2018-19 The Berkshire Eagle All Stars: Nordic skiing
Boys Coach of the Year
Hiram Greene, Mount Greylock
Over the last 30 years, Hiram Green's name has become synonymous with Nordic skiing in Berkshire County, and Western Massachusetts as a whole. Greene has been with the Mount Greylock program for around three decades, and led the Mounties to dominate the sport for an overwhelming majority of those winters. That hasn't changed much lately. With the help of girls coach Hilary Greene and 15-year assistant head coach Mark Santella, the Mounties remain the premier Nordic program in this part of the state, if not Massachusetts as a whole. Greene's squad once again rolled through Berkshire County competition, before carding a second-place finish at the MIAA state meet in March. Greylock put four skiers in the top-20 to score 50 points, edging Wayland (56) for the runner-up prize. More than individual talent, Greene's program has become known for its sheer numbers. After so long at the helm, Greene's work to foster a Nordic culture in Williamstown that continually replenishes the team is unrivaled in seemingly any sport.
Boys Skier of the Year
Jakin Miller, Mount Greylock, Senior
A repeat winner of the boys skier of the year honor, Miller earned his honor by being the most consistent skier throughout the regular season and by being the top local finisher at the MIAA state meet. Miller finished in either first or second through the first five races of the regular season — including a pair of wins, in races Nos. 2 and 5 — before sitting out the finale. Miller, who also found success at the Eastern Championships after the MIAA season ended, rode his consistent finishes into the state meet at Notchview, finishing in seventh overall to help his Mounties finish second as a team. Greylock was untouchable in the Berkshire League thanks in large part to Miller.
Girls Coach of the Year
Kyle Zinchuk, Lenox
Working alongside head coach Joe Bazzano, Zinchuk helped the Millionaires to a second-place finish at the MIAA state championships this year, despite having a roster dominated by underclassmen. The Millionaires, though, punched above their weight all season and showed plenty of promise for the seasons to come. Lenox finished with 53 points at the state meet, just behind Concord-Carlisle and Mount Greylock's 50 points. The Millionaires placed three skiers in the top 12, and five in the top 22 at the state championships. During the regular season, Lenox won head-to-head contests against every team bar Mount Greylock, and finished second in traditional scoring behind Mount Greylock at all six races.
Girls Skier of the Year
Brandi Gill, Mount Greylock, Junior
Gill picks up her second skiing honor in as many years, and for good reason. The junior has been a standout member of the Mounties, and helped her team to a co-championship with Concord-Carlisle at this year's MIAA championships. While competition was strong throughout the Mounties roster this season — Jackie Wells and Elizabeth Dupras finished right around Gill in each meet this year — it was Gill's consistency that earned her the nod. She raced to a quartet of first-place finishes during the regular season, including in the season opener and in the season finale, and at the state championships she finished in sixth overall and was the top finisher from Western Mass. Gill's placement at states was key to helping the team tie with Concord-Carlisle for the team championship.
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