Schools: New division, same old Warrior success on slopes

  • Mohawk’s Michael Harrison races down the hill in slalom competition Tuesday during PVIAC ski action at Berkshire East in Charlemont. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, January 09, 2018

A move up to the North Division didn’t get in the way of Mohawk Trail Regional High School’s success Tuesday night.

In the opening meet of the PVIAC Alpine Ski League, the Warriors, who were realigned from the South to the North this winter, claimed first place as a team on the girls’ side, putting three racers in the top 10 at Berkshire East Ski Resort.

“It was a good night for us,” offered Mohawk girls’ coach Brandon Boucias. “I was really happy with our performance.”

Freshman Ashley LaCross, the defending South Division individual champion, got her season off to a fine start. The Mohawk star was the first skier down the mountain, claiming first place overall in the girls’ giant slalom with a time of 26.27 seconds.

While LaCross set the pace, holding off runner-up Grace O’Connor of Westfield High School by 0.67 seconds, she had plenty of company from her teammates near the top of the standings. Freshman Taylor Loomis was fifth overall for Mohawk, crossing with a time of 28.02 seconds. Not far behind was Lizzie Herzig, who was eighth overall and seventh in the North in 28.49 seconds.

Rounding out the Warrior scoring was eighth-grader Areia Heilman, who was solid in the opening race with a 16th-place finish in the North (24th overall). Heilman posted a time of 32.11 seconds.

The night could’ve been even better for Mohawk, as No. 2 skier Erin Laffond had a stellar run going before missing the final gate and taking a disqualification.

“If things go well, we should be really strong this year,” Boucias said. “There’s always the crash factor but two of our top five crashed and we still won pretty convincingly. We’ve got some girls that are going to fill in those spots when we need it.”

Only three Frontier Regional School skiers raced on the girls’ side, but the Red Hawks trio performed very well.

Sophomore Corriann Delaney had a solid night on the slopes, taking fourth overall for Frontier with a time of 27.56 seconds.

Teammate Anna Zera also cracked the top 10 for the Red Hawks, as she was eighth in the North and 10th overall in 29.07 seconds.

Eighth-grader Maddie Raymond rounded out the squad, and she was just outside the top 10 in the North with an 11th-place finish (19th overall) in 31.50 seconds.

Slalom was the event for the boys’ teams, and Mohawk put a pair of racers in the top 10 in the North Division.

Dan White was the fastest Warrior down the hill, finishing fifth in the North and eighth overall with a time of 36.42 seconds.

Teammate Bennett Boucias also skied his way to a top-10 performance, grabbing eighth in the North and 11th in the North in 37.57 seconds.

St. Mary’s Parish School’s Matt Masciadrelli was the overall winner in 33.08 seconds, while the North was won by East Longmeadow High School’s Cameron Ottoson (33.19).

Mohawk’s James Harrison was 19th overall and 14th in the North on Tuesday (40.71), while Ryan Burke was the team’s final scorer in 31st overall (21st in the North) with a time of 45.36 seconds.

Frontier had two skiers in the boys’ race as well, led by Ben Martino. The freshman was 14th in the South Division and 35th overall with a time of 45.90 seconds, while teammate Aaron Halbech took 16th in the South (44th overall) in 50.85.

Full team results were unavailable as of press time.

The next PVIAC race is scheduled for Thursday back at Berkshire East at 5 p.m.

Boys’ swimming

Sci-Tech 62, Turners Falls 53 — Nick Taylor and Cameron Bradley each won two individual events, but visiting Turners Falls High School dropped a 62-53 decision to Springfield School of Science & Technology in a Constitution League boys’ swim meet Tuesday in Springfield.

Taylor captured first overall in the 200-yard freestyle (2 minutes, 23.98 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:05.52), qualifying for the Fast Chance Meet in the latter.

Bradley was the winner in the 100 freestyle (57.09) and 100 backstroke (1:15.78).

The duo teamed with Will Turn and Nik Martin to win the 200 medley relay (2:22.36), while Turn, Martin, Tommy Hall and Ricky Hall won the 200 free relay (2:07.79).

Martin was the runner-up in the 50 freestyle in 31.33 seconds.

Turners (2-4, 0-1) hosts Palmer High School on Friday.

Girls’ swimming

Turners Falls 71, Sci-Tech 20 — Another solid day in the pool for Jade Tyler and Olivia Whittier helped Turners Falls to a convincing 71-20 win over Sci-Tech in a Constitution League girls’ meet Tuesday in Springfield.

Tyler won two more events on the individual side, capturing first in the 100 backstroke (1:15.44) and 100 freestyle (1:04.56). Whittier was also a double-winner in the 100 backstroke (1:15.44) and 100 freestyle (1:04.56).

Abigail Johnson won the 500 freestyle (8:34.76) for Turners (3-3, 1-0), while Jordin Muniz added a win in the 200 freestyle (2:59.29). Johnson was the runner-up in the 50 freestyle (37.19).

Turners’ Allison Wheeler nabbed second place in both the 100 freestyle (1:09.75) and 100 backstroke (1:27.40).

The Powertown won both relays, with Wheeler, Whittier, Tyler and Johnson claiming victory in the 200 medley (2:20.85) and Muniz, Wheeler, Whittier and Tyler winning the 200 free (2:07.79).