Monday December 31, 2012

Mount Greylock

Coach: Hilary Greene (girls), Hiram Greene (boys)

Key returners -- Boys: Will Kirby, Sr.; Alex White, Sr.; Sean Houston, Sr.; Jonah Majumder, Sr.; Jake Foehl, So.; Will Nolan, So.; Derek Wood, Junior; Caleb Raymond, Junior; Jake Kobrin, So.

Girls: Kat Chenail, Sr.; Stephanie Adamczyk, Sr.; Alexa Adams, Sr.; Alexandra Deveaux, Sr.; Sophia Dastoli, Sr.; Chloe Anderson, Sr.

Newcomers -- Boys: Carter Stripp, So.

Things you should know

n The Mounties are defending state champions in both genders. The girls have won it five straight years while the boys have been state champs five times in six years.

n As usual, Greylock has a platoon of girls for coach Hilary Greene. Six seniors make for a stacked deck led by Kat Chenail. Greene said Chenail is at a level of fitness she's never seen from the senior before.

n The boys also have a strong roster to start with nine returners. Will Kirby leads the Mounties after finishing 11th in the state last year. Coach Hiram Greene said he's confident that preparation-wise the Mounties are in good shape. Hoosac Valley

Coach: Alicia Gwozdz

Key returners -- Boys: Dan Butler, Sr.; Justin Barnes, Sr.; Ben Trimarchi, Jr.; Jared Haley, Freshman; Mitch Barnes, eighth grade.

Girls: Danielle Beauchemin, Sr.; Holly Cadran, So.; Sam Staffin, So.

Newcomers -- Boys: Tom Galisa, Sr.; Derek Ziter, eighth grade.

Girls: Cecily Malloy, So.; Allison Racela, seventh grade

Things you should know

n Hoosac's numbers are down a bit this year, with just 12 skiers in all.

n The Hurricanes' boys returners are all in good shape. Justin Barnes and Butler are fourth-year skiers who have been training on roller skis and bicycles. Trimarchi and Galisa are coming off soccer, while Haley and Mitch Barnes are coming off cross country running.

n Danielle Beauchemin has been Hoosac's female star the last couple years, but she is dealing with injuries from the fall soccer season. Gwozdz still expects her to be ready for the start of the season.

Lenox

Coach: Gary Miller

Key returners -- Girls: Josie Marshall, Jr.; Lydia Graham, Jr.; Sophie Silverstein, Jr.; Caroline Wilkerson, Jr.

Boys: Andrew Woodger, Sr.; Jake Jourdain, Jr.

Things you should know

n The conversation in Lenox has begun the last couple years with Josie Marshall. Now a junior, Marshall is coming off a fifth-place finish at last year's state championships.

nThe Lenox girls are looking strong said coach Gary Miller. The Millionaires have no seniors but they do have a strong core of 11 juniors.

n Miller called the boys team a "work in progress." Woodger and Jourdain are complemented by a strong group of skiers from grades 8-11 that are ready to hit the trails after spending most of 2012 racing at Alpine ski areas.

Wahconah

Coach: Kiersten Touponce

Key returners -- Girls: Ellen Ross, Jr.; Jess Voight, Sr.

Boys: Curran Doyle, Jr.; Alex Stevens, Sr.; Nate Ivanowsky, Sr.

Things you should know

n The Warriors have seen an explosion in numbers. Wahconah has 33 skiers this year, including 15 that are new to the team.

n The girls will lean on junior Ellen Ross and senior Jess Voight. Coach Kiersten Touponce said Ross is ready for the season while Voight, in her fourth year, is a great technical skier with good form.

nThe boys will be led by Curran Doyle, who Touponce said is in the best ski shape he can be in, and senior Alex Stevens who is looking to follow up a strong cross country running season.

Pittsfield/Taconic

Coach: Stephanie Ambrose

Key Returners -- Boys: Alex Amuso, Sr.; Will Benner, Jr.; Matthew Rabasco, So.; Colin Russell, Sr.

Girls: Lauren Farry, So.; Ashley McLaughlin, Sr.; Cara Partridge, Sr.; Madeline Searles, Sr.; Bridget Mara-Williams, Jr.; Shauna Love, Sr.

Newcomers -- Girls: Kelsey Magri, Jr.; Karli Shea, Fr.

Things you should know

n This is Stephanie Ambrose's first year as coach but she has coached Pittsfield and Lenox track and field in the past. She's a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Berkshire West. Her daughter, Lizzy Barry, skis for Lenox.

nThe issue, as with many other teams, has been a lack of snow in preseason. Ambrose was waiting to see how her team looked on skis so she could get a better idea of where everyone fits on the team.

n Ambrose said her goal is trying to build the co-op team into a strong program over a couple years.