MARQUETTE — Four more solid runs.
That’s all that stands between the Petoskey High School boys’ ski team and a third-straight Division II state title.
Michigan High School Athletic Association Division II state skiing finals Monday, Feb. 25, at Marquette Mountain.
The two-time defending state champions wrapped up a perfect regular season on Thursday by winning their ninth-straight meet including the Big North Conference title.
“The boys have been solid all year and they’ve continued to improve each race,” Petoskey coach Travis Hill said following the Northmen’s regional title last week. “It’s a competitive group and they want to leave a legacy.”
The Northmen are led by seniors Brian Erhart, Noah Honaker, Matt Dankert and Ben Loomis, along with junior Gunnar Lundteigen, freshman Garret Lundteigen and junior Trevor Kingsbury.
Gunnar Lundteigen won both the Division II individual regional titles in both slalom and giant slalom last week at Boyne Mountain, while Erhart won a pair of GS races Thursday in the Big North Conference championship and T.C. Invitational.
Also in the boys state final, Harbor Springs freshman Shea Fuhrman qualified as an individual in both slalom and GS, while sophomore John Bailey will compete in slalom as an individual qualifier and senior Forrest Lundgren in GS.
Boyne City junior Corey Bohnet also qualified as an individual in GS.
Other teams competing in the boys state finals include Spring Lake, Houghton-Hancock, Cadillac, Clare, Maple City Glen Lake, Bloomfield Hills Andover, Cranbrook-Kingswood and Grand Rapids Christian.
On the girls’ side, the defending Harbor Springs Rams and Petoskey will both look to earn a state crown.
“The girls have a target on their back,” Hill said. “Harbor Springs is gunning hard for them after we won regionals and they want to repeat what they did last year.
“We were third at regionals last year and Harbor edged us out to end up winning,” Hill added.
“That’s still the driving motivation. The girls want to win and the seniors want to go out with a title.”
The Harbor girls are led by seniors Rose Pellegrom, Abigail Hackman, Meg Shepherd and Claire Cunningham, sophomores Tia Esposito and Sydney Elkins and freshman Demi Trabucchi.
The Petoskey girls are paced by five seniors including Jill Antonishen, Reilly Philliben, Lisa Dinon, Claire Brummeler and Mikayla Nayback along with junior Mia Cicorretti.
Charelvoix-East Jordan senior Casey Keane also qualified as an individual and will compete in GS.
Other girls teams include Elk Rapids-T.C. St. Francis, Maple City Glen Lake, Cadillac, Grand Rapids Northview, Bloomfield Hills Andover, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Bloomfield Hills Lasher.