The MIAA Western Massachusetts and state tournaments got underway this week. Division crowns in basketball and hockey also started to become apparent as the season nears an end.
This week's highlights: The Mount Greylock boys' Nordic team took home the State title behind three top 10 finishes from Will Kirby, Alex White and Sean Houston. Look for the Transcript's special section honoring the State Champions in the Feb. 23-24 edition. ... A twitter campaign started by Western Mass. swimmers was successful in bringing back Western Mass. The Hoosac girls' 200 freestyle relay took 8th place. ... Eric Leitch became the newest member of the hockey's 100 point club, when he recorded two goals and an assist to lead St. Joseph's to a win.
Greylock boys' Alpine
Look back: The season came to and end with both Ryan Kuhn and Nick DiSanti qualifying for states. DiSanti took 12th in the final meet. The Mounties finished the season in second place, behind Monument Mountain.
Look ahead: It's now off to the state meet for the Mounties. The meet is Feb. 26.
Greylock girls' Alpine
Look back: The Mounties wrapped up the season in fifth place in the county. The team won't have any representatives at the state meet. In the final race, Mercer Greenwald took 15th place and Abby Wiseman was 16th overall.
Drury boys' basketball
Look back: The Blue Devils playoff hopes took a severe hit on Feb. 15 with a loss to Hoosac. Isiah Pantoja had 15 in the loss. He also chipped in 16 points in a 48-46 win on Feb. 12.
Look ahead: The Blue Devils have three games left and they need three wins. The road to the postseason starts on Feb. 16 against Lee. They then play Wahconah on Feb. 19.
Hoosac boys' basketball
Look back: It's slim, but the Hurricanes remain alive in the postseason after Trevor Alibozek scored 18 against Drury to lead his team to a victory on Feb. 15.
Look ahead: The Hurricanes need to win both games the first against Taconic and hope that Pittsfield loses. If that happens, Hoosac will tie for second place in the North and qualify for the tournament.
McCann boys' basketball
Look back: Josh Superneau scored 14 points in a 54-16. Superneau also scored 21 points in a loss to Dean Tech on Feb. 13. He also added 17 in a loss to St. Mary's.
Look ahead: The Hornets enter the final week of the season with a 7-12 record.
Greylock boys' basketball
Look back: Tyler Picard's career-high 29 points and 20 rebounds put an emphatic stamp on the South Division title for the Mounties. In reality, Greylock was named division champs on Feb. 12, when Lee beat St. Joseph's. But a solid outing and a 63-58 win over the Crusaders on Feb. 15 give the Mounties the possibility of a high seed heading into the tournament. Picard also had 25 points in a win over Mount Everett this week, giving him 52 for the week.
Look ahead: Picard is now just 44 points away from 1,000 for his career. The Mounties will look to improve their seeding with a contest against Monument Mountain on Feb. 19, it's the final regular season game of the year.
Drury girls' basketball
Look back: Shannon Garvey scored a season-high 18 points in a 48-40 win over Taconic on Feb. 13. It was the only game of the week for the Blue Devils.
Look ahead: Drury still has a shot at the North Division crown, but needs some help. Victories against Pittsfield (Feb. 18) and Monument (Feb. 20), coupled with a Lee loss to either Monument or Wahconah will give Drury a share of the crown. If Drury wins both of its games and Lee drops both, Drury will win the title outright.
Hoosac girls' basketball
Look back: The Hurricanes clinched at least a share of the South Division crown with a victory on Thursday over Mount Greylock. Emily Rosse had 27 points in two games, both wins, with the first coming against St. Joseph's and the second against the Mounties. Meg Rodowicz contributed 13 points in the win over St. Joseph's.
Look ahead: The Hurricanes go for a clean sweep of Lenox on Monday night. A win will also give them sole possession of the South Division crown -- Lenox won the title last year.
McCann girls' basketball
Look back: The Hornets held Southwick scoreless in the fourth quarter on Feb. 14 and in doing so clinched a share of the Bi-County West. The win also punched McCann's ticket to the tournament. Mary Nguyen had 26 points in two games this week. Kelly Dobbert contributed 16 points in the victories after coming up from the junior varsity team.
Look ahead: The Hornets will need a little help to win the league outright. Their only game remaining is against Cathedral, a non-league game. A loss by Holyoke Catholic to either Southwick or Sci-Tech will give the Hornets the crown to themselves.
Greylock girls' basketball
Look back: The Mounties scored a win Mount Everett, 63-36 on Feb. 11. Lucy Barrett had 15 points in the win, while Mackenzie Flynn and Margot Besnard each added 13. Things didn't go so well against Hoosac Valley on Feb. 14. Barrett led the way with nine points.
Look ahead: Greylock wraps up the season with a game against St. Joseph's on Feb. 18 and then a contest against Lenox on Feb. 19.
St. Joseph's hockey
Look back: Eric Leitch joined the 100-point club on Feb. 13, and his brother Andrew stopped 19 shots for a shutout over Taconic. The 4-0 win keeps the Crusaders alive in the hunt for the playoffs.
Look ahead: The Crusaders need one point in their two final games -- both against Mount Everett -- to make the tournament.
Look back: Lane Grogan scored his 100th career point in a 9-5 loss to Chicopee on Feb. 13. The Warriors have already claimed the Hennessy league crown.
Look ahead: Wahconah will play in the Hennessy league Showdown on Feb. 16 and finish the regular season with games on Feb. 20 and Feb. 22.
Hoosac boys' Nordic
Look back: A building year came to a close for the Hurricanes. They finished 12th overall at the State meet. Jared Haley took 41st in the meet and Justin Barnes was 55th.
Greylock boys' Nordic
Look back: The Mounties claimed their sixth state title in seven years on Feb. 12. Will Kirby took fourth overall, Alex White was seventh, Sean Houston took 10th, Matt Wiseman was 13th and Jake Foehl was 15th to pace the Mountie attack. Look for the Transcript's special section honoring the State Champions in the Feb. 23-24 edition.
Hoosac girls' Nordic
Look back: The Hurricanes finished 15th in the state on Feb. 12. Danielle Beauchemin was the top finisher, taking 43rd overall.
Greylock girls' Nordic
Look back: The Mounties five-year run atop the state came to a close when they finished second to Lincoln-Sudbury. Kat Chenail took 7th overall to lead the Mounties. Sophia Dastoli also snuck into the top 20.
Hoosac girls' swimming
Look back: It was an interesting week for the swimming community. A cancellation of sectionals because of the big storm sent athletes to twitter and coaches, athletic directors and parents to pick up the phone or email the MIAA. As a result, all sectional qualifiers were admitted to the state championships.
Western Massachusetts did hold an unofficial meet, as well. The Hurricanes finished 8th in the 200 freestyle relay and 10th in the 200 medley relay.
Look ahead: Emma Whitney, Julia Whitney, Elizabeth Bernardy and Michaella Vecchiarelli all will attend Saturday's State meet at Springfield College.
Look back: The Mounties finished day one of the Western Mass. meet tied for fifth. Devon Pelletier at 120, Travis Hilchey at 126, Mitch Graves at 145 and Ross Jackson at 182 are all semifinalists for the Mounties.
Look ahead: Day two of the Western Mass. wrestling meet gets underway on Feb. 16. The Mounties should also be in attendance at the state meet on Feb. 23.