 24th (30.82). 

Alex Schreiber (33.31), Travis Russell (34.33) and Owen Heilman (35.61) all completed the race for the Warriors. 

“We’ve trained so hard,” Boucias said. “It comes down to hard training. We ski almost every day and it works out for us. We’re just psyched to be skiing.”




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