Senior, Monument Mountain
The senior got better each week. She finished fifth then second in the first two giant slalom races, before winning the final GS. Martin carried that momentum into slalom, where she swept the season series. A repeat All-Eagle selection, Martin capped off her career by finishing 10th in the girls slalom at the state alpine championships.
The coach’s take: Emily’s confidence is what brought her to where she needed to be. She had a lot of confidence and determination.
-- Peter Dunham,
Freshman, Monument Mountain
The Spartans had racers finish first in all six regular season races. The two that Martin didn’t win, Bartlett did. The freshman also finished second to Martin in the final GS. Bartlett didn’t finish the first slalom, but earned two top-10 results to wrap up the regular season. Bartlett went on to finish 23rd in the state GS.
The coach’s take: She’s been really aggressive. If she gave it everything she had, she could surprise others. I knew what the potential was. I knew she was going to have a good year.
The freshman had a pair of top-five finishes in the regular season slalom and a seventh. In slalom, she was second and fourth. King had a good day in the state alpine meet, getting the top GS result among all Berkshire County girls. A repeat All-Eagle pick, King was 21st in the GS at the state meet, the best result of a Berkshire County girl.
The coach’s take: It’s impressive that she started pulling top-10 finishes so young and has been very consistent in doing so. She studies the course, thinks things through and she sees herself finishing.
-- Dave Schulman, Lenox coach
Senior, Monument Mountain
Evans, an All-Eagle selection last year, was 6 for 6 in top 10 finishes in 2014. The senior started slowly with a 10th-place result in the first GS, but got rolling in that discipline. She earned three top-five results in the slalom.
The coach’s take: Jen has worked hard. Being a senior and being confident helped her. Jen is a good leader and a good captain. She wanted to prove it to herself and everybody else that she could compete.
Six times, Williamson came down the race hill at Bousquet, and five times she registered top-10 finishes. The sophomore didn’t finish one slalom race, but otherwise recorded a pair of third-place results in slalom. She is also a repeat selection.
The coach’s take: There was a confidence this year. She was in excellent condition and she was a lot more comfortable. She was a veteran and it made a difference.
-- Bob Geller, Pittsfield coach
The number six must be a personal favorite for Pizzuto, because the Pittsfield racer finished sixth twice in GS and once in slalom. Only once in six races did the junior finish out of the top six.
The coach’s take: She’s come a long way. In the off-season, she said ‘I need to start training.’ She trained from the summer through the fall.
The senior led the Braves to the league title and did so with an excellent career-ending season. She had five top-10 finishes, with a fourth in a GS and fourth in a slalom standing as her best results.
The coach’s take: She is a very hard worker at practice and a great all-around skier.
-- Marc Latimer, Taconic coach
Another veteran, Craft had a pair of top-three finishes to go with five top-10 results. The senior was third in the final GS of the regular season and second in the middle of three slaloms.
The coach’s take: Over the last two years, she has made such an improvement in her skiing and she became more aggressive when she raced.
Consistency was the catchword for the Braves all season, and Scussel was as consistent as anybody. The freshman had five finishes in the top-10, with a fourth in the final GS of the year.
The coach’s take: Jill impressed me a lot this year with some great finishes in GS. I see great improvement for her over the next three years.
The Taconic racer didn’t crack the top 10 until the final giant slalom race. Once she got there, Curry could not be dislodged. The senior’s best result in the league was a seventh in the opening slalom.
The coach’s take: She’s another one of my racers who has improved each year. Lindsay is a very technical skier and pushed herself to some solid finishes.
Another returning member of the All-Eagle team, the Taconic senior bubbled just outside of the top-10 for much of the GS season. When slalom came, she burst into the top 10, finishing there three times. Her best result was a seventh.
The coach’s take: Amanda was an equal skier in both events. Her finish in the last slalom was one of the times that led the girls to their fourth straight county title.
A newcomer to the All-Eagle roster, Quinn improved each week in both disciplines. She cracked the top 12 four times, and the sophomore’s best outing was ninth in the final slalom.
The coach’s take: She had some previous race experience. She skied Interclub for me. Once she came around and saw that she could do, she kind of surprised herself at the end.
-- Jill Johnson, Wahconah coach