Another dominant PVIAC alpine season for Mohawk Trail

  • Mohawk Trail’s Weston Den Ouden keyed the Warriors on the slopes, as the club won the PVIAC North Division. Den Ouden was second individually. Staff FILE Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk Trail’s Taylor Loomis won all five races to propel her team to a PVIAC North Division team title. STAFF FILE PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 3/9/2021 5:43:20 PM

Another ski season in the books, another successful winter for both Mohawk Trail alpine teams.

The final standings from the winter ski season were released, with both the Warrior boys and girls teams taking first place in the PVIAC North Division.

The five-race season — all taking place at Berkshire East — saw the girls taking first place in each of the five competitions while the Mohawk Trail boys took first in four of the five. Six teams competed in the girls North Division and seven competed in the boys North Division.

“This very unique season afforded us the opportunity to show how immensely talented we are,” Warrior girls coach Brandon Boucias said, “and how everyone on this team was willing to put the time in through fitness training and on the hill training.”

Senior Taylor Loomis helped lead the charge to the top team finish, taking first place in all five races to close out her storied career with Mohawk Trail.

Following Loomis in the top spot, the Warriors had four other girls place in the top 10 overall on the season in the North Division, with Loomis’ younger sister, Addie Loomis, taking fourth overall on the season as just a seventh grader.

Ellie Pinkham placed fifth overall, Emily Sisum took sixth and Sofiya Slocik-Gritzner finished ninth overall on the season.

Boucias credited the leadership from the veteran members of the team for the success this season.

“These senior girls have been an incredible group to work with over the years,” Boucias said. “Their dedication, work ethic, and commitment to team should be the envy of every coach. Our younger athletes have huge shoes to fill and I am confident they are up to the task. A special thank you to our captains Taylor Loomis and Lydia Sargent for all they have done for the team.”

On the boys side, Mohawk Trail finished with 21 points as a team, edging out Northampton which finished with 19 team points for first place in the North Division.

After an offseason in which there was no guarantee high school skiing would happen, Warrior boys coach Sean Loomis said he was proud of the way his team competed and how hard they practiced despite all the uncertainty leading up to it.

“This season was filled with unexpected results. Going into any season you always have high expectations, you set lofty goals and you prepare as much as you can to meet said goals,” Sean Loomis said. “This year we weren’t even sure if there was going to be a race season.  It’s hard to prepare for something that may not exist but the varsity boys did just that and they did it without a single complaint.”

Mohawk Trail had four boys finish in the top 10 on the season in the North Division, led by Weston Den Ouden, who placed second overall. He had two first-place finishes in the North this season.

Northampton’s Nate Jones took first individually on the season in the North.

Ben Martino, who attends Frontier Regional, wasn’t far behind Den Ouden, placing third. Liam Green took seventh and Michael Harrison placed eighth on the season.

“These boys trained hard on and off the slopes and it showed in their results,” Sean Loomis said. “Much gratitude goes out to our two senior captains Michael Harrison and Ben Martino for all their hard work and dedication.  It will be a shame to see the two of them leave as they were excellent leaders, role models and teammates.”


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