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Archive for January, 2012

Berkshire Nordic Skiers Go Alpine: Keogh and Harrington Win Freestyle League Race

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Mount Greylock's Josh Harrington (1st place).

CHARLEMONT, Massachusetts – The high school cross country skiers of Western Massachusetts once again took to the alpine trails of Berkshire East last night for their third league race of this weather challenged ski season.  The three-lap course utilized the bunny slope and the bottoms of the main trails around the base lodge with conditions which challenged even the most seasoned veterans.  By the end of the evening, as the lycra clad athletes emerged from the darkness to cross the finish line it was for the second straight week Mohawk’s Brenna Keogh and Mount Greylock’s Josh Harrington who showed that they were coming into top form at the right time of year.

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North of the Border: EHS/J2 Classic Qualifier Results

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Weston's Zoe Snow strides her way to fourth place in the girls' race. Photo: Tamara Hitchcock.

GRAFTON, Vermont – Last year at the Eastern High School Championships in Rumford, Maine Massachusetts climbed over Maine and New Hampshire to finish second as a team on the trails of Black Mountain.  Now Vermont, the longstanding top dog, stands as the final rung to get to the top of the northeast high school ski ladder.

Massachusetts skiers and coaches seem willing to do whatever necessary to get there and as Bill Murray’s character, Carl Spackler, proclaimed in the 1980 comedy ‘Caddyshack’, sometimes you have to prepare like your enemy in order to beat them.

“I have to laugh, because I’ve outsmarted even myself. My enemy, my foe, is [Vermont]. In order to conquer [Vermont], I have to learn to think like [Vermont]. And, whenever possible, to look like [Vermont]. I’ve gotta get inside [Vermont's] pelt and crawl around for a few days.”

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Transitions: Weston EHS/J2 Freestyle Qualifier

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Julia Kern (Waltham) leads Corey Stock (Lin-Sud) during the MA EHS/J2 qualifier at Weston Ski Track yesterday. Kern won the race in a time of 18:11. Photo: Tamara Hitchcock.

The first qualification race for Massachusetts’ Eastern High School Championship and New England J2 Invite teams took place on the Weston Ski Track yesterday. This freestyle race was the first of two races that high school skiers compete in to be selected to each of these two state teams. When the manmade snowflakes from the blowing snow guns finally settled to the ground it was Eli Hoenig (Lincoln-Sudbury) and Julia Kern (Waltham) who blazed to victory.

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Winter Wonderland: Berkshire League Action Continues at Notchview

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Brenna Keogh (M) and Kat Chenail (MG) lead the first wave out on the course.

WINDSOR, Massachusetts – With cold temperatures and fresh snow falling the second race of the season got underway today at Notchview Reservation this morning.  While Mount Greylock continued to roll as a team there were some welcome new faces at the top of the results sheets.

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Under the Lights and Dreaming: Berkshire Ski League Finally Starts 2012 Campaign

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Mackenzie Hitchcock (MG) 1st place.

CHARLEMONT, Massachusetts – As darkness set in on Berkshire East this Monday evening the flow of exiting alpine skiers fit the norm.  What did not though, was the over two-hundred high school skiers from Western Massachusetts who took their place.  With their skinny skis and non-metal edges it was time for the 2012 nordic ski season to finally get started.

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