Alpine Skiing - Varsity Boys


Berkshire provides our students with a unique opportunity to maximize their ski race regimen while focusing on a demanding academic curriculum.

• Licensed and Certified USSA Club Program.

• New England Private School Athletic Counsel (NEPSAC) Class A Team.

• Our home training venue - Catamount Ski Area; a mere ten minutes from campus.

• Dedicated On-Campus Ski Facility - locker rooms, tuning room / downdraft tuning tables and a video room.

• Individual assistance in equipment selections/sponsorships (Summer/Fall), & private equipment fittings (Fall).

• BSST Coaches at Summer (Mt Hood, OR) and Thanksgiving (Copper, CO) Camps.

• Video analysis; HD Cameras, Classroom Smartboard Technology, Sprongo and on-hill WiFi iPads.

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Schedule & Scores

Opponent Date Time Location Result Score
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Berkshire East Mountain Resort
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Berkshire East Mountain Resort
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Bousquet Ski Area
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BSL
Butternut Ski Area
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BSL
Catamount Ski Area
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BSL
Ski Sundown
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USSA
All Day
Mount Southington Ski Area
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All Day
Ski Sundown
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All Day
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
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All Day
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
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BSL
Ski Sundown
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All Day
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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All Day
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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BSL
Ski Sundown
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All Day
Bousquet Ski Area
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All Day
Bousquet Ski Area
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NEPSAC
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
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BSL
Ski Sundown
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Blandford Ski Area
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All Day
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
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BSL
Ski Sundown
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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
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Stowe Mountain Resort
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Waterville Valley Resort

Coaches

Coach John Borwick '81 served as a Head U16 Coach of the Holiday program in NY, before moving west to work as a U16 Coach with MART. Borwick was selected to work with the National Development System in USSA Rocky/Central before returning to take on the position of Alpine U16 Coach and Alpine Admissions with the Stratton Mountain School. While at SMS, Coach Borwick worked under two former US Team coaches, Mike Morin and Eric Harlow, and coached USST athletes Brittany Lathrop, Libby Gibson, and Nick Krause. Coach Borwick is a USSA certified Alpine Coach and Official.

Assistant Coaches: Patrick Donovan, Roger Kimball, Angie Lucian, Blair Perot

Email coach: johnborwick@berkshireschool.org

Team Roster

Winter team photos will be posted when they are available.

Name Class Hometown
Gohta Aihara 2019 Tokyo
Lyons Brown 2018 Telluride, CO
Nicky Finn 2021 Bedford, NY
Tait Kline 2021 East Chatham, NY
Jack LaCasse 2020 Watertown, CT
Clark Lotuff 2018 Princeton, MA
Jay Schoudel 2019 Darien, CT
Darran Shen 2020 Shanghai
Basil Shillingford 2021 Salisbury, CT
Tyler Swirbul 2019 Tuxedo Park, NY
Xander Tillou 2018 Litchfield, CT
John Wahl 2021 New York, NY

Recaps

Opponent Date Score Recap
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USSA

By Coach John Borwick

On December 31st, a few of our Bears... actually one local to the Berkshires, and one from afar, traveled to the rustic locale of Charlemont, MA to compete in the U21/U19/U16 USSA Slalom at Berkshire East. The beauty of this specific event, is that it marks an alumni race of sorts for college and ski academy athletes who have come up through the USSA Tristate system ! Thus, we witnessed a field of One Hundred and One Women, and One Hundred and Seven Men, with athletes hailing from UVM, Dartmouth, Colby, UConn, St Anselm, and other colleges, along with the programs from Stratton Mountain School, Holdeness School, Franconia Ski Club, Willard, Carrabassett Valley Academy, Stratton Winter Sports Club, Mt Mansfield Ski Club, Gould Academy and the Mt Snow Academy.

The 1st run kicked off with 5th former MacKenzie Hatch '19 who kicked out of the gate, yet skied with a bit of trepidation and caution to land within the top 30 for the run. Chiding herself for "safe" skiing, she went after the 2nd run with a bit more drive, and although not her best skiing, she still grabbed a strong 23rd Overall; 11th for U19's ! Despite her feelings of "could have done better", both Coach Roger and I viewed the decent result balanced with her past skiing and overall potentials to be a solid start of the season for MacKenzie !

For the boys, we witnessed some damage from one of our first year U16s', Tait Kline'21. Tait has shown some great skiing over the summer, and through the Thanksgiving camps, which had been highlighted in his earlier races at Whiteface and Gore Mountain following exam week. Already having two races under his belt, Taiter skied two smart, educated and powerful runs this Sunday, especially the second course which provided challenges for many athletes The reality is that the second set, demanded athletes prepare tactically and as Coach Roger appropriately noted, mentally, and if prepared, really separated that athlete from the field. Speaking of the field, Tait clawed into 11th Overall; 1st for all U16's !

And as the twilight overtook us on a very long and chilly day marred by a few timing holds, Coaches Kimball and Borwick ultimately carved out some time to reflect on our two athletes' results, and the kick-off to a great season within Tristate. As we've seen in the past eight years, our skiers acclimate and accelerate throughout the season, and with hard work and attention to making the positive changes in their skiing, our skiers literally become better and better by the week ! The New Year's Eve kick-off race proved to be a good race for our skiers, in which we look forward to some fun and great skiing as the year progresses.

On a last, and a more personal note, the BSST coaches wanted to thank the parents who traveled to this race to help support their children and the program.
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BSL

By Coach John Borwick

The Berkshire School Alpine Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys and Girls teams hosted the second race of the Brigham Ski League yesterday at a very snowy Catamount Ski Area.

Due to the snow, the start list was limited to the teams from Salisbury School, Trinity-Pawling, and the Boys and Girl's Varsity and Junior Varsity Bears. As you may be aware, the Brigham League is a Co-ed league, thus our Girls Varsity and Girls Junior Varsity competes against other co-ed schools, all-boys schools, all-girls schools, and against their own Berkshire boy's teams.

From the onset, the Boys Varsity looked to extend their regular season BSL unbeaten streak to....seven straight years, and did so according. Congratulations goes out to the School Team Winner: Berkshire Boys Varsity (BVS) finishing with 35 points! The Berkshire Varsity Girls (GVS)crushed it and finished 2nd Overall with 101 points, followed by Salisbury with 105 and TP with 233 points.

Individually, congratulations goes out to the Overall Individual Race Winner: Lyons Brown '18 of the Berkshire School. In fact, Berkshire Boys and Berkshire Girls took the top seven places, along with 14 of our 16 Varsity skiers dominating the Top 22 spots !

2nd - Tait Kline '21 BVS
3rd- Jay Schoudel '19 BVS
4th - Eva Clough '18 GVS
5th - John Wahl '21 BVS
6th - Clark Lotuff '18 BVS
7th - MacKenzie Hatch '19 GVS
12th - Eliza Keller '20 GVS
14th - Maeve Schoudel '21 GVS
15th - Tess Haskel '20 GVS
17th - Gohta Aihara '19 BVS
18th - Allegra Giordano '20 GVS
20th - Jack LacCasse '20 BVS
22nd - Emma Morris '20 GVS
DNF2 - Caroline Hogan and Basil Shillingford.

Some of the Junior Varsity will compete on Friday at Sundown at 4:30pm. All of our teams are off next Wednesday the 24th to accommodate additional training time.

Go Bears.
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By Coach John Borwick

BSST U16 Boys Competing at Mount Southington CT 01/20/18

A couple of our BSST USSA U16 Boys ventured to the southern most state in New England, to compete in the USSA Tristate Al Vintier U16 Race Series. In reality, the team escaped campus on Friday night to account for a violently early Saturday race start and compounded with the length of travel to the venue thus providing them both a first-time dining experience at Noodles & Co, and a full night's sleep in the ever tasteful Comfort Suites of Southington!

Saturday welcomed warmer temperatures, along with sunny skies and clean fresh snow at Mount Southington. Alas, Tait K '21 stormed out of the gate and proceeded to fall on the first slalom combination. While loose and relaxed, he'd been concentrating so hard on the tactical sections found on Mount Southingtons' eastern headwall, that he failed to negotiate the track atop the course. After a hike and re-entering the course, he nevertheless skied clean to land in 48th Overall, thirteen seconds off the 1st run winner.

Fellow third former Basil S '21 punched out of the gate and he too ran into some difficulty, and while he "bettered" his bib number, he too found himself with Tait starting at the back of the pack for the 2nd run.

Thus being Bears, both boys hunkered down, never gave up, and simply "sent it" ! From mine and Coach Roger's perspective, we felt that this 2nd run posed a great opportunity to simply ski flat-out, with no fears of placement, podiums, points or medals. And Basil laid it down with a strong, and powerful run, landing him in 53rd Overall.

Tait too opted to put his nose into it, powered into the fall-line, and won the 2nd run by over two seconds ! Alas, Coach Roger's former training padawon learner (Star Wars, look it up) and Tait's current buddy Michael from Berkshire East came within a second of Tait's overall margin for the 2nd run, yet nevertheless showing Tait that he can dominate this age class when the results really don't matter.

On behalf of Coach Roger and I, we found both boys in the realization that all results really do not matter, where in fact they found great enjoyment of being in the hunt, being with teammates, and competing for the sake of racing scary fast !

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By Coach John Borwick

This past Sunday, a few of the USSA Bears ventured south again, to compete in a U21, U19 & U16 USSA race at Ski Sundown, the jewel of Litchfield County! To account for another ridiculously early race start, which seems to be the norm in CT, four Bears showed the fortitude to enjoy their Saturday evening at the Green and Grey, before boarding the team van early Sunday morning at a refreshing 5:00am. On behalf of the Alpine coaches, we are impressed with the dedication to their craft, in which to seek enjoyment of their sport.

The first run of the slalom kicked off with MacKenzie '19 storming out of the start, crushing the course and landing in 2nd place behind a young lady from the Holderness School. In the 2nd run, MacKenzie really pinned it and to the coaches' eyes, her best run of slalom to date. Unfortunately, she fell out of the course in the lower section, had to hike and re-entered to make the finish. This error dropped her to 3rd Overall, but nevertheless, a great podium spot for MacKenzie !
Tess '20 was next in the gate, and while skiing really well, fell atop the course. And being a Bear, she never gave up! She hiked, re-entered and skied the middle section perfectly, to fall once again on the lower section and was pulled from the course. Coaches Roger, Angie and I saw a lot of grit, focus and determination in this young lady, which truly beguiles her always fun and bubbly demeanor.

From the men's side of the table, Lyons '18 went out and simply "did Lyons". And as we learned in the day, Lyons had been harboring a pretty nasty cold, and while not at full strength, Lyons went on to win both runs and took the Men's Overall!

Not to be outdone, Tait '21, who after a long day in CT on Saturday, arrived with a plan to dominate Sundown. The reality here is that Tait being a first year U16, competes with other athletes four and five year's his senior, thus we've arrived at the plan in which there's really no down-side to simply skiing fast without the pressure of results. When the snow settled, Tait landed in 7th Overall, spacing himself by over four seconds from the next U16 in his age class.
On behalf of Coaches Angie, Roger and myself, we really witnessed the depth of our skiers' dedication at Sundown. They arrived tired, yet dug deep and highlighted their skills.
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By Coach John Borwick

The Boys Varsity and Junior Varsity Ski Teams headed south to compete in the fourth race of the Brigham Ski League series. Competing in the Giant Slalom at Sundown, the boys fought a good race, yet landed in 2nd to Suffield, Salisbury ran in 3rd, with Taft taking the 4th spot for the team title. Individually, congratulations goes out to race winner Jack Cobb of Suffield. For the Bears Varsity Boys, Jay Schoudel '19 led with a 4th place finish, Tait Kline '21 in 5th, Co-Captain Clark Lotuff '18 in 11th, John Wahl '21 in 15th, Basil Shillingford '21 in 27th, and Gohta Aihara '19 in 32nd. For the JV, Nicky Finn took 14th, and Jack LaCasse 18th. Coaches Patrick, Roger and Lyons '18 had been impressed with the overall efforts of the team!


The Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity headed back to Catamount, due to a scheduling conflict with Mohawk, and competed in GS. For the teams, the Berkshire Girls Varsity took the top podium spot, finishing in 1st for teams, Loomis Boys 2nd, Taft Girls 3rd, Loomis Girls 4th, Gunnery 5th and Miss Porters in 6th. Individually, Co-Captain MacKenzie Hatch '19 took 3rd Overall, Co-Captain Eva Clough '18 took 6th, Eliza Keller '20 grabbed 7th, Maeve Schoudel '21 12th, Allegra Giordano '19 took 15th, Tess Haskel '20 21st and Caroline Hogan '19 took 24th ! On the JV side of things, Abby Hayes took 1st, Louise Rosenblad 2nd, Charlotte Billingsley 4th, and Insha Afsar 8th ! From Coaches Blair and Bors' perspective, the girls really came together as a group, cheered each other on, and ultimately began cheering for all those competing, and some not, including Coach Bors and Taft Head Coach Jeremy. Apparently everyone was cheered on!
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By Coach John Borwick

A few intrepid and devoted Bears interrupted their midwinter break from school in which to participate in a USSA U21/U19/U16 slalom at the scenic Jiminy Peak Ski Hill.

First out of the gate for the Bears, was MacKenzie Hatch '19, who grabbed 4th in the first run, re-loaded and crushed the afternoon run grabbing 2nd on that run, which left her in 3rd Overall for the Women. Great stuff out of Mack-a-doo and a real fight to move up on the podium. Next up, Tess Haskel '20, while seemingly skiing much stronger and faster in her second run, took 35th Overall, moving up from her start number at 44. This was sweet, and always a pleasure to see her intensity, focus, and smile at these races. Last up for the girls was Eliza Keller '20, racing in her first USSA race of the year, and her first scored race ever !! Without a point profile, Eliza started in the 61st position, in which she planned on two strong runs, thereby allowing her to move up for the next race series. However, she moved up from the 61st position, to claim 18th Overall for the Women ! A huge move, and one that will hopefully spur her on to additional race starts !
From the boys side, a quick pull from the start list for an ailing Lyons Brown, left the mantle for the boy's USSA program to young Tait Kline '21. And while his heart was into the event, Tait fell, which is often the case for top level athletes, really laying it all out on the line.
Next up....tomorrow; U21/U19/U16 GS also at Jiminy Peak.
Go Bears !
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By Coach John Borwick

On Sunday, a few of our USSA athletes left the safety and security of their well-earned mid-winter rest break, to again wage and rage against the elements and competition at the Jiminy Peak Ski Area. The discipline switched to Giant Slalom, and hosted by what this author feels is the best, and most demanding race hill found within our region! The competition stacked up deep including seventy-eight women and ninety-six men, spanning the age classes of Seniors, U21's, U19's and U16's, all vying for fame, glory, fun and medals ! A few colleges participated including the "D-1" teams of Harvard and Williams, thus making this one of the most competitive race fields in all of Tristate!

Based upon the snowy conditions on Sunday, the primary challenge ensued in which to produce a safe race, which weighed heavily on the fans, athletes, parents and course workers, all the while, the increasing snowfall provided a heightened sense of urgency, thus fans could safely return home and park it in front of another football game.
Sensing the need for speed, MacKenzie Hatch '18 completely crushed her two runs, and clawed her way to 9th Overall for the Women. This is truly remarkable since the top eight finishers, all happened to compete for the Williams College Ski Team (WOC). In addition, this race result vaulted Mackenzie to 2nd Overall for all USSA Tristate U19 Women, only bested by yet again, another competitor from the Williams College team !
Next up in the gate was our badger, Tess Haskel '20. In spite of never having visited Madison Wisconsin, Tess nevertheless is a true badger; she's fearless, tenacious and despite her permanent smile, she's really tough ! And tough was required on this day, which offered a challenging and chewed up course dropping competitors with a simple mistake, and through it, Tess gave it her best and came away smiling in 50th Overall for the women. And of the ninety-two total U19 women competing in USSA Tristate, Tess has clawed her way into 23rd Overall !
On the "men's" side, the boy wonder Tait Kline '21 dropped the hammer. As a first-year U16, he was only bested by one other in his age class, a second-year U16 athlete of the Stratton Mountain School ski academy. For the Overall, Tait grabbed 14th, which included seven members of the Williams College team, among others ...three, four, five and six years his senior. Tait is most certainly working to improve each time he straps on his skis, and we're psyched with his intensity to continue to make positive changes in his skiing !
From Coaches Angie, Roger and the undersigned on this day, we'd been very impressed with the drive of our athletes, and their ability to compete in the face of some pretty tough weather conditions. And while bears tend to hibernate in the winter, our skiers tend to go deep and bury themselves when the weather turns miserable and the competition heats up!
Next up, BSL GS on Wednesday at Sundown, followed by two USSA slaloms - Saturday (U16) and Sunday (U19 & U16), both at Bousquet!
Go Bears !
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By Coach John Borwick

The Berkshire School Ski Team's USSA U16 Team ventured to the hub of the Berkshires, to compete in a U16 Bousquet Ski Area Slalom this past Saturday. Third former Basil Shillingford '21 attacked the long and twisting 55+ gate slalom and skied the top section with focus, determination and aplomb. However, with temperatures rising, the surface and track became pitted and shelved off at the gate, causing 30% of the boys' field to accept the same fate as Basil and did not finish the race. In spite of all, the coaches are psyched about Basil's work to make positive changes in his skiing, and the fact that he brings it daily.

Fellow third former Tait Kline '21 attacked his run as well, winning the boy's overall by a margin of two and a half seconds over the second place finisher. Strong, confident and smart skiing out of Tait, and poised to head smartly into the last few U16 race starts.
Next up, the U21/U19/U16 race on Sunday!
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By Coach John Borwick

The Berkshire School Ski Team's USSA group attended the heralded U19/U16 Slalom at the Bousquet Ski Area this past Sunday. This race normally offers a long and arduous journey for the athletes, migrating through a twisting track complete with steeps, fall-away pitches, rolling terrain, work roads and a flat section through the finish. However on this day, the addition of the fog and driving rain provided an apocalyptic approach to ski racing, most certainly testing the fortitude and desire of the athletes to compete to their potentials.

The girls led the team into the foray, in which co-captain MacKenzie Hatch '19 attacked both runs, landing her in 1st Overall for U19 Girls! Great ski racing, in some really challenging conditions that truly separated the field. Next up, co-captain Eva Clough '18 skied two scrappy runs, which clearly saw her timing off, yet her need to finish created a great day for Eva, who clawed her way into 3rd overall for U19 women, and a bit of hardware on her last USSA race. And with these up's, we also experienced a few downs, with falls plaguing the class of 2020 in which Allegra Giordano '20, Tess Haskel '20 and Eliza Keller '20 exited the course.

On the boy's side of the U19 table, six former, and competing in his last USSA race of his Berkshire career, Captain Lyons Brown '18 dropped the hammer and attacked both courses through the driving rain! While winning the first run, Lyons started 30th in the 2nd run, ran into a bit of a challenge in the lower sections and dropped some time to the field. When the rain and fog cleared (it never did), Lyons sat alone atop the podium in first overall! Next up, Tait Kline '21 skied two strong, and very tactical runs to claw his way into 4th Overall, and 1st for all U16's! Quite impressive showing, competing with those four and five years his senior. Alas, the driving rain, and chewed up conditions played havoc on our boys as well, dropping Basil Shillingford '21 and John Wahl '21 from the field, with a fall, and a disqualification respectively.
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By Coach John Borwick

The Berkshire School Ski Team ventured north on Tuesday evening, to participate in Wednesday's running of the 2018 New England Class A Alpine Skiing Championships.

Our girl's team was comprised of co-captain Eva Clough '18, co-captain MacKenzie Hatch '19, Caroline Hogan '19, Eliza Keller '20, Allegra Giordano '20, and Maeve Schoudel '21. The boys team was led by the sole returning member of the 2017 New England Championship Boy's Team co-captain Lyons Brown '18, and joined by co-captain Clark Lotuff '18, James Schoudel '19, Tait Kline '21 and John Wahl '21.
The girls took to the slalom in the morning, each throwing down runs on the rain-enhanced rock hard ice of Berkshire East. At the end of two runs, MacKenzie led the charge for the Bears, grabbing 15th overall. She was followed by Eliza in 26th, Allegra in 34th, followed closely by Caroline in 35th and Eva in 47th.
While the girls attacked the slalom, the boys ran Giant Slalom on that same trail. As a team, in which NEPSAC takes the top three racers from each school for scoring, the boys really laid it down and clawed into 3rd Overall in the morning GS. Lyons led his team with a solid 11th place showing. He was followed by Jay who took 14th, Tait in 17th and John rounded out the Bears' finishers in 25th. Clark did not finish the course.
As the afternoon approached, the sun actually came out, blessing us with much needed vitamin D. The girls, used this newfound energy and charged hard on the Giant Slalom track. The girls had been led again by MacKenzie, who posted the 4th fastest combined run time. She was followed by Eva in 14th, Eliza in 21st and Allegra in 33rd. Maeve threw a ski on the top of the run, charging hard, yet sideways into a rut and did not finish the run.
For the boys, Lyons torched two runs in slalom, being bested by only Maxx Parys of Gould and Sasha Gannon of Belmont Hill, to take the Bronze Medal and a podium spot! Tait followed suit, and crushed two smart and tactical approaches to land in 8th Overall. We then witnessed three falls from Jay, John and Clark, and although all three arrived at the bottom bruised physically, and mentally, we had to appreciate their efforts in a "first or fall" mentality. No holding back, yet kudos to Clark, who posted the 30th fastest time in the first run, to quite literally fall at the feet of one of his coaches in the 2nd, and immediately pounce back to his feet and declare, "wow I was killing it!". Yet reality quickly struck our co-captain, in which he realized that his team required three results to score, and Clark began to apologize profusely. The reality for us, is that this is a team sport, yet balanced with individual efforts. The direction to all of our athletes is to simply stick their noses into each run, and go for the gold, always !
At the end of the day, the congratulations and the gold goes to the winners of the event, NMH for the boys and Gould for the girls. A great effort by all athletes from all schools! For our Bears...the boys finished 8th of 16 boy's teams, while the girls took 6th place of the 12 girl's teams.
Congratulations goes out to all of our students, and a special note to 2018 NEPSAC Class A All-New England Team: MacKenzie Hatch, Lyons Brown and Tait Kline!
On a last note, a big and heartfelt "thank you" to the parents who made the trek to Berkshire East and supported our New England Team.
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