Monument boys, Taconic girls win county Alpine ski championships
PITTSFIELD -- It was a night of repeats on the race hill at Bousquet Ski Area, as the Taconic girls and Monument Mountain boys successfully defended their Berkshire County titles on Monday.
It was a little more difficult for Taconic.
Taconic had three skiers finish in the top 10, helping the Braves to a second-place slalom finish. Monument Mountain won the race by almost 20 seconds over the Braves, but the Spartans finished second in the league standings.
Monument's Trent Pfeiffer won his sixth race in as many weeks and was one of three Spartans to finish in the top four as they clinched their second straight boys title. Pittsfield was runner-up on Monday and for the season.
Things started well enough for Taconic as Maria Giacoletto put up a time of 52.53 seconds, good enough for fourth place. Monument's Emily Martin followed and scorched the slalom in 47.92. Nobody caught her.
Taconic ran into problems when Lauren Curry and Michaela Craft did not finish. Teams need four out of six racers to qualify for a team win. That meant everyone else had to finish.
"I was a little concerned," said Amanda Ely. "I knew I had to finish for my team."
After Taconic's Lindsay Curry finished, Ely made it three down. When Danielle George finished, the Braves had their title.
"As someone who's been on the team for all four years, it's awesome," said Giacoletto. "I couldn't imagine a better way to end the year than with another county championship."
Pfeiffer won all three giant slalom races, and after winning the first slalom, said he preferred this discipline. He showed it by getting the win Monday.
Pfeiffer was the fourth racer of the night and set the time to beat with a 45.51. Mount Greylock's Ryan Kuhn got close, but finished more than a second back.
"I'm really happy," said Pfeiffer. "I did not plan on winning all six this year. Today was pretty nerve-wracking. I had already made states and I wanted to finish for the team."
Speaking of the team, the Spartans had paid attention to what happened to Taconic during the girls' event. While the first three Spartans got down, No. 4 racer Joey LaBrasca did not. So when senior captain Kevin Marzotto crossed the finish line, the Spartans had their title.
"As a team, we really wanted to have four good runs," he said. "Going fifth, I knew we had three good runs already. The team put me in a good spot to not feel too much pressure."
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