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Loomis tops PVIAC field in alpine ski opener

  • Mohawk's Taylor Loomis had a big season-opener, Thursday FILE PHOTO



Staff Writer
Thursday, January 10, 2019

After a stellar freshman campaign, it should be no surprise to see Taylor Loomis near the top of the PVIAC standings. 

Just one race into the season, the Mohawk Trail Regional High School sophomore made a serious statement.

Loomis blitzed the field at PVIAC Meet No. 1, Thursday. She took first place overall on the girls side, skiing the slalom course in 35.48 seconds at Berkshire East Mountain Resort. That time was 1.50 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Frontier’s Corriann Delaney was next, giving locals the top two spots in the girls race. The junior earned runner-up honors with a time of 36.98 seconds, ahead of third-place Chloe Lussier of St. Mary’s. Minnechaug’s Grace Crochiere was fourth in 39.60 seconds, with East Longmeadow’s Abby Donaghue taking fifth in 39.91 seconds.

Loomis led the way for a Mohawk team that put three skiers inside the top 20 overall. Senior Erin Laffond took 16th overall in 45.19 seconds, a time good enough for 10th place in the North Division standings. Teammate Emily Sissum was right behind in 17th overall (11th North), as the seventh-grader crossed in 46.31 seconds in her first varsity race.

Frontier’s Areia Heilman impressed in her first race of the season. The freshman was 13th overall down the slalom course in 44.02 seconds, with that time putting her eighth in the North standings. Teammate Maddie Raymond skied to a 30th-overall finish (16th North) in 56.04 seconds, while Cali Price was the No. 4 scorer for the Red Hawks Thursday thanks to a 41st-overall position (24th North) in 1:03.64.

Mohawk’s Myah Grant nabbed 35th place (21st North) in 1:00.44 as the team’s No. 4 scorer, while teammate Lydia Sargent wasn’t far behind in 45th (27th North) with a time of 1:04.90.

Warriors impress in boys opener

Mohawk seniors Dan White and Bennett Boucias looked like the talented veterans they are in the boys race Thursday.

The duo each finished inside the top five in the North Division, as the boys racers took to the giant slalom course at Berkshire East in Race No. 1.

White was the top local, crossing the line fifth overall and third in the North standings with a blistering time of 25.19 seconds. Teammate Boucias was very close behind, taking seventh place overall and fifth in the North after crossing in 25.50 seconds.

Mohawk’s big opening night on the slopes saw the Warriors put five skiers in the top 34 spots overall and five inside the top 16 of the North standings.

Nick Boesel-Stravino was the team’s No. 3 scorer, as he was 24th overall and 11th in the North with a GS time of 28.01 seconds. Next was seventh-grader Weston Den Ouden in 31st place, as he marked his varsity debut with a time of 29.93 seconds that put him 13th in the North. Michael Harrison was 34th for Mohawk in 30.30 seconds, a time that was 16th-fastest in the North.

Frontier’s two skiers both impressed in Thursday’s debut. Ben Martino just missed the South Division top 10, as he was 22nd overall and 11th in the South with a GS time of 27.77 seconds. Lone teammate Ben Makosiej was 30th down the mountain overall in 29.81 seconds. That performance was 17th-fastest in the South.

East Longmeadow’s Cameron Ottoson was the overall winner in the boys race, crossing the line in 23.88 seconds. St. Mary’s Jack Masciadrelli took runner-up honors in 24.34 seconds, while Longmeadow’s Nate Burt (24.89) and Northampton’s Nathaniel Jones (24.98) followed in third and fourth, respectively.

Hockey

Greenfield 3, Chicopee Comp 1 — It was not an ideal start for Greenfield High School.

Derek Boutin scored just 28 seconds into the first period, staking host Chicopee Comp to a quick 1-0 lead. But the resilient Green Wave righted the ship from there, keeping the Colts off the scoreboard for the remaining 44 minutes and 32 seconds to secure a come-from-behind, 3-1, independent victory Thursday night at Fitzpatrick Arena in Holyoke.

“Being down 1-0 that early, we really had to look at ourselves and see how this game was going to end,” explained Greenfield head coach Adam Bouchard. “We challenged the team to come out and play strong hockey.”

Trailing 1-0 into the second period, Greenfield (6-0-2) got on the board with two minutes remaining in the middle stanza. Jacob Bryant scored his first of two goals on the night, bringing the visitors level.

With the lid off the Chicopee Comp goal, the Green Wave took its first lead of the night just over a minute later. Kevin Baumann played the puck to brother Bryan Baumann, who began a 2-on-1 with Doug Hanieski. The senior finished the job, burying his team-leading seventh goal of the season with just 45 seconds left in the period to give Greenfield a 2-1 advantage. The secondary assist was Kevin Baumann’s first career varsity point.

Bryant finished the scoring with an insurance goal, making it a 3-1 game with 5:58 left in regulation. Kyle Barnes notched the assist on the marker.

“It was really good to see the kids overcome that adversity as this team continues to build together,” said Bouchard of the early deficit. “Halfway through the second period they really started to play the kind of hockey they know how to play.”

Greenfield outshot Comp by a 43-18 margin. Wave goaltender Riley Drew recorded 17 saves for his third consecutive game of allowing one goal or fewer.

Bouchard was also pleased with his team’s discipline. Greenfield didn’t commit a penalty on the night, something that has been a point of emphasis after a bit of a sloppy start to the year in that department.

The Wave return to action Saturday with a road game against South Hadley right back at Fitzpatrick Arena.

Boys Skiing

PVIAC North

(Giant Slalom)

1. Burt (L), 24.89.

2. Jones (N), 24.98.

3. White (Mo), 25.19.

4. Stephens (W), 25.35.

5. Boucias (Mo), 25.50.

6. Green (Am), 25.93.

7. Lilley (L), 26.11.

8. Flaherty (W), 26.45.

9. Delacour (N), 26.56.

10. Streeter (Mi), 27.17.

PVIAC South

1. Ottoson (EL), 23.88

2. Masciadrelli (SM), 24.34.

3. Sweeney (EL), 26.26.

4. Mapel (S), 26.35.

5. Kelly (Ha), 26.50.

6. Thayer (G), 26.63.

7. Ames (G), 26.65.

8. Sears (PF), 26.71.

9. Zahner (S), 26.98.

10. English (PVCICS), 27.16.

Girls Skiing

PVIAC North

(Slalom)

1. Loomis (Mo), 35.48.

2. Delaney (F), 36.98.

3. Crochiere (Mi), 39.60.

4. Denhart (N), 42.02.

5. Garriepy (G), 42.14.

6. Mahoney (N), 43.17.

7. Grodsky (L), 43.42.

8. Heilman (F), 44.02.

9. Falk (L), 44:05.

10. Laffond (Mo), 45.19.

HOCKEY

Greenfield 3, Chic Comp 1

Greenfield

0

2

1

3

Chicopee Comp

1

0

0

1

Goals: (G) Bryant 2, Hanieski. (CC) Boutin.

Assists: (G) K. Baumann, B. Baumann, Barnes. (CC) Farrell.

Shots: Greenfield 43. Chicopee Comp 18.

Saves: (G) Drew 17. (CC) Vezina 40.