2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Alpine skiing
Boys Most Valuable Skier
Tanner Hill, Wahconah, Senior
It was quite a high school career on the slopes for Wahconah's Tanner Hill. The 2017 MIAA State Slalom Champion has been the Warriors' top skier for some time. An unfortunate outing at states last winter led Hill to rededicate himself this season, and that hard work paid off instantly, and down the road. Hill won the season's first three meets, before taking the finale to amass an All-Berkshire best 99 points. The county title came with a clean season sweep for his team, and was only the start of an impressive postseason run. Hill placed third in slalom and fourth in GS at the state meet, proving to be the best all-around competitor at Wachusett Mountain. Hill and teammate Kyle Brogan helped Massachusetts to a win at the Eastern Regional Championships with two top-16 spots. Finally, Hill took the top GS spot at the U19 Eastern Alpine Finals at Gore Mountain in March. To cap off an outstanding downhill season, Hill committed to ski for Clarkson University in the USTSA.
Boys Coach of the Year
David Bowler, Wahconah
David Bowler took over a Wahconah Alpine program that was certainly stocked with talent, but had come up short at the end of the 2018 season. The former assistant coach for the Warriors stepped into the lead roll this winter and the results speak for themselves. Wahconah was consistently the deepest and fastest squad on the mountain, winning all six regular season meets to amass a perfect score of 60 points and claim a county championship. At the state meet, Bowler's core of three senior boys; Tanner Hill, Kyle Brogan and Drew Dunham, all completed both runs and the Warriors nailed down a No. 5 spot in the team standings. All three of those skiers earned All-Berkshire nods, with Hill finishing as Berkshire champ, Brogan second with 95 points and Dunham third with 86. The Warriors put four skiers in the top 11 in the county, with Dominik Scalise and Jac Dahrouge coming on strong late.
Girls Most Valuable Skier
Abby Kate Caproni, Lenox, Senior
A repeat selection as Berkshire Eagle Girls Alpine MVP, Abby Kate Caproni's consistency once again won out over a long winter. She stumbled out of the gate in Week 1, but managed to finish the race and was perfect from then on. Caproni won each of the final five Berkshire County meets to repeat as league champion with an unblemished score of 100. A Drury student, Caproni has quickly graduated from outsider on the Millionaires team to a program cornerstone and leader. Her talents on the slalom and GS course are only outmatched by her leadership and personality traits that were a boon for Lenox in squeaking out an overall team title. At the MIAA state meet, Caproni continued her strong season, submitting the ninth-fastest slalom run in Massachusetts to earn a podium spot in 36.54. She was also the top local skier in GS at states. Over the last two seasons, Caproni has won nine of the 12 Berkshire County girls races.
Girls Coach of the Year
Greg Knight, Lenox
Greg Knight's Lenox Girls Alpine program is among the most consistent athletic teams in Berkshire County, continually replenishing itself to overcome injuries and matriculation. He has also coached junior Abby Kate Caproni into a bit of a juggernaut in the league, winning five of six regular season meets this winter. Beyond Caproni, though, the Millionaires secured a Berkshire County title this season with depth. That lone hiccup on Caproni's resume, Week 1, was won by another Lenox skier in Taylor Knight. Taylor Knight registered a first, two seconds and a third, before missing the final two races with an injury. Lenox just kept coming, though, with youngster Helena Jankovic finishing runner-up to Caproni the final three races and claiming second overall on the season. Coach Knight's squad put four skiers in the top-11, with Amy Alderton rounding out the regular scoring squad. Under Knight's guidance, the Millionaires managed to best runner-up Monument Mountain four times — finishing second in two meets — to knock off the defending champion Spartans 58-56.
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