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Wellesley Girls and Mount Greylock Boys Take Top Honors at Massachusetts State Championship

Massachusetts State Championship – 2-11-15 – BOYS

Massachusetts State Championship – 2-11-15 – GIRLS

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Berkshire Regular Season Concludes In Style

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 2-7-15 – JV Girls

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Massachusetts EHS/U16 Qualifier Results

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Frozen Block Launch or Frigid Mass Start, You Decided

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-31-15 – JV Girls

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Greylock Defends Home Course in Mass

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Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire Leage Race 1-17-15 – JV Girls

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Brrrrerkshire League Continues at Prospect Mountain

Snow Time Like Race Time

Co-written by Ian Culnane and William Nolan

After missing the second race of the season last Saturday due to lack of snow, the skiers of the Berkshire Nordic Ski League were eager to get racing again back at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, Vermont. With many athletes returning from winter break, sixty-four new skiers were added to the starting lists, with boosts coming from Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH) and Berkshire Country Day School (BCD) who both missed the first race. NMH, a private school in central Massachusetts, adds strong skiing and competition while BCD brings positive energy and enthusiasm.

The frigid air and snowy skies made the walk from the buses to the entrance of the Prospect lodge daunting. Like Barney Stinson, teams “suited up” in preparation for the single digit temperatures. No team was more crafty than the Millionaires who reinforced the insides of their race suits with duct tape to protect themselves from the painful wrath of windburn. The freezing bodies of skiers were warmed by the camaraderie of competitors, like Shannon Meisberger from Lenox, who cheerfully delivered high-fives to all.

The varsity skiers traversed a roughly 7K two lap course covered with lovely groomed snow, which was quite a turnaround from the bare and icy conditions of last week. JV skiers raced on an identical layout, less the second lap, for a total of 4.5 kilometers. The cold temperatures created slower trails, however, making the wave-style race a little more strenuous, both physically and mentally. In addition, the course-makers added a slightly longer finishing loop, bringing skiers flying out of Woodpecker and into the crowd mobbing the Prospect arena around the finish chute. All in all, the new course (free from non-racing skiers) allowed for a technical and enjoyable tour of the scenic ski area.

On the boys side, we saw very similar results to the league race eleven days ago. A tight pack led the varsity standings, with Mount Greylock’s William Nolan and Ian Culnane, NMH skier Estevan Velez, and Greylock’s Matthew Wiseman all finishing within fourteen seconds. Rounding out the top 10 were MG skiers Jake Kobrin (5th), Jonathan Driver (6th), Jake Foehl (7th), Joseph Gais (8th) and Thomas Schoorlemmer (10th). Sneaking into the 9th spot was Amherst skier Willie Wright, a freshman who is sure to stake his claim in the top ten in future races this season and beyond. Commendable performances also came from NMH skier Toby Weed, Hoosac Valley’s Jared Haley and Lenox skier Matas Rudzinskas, who all duked it out to the end; finishing within six seconds of each other and claiming places 11 through 13. Perhaps the biggest improvement came from Wahconah athlete Moses Greenspan who moved up an impressive eight spots from race one. Matthew Rabasco, top skier for Taconic/PHS and a strong cross country runner, made a valiant stab at a top twenty finish, a feat for which his parents will reward him with a brand new pair of skis (or so he says). In the team standings Greylock took first with 12 points, NMH second with 37 points, while Amherst edged out Wahconah 60 to 63 for the last spot on the podium.

In the girls’ varsity race, MG’s Grace Smith (29:07) dominated again pulling away from the field to finish nearly two minutes ahead of her Mohawk’s Alison Lull (30:57) skiing out of the third wave. A Greylock triumvirate of Sophie Gerry, Greta Savitsky, and Christina Butcher completed the top five finishers. Just five seconds out of fifth were Wahconah’s Stacey Tutela and Lenox’s Alice Huth respectively who both put in their strongest performances to date. NMH’s Loulou Tanski (8th) and MG’s Ellie Williams and Niku Darafshi rounded out the top ten. Greylock earned a team score of 12 followed by NMH with 51, Mohawk with 65 and Amherst with 67.

As the boys and girls JV races got underway, the sun emerged from its doldrums, warming up the temperature for all the racers to enjoy the skiing without fear of losing all feeling in their appendages. In the boys’ race first year MG skier Sam Kobrin skied away with the win on the 4.5k course. After the downhill team was cut from MG this year, Sam decided not to give up ski racing and transferred to the Nordic team, joining his twin brother Jake. Following close behind Sam was a swarm of MG skiers led by eighth grader Jakin Miller (who fought his way to second from the last wave), last race winner Zach Armet, junior Graham Kaegi and junior Samuel Swoap.

In the JV girls’ race, the defending gold and silver medalists flip-flopped from the last competition, with Greylock’s Emma Polumbo (Freshman) charging to victory in a time of 20:45, closely followed by Brandi Gil (7th grade). Behind Brandi was Catherine Cavalli, making her Nordic racing debut by started in the last wave, and nearly passing the entire field to claim third place. The third girl to cross the line was Tenley Smith (unrelated to Grace and Margo Smith, Zeke Smith, and Owen Tucker-Smith), tackling her first race of the year. More strong showings came from fifth place finisher Ariel Dupras, Mohawk competitor Mae Rice-Lesure (6th), MG’s Rosie Walter and Emily Lescarbeau (7th and 8th), and NMH’s Isobel Rountree and Emma Lindale (9th and 10th).

The strength of the League and the popularity of Nordic skiing showed in the total number of competitors with 249 athletes participating. Due to limited training opportunities, the next Berkshire County League race will be changed from a classic-style competition to a freestyle race hosted by and held at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. Though Greylock will probably need a little help from Mother Nature before this race can be realized, the league will keep its hopes high to ski at a new venue and to continue enjoying New England winters in the most integrated and fulfilling way.

Results:

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – Varsity Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – Varsity Girls

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – JV Boys

Berkshire League Race 1-10-15 – JV Girls

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Berkshire League Kicks Off

The Berkshire League got its 2014/15 campaign underway at Prospect Mountain on Tuesday.

 

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