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Berkshire League: A Bout with Klister

Josie Marshall (Lenox) on her way to her second league win of the season.

By: Alex White

Warm weather makes for soft snow and soft snow makes for slow races. Those were the conditions the Berkshire County nordic skiers faced this Saturday at Prospect Mountain for the county’s first classic race in two years. With temperatures hovering around forty degrees and a light rain falling at times, skiers slogged through the 5K course. Some resorted to striding the downhills just to make it through.

In what is becoming a bout Marquez and Pacquio would be proud of, Lenox’s Josie Marshall took round three—her second in a row—over Greylock’s Kat Chenail. Chenail befell some serious misfortune in the second half of the race when she lost a ski and had to fight to make her way back into the race. Despite the fact that Chenail and Marshall were in the same wave, foul play has been ruled out of the question due to the fact that Marshall has never done anything mean to anybody. In the end, Marshall’s powerful skiing created too big of a gap for Chenail to overcome. In a post-race interview, Marshall expressed her delight to be back in the tracks saying, “I was just happy to be classic skiing on any conditions because haven’t had a classic race in so long.” Greylock’s Sophia Dastoli, Alexa Adams, and Steph Adamczyk took third, fourth, and fifth, respectively.

Following closely on the heels of the Girls Varsity skiers was the JV Girls, led by Greylock’s Greta Savitsky, Sophie Gerry, and Christina Butcher. Savitsky crossed the line in an elapsed time of 26:01 for the victory.

Greylock’s Sean Houston on his way to finishing second, a career best performance.

A Greylock one through five sweep in the Boys Varsity race was more than enough for the Mounties to snag the victory with a perfect score of ten, McKayla Maroney style…oh wait. Too soon? Senior Alex White took the victory in a time of 19:28. Close behind White were fellow seniors Sean Houston and Will Kirby. Cracking the top five for the first time this season were Jonah Majumder and Jake Foehl. Northfield skiers Estevan Velez and Henry Colt each scored notable top ten finishes, while Mohawk’s Tom Damery quietly continued his impressive season as he snuck in in eighth place. Houston, doing his best to contain his excitement upon hearing the results, stated, “Going one through five was a goal of ours entering the year, and today was as good a day as any to achieve it. I think it’s a real testament to the hard work a lot of these guys have put in both at practice and in the offseason.”

In their best effort to emulate their varsity brethren, the Greylock JV boys ultimately one-upped the Mountie V-Squad by placing six in the top six. Caleb Raymond recorded his first victory on the year, and first year skier Carter Stripp’s third place victory was an inspiration to all.

While the next few days’ weather has next week’s race location up in the air, one thing is for certain: there will be a race, and skiers better bring their game faces…as well as their skis, boots, etc. Don’t just bring your game face cause that won’t get you very far.

Complete Results:

Berkshire League -1-12-13- Boys Varsity

Berkshire League -1-12-13- Girls Varsity

BerkshireLeague -1-12-13- Boys JV

Berkshire League -1-12-13- Girls JV


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Greylock Wins Team Titles, Cannon and Holdman Win Individual Crowns at State Championship

Olivia Cannon (Dover-Sherborn) on her way to becoming the state champion.

By: Luke Costley and Josh Harrington

The girls’ race kicked off the competition at this morning’s Massachusetts State Championships, as skiers from thirteen different schools took to the course at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. The girls worked hard throughout the 7.2-kilometer race, pushing themselves over a series of Prospect’s longest hills and down the subsequently challenging descents. The freshly fallen snow, a novelty in this mild winter, was another factor, as it could be squirrelly in spots, and powdery in others. But paying little mind to the difficult conditions, the girls put forth tremendous efforts across the board; their fierce competition set the tone for the rest of the day’s races. [Read more…]

‘What the Heck is a Chevron Start’: Berkshire League Racing Continues in Mass

Mohawk's Brenna Keogh led the girls race from start to finish. Photo: Tamara Hitchcock.

CHARLEMONT, Massachusetts – Once again the Berkshire League was blessed during this snowless winter by the generous support of alpine mountain Berkshire East, who continues to help keep the season going.  This fourth league race, third at Berkshire East, was hosted by the Mount Greylock team who devised a challenging mass start race complete with a chevron start used to create a uneventful embarkment.  Once on course the veterans displayed their skills for four laps, while the newcomers contested for three. [Read more…]

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

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. [Read more…]

North of the Border: EHS/J2 Classic Qualifier Results

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.” [Read more…]

Transitions: Weston EHS/J2 Freestyle Qualifier

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. [Read more…]

Winter Wonderland: Berkshire League Action Continues at Notchview

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. [Read more…]

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

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. [Read more…]