Junior, Monument Mountain
The Monument junior won the first giant slalom race of the year, he won the final slalom -- and he won everything else in between. Some nights it was close, some nights not. But he was always first.
The coach’s take: Trent was really on it. He knew when to apply it and when to hold back. Next year, he has a lot better chance of going to states and finishing in the top 10.
-- Pete Dunham,
Monument Mountain coach
Senior, Mount Greylock
When you look at the results each week, the opening GS result was the outlier among the others. Kuhn was eighth on opening night. After that, he never finished lower than third.
The coach’s take: Ryan’s success is a result of being a hard worker in his sport. Ryan has a lot of natural athletic ability. When you put his athletic ability and the work together, you get results.
-- Lisa Friday,
Mount Greylock coach
Maynard’s results were a bit better in giant slalom than in slalom. He had a second, third and sixth in GS. He had a fifth and two sixths in slalom.
The coach’s take: Erich is never happy with his place. He always wants to do better. He pays attention to detail.
-- Bob Geller, Pittsfield coach
Sophomore, Monument Mountain
The season did not start well for Berle, who did not finish in the opening GS of the season. The rest of the year was just fine, as the sophomore had five top-five finishes. His best was a third in the final slalom.
The coach’s take: He’s a very technical skier. He has that ability and balance and quick feet.
Junior, Monument Mountain
McFarland had four top-10 finishes out of six regular season races. The junior’s best result was a third in the opening GS of the season.
The coach’s take: He’s a very good leader. He’s very focused. He puts everything into every race.
Dempsey was a bit more consistent in giant slalom than slalom. According to the final statistics, while Dempsey had six top-10 finishes in the regular season, he had two top-fives in GS and one in slalom.
The coach’s take: The one thing that keeps coming back is that Garrett is in phenomenal shape. When he’s not racing, he’s at the ski school. He puts his poles over the wand and says I’m going to win it.
Six times Geyer came down the mountain at Bousquet, and five times, he found himself in the top 10. His best result of the season was a sixth-place finish in the opening GS.
The coach’s take: He’s been my most consistent racer for the last two years. In racing, he has a good head on his shoulders. He’s dialed in.
-- Jill Johnson, Wahconah coach
Statistically, McNinch was a stronger GS skier. He had three top-10 results in GS and was fourth twice. In three slaloms, he had one top-10 finish.
The coach’s take: Connor has been consistent. His skills have been improving. His positive attitude is probably his biggest attribute toward what makes him good at what he does.
-- Dave Schulman, Lenox coach
Teichert had himself a good season on the slopes, bubbling right around the top 10 for most of the year. His two best finishes came in giant slalom, a seventh on opening night and a 10th in the final GS.
The coach’s take: Alex had a very disappointing season last year. This year, Alex came to me early in the season and said ‘Coach, I can do this,’ and he did. Cold weather, icy snow conditions or difficult course sets never deterred Alex.
Senior, Monument Mountain
A top-12 finisher for most of the season, Marzotto’s best result came in the final GS of the regular season, where he recorded a ninth-place finish. The senior had a DNF in the first slalom, but recovered to finish in the top 15 the next two weeks.
The coach’s take: Kevin has worked super hard. He was a mid-pack B-Team racer three years ago. He shows what good, hard work can do.
Burke etched his name into the top-10 when he finished seventh in the final GS of the regular season. The sophomore also had a pair of top-10 slalom finishes.
The coach’s take: He is my stealth kid who came out of nowhere. He skis all the time. Free skiing makes a huge difference in anybody’s racing. He’s going to give everybody a run for their money next year.
Latimer grew up on the Bousquet race hill, and had a quality season. Six times, Latimer raced, and five times he finished in the top 10. The freshman’s best finish was a seventh in the opening slalom.
The coach’s take: Coming into this season, he hadn’t raced in three years. Things came back to him and he finished in the top 10 in five out of six races. He has room to improve over the next three years.
-- Marc Latimer, Taconic coach