Huskies girls conquer Beaver Creek
January 25, 2014
BEAVER CREEK — Battle Mountain won a skiing race on Friday at Beaver Creek.
That's not exactly a new sentence to these pages this season, so some clarification — Battle Mountain girls alpine won a ski race on Friday at Beaver Creek. That is the first team win of the season for the ladies in black and gold in 2014.
Haley Frischholz won Friday's giant slalom with a time of 2 minutes, 9.78 seconds. Her partner in crime, in the nicest way, Abby Davidson had her best race of the year taking second. And as so often happens with team scoring, the spotlight fell on the Huskies last scorer, Nicole Affleck, in eighth to clinch the win over Summit County, 172-169.
The boys? Yawn, they won again. Battle Mountain's Sands Simonton, Quintin Cook and Keenan Zopf made this look like an intrasquad scrimmage, going 1-2-3 for the perfect score of 178 points. That's 4-for-4 for the Battle Mountain gents. On the lighter side, the Huskies' Kevan Aubel had to hike in his second run, and finished 20th. But even with a 45th-place finish in the second run, Aubel still posted a state-qualifying time. This can be laughed about because Aubel is already qualified in the GS, and it's good to get the hiking out of one's system before the state meet next month.
The Vail Mountain School's Caleb Chicoine was 16th, and Battle Mountain's Jack Nichols 19th, to polish off the state finishers.
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The big surprise of the day, however, was the Huskies Aidan Stege. There is no bib-hopping in high school skiing because your number is based on your school. However, a coach seeds his racers for start position before each race. For example, Simonton, Cook and Zoph were seeded 1-2-4 for Friday's race, had good start positions and raced well. Stege was the No. 12 seed for the Huskies, and he roared from the back of the pack to take the 21st and final qualifying spot on Friday.
Eagle Valley was at Aspen on Friday. The Devils' Matt Genelin used a blazing second run to punch in at fifth place. Jessica Nulle again led the Eagle Valley girls in 10th place.
Eagle Valley is at Loveland on Thursday while the Huskies and Gore Rangers are up at Ski Cooper.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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