Prep skiing: Northmen capture dual Division II state titles again
Elk Rapids-Traverse City St. Francis’ Carlee McCardel won the girls individual GS title as she finished in 1:02.24.
In slalom, Kingsford’s Mandy Haferkorn won the individual overall title as she finished in 1:24.20.
For the Northmen in slalom, Cicorretti was a team-best second in 1:25.39, while Philliben was seventh, 1:29.52, and Antonishen was 10th, 1:30.46. Also for the Northmen in slalom, Nayback was 29th; Dinon, 43rd; and Brummeler, 44th.
“Lisa and Claire both fell and had to hike in slalom, but the girls stayed focused and did well throughout the day,” Hill said. “It’s great for them. To overcome a runner-up finish last year to Harbor Springs and all the second-place finishes to T.C. Central this year, it’s a great way for those senior girls to go out on top.
“They wanted to come up here and go home with a state championship trophy.”
For the defending girls state champion Harbor Springs girls, senior Agibail Hackman earned a pair of top 10 finishes as she was runner-up to McCardel in GS in 1:03.67, and placed third in slalom in 1:26.17.
“For someone like her to come back from a year ago where she blew out her knee, tore every ligament and to be a double medalist after being on crutches at this meet a year ago is something,” Harbor Springs coach Jane Ramer said. “That was pretty impressive.”
Also for the Ram girls in slalom, where they placed third behind Petoskey and Bloomfield Hills Andover, Rose Pellegrom was sixth, 1:29.15; while Tia Esposito was 15th; followed by Meg Shepherd, 30th; Claire Cunningham, DNF; and Demi Trabucchi, DNF.
In GS for the Harbor girls, Esposito was 17th, followed by Cunningham, 19th; Sadie Cwikiel, 31st; Pellegrom, DNF; and Shepherd, DNF.
“In the morning slalom, we pretty much kept close with Petoskey and Andover, which we’ve done in the past, but in the afternoon we ended up taking third,” Ramer said. “Petoskey skied really solid in GS. We usually can keep up with them in GS, but credit Petoskey because they skied great. We gave it a good run and it was the seniors’ last race. We were state champs last year and to come from behind to take runner-up isn’t all that bad.”
Also for Harbor Springs, Shea Fuhrman — who qualified as an individual in both slalom and GS — finished 13th in GS and was 23rd in slalom, while John Bailey was 25th in slalom. Forrest Lundgren did not finish his run in GS.
Boyne City’s Corey Bohnet also qualified as an individual in GS and placed 32nd.
Charlevoix-East Jordan’s Casey Keane was 41st overall in girls GS.
At Boyne Mountain
BOYNE FALLS — The Traverse City Central girls captured the Division I skiing state title Monday at Boyne Mountain after finishing runner-up in the state finals for the past five season.
The Trojans finished first with 81 points, while Walled Lake was second, 92. Traverse City West, the defending state champion, placed fifth with 128 points.
T.C. West senior Monica Hessler edged Central’s Shannon Weaver for the individual slalom title as Hessler finished in 1:05.69; while Weaver finished in 1:05.77.
In giant slalom, Walled Lake Central’s Mallory Slicker won the individual girls’ giant slalom title as she finished in 1:02.81, while Weaver was second at 1:03.31.
In the boys race, Marquette captured the Division I state crown as they finished with 57 points. Clarkston, the defending state champion, was second with 74 points while Traverse City Central was third with 95 points. T.C. West was fourth with 127 points.
T.C. West senior Finley Clark won the individual slalom state title as he finished in 1:04.29 he beating Walled Lake Northern’s John Merchant who was runner up at 1:04.34. Lakeland’s Taylor Janssen won the boys giant slalom in 1:00.16.