Fairy tale run continues

Ski LogoCHARLEMONT – Cinderella may have lost her glass slipper, but the St. Mary High School boys’ ski team found skis that fit quite well for a magical run.
St. Mary’s continued its fairy tale season, winning another Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship race Tuesday night at Berkshire East.
The Saints (99.53) topped the Gateway Gators (104.13) in a 1-2 finish in the South Division.
Matt Masciadrelli claimed the top spot in the South Division with a 23.31 run, good for fourth overall among all racers (North Division included).
Longmeadow’s Kyle Gagne and Dan Fernandes finished first and second, respectively, with times of 22.93 and 23.13. Westfield’s Neil Sheehan placed third (23.28). Gateway’s Austin Herman was fifth (23.37).
Jack Masciadrelli (19th, 24.63), Nate Bonini (28th, 25.59), and Hayden Lussier (32nd overall) contributed to the St. Mary’s finish.
“The St. Mary’s boys’ ski team is really gaining momentum,” Saints coach Andy Lussier said. “Consistency and some really strong skiing are paying off for us.”
As a team, St. Mary finished just two spots away from being first overall behind Longmeadow and Mohawk.
“Both of those teams have depth,” Lussier said, “although they need to pay attention. We’re not giving up.”
Patrick Boyle cracked the top 30 in the division again for St. Mary’s, and James Marasi finished 41st, breaking into the top 50 in the division for the second straight race.
STEPHENS RUNNER-UP: Agawam’s Jillian Scherpa finished first on the slopes of Berkshire East with a 33.87. Westfield’s Rebecca Stephens was second (35.05).
Hannah Green was the first Gateway Gator to cross the finish line. Green was 17th (43.17).
Minnechaug placed first in the overall team standings, followed by Longmeadow (2nd) and Gateway (3rd). Westfield was fifth.

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