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Sean Doyle of Frontier Regional wins PVIAC individual ski championship

Recorder/Paul Franz

Sean Doyle of Frontier Regional skies the slalom course en route to first place at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Doyle placed first overall to win the PVIAC individual championship.

Recorder/Paul Franz Sean Doyle of Frontier Regional skies the slalom course en route to first place at Berkshire East in Charlemont. Doyle placed first overall to win the PVIAC individual championship. Purchase photo reprints »

Sean Doyle of Frontier Regional never finished first during the PVIAC downhill skiing regular season.

On Tuesday, the junior placed first in the most important race of the season.

Doyle captured his first PVIAC individual championship with a combined time of 61.07 seconds at Berkshire East in Charlemont.

Bryan Schwartz of Mohawk Trail, who finished first during the regular season, was second at the individual championships in 61.45.

Greg Lerner of Amherst Regional was fifth in 63.82.

“It’s nice to finally win,” Doyle said. “Last year I was second all year and second at individuals. It was nice to come away with a win.”

Doyle opened the championship with the fourth run on slalom. He finished his favorite event with a first-place time of 34.02. Schwartz was second in 34.43.

Austin Herman of Gateway Regional was third in 35.27.

Doyle felt confident entering the giant slalom.

“I knew I didn’t have to go all out to win it,” he said. “I just needed a clean finish and I was all set. A half a second is a lot of time to make up.”

John White of Mohawk won the giant slalom in 26.65. Schwartz was second in 27.02. Doyle was third in 27.05.

“I felt I could have done better (in the giant slalom) but I was happy with it because I came away with the overall win,” Doyle said.

The weekend snowstorm left the slopes in rough conditions and resulted in slower times.

“It was already pretty rutted up,” Doyle said. “It was looser snow and it was harder to hold an edge.”

Poor starts during the regular season led to Doyle’s second-place finish. Doyle worked on stronger starts for Tuesday and it paid off.

“I would trip the lawn so the timer would start. By the first gate (the leaders) were already a second ahead,” Doyle said. “I worked on making sure my legs didn’t hit it. I had a better start which overall made my time better.”

Herman finished sixth overall in 63.84. Charles Denhart of Northampton was seventh in 64.47 and Jon Simonds of Amherst finished 10th in 64.9.

Girls meet

Camille Burger of Longmeadow ran away with top honors with a combined time of 65.76.

Caitlyn Bodoh of Gateway Regional was 10th in 70.66, and Madison Mientka of Northampton followed in 11th (71.11).

Also breaking into the top 15 were Ally Zerra of Frontier (13th, 72.13), Lucy Sloan of Northampton (14th, 72.51) and Margaret O’Connell of Amherst (72.62).

State nordic championships

The Amherst Regional boys team placed fifth with 122 points at the state freestyle championships, held at Notchview Reservation in Windsor.

Mount Greylock won with 34 points. Amherst was the only other team from western Massachusetts to place in the top five. Wahconah was sixth (129).

Lincoln-Sudbury won the girls championship with 67 points. Mount Greylock was second with 70. Amherst was 13th with 213.

“We did excellent,” Amherst coach Nat Woodruff said.

The Hurricanes had four boys finish in the top 50 of the 5-kilometer race.

Thomas Jeffries (23 minutes, 12.9 seconds) placed 12th, Duncan Crowley (24:48.3) came in 30th, Issac Hare Steig (25:11.7) was 33rd and Zach Mundt (26:19.5) finished 50th.

The Amherst girls had four skiers finish in the top 70. Charlotte Price (30:37.6) finished 45th and Valerie Willocq (31:16.4) came in 53rd. Tulsa Douglas (32.01.1) and Amanda Riley (32.22.5) finished 62nd and 69th, respectively.

“Our girls team is really young,” said Woodruff. “Most of them only started skiing this season. However, our older girls such as Douglas and Lenna Quackenbush have helped the younger ones along, nurturing them and helping improve their technique.”

For the boys, their effort paid off in the form of small, yet significant victory.

“We had been battling Wahconah all season and never beat them so to finally do it at the state championships was special,” Woodruff said. “The boys really rallied together and pushed each other all the way.”

Michael Downs contributed to this report.

PVIAC Individual Ski Championships

Tuesday, at Berkshire East, Charlemont

A-Amherst; F-Frontier; G-Gateway; H-Hampshire; HC-Holyoke Catholic; N-Northampton

Boys combined

Place, Name, School SL GS Combined

1. Sean Doyle (F) 34.02 27.05 61.07

5. Greg Lerner (A) 36 27.82 63.82

6. Austin Herman (G) 35.27 28.57 63.84

7. Charles Denhart (N) 36.55 27.92 64.47

10. Jon Simonds (A) 36.58 28.32 64.9

21. Jacob Conroy (F) 39.76 29.39 69.15

32. Ben Modzelesky (HC) 42.92 29.72 72.64

33. Denton Green (H) 41.86 31.22 73.08

39. Zach Weinberg (A) 45.1 31.52 76.62

40. Chris Burke (G) 45.32 31.77 77.09

42. Jackson Seifert (H) 43.34 34.66 78

48. Brennan Foley (G) 48.38 30.94 79.32

49. Theo Viola (N) 48.16 31.26 79.42

54. Jack Hebert (F) 47.27 34.11 81.38

56. Daniel Belkin (N) 47.85 34.02 81.87

57. Kyle Gelinas (HC) 49.72 32.35 82.07

58. Ben Smith (N) 49.82 32.56 82.38

59. Jonathan Rooney (G) 45.71 36.68 82.39

61. Lucas Chaplaiin-Koski (A) 45.1 37.74 82.84

63. Charlie Fox (F) 48.7 34.19 82.89

65. Matthew Hewes (G) 50.13 33.57 83.7

67. Scott Hebert (HC) 48.89 35.19 84.08

Girls combined

1. Camille Burger, Longmeadow 36.26 29.5 65.76

10. Caitlyn Bodoh (G) 42.25 28.41 70.66

11. Madison Mientka (N) 41.82 29.29 71.11

13. Ally Zerra (F) 42.49 29.64 72.13

14. Lucy Sloan (N) 43.85 28.66 72.51

15. Margaret O’Connell (A) 41.67 30.95 72.62

21. Lauren Kennedy (HC) 44.64 32.19 76.83

28. Hannah Green (G) 48.47 32.3 80.77

30 .Kenzie Gobillot (H) 50.33 31.95 82.28

31. Elizabeth Wood (H) 49.48 33.06 82.54

32. Alessandria Schumacher (N) 48 34.98 82.98

33. Shannon Burke (G) 49.98 33.25 83.23

34. Ali Fisk (G) 51.37 32.38 83.75

38. Anna Barondes (N) 50.71 34.16 84.87

42. Isabel Snodgrass (N) 52.25 35.2 87.45

44. Monica Nicoletti (N) 53.09 35.51 88.6

45. Allison Garriepy (G) 56.42 32.78 89.2

46. Lily Schumann (F) 52.68 36.52 89.2

47. Carley Davis (H) 54.05 36.48 90.53

49. Jess Cobb (F) 52.65 38.16 90.81

50. Madelynne Schwallie (H) 56.24 34.69 90.93

56. Mia Monseratte (F) 56.38 35.9 92.28

61. Lily Wear (A) 55.34 39.73 95.07

63. Laura Buffet-Jackson (HC) 56.23 39.95 96.18

68. Maia Hamin (A) 58.99 40.48 99.47

69. Emily Campbell (HC) 59.22 40.36 99.58

72. Melissa Iczkowski (HC) 58.83 41.01 99.84

73. Anna Zera (F) 61.66 39.85 101.51

74. Sydney Brosseau (HC) 58.89 42.75 101.64

75. Olivia Griswold (H) 61.36 41.04 102.4

79. Kara O’Driscoll (HC) 78.79 53.22 132.01

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