Mohawk’s Loomis claims title

  • Mohawk’€™s Weston Den Ouden (521) competes in the giant slalom at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’€™s Ben Martino (526) competes in the giant slalom at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Bennett Boucias (508) competes in the giant slalom at the PVIAC Individual Competition at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’€™s Amelie Rowehl (22) competes in the slalom at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’€™s Dan White (505) competes in the giant slalom at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis (15) competes in the slalom at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis (15) competes in the slalom PVIAC Individual Competition at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Emily Sissum (21) competes in the slalom PVIAC Individual Competition at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Mohawk’s Erin Laffond (9) competes in the slalom PVIAC Individual Competition at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’€™s Areia Heilman (3) competes in the slalom PVIAC Individual Competition at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

  • Frontier’s Coriann Delaney (8) competes in the slalom at the PVIAC Individual Championships at Berkshire East Mountain Resort Thursday morning. Staff Photo/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 3/7/2019 8:37:27 PM

CHARLEMONT — Ski racers don’t get a Senior Night. There’s no student section sendoff, prepared coach statements or pictures with parents and flowers.

Instead, the PVIAC Individual Championships serve that purpose: one last hurrah to celebrate the season. In a normal year, the event takes place in mid-February before the state championships, which were last week. It was postponed once and then canceled another time in 2019.

Some area coaches like Mohawk’s Brandon Boucias and Frontier’s Brian Delaney recognized the event’s importance. They marshaled the cause to have it reinstated for Thursday at Berkshire East.

“This is their big day. This day is about getting us together as a community,” Boucias said. “We put a huge effort into our season and after weeks of skiing at night in the cold and wind, to come out on a day like this is a huge deal.”

Few racers took the course at full blast or completely seriously. East Longmeadow’s team raced in onesies. Amherst’s girls team wore tiaras while the boys donned fake mustaches.

“It’s an exclamation point to a season that was a little bumpy,” Delaney said. “In skiing, weather controls, weather dominates. The tail end of our season got rescheduled a number of times, and that was frustrating for the kids. But it was nice to get everybody together on an awesome day like this.”

The weather hovered in the 20s, but near-constant sunshine took the bite out of the temperature. Teams grilled and played music.

And kids raced. Mohawk sophomore Taylor Loomis won the individual combined title, which adds the times for both the slalom and giant slalom runs, in 58.2 seconds. She won the slalom (33.11) and was second in the giant slalom (25.09).

“On the first run (slalom) I was thinking about it too much, and on the second one (giant slalom) I was having more fun,” Loomis said.

Frontier junior Coriann Delaney won the giant slalom in 24.9. She was second in the slalom (33.34) and second in the combined (58.24). Delaney experienced an up and down regular season, falling in one race and missing a gate in another, so she was happy to end the year strong.

“I feel like I skied the (giant slalom course) better than I have before,” Delaney said. “It was nice, considering the regular season, to have one last redemption race and show what I have.”

Mohawk senior captain Erin Laffond closed her career with a third-place finish in the combined (1:00.09) after placing third in the slalom (34.19) and giant slalom (25.9).

“My favorite part is coming down to the bottom and everyone’s so full of energy,” Laffond said. “I just wanted them to be clean runs. I just wanted to finish.”

On the boys side, Mohawk’s Dan White was sixth in the combined standings (59.52). He placed sixth in the giant slalom (25.24) and eighth in the slalom (34.28).

Ben Martino had Frontier’s best boys finish in 22nd (1:07.47). He was 26th in the giant slalom (27.48) and 23rd in the slalom (39.99).

After the two runs wrapped, the PVIAC honored its season-long team and individual champions. Mohawk swept the boys and girls North team titles. It was the Warriors’ first boys title since 2013.

“Coming into the season we weren’t expecting it, but after the first race we had a good idea that we could do it,” Mohawk’s Bennet Boucias said.

The Mohawk girls have won five of the last six league team championships.

“Because we’re Mohawk, people take for granted that we’re going to win,” Brandon Boucias said. “Our numbers have dropped, but the core we have is dedicated.”

Individually, Loomis captured the North Division title with four wins in six races and 56 points.

“We had more slalom races, and that helped because I’m better at slalom,” she said. “With the GS I needed to figure out what I needed to do to improve, and I did it.”

Coriann Delaney tied for third with 36 points despite not finishing two races. Laffond took fifth (35 points), and Frontier’s Areia Heilman took 10th (10 points).

Mohawk put two boys in the top 10 of the North final season standings: Boucias in seventh (24 points) and White in eighth (22 points).




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