Emboldened fun, golden runs

St. Mary ski coach Andy Lussier (left) and Saints’ state 2016 Giant Slalom champion Matt Masciadrelli (File Photo)

CHARLEMONT – It was another great night of skiing for the St. Mary’s Saints with Matt Masciadrelli leading the way once again.
Masciadrelli finished first on the Giant Slalom in 24.50 seconds as three St. Mary skiers finished in the top 15 overall of a Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference race Thursday night at Berkshire East.
“Matt threw down another great GS run, supporting his nickname as ‘Mr. GS’,” St. Mary ski coach Andy Lussier said. “He’s really skiing strong this season and is motivated in both disciplines.
Masciadrelli was coming off a first-place slalom run in Tuesday’s season opener.
Jack Masciadrelli was fast out of the starting gate Thursday night. Jack attacked the top of the course, helping him claim a seventh place overall finish (24.97).
“He is really skiing at another level this season, and has been training hard,” coach Lussier said. “It showed tonight.”

Westfield High’s Rebecca Stephens, center, junior Grace O’Connor, left, and sophomore Lauren O’Connor, right, pictured during 2016 championship ski season. (File Photo)

Despite a hiccup at the start, Hayden Lussier skied the pitch clean and smooth en route to an 11th place finish (26.73) in a field of 120 racers.
Westfield’s Jacob Stephens finished ninth (26.36). Bombers’ Ethan Flaherty placed 16th (27.36), Gateway’s Zachary Ames was 20th (27.82), and Southwick’s Noah Zahner was 22nd (28.23)
On the girls’ side, Westfield’s Grace O’Connor took home gold, placing first in 37.58 seconds. O’Connor is coming off a successful finish to 2016.
St. Mary’s freshman Chloe Lussier placed 10th overall (3rd division) despite a mishap on the steeps.
“Chloe has really started to find her gas pedal and we think there are some overall podiums in her future,” the Saints coach explained. “She is an extremely coachable athlete with a great attitude.”
Gateway’s Jessica Garriepy was 12th (44.01), and Southwick’s Margaret Drohen was 19th (48.66).

Burke’s breakthrough boosts Rams
Southwick 48, Athol 38
Eighth grader Hannah Burke scored a career-high 18 points, and Kathleen Shea added 11 to help Southwick upend Athol on the road.

Cyr, Smith top Westfield Tech
Smith Voke 44, Westfield Technical Academy 19
Sydney Cyr recorded a game-high 20 points to fuel Smith Voke’s victory. Jaymee Hall and Ashley Torres led Westfield Tech with six apiece. Hall also had 10 rebounds.

LATE RESULTS – Wed., Jan. 10
Bombers ground Spartans
Westfield 66, East Longmeadow 0

Westfield improved to 5-2 with a dominating effort Wednesday. The Bombers were led by senior captains Josh Larriu (113 pounds), Isaac Santos (126), and Jack Yvon (170).
Larriu won by pin 27 seconds into the second period over Andrew Hanson. Santos won by pin in 40 seconds over Connor McCarthy. Yvon won by pin 28 seconds into the second period over Austin Cypher.
Westfield’s Ed Borodin made his varsity debut and won in convincing fashion over Jake McCarthy with a win by fall in 1:12.
At 132, Vitally Borodin was impressive with a pin in 49 seconds over Andrew Calvanes. Mike Minchala (138 pounds) wrestled very clean for a pin in 55 seconds, and freshman Cam Clauson picked up another victory with a pin 22 seconds into the second period.

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