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PVIAC’s state alpine ski representatives determined

  • Coriann Delaney on slalom at Individuals. February 14, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Jessica Garriepy of Gateway on slalom at Individuals. February 14, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Margaret O'Connell of Amherst on slalom at Individuals. February 14, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Pioneer Valley’s representatives at the 2017 MIAA Alpine Ski Championships are set.

Frontier Regional freshman Coriann Delaney qualified fifth overall in the girls PVIAC standings to lead 20 area skiers at Wachusett Mountain on Tuesday. Races begin at 9:30 a.m.

The top 32 boys and girls from the PVIAC got into the state field with four alternates.

Delaney finished second in the PVIAC South standings with 55 points, just losing out to Mohawk’s Ashley Lacross, who won the season series title with 57.

Amherst’s Margaret O’Connell took third in the South standings with 49 points and led the Hurricanes to a second-place finish in the team competition. They had 56 points, while Mohawk won with 63.

Sora Green (21st in the PVIAC), Alexia Dassati (30th) and Halle Barker (32nd) will join O’Connell at states.

Frontier, last year’s team South champion, finished fourth in 2017.

The Red Hawks’ Alina Smiaroski tied for 10th in the South standings and qualified 22nd for states along with Anna Zera, who ranked 21st.

Northampton was second in the girls North team standings and will send four skiers to states.

Abbie Denhart tied for seventh in the North standings and is ranked 17th on the PVIAC list. Mia Bacon and Georgie Von Furth followed her in ninth and 10th in the North, while Bacon was No. 15 and Von Furth 20th. Julia Snodgrass rounds out the state-bound team in 25th, while Juliana Hathaway will be one of the four alternates.

Gateway’s Jessica Garriepy finished sixth in the North standings and was ninth overall for the Gators. She’ll be joined by Izzy Beaudry’h (24th). Gateway was fourth as a team in the North.

On the boys side, Northampton and Gateway are sending three racers each.

The Blue Devils finished second in the North team standings. Jack Denhart was sixth in the North individually but didn’t appear on the state qualification list.

Jay Mahoney took 10th in the North and was 15th overall. Benjamin Delacour is right behind him in 16, and Sal Viola has No. 29. Cody Guild is the first alternate.

Gateway took third as a team in the boys South.

Zachary Ames led the Gators in eighth in the South and was 24th overall.

Teammates Ryan Ames (26th) and Jake Thayer (30th) will join him. Anthony Piquette is the third alternate.

Hampshire’s Evan Coltman led the Raiders to a fifth-place finish in the South. He made the state field at No. 32.