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Archive for February, 2011

Community, Perspective and Celebration: A Day for Mathias

Monday, February 21st, 2011

'And they're off' at the 2011 Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Nordic Ski Race.

The Mathias Race

By: Evan Dethier

Saturday’s brutal winds and blowing snow gave way to perfect sunny skies for Sunday’s 4th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Race. Mount Greylock Regional High School’s trails once again retained enough snow for this late-season race, and double classic tracks were groomed on the entire 3.1km course. A large turn-out boasting racers from several Berkshire County high schools made for a competitive field, and spirits were high with ideal conditions and the positive energy coming from Mark Santella’s color commentary.


Mounties, Stock and Hoenig Triumphant in MIAA State Championship

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Lincoln-Sudbury's Corey Stock leads the second wave of girls as they charge out on the course at the 2011 MIAA State Championship. Stock won her third straight individual title. Photo: Tamara Hitchcock.

By: Luke Costley and Josie Marshall

While the postponement of the race led to some initial disappointment, Wednesday proved to be a perfect day for the 2011 Nordic State Championship. Skiers from all over the state arrived at Notchview Reservation to blue skies, a bright sun, and fast conditions. The ten o’clock start of the girls’ race had skiers grabbing their sunglasses and heading out for a quick warm up on the hilly course.

This year’s course provided a difficult yet fast, exciting race. Skiers aimed to be fully warmed up previous to the race in an effort to stay loose on the gradual downhill of the first kilometer. Skiers also found themselves working up some difficult hills—including on Orchard Trail and, of course, the notorious Shaw Road. Although some complaints of “the most number of hills you could possibly put in a race” were heard, almost all athletes found that the slightly icy snow provided a quick surface that made the hills easier to take. Once both races finished, almost all participants still had the energy to show some final spirit and comradery by having one last dance of the season to “I Gotta Feeling.”


Parents Lodging for the Massachusetts J2 Championship Race

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Congratulations to those skiers that qualified for the Massachusetts J2 Nordic Team.

The J2 Festival will be held at Gunstock, in Gilford, NH on March 11th, 12th and 13th.  The Massachusetts team will be staying at the Margate Resort, in Laconia, NH.     The Massachusetts team has set aside  a block of room for parents that like to stay at the Margate.  When calling for a reservation indicate you are a Massachusetts J2 parent looking to reserve one of the blocked rooms for parents The contact numbers are 603-524-5210 toll free 1-800-MARGATE.  If the Margate is full it is best to contact the Laconia Chamber for lodging in this area.

EHS Housing Information

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

EHS housing information for interested parents and families of Mass. EHS team skiers:

The 2011 EHS Championship will be held at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME Fri. 3/18 – Sun. 3/20/11.  The Mass. State Team will be staying at the Linnell Motel & RestInn Conference Center on Rte. 2 about 6 miles west of Rumford.  Rooms at the Linnell Motel have been reserved for Mass. team skiers for Fri. and Sat. nights (and Mass. is the only EHS team staying at the Linnell).

*****To do by 2/16:  If any parents of 2011 EHS Mass. team members wish to reserve lodging, the additional rooms that are being held for you will soon be made available to parents from other NE states.  We suggest that you contact the Linnell by this Wednesday to reserve a room–we would prefer to share the motel with Mass. parents, if possible!*****

Be sure to mention affiliation with the Mass. EHS team when reserving a room.  When you call, you should speak to Tom at   207-364-4511.

If you have questions about Mass. lodging arrangements, please call Graham Taylor at     978-443-5024.

You All Rock: Berkshire League and EHS/J2 Hopefuls Take to the Trails at Mount Greylock

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Greylock's Mackenzie Hitchcock comes down the finish stretch to win both the Berkshire League race and EHS qualifier.

Mount Greylock Winter Carnival

By: Luke Costley

Skiers from all across the state converged on Mount Greylock Regional High School Saturday morning in a festive culmination and celebration of the Berkshire County ski season. The full day of racing offered something for everyone. For varsity skiers, the race served as a chance to qualify for the J2 and EHS post-season teams. For junior varsity skiers, it was their biggest challenge yet, as they covered the 6.75-kilometer course. And for Eastern Mass. skiers joining the league for the qualifiers, it was a glimpse into the way things work on the other side of the state.


Berkshire League Finale, Massachusetts EHS and J2 Qualifier: COURSE MAP and WAX TIPS

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

There still may be some last minute changes to the course due to conditions and grooming, but this is likely be the course for Saturday’s finale.  The course will be closed from 4:00 PM on Friday until 8:00 AM Saturday morning.  If you have any questions, please have your coach contact one of the Mount Greylock Ski Team coaches.

Mount Greylock Race Course 2-12-11

Please check in soon for more updates.

Wax Tips:

Toko – Mass Qualifier Wax Tip


8:00am – course open for inspection
9:00am – registration opens for EHS/J2 bib pick
10:00am – Western Mass League boys’ (including ALL J2/EHS qualifiers from the league)
10:20am – WM League girls (including ALL J2/EHS qualifiers from the league)
11:00am – EHS/JR boys’ qualifier (all non-league skiers)
11:30am – EHS/JR girls’ qualifier  (all non-league skiers)
12:00pm – Western Mass JV boys’
12:20pm – Western Mass JV girls’

Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Mathias Jessup Bartels, classic skiing in Berkshire County league race for Mount Greylock High School.

The 4th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 20th, at 12:00 PM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.  In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check for race updates.

The event will feature a 5km classical race, a 2km race for beginners, and a lollipop race for young kids.  Skiers of all ages and abilities are welcome.


Simsbury Nordic Ski Team: Sometimes Just Toeing the Line is the Sign of a Champion

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

The author, Simsbury's Marissa Klein, approaches the finish line in Saturday's skate race at Notchview Reservation in Windsor, MA. She is another example of why the team from south of the border is our favorite.

“I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again. You’re Never Gonna Keep Me Down”

By: Marissa Klein

It’s 4:30 A.M. on a Saturday morning, and my personal skiing anthem, Tubthumping by Chumbawamba, is blasting in my ear at full volume. Time to get up for skiing. I wake my friend Carly, who is sleeping peacefully next to me, and stumble over to my closet to pack a bag. I throw in the closest pair of neon spandex, whatever light layers I can find, my bib, and the tacky Christmas sweater I bought at Salvation Army for 99 cents. And so begins another Saturday of cross country skiing for Simsbury High.

Bouncing into the high school parking lot in Carly’s 1994 Jeep Wrangler, we mourn the fact that her car is sans heat on such a cold morning. As we park, step out of the car, and survey our surroundings, we can tell that most of our team is feeling the same way. Everyone is standing around rubbing crust out of their eyes with black ski bags tossed haphazardly over their shoulders. We maneuver our way around invisible patches of black ice, grab our own bags, and join the crowd of other skiers waiting to get on the two buses we need to house such an enormous team. Once on the bus, I pull out my zebra striped snuggie, curl up in my seat, and begin drifting off to the catchy music Buzzy our long time bus driver always has playing. I’m yanked out of my warm sleep by Mr. Mud screaming out attendance. His ever-present head lamp illuminates the names he’s belting out. Rob Heavner? A sandy brown ‘fro pops up a few seats in front of me. Here. Jane Henrich? She’s a freshman, probably on the other bus. Kyle Heubner? Oh, he’s excused because of a concussion. Not here. Miss Klein? I sleepily raise my hand and announce my presence. You’re skiing varsity today, Miss Klein.


A Day at the Races

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Greylock's Matt Cheung and the rest of the second wave get their race started.

By: Gregory Karabinos

The overcast sky provided an unlikely backdrop for an excellent day of races at Notchview Reservation.  Hosted by Hoosic Valley High School, the racecourse presented a challenge to the skiers both competitive and spectatorial alike.  Notably absent from the competition were skiers Josh Harrington, Aaron Taylor, Luke Costley and Cate Costley who were racing at a Junior Olympic Qualifier in Stowe, Vermont.  An early kilometer of descent sent the racers far into elevation debt as the middle stages of the course consisted of a grueling climb with very little chance for recovery.  The race ended in a fast finish with a key section gradually sloping down.   Racers who worked the transitions and blended speed and recovery were rewarded on this course and posted fast times.