Alpine ski preview: Powerhouse Mohawk seeking title repeats

  • Mohawk's Taylor Loomis competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships last winter at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. Loomis leads a talented Warrior squad looking to repeat as PVIAC North champions. Staff FILE Photo/Dan Little

  • Frontier's Coriann Delaney competes in the slalom during the MIAA State Alpine Championships last season at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton. The senior is one to watch on the slopes this winter. Staff FILE Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 1/6/2020 9:30:05 PM
Modified: 1/6/2020 9:31:07 PM

Following a season in which multiple meets were canceled due to inclement weather, Mohawk Trail and Frontier alpine skiers are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2020 season, which they hope will feature a full slate of meets. 

The Warrior girls won their fifth PVIAC North Division team championship in the last six years in 2019, while the Mohawk Trail boys made it a clean sweep by winning the North title for the first time since 2013.

While numbers might be low on both squads, the talent level is high. 

Both of the top area skiers from last year, Mohawk’s Taylor Loomis and Frontier’s Coriann Delaney, are back and should once again compete for the top spot in the league.

The seven-race regular season kicks off today, followed by the PVIAC Individual Championships at its conclusion. The top qualifiers will then tackle the MIAA State Alpine Championships.

Here’s a closer look at each team:

Mohawk Trail

Girls

The Warriors have consistently produced great skiers, and Taylor Loomis is among the best of the bunch.

The junior finished last season as the No. 1 skier at both the PVIAC Individual Championship and in the North Division final standings, and she’s looking to build on it with another monster winter on the slopes.

“She’s a powerhouse,” Mohawk girls coach Brandon Boucias said. “She’s way stronger than she was last year. She’s amazing.”

Amelie Rowehl will likely be the Warriors’ No. 2 skier this year after finishing 13th overall a season ago.

Eighth-grader Emmy Sisum, who has impressed through the early training season, will compete with captain Lydia Sargent for the No. 3 spot in the lineup, though the order may be subject to change as the season progresses.

Mohawk is hoping to have three girls place in the top 15 at the season’s conclusion, and Boucias believes after a strong preseason that his team has the talent to do just that.

“We’ve had a really successful preseason training session,” Boucias said. “There’s really good chemistry with the team this year. Everyone is buying in. They’ve been working hard, training five days a week.”

Ella Wilda, Myah Grant and Sofia Slocik Gritznwer will compete for the Nos. 5 and 6 spots on the roster.

After having eight girls place in the top 28 a season ago, the Warriors know it won’t be as easy to win the league this year, but have the talent to raise another banner in 2020. 

“Last year was ours to lose,” Boucias said. “As long as we didn’t screw up really bad, we were winning. I feel confident in our girls this year. We have a great chance of winning league.”

Boys

Eight boys comprise the Mohawk boys team that will try to defend their league championship. 

Only three of the eight are returning from the championship squad however, as the Warriors will be young and slightly inexperienced squad going into the season. 

“The guys did really well last year,” Mohawk boys coach Sean Loomis said. “We lost three seniors so that kind of hurt, now it’s a rebuilding time. Five young guys have picked it up and I hope they develop and stick with it. They’re really young and it’ll be interesting to see what they do.”

Eighth-grader Weston Den Ouden leads the returnees, which also includes captain Michael Harrison and sophomore Travis Russell. 

Rosco Palmer, a talented soccer player, is a natural athlete who hopes to get stronger and more comfortable as he goes through his first alpine season. Rounding out the roster are Gage Patenaude, John Richardson, Owen Heilman and Phineas Tuttman.

While the Warriors may be young, they are hopeful about the season despite not knowing just yet how they’ll stack up. 

“Every year you come into this and you don’t know what other teams have,” Loomis said. “We could have the most stacked team ever and not know about the majority of the other teams. We don’t get to see them at all until our first race. At that point, you don’t know. It’d be great to see them right in there, focus on getting the younger kids as good as we can. Maybe our first couple aren’t as good, but we hope the last four we’re kicking butt.”

Frontier 

Girls

It all starts with Coriann Delaney for the Red Hawks.

The senior took second at PVIACs a season ago, and is looking to dethrone Loomis for the top spot in the North this season.

“She’s pretty excited,” her father and head coach, Brian Delaney, said. “She’s worked hard during the offseason. She’s looking forward to her senior year and leading a younger team and focused on being the leader the team needs to achieve its goals.”

Four girls join Delaney on the roster, as Frontier lost a few experienced female racers in Areia Heilman and Maddie Raymond to private schools.

Cali Price is the lone returner while Emily Roberts, Claire Winston and Caroline Makosiej round out the Frontier lineup. Roberts had a great first few days on the mountain, and should be a Day 1 contributor to the team.

“It’d be ideal for us to perform at a level to make states, might be a reach but no guts, no glory,” coach Delaney said. “We have to shoot for the stars and hopefully put together a good performance and qualify for states.”

Boys

Like the girls, the Red Hawk boys are also small in numbers.

Just three boys are on the Frontier roster, but two have racing experience.

Junior Ben Martino will be the Red Hawks’ top racer this year, having qualified for states a year ago. He’ll be joined by freshman Ben Makosiej at the top of the lineup.

Eighth-grader Alex Schreiber has had a strong start to the preseason.

“Everybody is working hard,” Delaney said. “They all have great attitudes, great chemistry. We’re excited to start the process.”


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