Mohawk girls again the cream of PVIAC crop

Recorder Staff
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Mild temperatures ruled the night at Berkshire East Ski Resort, as the PVIAC Alpine League held its second race of the season with the thermostat hovering in the mid-40s Thursday evening in Charlemont.

Two days after winning the first meet of the season, the Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ team again performed well. Three Warriors finished in the top 10 of the North Division standings, and all four scorers were inside the top 12 to power Mohawk to a second consecutive North win to open the season.

After winning the season-opening race on Tuesday, freshman Ashley LaCross followed that up with a runner-up showing as the girls’ teams competed in the slalom. LaCross’ time of 38.18 seconds put her behind only Westfield High School’s Grace O’Connor, who led the field in 37.58 seconds.

Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis posted her second straight top-5 finish to open the season. Loomis was fourth overall in 39.33 seconds after finishing fifth in the giant slalom on Tuesday.

Fellow Warriors Lizzie Herzig and Amalie Rowehl were the team’s No. 3 and 4 scorers Thursday. Herzig, who was third on the roster for the second straight race, was 10th in the North (13th overall) with a time of 45.25 seconds, while Rowehl was 12th in the North (16th overall) in 46.91 seconds. Rowehl moved up from 71st in the season-opening meet Tuesday.

Frontier Regional School sophomore Corriann Delaney posted a strong slalom run early in the meet and wound up fifth overall with a time of 39.61 seconds. Delaney’s top-5 showing was her second in a row, as she was fourth overall on Tuesday.

Lone teammate Anna Zera cracked the top 20 overall for Frontier, placing 13th in the North (20th overall) in 49.05.

Also skiing to top-40 finishes overall in the girls’ race were Mohawk’s Areia Heilman (19th North, 27th overall), Sarah Herzig (24th North, 34th overall) and Lydia Sargent (26th North, 40th overall).

Mohawk junior Bennett Boucias led the way as the boys’ teams competed in the giant slalom. Boucias posted his second consecutive top-10 North finish Thursday. He took seventh overall and fourth in the North with a time of 26.16 seconds for the Warriors.

Five Mohawk skiers earned top 50 overall performances on the evening. James Harrison was 27th overall with a time of 29.11 seconds, while teammates Nick Boesel-Stravino (37th, 30.94), Dan White (39th, 31.08) and Ryan Burke (40th, 31.27) all finished in a pack within 0.33 seconds of each other.

Frontier freshman Ben Martino was his school’s top skier, finishing just outside the top 10 in the South Division with an 11th-place showing in the South Division. Martino was 36th overall with a time of 30.92 seconds.

Aaron Halbech was the only other Frontier skier to compete on the boys’ side. Halbech crossed in 48th place overall with a time of 32.04 seconds.

St. Mary’s Parish School’s Matt Masciadrelli won his second straight race to open the season, taking first overall in 24.50 seconds.