PVIAC Skiing Individuals: Long list of local skiers in the hunt

  • Corriann Delaney is a versatile racer for Frontier, be it on the slalom or giant-slalom course. Recorder Staff/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Published: 2/12/2018 11:15:03 PM

After securing a regular-season team title, the Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ alpine ski team sets its sights on the postseason today.

The Warriors have several racers in contention for top 10 overall spots, as the locals head to Berkshire East Mountain Resort for the annual PVIAC Individual Championships.

The race begins at 10:30 a.m. this morning in Charlemont, as the girls will tackle the slalom course in the morning while the boys begin with the giant slalom. After a lunch break, the teams will switch courses to finish off the day. The skiers will compete in one run of the slalom and GS, with the combined time accounting for the final standings.

After winning every race during the regular season to capture the North Division title, the Mohawk girls’ team has a pack of skiers ready to display their mettle today. Leading that pack is freshman Ashley LaCross, who scored the second-most points of any girl during the PVIAC regular-season — behind only Westfield High School’s Grace O’Connor. LaCross was sixth overall at last year’s PVIAC race, the top finisher on the Warriors roster.

Mohawk had three skiers in last year’s top 10, and all three will be in action today. Besides LaCross, Taylor Loomis was ninth overall while Erin Laffond was 10th. Both have been solid during the regular season. Lizzie Herzig is another racer capable of weaving her way into the top 10.

Minnechaug Regional High School’s Grace Crochiere won the combined title a year ago, and she’s back in action looking to defend her title today.

After a stellar season during which she finished third in the overall point race, Frontier Regional School sophomore Corriann Delaney has a strong chance to challenge for an individual title today. Delaney finished in the top 5 of all seven PVIAC races this winter, including a pair of victories. She won the most recent race run just last week at Berkshire East, and enters after a strong fourth-place combined showing at last year’s PVIAC Championships.

Frontier teammate Anna Zera was 15th at last year’s race and has been a steady No. 2 racer for the Red Hawks this winter.

On the boys’ side, Mohawk has a pair of senior skiers looking to fare well. Dan White and Bennett Boucias both have top 10 finishes to their credit this season. The pair qualified for the MIAA State Championship a year ago. Both have the skills to challenge for top 10 spots today.

Frontier’s Ben Martino scored multiple South Division top-10 showings this winter and enters today as the top scorer for his squad.

The state championship is slated for March 6 back at Berkshire East.


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