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Saturday Features Clash of Berkshire Alumnae at MCLA Sports,
02:43AM / Friday, January 05, 2018
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Mount Greylock graduate Lucy Barrett is the leading scorer this winter on the Westfield State women’s basketball team.
Barrett, a junior, is averaging 16.5 points per game in 12 starts. Pittsfield High alumna Lauren Carnevale has appeared in eight games off the bench, averaging 6.4 minutes per game for the 6-6 Owls, who travel to North Adams to face the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday.
That MCLA team features five area graduates from five different high schools.
Drury graduate Emily Moulton and Hoosac Valley’s Mckenzie Robinson have started all 11 games for the Trailblazers (4-7). 
Moulton is averaging 7.3 points per game and a team-high 7.5 rebounds per game. Robinson leads MCLA with 4.5 assists per game and a assist/turnover ratio of 1.4.
Coming off the bench, Mount Greylock graduate Arianna Walden has averaged 7.5 minutes per game and 3.0 points per game. Monument Mountain’s Kayla Dupont and McCann Tech’s Alanza Quinones have played in three games and one game, respectively.
The MCLA men's team features four local products from four different high schools: PHS grad Keiland Cross, St. Joseph's Joseph Wiggins, Wahconah's Collin Parrott and Drury's Hayden Bird.
Bird has appeared in all 10 games for the Blazers, starting twice, and averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Cross and Wiggins debuted on Wednesday night in a loss at Southern Vermont College. Cross scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Wiggins scored 12. Parrott has appeared in four games, averaging 15.3 minutes per appearance for the 3-7 Trailblazers.
The MCLA men take on Westfield State Saturday afternoon in the second half of a double-header with the women's teams.
Hoosac Valley graduate Fallon Field has appeared in 10 of 11 games as a freshmen for the Bowdoin women, who are off to an 11-0 start this season. Field has averaged 3.6 points and one rebound per game while playing 10.7 minutes per game, all off the bench.
At New Hampshire’s St. Anselm, Pittsfield’s Peyton Steinman (PHS) and Grace Guachione (Miss Hall’s School) have helped their team to an 8-7 record. Steinman is averaging 19.3 minutes per game and 6.9 points per game, mostly off the bench. Her fellow freshman Guachione also has appeared in all 15 games, averaging 13.9 minutes and 4.6 points.
Drury graduate Kaitlyn Toomey is averaging 10.4 minutes per game and 2.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Castleton State in Vermont. She has appeared in nine games for the 9-1 Spartans.
On Friday afternoon, Mount Greylock graduate Jenna Benzinger had five rebounds and a block in Brown's 100-79 win over Johnson & Wales. She has appeared in nine games, averaging 3.1 minutes per game for the 12-1 Bears.
Springfield College freshman Deonte Sandifer (Taconic) has started seven games and appeared in all 12 for the Pride this season, averaging 25.3 minutes per game. Sandifer is averaging 1.7 assists per game with a assist/turnover ratio of 2.5, second best on the Pride, which is 6-6 going into Saturday’s game against Wheaton.
Bailey Patella (Lenox/Vermont Academy) saw his first time in a varsity game for the University of Vermont men’s basketball team this week, playing seven minutes off the bench in the Catamounts’ Tuesday win over Harvard. UVM is 9-5 this winter.
On a different kind of court, Benni McComish (Mount Greylock) and the 18th ranked Bates men’s squash team are 4-0 heading into the 2018 portion of their schedule. In their last outing of 2017, McComish earned an 11-1, 11-1, 11-1 win over his opponent in a 9-0 win over Vassar.
Monument Mountain standout Ace McAlister won the mile (4 minutes, 31.87 seconds) in his only action so far this winter for Trinity College. The Bantams sophomore finished two seconds ahead of the field at the unscored Snowflake Invitational at Smith College in December.
Shannon Meisberger (Lenox) saw her first track and field action for Georgetown University at last month’s Navy Lid Lifter in Annapolis, Md. Meisberger ran a time of 59.35 seconds to finish 11th in a 38-woman field in the 400-meter dash.
Xavier University freshman Connor Meehan (Drury) placed sixth in the 600 at the indoor track team's season opener at Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne last month. Meehan clocked a time of 1:25.68 for the Musketeers, who go to the University of Kentucky next weekend.
In the pool, Mount Greylock graduate Elizabeth Bartlett last month helped the Simmons College women’s swimming and diving team win its 14th straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship. Bartlett, a freshman, placed seventh in the 100-yard breastroke.
Elizabeth Bernardy (Mount Greylock) and the Wheaton College women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2017 portion of their schedule by running its dual meet record to 9-0 with wins over Trinity and Wellesley. Bernardy won the 100 breaststroke and swam a leg on Wheaton’s winning 200 medley relay quartet in the tri-meet. As a freshman last year, Bernardy recorded the second-fastest times in school history in the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke.
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