The Berkshire Eagle is honoring Berkshire County's top high school athletes and coaches in 16 high school sports.

Each week, we reveal our top athletes and coaches of the year, leading up to the Berkshire All Star Gala on June 27 at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield, presented by sponsor Berkshire Bank and cornerstone sponsors Haddad Dealerships of the Berkshires and the Berkshire United Way.

 

The chosen top athletes and coaches receive a free ticket to the gala.Gala tickets are on sale now at berkshireallstars.eventbrite.com with early bird tickets priced at $35. The public is invited to attend.

The honors won’t stop at athletic achievement. The student-athletes and coaches in attendance are also finalists for special awards for courage, perseverance and leadership.

In addition to athletes and coaches of the year honors for boys’ and girls’ sports, awards will be given for remarkable comeback stories, unsung heroes who made their teams’ success possible, and ambassadors whose effort and dedication promoted a positive reputation for their school and their teammates.

A team of the year also will be recognized for its 2017-18 athletic achievement.

 

 

 

 

 

3-time Olympian Heidi Voelker to headline Berkshire All Stars gala

Voelker

Heidi Voelker, the three-time Olympic alpine skier, will be the special guest and keynote speaker at The Berkshire Eagle's Berkshire All Stars Gala event in June. 

The Pittsfield native will join The Eagle and sponsor Berkshire Bank in celebrating the top student-athletes and coaches in the county's high school sports leagues for the 2017-18 school year.

RELATED: Voelker excited to return to her roots as keynote speaker for The Berkshire Eagle's Berkshire All Stars Gala

The gala is June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield.

Voelker was an eight-year member of the U.S. Ski Team, competing on the World Cup circuit in the slalom and giant slalom during that time, while also representing the United States and Pittsfield in the Winter Olympics held in Calgary (1988), Albertville (1992) and Lillehammer (1994).

Voelker hasn't been back to Pittsfield in a number of years, so this event will be like a homecoming for her.

"I'm coming back to my roots. It's really the heart of where I'm from," Voelker told The Eagle. "I'm thinking about things I'll say and want to get across. It's exciting and sentimental."

Fredric D. Rutberg, publisher and president of The Eagle, said one of the most gratifying responsibilities of a community newspaper comes with celebrating local heroes.

"And our high school athletes are future leaders and heroes," Rutberg said. "I can't imagine anyone more appropriate to bestow honors on today's student-athletes than Pittsfield's own Heidi Voelker, who represented the United States in three successive Olympiads with dignity and grace. The Eagle is thrilled to have a part in bringing Heidi back to Pittsfield." 

Making the event possible, Berkshire Bank is the Berkshire All-Stars Gala's title sponsor.

"We are so pleased to support this event to help celebrate and showcase our student-athletes who demonstrate their leadership both on and off the field and court," said Lori Gazzillo, the senior vice president and Foundation director at Berkshire Bank. "We applaud the Berkshire Eagle for organizing this effort and look forward to congratulating the students and their families for all they have accomplished."

The event's Cornerstone Sponsors include the Haddad Dealerships of the Berkshires and the Berkshire United Way.

Voelker joined the U.S. team at the age of 19. Her high watermark on the World Cup tour was a third-place finish in the giant slalom in 1994. Voelker was the national champion in that discipline the same year.

The youngest of four children, Voelker was on skis at the age of 2, tracking around with her father, Larry, and her three siblings. She is now the Ambassador of Skiing at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. 

In the coming months, top student-athletes and coaches in their respective sports from Drury, Hoosac Valley, Lee, Lenox, McCann Tech, Monument Mountain, Mount Everett, Mount Greylock, Pittsfield, Taconic and Wahconah high schools will be announced in The Eagle. Those athletes and coaches get to attend the ticketed dinner event for free, get recognized on stage for their sporting achievements, and get to meet and greet the evening's honored guest.

The honors won't stop with athletic achievement. The student-athletes and coaches in attendance are also finalists for special awards for courage, perseverance and leadership.

In addition to athletes and coaches of the year honors for boys and girls sports, awards will be given for remarkable comeback stories, unsung heroes who made their teams' success possible, and ambassadors whose effort and dedication promoted a positive reputation for their school and their teammates. 

A team of the year also will be recognized for its 2017-18 athletic achievement. 

Chosen athletes who participate in field hockey, soccer, football, cross-country running, volleyball, wrestling, snowboarding, ice hockey, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track and field, Nordic and alpine skiing, and swimming will attend the event for free.

 

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FALL SPORTS

GOLF   VOLLEYBALL

BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY

GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY

GIRLS SOCCER    BOYS SOCCER

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WINTER SPORTS

SWIMMING   HOCKEY

ALPINE SKIING NORDIC SKIING

WRESTLING

BOYS BASKETBALL

GIRLS BASKETBALL

SPRING SPORTS

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BASEBALL  SOFTBALL

 BOYS LACROSSE   GIRLS LACROSSE

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

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Three-time Olympic alpine skier Heidi Voelker will celebrate Berkshire County's top high school athletes and coaches June 27 at The Berkshire Eagle's Berkshire All Stars Gala. Here are details about the event.

Who: The top high school athletes in the Berkshires will be honored on stage at the gala. Watch the newspaper and website as we announce who they are for each sport. The gala’s special awards for athletes and will only be announced at the event. 

Where: Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires in Pittsfield.

When: Wednesday, June 27, 6-8 p.m.

Sponsor: Berkshire Bank

Cornerstone sponsors: Haddad Dealerships of the Berkshires, Berkshire United Way

Tickets: Buy online at berkshireallstars.eventbrite.com. Early-bird tickets for the public, family, and friends of the athletes are $35. Athletes selected for special honors can attend free but must claim their ticket online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLF

Carlino

COACH

Matt Carlino

Lee

Carlino, who led his team to a Western Mass. Division III championship three seasons ago, followed that up with consecutive third-place finishes.

The Wildcats missed qualifying for the state tournament by one stroke.

Last year, Lee was the top team finisher among all Berkshire County golf teams across the MIAA's three divisions.

He has helped guide golfers like Fraser to their current heights. The Wildcats won the South for the second consecutive year and have won 24 Berkshire matches in the last two seasons.

 

Fraser

CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Thomas Fraser

Lee, Junior

Fraser knocked on the door in 2016, but finally opened it and won his first Western Massachusetts championship in the fall, when he conquered the course at The Orchards in South Hadley, with a 77.

He had tied for second the previous season.

"I've always dreamt of this since I was in the seventh grade and just starting varsity," Fraser said when he won Western Mass. "It finally happened."

Fraser was a medalist in 10 of Lee's 13 matches, plus the Western Mass. final. Twice when he was medalist, he shot under par.

 

 

DosSantos

CO-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Nate Dos Santos

Wahconah, Sophomore

Dos Santos set the bar high for himself now, winning the Western Massachusetts Division II championship at Cranwell in Lenox.

He shot a 4-over-par 75 and had to make two birdies in the final three holes to pull away from James Longhi of Southwick and Jacob Allard of South Hadley.

"There was a point where they had me by two strokes. It was crazy," the Wahconah sophomore said after winning at Western Mass. "I had them by two strokes, but I double-bogeyed 10, and they caught up. I got some back. It was a lot better than I thought the round was going to go."

The other highlight for Dos Santos was shooting a 4-under 31 on the front nine at Wahconah Country Club, setting a school record. Coach Pete Terpak, who has been coaching for nearly two decades, called it the best round he had seen.

Dos Santos had no bogeys and was one stroke away from four straight birdies. He played in the same threesome with Jack Ter Doest of Hopkins Academy and Luke Willenborg of St. Mary's and beat both by two shots.

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FOOTBALL

 

Clayton

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Tim Clayton

Wahconah

Clayton came off the bench for injured starting quarterback Jeremy Girard and the Wahconah offense did not miss a beat. His stabilizing presence helped the Warrior win the Western Massachusetts Division VII title.

The junior finished with 17 passing touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. He completed 107 of 197 attempts (54.3 percent) for 1669 yards. He threw a touchdown in eight of 11 games and threw for multiple scores in five of 11 games. He threw for four scores against Frontier and West Springfield.

 

Bush

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Adam Bush

Hoosac Valley

Bush was one of the few defenders capable of making impact plays at multiple levels of the defense.

He played with his hand in the ground on the interior of the defensive line, and he could play on the edge, playing from a two-point stance as a hybrid end/linebacker.

Bush's versatility required constant attention from opposing offensive linemen. He finished the regular season with 35 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and one sack. In addition to being a playmaker on the field, his intensity and passion made him the vocal leader of the MIAA Division VIII runner-ups.

Vance

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Vance Eugene

Hoosac Valley

Eugene was truly a jack-of-all-trades for Western Mass. Division VIII champion Hoosac Valley. On offense, the senior operated the quarterback position with dynamic dual-threat ability.

He rushed for 580 yards and 13 scores on 77 attempts. Through the air, he went 46 of 81 passing (56.7 percent) for 1000 yards. He threw 14 scores to just 4 interceptions.

Defensively, Eugene was a shutdown defender in the secondary. He wasn't afraid to come down and lay a big hit on a ball carrier, and in coverage, he ended the season with five interceptions.

 

 

Poirot

COACH

Dayne Poirot

Hoosac Valley

Poirot improved his team from a 5-5 2016 season to an 11-1 2017 season that landed the Hurricanes in the MIAA Division VIII championship game.

Poirot inserted Vance Eugene as his full-time QB after splitting time last season, and the offense flourished.

The 'Canes out-scored opponents by a 525-218 margin. Hoosac scored a season-high 76 points in the state semifinals against Nashoba Tech.

Defensively, the 'Canes notched shutouts against Westfield and Pittsfield.

 

 

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 BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

 

 

Seid

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jesse Seid

Mount Greylock

There are bigger cross-country runners in Berkshire County than Seid, with longer strides and likely more stamina.

However, no one in the area is stronger than the Greylock junior and no one is tougher to race against.

Seid spent his formative years on the Mounties cross-country team racing against some of the best distance runners in the state, most of whom he shared a school building with. 2017 was Seid’s turn to take over the storied program.

During an MVP regular season, Seid claimed numerous firsts, including the Berkshire County title in October. His teammates followed him to a team tile, just as they did later on en route to an eighth-straight Western Mass. championship.

Seid led the entire Division II pack with a run of 17:06.97. It was 14 seconds before the second-place finisher came into view in Northfield. Seid was 18th at states.

Lenox Coaches

COACHING STAFF

Laura Najimy, Albert Najimy and

Head Coach Jeanne Teasedale

Lenox

A once-dominant program, the Lenox boys cross-country team had taken a step or two back in recent years. It needed an injection of some new life and new ideas.

Enter Al Najimy to the Millioniaires' staff of overall head coach Jeanne Teasedale and assistant Laura Najimy. Suddenly, Lenox was back to prominence, not because of an individual superstar running alone into the late fall, but a full team placing third and Western Mass. and qualifying to run at the state meet.

Freshman Ted Yee placed fifth in Northfield, while senior Ryan Silverstein was 10th. Both were quick to credit Al Najimy for putting in the time and having the right eye to turn the program back around.

A year after placing just two in the top 55 at sectionals, Lenox crammed all seven of its varsity runners into the top 55 in 2017. The Millionaires sent no boys to states in 2016. Last fall the full team was on hand.

 
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GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

 

 

Wells

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Jackie Wells

Mount Greylock

A freshman transfer at a new high school, where one’s main sport happens to be one of that school’s major pastimes is a tenuous position. However, it is one Wells navigated with quiet intensity and big-time chops.

The Mount Greylock newcomer scorched onto the scene early on last fall with a season-opening win in the literal lion’s den at Lenox, and never faded. She racked up wins against some of the best runners locally, and kept growing until she helped her new squad claim a Division II state championship.

With the help of her older sister, Lily, coach Larry Bell and stacked team pushing her, Wells claimed a Western Mass. title by 13 seconds over her former teammate at Mohawk. In doing so, she also helped Greylock unseat rival Lenox as sectional champs.

A week later, Wells finished 14th at states, earning an individual medal. A little while later, though, she found out her teammates had helped carry her and the program to a state title. 

Bell

COACH 

Larry Bell

Mount Greylock

Bell has long been one of the state’s best cross-country coaches. This year was a validation of the highest order.

Bell coached his Mount Greylock girls squad to a Division II state championship, the first title the Mounties have earned in more than 20 years.

Granted, Greylock had an abundance of talent, it took molding and some brutally difficult decision-making to put this group of girls in position out in Wrentham last November.

Bell guided the Mounties through a season-long rivalry with powerhouse and three-time defending Western Mass. champion Lenox.

But it was girls in red who peaked at the right time, taking that trophy at Northfield Mountain and then grabbing the big one a week later.

 

 

 

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 VOLLEYBALL

 

 

wang

DEFENSIVE MVP

Anna Wang

Lee

Anna Wang was the anchor of the best team in Berkshire County. Her consistency and presence made it easier for her teammates to execute their roles. In her third year starting at libero, she led the team in digs with 261.

Wang is one of the most fundamentally sound players in the County and is also a willing teacher off the court to her younger teammates.

 

 

McCullough

OFFENSIVE MVP

Emma Parkington 

Wahconah

Parkington combined high-level athleticism with energy and passion, as she put together a dominant senior season for the Warriors. The outside hitter guided her team to the Division III Western Mass. quarterfinals where they fell to eventual runner-up Lee.

She led the team in kills with 222 and finished second in digs and assists with 116 and 14 respectively. She finished third in total blocks with 17 and recorded 46 aces.

 

Warner

COACH

John Warner

Lee

Lee coach John Warner has built the Wildcats volleyball program from the ground up, producing one of the top teams in all of Western Mass.

He's never had a losing season in his 17 years at the helm, going .500 from 2003 to 2005 when Lee competed as a club team. He led the Wildcats to a 13-2 record in their first full varsity season.

Recently, he's led the 'Cats to three straight Western Mass. Division III finals. Last season, the team swept Berkshire County in route to 19-2 record. Lee's won Berkshire County eight out the last 10 years. He currently has a record of 235-57 (75.8 percent).

 

 
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GIRLS SOCCER

 

 

Gamberoni

GIRLS MVP

Nicole Gamberoni

Lenox

Nicole Gamberoni put together an impressive statistical campaign, while also serving as a lynchpin in the middle of the field for Berkshire South champion Lenox.

She tallied four points in a postseason win that eventually helped the Millionaires advance to the Western Massachusetts Division IV final.

Gamberoni is one of the fastest players in Western Mass., and has the stamina and strength to play physically in the midfield as well.

Few stars possess the scoring ability of Gamberoni, which she accents with heady play and a willingness to make those around her better.

She amassed over 20 points this season and was voted South MVP by county coaches.

 

 

 

DeFelice

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Gabi DeFelice

Monument Mountain

The Berkshire North champion Spartans were strong across the field, but it was their back line that provided the steady play necessary to take down the division and reach the Western Massachusetts Division III final.

Gabi DeFelice was the key to that unit. Monument’s playoff run featured a shutout, two 2-1 wins (one in overtime) and a 2-1 PK loss in the title match.

Throughout all of that, DeFelice commanded attention on the field and presided over a stout defense. She was impenetrable one-on-one, and consistently maintained positioning while keeping her teammates aware and in line. DeFelice could also transition to the offensive end and racked up eight assists with her superbly placed set pieces coming off corner kicks or indirects.

 

 

 

 

 

Jess Platt

COACH

 

Jess Platt

Monument Mountain

Navigating the treacherous Berkshire North in 2017 was no small feat.

All five member teams clinched postseason berths, but it was Jess Platt’s Monument Mountain squad that took home hardware.

The Spartans overcame some significant losses, including a senior goalkeeper. Platt started a rookie between the pipes and still tallied seven shutouts en route to allowing just one goal a game.

Offensively, Platt’s girls spread it around and were always passing crisply and cleanly through some thick defenses

 

 

 

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BOYS SOCCER

 

 

Sam Dils

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Sam Dils

Mount Greylock

A dynamic player throughout his career at Mount Greylock, Sam Dils upped the ante one more time in his final season by scoring 16 goals and adding 11 assists for his 11-5-2 Mounties.

He scored 52 goals in his varsity career and amassed 79 total points. He scored a pair of hat tricks this year – against Pittsfield and Wahconah – and recorded at least a point in 14 of his team's 18 games. 

The Mounties also claimed a Berkshire North title with a 7-0-1 conference mark and made the Western Massachusetts Division III semifinals.

Matt Tibbetts

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Matt Tibbetts

Lenox

A stalwart in goal for the Millionaires over the last few years, Tibbetts once again anchored a strong Lenox defense in 2017. 

He pitched nine clean sheets this season for Lenox, including three straight shutouts in the team's run to a Western Massachusetts Division IV tournament.

Tibbetts also came up big in the state semifinals for Lenox, repelling multiple shots from eventual state champion Bromfield in a narrow 1-0 loss. Tibbetts will play soccer next year at Holy Cross.

 

Matt Cote

COACH

Matt Cole

Lenox

Matt Cote made his mark in his first season in charge of the Lenox boys soccer program, leading the Millionaires to the MIAA Division IV state semifinals.

Formerly a girls' coach at Lenox, Cote stepped in this year to try and help the boys' team get over the hump and claim a Western Massachusetts title.

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WRESTLING

 

 

Powell

LOWER WEIGHT MVP

Zabion Powell

Taconic

Powell hit the 100 career win mark in his junior year, and after reaching the milestone he kept racking up wins and trophies. Powell went 37-6 this year on the mat and now has 117 career wins.

He won the Berkshire Holiday Tournament title at 145 pounds, then added a sectional championship at 145 with a win at the Western Mass. Division III championship meet on his home mat.

In the process, he also helped his Braves secure a Western Mass. title — the second in three years for the program. Powell’s Braves were also undefeated Berkshire League champions this year.

“I’ve been looking at it all day,” Powell said of the team’s 2016 Western Mass. championship banner. “We won it two years ago when I was a freshman and part of that team. I didn’t win it like I did today. So it’s nice to be one of the leaders of the team and win.”

At the state D-III meet, Powell finished as runner-up to Triton Regional’s Jared Durkin, a feat made more impressive after he turned around a 9-0 deficit in the semifinals to advance.

Powell finished eighth at the All-State meet, just missing out on a spot at New Englands.

 

Field

UPPER WEIGHT MVP

John Field

Monument Mountain

Field capped off his career in Great Barrington with a string of titles and place-finishes.

The wrestler, who typically wrestled at 170 pounds but also claimed a Berkshire Holiday Tournament title at 195, was the Western Massachusetts Division III champion at 170.

He one-upped his placement from his junior year, and he defeated county rival Dylan Burke, of Taconic, 6-5 to claim the sectional trophy.

Field’s performance at Taconic earned the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler award.

“It means everything in the world,” Field said when asked what it meant to be a Western Mass. champion. “It means that Sandisfi eld is well-represented again.”

For the season, Field was an impressive 42-4, and had 96 career victories.

Field continued his postseason run with a fifth-place finish at the Division III state meet, then finished sixth at the All-State championships to qualify for the New England tournament.

 

 

 

 

 

Tetreault

COACH

Jeremy Tetreault

Taconic

Tetreault has built a powerhouse program at the school on Valentine Road.

For the second time in three years, Tetreault helped guide the Braves to a Western Massachusetts Division III championship, this year getting the job done in the team’s last tournament on its home mat before the new high school opens.

Tetreault’s Braves were also undefeated Berkshire County champions, wrestling away the title from Monument Mountain.

Tetreault oversaw three Western Mass. D-III title winners in Zabion Powell, Tanner Hasting and Shawn O’Shea, plus two second-place finishes and three third-place finishes.

Tetreault also coached a state Division III champion in Dylan Burke, with Powell finishing as a runner-up. In just five years as the Braves’ coach, Tetreault has turned the program into one of the most dominant D-III programs in Western Mass.

 
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ALPINE SKIING

 

 

Mansfield

BOYS MVP

Michael Mansfield

Pittsfield

He may be just a freshman, but Michael Mansfield has already put in the hours to become a great Alpine skier.

The Pittsfield High rookie took the sport by storm in Berkshire County this winter, showing the consistency of a true veteran. He finished all six races of the local season and completed both runs at the state meet.

Mansfield’s high-level accomplishments were equally impressive, with three first-place finishes and 98 total points to place No. 1 in All-Berkshire.

He rocketed out of the gate with wins in Weeks 1 and 2 in 47 seconds and 46.83, respectively.

At the MIAA state meet at his home mountain of Berkshire East, Mansfield brought the county it’s only medal, a seventh-place Giant Slalom finish in 38.77.

Combined with his two brothers, David and Josh, the Generals placed fifth as a team at states.

 

Caproni

GIRLS MVP

Abby Kate Caproni

Drury

A sophomore at Drury, Abby Kate Caproni has been adopted on to the Lenox Alpine team and became one of its leaders in 2018.

She put in the offseason and in-season work to rise up the All-Berkshire standings and lay down some truly remarkable times at Bousquet this winter.

Caproni finished the season atop the local finishers with a near-perfect score of 99. She won the season-opener in 49.04 seconds and season finale in 48.19, nearly a six-second victory. In between, she recovered from a DNF in Week 2 to place first in Weeks 3 and 4.

With her individual wins during Weeks 4 and 6, the Lenox team managed to overcome team champion Monument Mountain for victories.

At the MIAA state meet on the slopes of Berkshire East, Caproni placed 12th overall in both slalom and GS.

 

 

 

 

Geller

BOYS COACH

Bob Geller

Pittsfield

Longtime Pittsfield High Alpine coach Bob Geller has seen a lot at Bousquet, but his 2018 squad was certainly one of the strongest.

Geller was credited each week by his skiers as giving them the coaching necessary to burn up the courses.

From equipment to snow quality to dry-ground workouts, the Generals fell in line with their coach’s philosophies.

Led by the Mansfield brothers, Pittsfield engaged in a season-long battle with Jill Johnson’s Wahconah squad. The Generals picked up wins during Weeks 1 and 5, ultimately placing second in the standings to the mighty and experienced Warriors. However, with some time off to really dig in and prepare, Geller had his trio of state qualifiers ready to roll at Berkshire East on March 6.

Despite tough conditions and a new slope that caused problems for athletes all day long, all three of Pittsfield’s skiers — Michael, David and Josh Mansfield — completed all six of their runs. That feat propelled Geller’s Generals to a fifth-place overall spot at states.

Seminara

GIRLS COACH

Brian Seminara

Monument Mountain

In his second year at the helm of Monument Mountain Alpine, Brian Seminara helped craft a deep team into Berkshire County champions on the girls side.

The Spartans won four weeks, including sweeping the first three races and added two seconds to score 58 points. They bested Lenox by four.

Seminara was able to deftly craft a lineup each week to best contend against the snow and course, as well as the county’s other competitors.

Monument boasted a varsity squad that could run eight deep with scoring skiers.

He credits veteran leader Adelaide McFarland, second in All-Berkshire and one of the few top skiers to complete each race, with helping foster a competitive camaraderie among the Spartans squad.

 

 

 

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SWIMMING

 

 

Dillon

BOYS MVP

Nick Dillon

Monument Mountain

The Spartans couldn’t keep their undefeated league streak going this season, but Dillon was still tearing up the pool for his Monument team.

The junior won two events at the Berkshire County Individuals meet, taking the 50-yard freestyle and 100 breaststroke — the only competitor to win two individual events on the day.

At the Central/West meet, Dillon had the top local finish individually, as he swam to eighth in the 200 individual medley. Also, he finished 13th in the 100 butterfly, and swam legs on the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams.

Dillon qualified for the state championship meet, swimming in the 200 individual medley.

Field

GIRLS MVP

Ellie Field

Wahconah

The Hoosac Valley senior won her second straight sectional title in the 50 freestyle for the Warriors, a year after swimming to a win as a St. Joseph Crusader.

Field was a dominant competitor, regardless of where she swam, and her sectional win this season came in the first season of a combined Central/Western Mass. championships.

In addition to her win in the 50 free, Field finished second in the 100 freestyle and swam legs on the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams.

Field also went out on top in Berkshire County, racing to wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the Berkshire County Individuals meet.

 

Kolis

BOYS COACH

Steve Kolis

Wahconah

The veteran coach oversaw a dominant season by the Warrior boys, as Wahconah claimed the Berkshire South title and went 8-1-1 on the season, tying with Monument Mountain and falling only to North Division champion Mount Anthony.

Wahconah’s record was tops among Berkshire County teams. Kolis saw several individual winners at the Berkshire County individuals — highlighted by Joshua Kunzmann’s narrow win in the 100 backstroke — and Noah Schweitzer’s title in the 200 free.

Wahconah qualified its 200 medley relay team, 200 free relay team, 400 free relay team and Schweitzer (200 free, 500 free) for the Central/West championship meet.

Svirida

GIRLS COACH

Jill Svirida

Monument Mountain

Jill Svirida had a long journey from last season to this one as the Spartans’ coach, but after her battle with cancer, she was back on the pool deck for the winter season and helped oversee a fourth straight undefeated season for the Spartan girls.

Going 10-0, Svirida’s swimmers continued to set the bar for team success in the Berkshire League.

Svirida coached freshman Asa Stone to two runner-up finishes in the inaugural Central/Western Mass swimming championships, and her relays finished third (400 relay), fourth (200 medley relay) and fourth (200 freestyle relay). As a team, the Spartans finished fifth.

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NORDIC SKIING

 

 

Lane

BOYS MVP

Jakin Miller

Mount Greylock

Jakin Miller stepped up in a big way this winter to lead the Mount Greylock Nordic team.

After his team lost some elite skiers to graduation last spring, Miller jumped out of the gates with a first-place finish in Week 1 at Prospect Mountain, besting the field by 14 seconds. He also successfully defended his home course with a win at Greylock on Jan. 20, again posting a 14-second victory with a time of 21 minutes, 13 seconds.

Miller, voted Berkshire North MVP by the coaches, is a smart skier with a wealth of experience in a variety of conditions.

He hones his craft as good as anyone in the state, and proved such by placing seventh at the MIAA meet at Berkshire East in 14:45.8.

McCullough

GIRLS MVP

Brandi Gill

Mount Greylock

Brandi Gill on a set of Nordic skis was the toughest thing to pass all winter long. And that was mostly because nobody could come close to catching her.

Gill placed first in five league meets over the course of the season, and boasted a pair of 30-plus second victories on Jan. 8 at Wahconah and Jan. 20 at Mount Greylock.

Deceptively strong, Gill skies with great physicality regardless of the terrain or temperature, she can tackle uphills intelligently and knocks how to fly on declines.

Gill, who was voted Berkshire North MVP by the coaches, placed ninth at the state meet in 19:36.4, helping the Mounties secure another MIAA title.

Lane

BOYS COACH

Joe Bazzano

Lenox

Lenox Nordic coach Joe Bazzano has been coaching for a long time, but things seem to be entering an upward trend with the Millionaires program.

Bazzano has put together a strong staff that has Lenox competing week in and week out through the winter season.

His boys' squad placed fourth at the MIAA state meet for the third consecutive year, this time with a 108 score.

The league coaches also voted four Millionaires — Herkus Rudzinskas, Harry Burns, Ryan Silverstein, Maxime Leger — to the All-Berkshire North team.

McCullough

GIRLS COACH

Hilary Greene

Mount Greylock

Along with Hiram Greene, Hilary Greene has turned Nordic coaching into an art form and built a juggernaut in the top left corner of Massachusetts.

Mount Greylock Nordic has dominated Berkshire County and the state for years. While the boys' squad saw a run of seven straight state titles come to an end, Greene’s Mount Greylock girls team secured its third in a row at Berkshire East.

Under Green’s tutelage, the Mounties had eight girls voted All-Berkshire North, including MVP Brandi Gill and Margo Smith, who placed fifth at states to lead four Greylock skiers in the top 10.

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BOYS BASKETBALL

 

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Graham Herrick

Monument Mountain

Herrick put together a strong junior season, leading the Spartans to a 17-3 regular season and the No. 1 seed in the Western Mass. Division III tournament.

Herrick finished fifth in the county in scoring on 17 points per game. He’s capable of converting from deep, using his feel for the game to score in the mid-range and he has the strength to finish in the postseason.

The forward is a willing passer and can guard every position on the floor. He also showed the ability to perform in the clutch, knocking down the winning

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Reece Racette

Drury

Racette is the most dynamic scorer in the county on one of the most explosive offenses in all of Western Mass.

Racette led the county in scoring at 18.9 points per game. He started the postseason with a bang, scoring a season-high 34 points in the Blue Devils first-round win over Duggan Academy. The junior guard is a nightmare in transition, and his quick first step allows him to get to the hole at will.

He’s a strong rebounder on both ends of the floor and a creative passer with the ball in his hands.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Kevin Troiano

Monument Mountain

Troiano is one of the most athletic players in Berkshire County.

The senior uses his high-level athleticism, nonstop motor and strength to control the boards and patrol the paint with highlight-reel blocks.

Troiano is often tasked with guarding the opposition’s toughest post player, however, he has the foot speed to stay with guard off switches.

 

 

COACH

Bill Heaphy

Taconic

Heaphy led the sixth-seeded Taconic (17-8) boys basketball team all the way to its first Western Massachusetts title in 41 years.

Heaphy plays an up-and-down style led by point guard Javier Osorio, utilizing his strong decision-making ability to get the best out of the talented shooters around him.

In the Western Mass. tournament he inserted sophomore Mohammed Sanogo into the starting lineup, giving the Braves a game-changing interior defensive presence, propelling them to the state title game.

 

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

 

 

Carpenter

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Gwen Carpenter

Mount Everett

Gwen Carpenter didn’t just lead Berkshire County in scoring this regular season.

The Mount Everett junior backed it up by leading the 11-win Eagles on a deep postseason run into the Western Massachusetts Division IV semifinals. Carpenter has tremendous touch from all over the floor, which combined with a brilliant handle and next-level toughness creates a MVP.

She topped out at 20.6 points per game during the regular season, and hit 44 threes, second most in the county. Then, in a quarterfinal game at Turners Falls, she knocked in 35 points, including 16 from the free-throw line alone. Carpenter’s leadership shined through during

 

Mendel

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Alie Mendel

Hoosac Valley

Facing Hoosac Valley has long been a nightmare for teams in Western Massachusetts.

In 2017-18, it was Alie Mendel haunting the dreams of defenses across the region. The junior guard averaged 17.9 points per game, second most in the Berkshires, and put down 37 3-pointers. Mendel with the ball in transition is an automatic hoop, for either herself or a lane-filling teammate.

Her creativity and confidence on the fast break allows Hoosac coach Ron Wojcik to seamlessly work in players around her. Mendel excels at demoralizing defenders, breaking them down off the dribble, and she can pass or finish with either hand.

She is a physical force both on the body and in the open court, with speed that overwhelmed all season long.

Powell

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Meri Powell

Monument Mountain

This winter was an athletic tour de force for Meri Powell.

With a nonstop motor, scary-quick eyes and physically-imposing core strength, Powell gave fits to some of the top offenses in Western Massachusetts.

She helped guide Monument Mountain to its first playoff win since 2015 by serving as the focal point of coach Steve Soule’s defense. Powell was a leader-by-action, and the Spartans became an incredibly active defense with her on the floor.

Powell could also single off in coverage to man-up against elite attackers and shooters, giving them no space to operate.

The junior guard was also a jumper in passing lanes, using her defense to create offense with her open-court speed.

Powell scored 13.9 points per game, mostly in transition.

Kay

COACH

Liz Kay

Wahconah

At the outset of the 2017-18 season, Wahconah coach Liz Kay wasn’t sure what she had after graduating three huge pieces of her prior squad.

However, her confidence never wavered; in her players nor her own system.

Thus, the Warriors shocked Western Massachusetts by going from a disappointing 9-11 season that missed the playoffs to a 20-win slayer that upset Hoosac Valley and South Hadley en route to a Division III final appearance.

Kay fostered a freshman point guard, and brilliantly mixed in veteran leadership and even more young athleticism to brew up a frighteningly multi-faceted organism.

Kay’s 1-3-1 zone got the credit, but the Warriors won big because they could do it all. Interior scoring, outside shooting, transition defense, pick-and-roll, it didn’t matter. Kay put it all together this winter.

 

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HOCKEY

 

 

Lane

MVP

Jake Corcoran

Mount Everett

The Lenox senior is no stranger to receiving honors for his play on the ice, dating back to his All-Eagle selection as a freshman for the Eagles.

Corcoran put his stamp all over the Mount Everett program in his time there and capped it off with 34 points in his final campaign. Corcoran scored 19 goals and had 15 assists this season, playing in all 20 games as Mount Everett went 4-13-3.

He had a four-point game in a 4-3 win over Wahconah, scoring a pair and assisting twice. He had two hat tricks this year, once against Shepaug Valley, Conn. and once against Chicopee Comp.

Corcoran had multi-point games in 11 contests this year and scored at least one point in 16 of his team’s 20 games. Corcoran finished his career with 166 points.

Lane

COACH

Aidan Gilligan

Mount Everett

Gilligan is the longest-tenured coach in the county, and his fifth year at the helm of the Eagles saw the team go 4-13-3.

While hockey in Berkshire County didn’t rise to the top in the newly aligned leagues in Western Mass., Gilligan did help guide a young team in a positive direction.

Mount Everett beat county rival Wahconah twice this season, and the team earned a 4-4 tie against Drury in January.

 

 

 

 

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TENNIS

 

 

Lane

BOYS MVP

Max Beckwith

Pittsfield

Beckwith, a freshman, stepped right into the fire this year as the No. 1 singles player for Pittsfield and hit the ground running.

Beckwith went undefeated at No. 1 singles in Berkshire County this year, recording a 10-0 mark against the top competitors in the area. Overall, he only dropped two matches all year for the Generals — against the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the Western Massachusetts Individual tournament.

He helped his Generals to a Berkshire League title and an appearance in the Western Mass. Division I tournament.

Beckwith did not need a third set in any of his wins this year.

 

 

 

Lane

GIRLS MVP

Anna Wang

Lee

Gilligan is the longest-tenured coach in the county, and his fifth year at the helm of the Eagles saw the team go 4-13-3.

Anna Wang, a fall Eagle All-Star in volleyball, earned her second MVP honor by leading the Lee girls to an undefeated regular season and a second straight trip to the Western Mass. finals.

Wang, who predominantly played No. 1 singles for Lee this season, was undefeated in team matches, with her only loss coming in the Western Massachusetts individuals tournament.

The biggest test for Wang in Berkshire County was against another dominant singles player in Monument Mountain’s Gabi DeFelice, and Wang picked up 3 wins over her rival to help her Wildcats to three wins over the reigning state finalist Spartans.

Lane

BOYS COACH

Daniel "Shane" Sullivan

Pittsfield

Sullivan has brought the PHS program back to prominence, and this year the Generals took their biggest step forward by securing an undefeated Berkshire League crown.

Sullivan took over the team a couple years ago, and since then he’s helped guide the Generals to back-to-back tournament appearances. His PHS team went 12-4 overall this year.

Sullivan also coached some impressive individuals, with No. 1 player Max Beckwith only dropping two matches all year, while his first doubles pairing of Liam Fitzgibbons and Tom Rindfuss only dropped three matches all year and made it to the semifinals of the Western Mass. individuals tournament.

Lane

GIRLS COACH

NORMA COMALLI

Lee

Norma Comalli has been building something at Lee High School, and the results are truly starting to speak for themselves.

In 2016, the Wildcats were bounced in the Western Mass. semifinals by South Hadley. Last spring, they beat the Tigers before falling in a skin-of-the-teeth match to Monument Mountain in the final.

Now, she has Lee back in the title match sporting an unblemished 16-0 record, and her girls have straight swept through the postseason.

Comalli has fostered a culture of friendly competition within the team, that allows for challenge matches with no potential for hurt feelings or outward.

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SOFTBALL

 

 

Lane

Most Valuable Player

Abby Wells

Wahconah

Abby Wells took the county by storm in her first year as the starting pitcher for Wahconah.

The sophomore moved from center field to the circle and became a true ace, leading the Warriors to the Western Mass. Division II title game. She has a 15-6 record with 145 strikeouts to just 30 walks over 139 innings.

She threw two no-hitters and eight shutouts. Her performance at the plate is what elevated her to "player of the year" territory.

Wells batted .470 with a .580 on-base percentage while spending the latter half of the season in the lead-off spot. She drove in 27 runs and scored 31 runs, to go along with six home runs, six triples and four doubles.

McCullough

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Giuliana Pierce

Pittsfield High School

Giuliana Pierce has the perfect blend of over-powering stuff and pinpoint command in the circle for the Pittsfield softball team.

She never shows emotion behind her dark shades, and her even-keeled nature is a steadying presence for the Generals.

She’s gone a perfect 21-0 over 128 innings. She has a minuscule ERA of .92 over 128 innings, with 126 strikeouts to just 15 walks.

The Assumption College-bound hurler recorded a no-hitter against Mount Everett and nine total shutouts. At the plate, Pierce batted .352 with four home runs and six doubles.

 

Lane

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Gwen Carpenter

Mount Everett

Gwen Carpenter’s at-bats are a must-watch whenever she steps to the plate.

She’s capable of beating the opposition with power and speed and never gives an at-bat away.

The Eagles’ No. 2 hitter batted .458 with a .513 on-base percentage. Once she reaches base, she’s almost guaranteed to swipe a bag.

She scored the winning run in the Western Mass. Division III semifinal after stealing third and forcing an error by the opposing catcher. She’s scored 34 runs, with 20 RBI. She hit three home runs, eight doubles and two triples.

Greg Marchbanks

COACH

Greg Marchbanks

PIttsfield High School

Greg Marchbanks helped the Pittsfield softball team become the first city team to go through the regular season unbeaten since Taconic in 2007.

The Generals were the first Berkshire County team to go unbeaten since Mount Everett in 2014.

The eight-year manager has developed an aggressive identity for his teams. They use their speed at the top of the lineup to create havoc on the base paths, forcing opposing teams to play sound softball.

 

 
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BASEBALL

 

 

Kevin Stannard

COACH OF THE YEAR

Kevin Stannard

Taconic

Ten months after winning the first MIAA state Division I championship in school history, Taconic baseball coach Kevin Stannard wondered aloud how his team was going to win 10 games, let alone get back to a Western Massachusetts tournament.

After all, 13 of the 15 members of the 2017 Braves graduated. So with only Cedric Rose and Austin Rachiele back from last year, all Taconic did was win 16 regular-season games, earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Mass. Division III tournament, and then beat Belchertown, Easthampton and Frontier en route to the title.

Stannard and his staff rebuilt the Braves in one year and had them two wins from back-to-back state championships.

Christian Womble

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Christian Womble

Taconic High School

A year ago, Christian Womble was a sophomore on the Taconic junior varsity team, and he got to see the Braves celebrate Western Mass., and state championships.

In 2018, Womble got to celebrate his own Western Mass. Title. The right-hander led the Braves on the mound and at the plate.

The Taconic ace was 7-0 with one save. In 47 1/3 innings, he struck out 72 hitters, walked only 24 and gave up eight earned runs. His earned-run average was an impressive 1.18.

One of Taconic's top hitters, he batted .486. Of his 35 hits, eight were doubles and two were triples. He scored 29 runs, drove in 16, and stole 13 bases. 

Lane

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Cedric Rose

Taconic High School

Cedric Rose played for last year's state champions. As the only returning starter, he began the season carrying the offense on his broad shoulders.

He hit .466 for Taconic, and of his 34 hits, 11 were doubles and five were triples. He drove in 32 runs, scored 25, walked 20 times and had 12 stolen bases.

In the Western Massachusetts Division III tournament, Rose went 6 for 10 with six runs scored and eight RBI. Four of the six hits were for extra bases, and that figure included his first two home runs of the season.

The first, a two-run shot, was an opposite-field blast down the right-field line, put his team ahead for good in the D-III championship game.

 

Robert Matte III

PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Robert Matte III

McCann Tech

McCann Tech made some history this year.

The Hornets won their first-ever State Vocational Small School Championship. By going 18-2 in the regular season, coach Pat Ryan's team received a two-seed in the Division IV tournament, the highest-ever seed for a McCann team.

Ryan had a good pitching rotation, but there was no doubt that in big moments, Robert Matte III would be on the bump.

The senior right-hander went 5-1 with a 1.31 earned-run average in 2018. He struck out 63 hitters and walked only 23 in 48 innings of work. McCann won its first tournament game with ease thanks to Matte.

He held Westfield Tech to two sixth-inning hits in a 5-1 victory. He took a no-hitter into the sixth, giving up a single and a double. Matte struck out nine and retired six of the last seven hitters to lock up the tourney victory. 

 
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BOYS LACROSSE

 

 

Jeff Stripp

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jeff Stripp

Mount Greylock

Jeff Stripp is in his second stint as the lead man at Mount Greylock, and in his second year back, Stripp had to build back up a team that’s been a perennial contender in the Central/Western Mass. Division III landscape.

The Mounties were hit hard by graduation last spring, losing countless big names on both offense and defense.

This year, Stripp helped plug the holes and coach up a young team as they took home another Berkshire League title and made it to the Central/Western Mass. D-III quarterfinals.

Stripp put big trust in underclassmen like freshman Mac Waynick — the team’s second-leading scorer — and the team responded by outscoring the opposition 240-121 on the season.

 

 

 

 


Nick Waterman

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Nick Waterman

Hoosac Valley

Nick Waterman was a steady riser in his time at Hoosac Valley, getting better and better each year as the Hurricanes continued to get better and better, as well.

In his senior campaign, Waterman turned the dial up one more time, and in the process helped the team to its best season in program history.

The senior midfielder proved to be a terror on opposing teams, recording 90 points in 17 games this season. Waterman scored 65 goals on the year and added 25 assists as the team made the Central/Western Mass. Division III semifinals.

He had multi-point games in all but two contests this year and recorded four-or-more in 14 games. He opened the year with 7 goals and an assist against Springfield Central and capped it with four in the Central/West semifinals.

In addition to his scoring exploits, Waterman also proved to be a calming influence on his team and provided senior leadership to a group of talented underclassmen that will fill his spot next year. Waterman scored 147 goals in his career at Hoosac Valley.

Michael Wellspeak

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Michael Wellspeak

Mount Greylock

One of the most dynamic players in Berkshire County, Michael Wellspeak had a huge offensive year for the Mounties as they won a Berkshire League title and made it to the Central/Western Mass. Division III quarterfinals.

Wellspeak scored 47 goals this year, but just as impressively he had 42 assists to be a well-rounded player for the Mounties.

With the team losing some serious offensive firepower to graduation coming into the year, Wellspeak stepped up as the new leader on his team, recording multi-point games in 18 of his team’s 20 games on the year.

He had nine-point games against Lee and Hoosac Valley this year and recorded a hat trick in seven total games.

 

 

Robert Matte III

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Michael Fortin

Wahconah

The senior captain on a strong defensive united, Michael Fortin was a driving force behind a Wahconah team that made it to the Central/Western Mass. Division III quarterfinals.

His coach Zach Sondrini called Fortin one of the most fundamental long poles he’s ever coached, and Fortin was consistently given the hardest defensive assignment every game.

The Wahconah defense gave up just 4.16 goals per game this year when he played. He finishes his career with a goal and three assists, and 153 ground balls.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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GIRLS LACROSSE

 

 

Jeff Stripp

COACH OF THE YEAR

Lindsey von Holtz

Mount Greylock

Mount Greylock has been Berkshire County’s model girls lacrosse program consistently over the last seven years.

Ever since its inception as a varsity sport, Lindsey von Holtz has been crafting the Mounties into one of the top teams in Western, and now Central Massachusetts.

Von Holtz’s technical and fundamental knowledge of the game has kept Greylock competitive year in and year out, with a constantly changing array of talented players.

However, this season — which saw the Mounties become the first local team to reach a sectional final — it was her ability to manage personalities, age gaps, and foster camaraderie that got Greylock over its quarterfinal and semifinal hump.

 

 

Emma Polumbo

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Emma Polumbo

Mount Greylock

From bodying up on the back end to dominating draws in the middle, to dropping dimes and weaving through defenders for shots, there wasn’t anything on a lacrosse field that Mount Greylock’s Emma Polumbo couldn’t, and didn’t, do this season.

Palumbo's stats — 80 goals, over 100 points, more than 200 draw possessions as a senior — speak for themselves.

She was the leading backbone of the first-ever Berkshire County team to reach the Central/Western Massachusetts title game. She didn’t play a single game in 2018 in which she didn’t register multiple points, and finished her career with more than 260 goals.

By pairing outstanding physical strength with great vision and the highest lacrosse IQ in Western Mass, Polumbo was a destructive force on both ends of the field.

 

 Alie Mendel

OFFENSIVE PLAYER

Alie Mendel

Hoosac Valley

As elite an attacker as you’ll find in Western Massachusetts, Alie Mendel is an immensely dangerous lacrosse player with the ball in her possession.

Mendel has tremendous speed and has honed a powerful shot out of free positions that is among the top weapons in the state.

She poured in nearly 70 goals and 100 points during a junior campaign that led the deepest postseason run in Hoosac Valley history. Mendel could score in bunches — five games with five or more goals — and had the strength and footwork to bust through double-teams.

During a road upset of Nipmuc in the quarterfinals, Mendel scored five times and added an assist.

Skylar Case

DEFENSIVE PLAYER

Skylar Case

Hoosac Valley

There is a reason all three of the teams that claim Skylar Case as a leader at Hoosac Valley are successful.

Case is a phenomenal leader, whose work on the lacrosse field — as well as the basketball court and soccer pitch — is a consummate example for her teammates to follow.

During the spring, Case also serves as a clever and talented defender and transition player.

Her work on the backline and ability to change fields with the ball on her stick was crucial to the Hurricanes having their most successful season to date.

In a pinch, coach Molly Meczywor called upon Case to work the draws during key playoff moments, and Case was more than up to the task, changing Hoosac’s luck in a big way.

 
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GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

 

 

Jeff Stripp

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Brian Gill

Mount Greylock

Girls Track and Field at Mount Greylock is just the latest dominant offering from the Mounties.

Head coach Brian Gill has fostered a well-rounded program that continues to funnel top-notch athletes across the event spectrum ranging from experienced seniors to up-and-comers rising through the youth program.

On this season’s final Honor Roll, Greylock boasted 20 individual top-five placeholders, including eight event-winners. That includes a 4x800 team that he has pieced together into a record-setting crew that ran a 9:34.43 at All-States.

The Mounties also hold the second spot in the 4x100 and third in 4x400. Gill has brought along young individuals like 100 hurdles champ Hannah Locklear, long jump champ and New England-qualifier Madison Ross and 2-mile champ Josie Wells, along with overall MVP Maddie Ross, a junior.

The Greylock program is set up for sustained success.

Maddie Albert

GIRLS OVERALL MVP

Maddie Albert

Mount Greylock

When scanning the final Berkshire County Honor Roll for the spring season, it is not a misprint to find Maddie Albert’s name appearing six times.

The well-rounded junior put together an outrageous 2018 campaign that included being a part of the Central/Western Mass. champion and record-setting 4x800 team, while earning her own Honor Roll first for the 400 hurdles in 1:08.51, a discipline she is only just learning.

Albert also boasts the second best 800 time in the county (2:23.82). She landed top-five in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and threw in a 26-10 toss to place fifth in shot put just for good measure.

With injuries befalling some of the Mounties top returning athletes, Albert picked up her own pace and became the example leader coach Brian Gill needed to build his Western Mass. champion around.

 

 

 

Aliyah Bolling

GIRLS TRACK MVP

Aliyah Bolling

Pittsfield High School

Aliyah Bolling started the season fast, and just got faster. The Generals standout is a sprinting phenom, who swept the top spots in the 100 and 200 on the final county Honor Roll.

Her 100 time of 12.7 and 200 time of 26.08 both edged out Greylock’s Madison Ross.

That alone should be enough to earn her recognition, but Bolling isn’t a one or two-trick pony. She also anchors Pittsfield’s Western Mass. champion 4x100 relay team, which threw down a 51.61 back on May 26.

Bolling also owned the second-longest triple jump in the county at 32-06.

Skylar Case

FIELD MVP

Lily Lobovits

Taconic High School

Taconic’s Lily Lobovits is a throwing specialist and a special one at that.

She was the only Berkshire County athlete — boy or girl — to place in the Honor Roll for all three throwing events.

Lobovits shined most for the Braves in shot put, where her 31-07 mark for a county-best by nearly four feet.

She was also second in discus with a previously untouched mark of 88-07. In Javelin, her best throw of 92-09 ½ was good for the No. 4 spot in the Berkshires. She placed fifth at the Western Mass. D-I meet in shot put and 10th at Central/Western.

 
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BOYS TRACK & FIELD

 

 

Jeff Stripp

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Joe Albano

Pittsfield High School

For the third consecutive year, the Pittsfield boys track and field team finished it’s Berkshire County slate unbeaten.

Head coach Joe Albano has mastered his lineup-creation in recent years, pushing the right buttons seemingly every time.

The 2018 campaign featured Pittsfield’s toughest test to date, but the Generals left Cheshire with a one-point victory over Mount Greylock.

Albano has expertly put together a diverse staff with various specialties that have helped build the Generals out from a sprinter's haven to a dominant all-around squad.

PHS boasts 19 individuals on the Honor Roll, including three champions. From the record-setting 4x100 relay team to Paul Wales’ distance work to the leadership of throwing captains Eamon McCandless and Mike Cavalieri, Albano and Pittsfield don’t seem to have any weaknesses.

Maddie Albert

BOYS OVERALL MVP

Emmanuel Amenlemah

Pittsfield High School

Across the board, Pittsfield boys track and field looked to Emmanuel Amenlemah for leadership.

The senior provided it in spades by example on the track and off it. Amenlemah is a tremendous athlete, which he showcases in both sprinting and long jumping.

His major claim in 2018 is serving as the anchor for the Pittsfield High School record-setting 4x100 team that toasted Berkshire County and much of Western Mass. with a best time of 43.85.

That unit, along with Kevin Amenlemah, David Kankam and Emmanuel Nda broke the school’s record multiple times this season.

Amenlemah also featured in the 100 (11.2) and 200 (23.05), in which he posted the third and second-best county times, respectively. In long jump, his best of 19-07 was also second best in the Berkshires.

 

Aliyah Bolling

BOYS TRACK MVP

Matt Lighten

Pittsfield High School

One of the fastest athletes to come out of Berkshire County in years is Wahconah senior Matt Lighten.

The Warriors tall sprinter put together a terrific career, racking up Western Mass and state medals. He finished it as the second fastest 200-meter runner in New England.

At the MIAA state meet, Lighten finished .01 seconds away from a championship. He matched his second-place finish a week later in New Hampshire.

In the county, Lighten was untouchable, as he has been his entire career. His 10.8 in the 100, and 21.53 in the 200 are the top Berkshire times by a decent margin.

 

 

 

Abdul Ahmed

BOYS FIELD MVP

Abdul Ahmed

Taconic High School

Nobody in Berkshire County can jump quite like Taconic senior Abdul Ahmed.

The veteran track and field star lands on our final Honor Roll four times as an individual and all four for events requiring jumping.

Ahmed owned the thrilling 110 hurdle event this season, boasting a best time of 16.31 to land first in the county. He was also solid in the 400 hurdles, with a time of 1:01.10, good for third.

Ahmed held the top spot in long jump up until season’s end, when he was topped by brother Mohammed. His 41-09 ½ is still good for the No. 2 spot.

In long jump, he also ranked as the fourth-best distance with an 18-09 ½. He was second in triple jump at the Western Mass. D-I meet, and fifth in the 110 hurdles.

 

 
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