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Why not? One more look back at state ski meet

Welcome to state skiing, the after party.

That was quite the display by the Vail Mountain School, Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley. Imagine if we had one ski program in the county? The trophy would never leave.

Congratulations to VMS for the double, a feat the Huskies have never accomplished. Congratulations to the Huskies, winners of second-place trophies for both boys and girls. (We need to get cracking on the banners in the gym, people.)

Random musings about state, the day after:

Gore Rangers

• The Vail Mountain School's boys piled up 677 points. That's ridiculous. That's nearly 170 points per race. You're doing well at state if you're picking up 155-160.

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CHSAA's records are incomplete, but 677 is the highest total scored by team in the last five years. What's more, I've been covering this meet for a long time, and I don't remember a team scoring 677.

• Having Michael Resnick and Peer Carnes head up the VMS boys on the alpine side is apropos. These guys were going to be state champions … in soccer. It's funny how things turn out. Everybody shares in this.

• Another fascinating aspect of state skiing is the juxtaposition of it being simultaneously an individual sport and a team sport. Let's face it, it's just you and your respective course, gates or flat.

We're not telling tales out of school, but Carnes was one of the favorites in the slalom up in Steamboat. Carnes and Resi have a pretty good arrangement going — Peer wins and leads the team in slalom and Michael does his thing in giant slalom.

Carnes had to hike on his second run of slalom. That he finished sixth, nonetheless, tells us two things. First he's wicked fast to finish sixth after hiking. Second, it was all about the team.

Think about it. VMS was leading by bunch after Day 1. In these days of the Internet, everyone knows what the standings are after two races. Carnes could have bagged it. The Gore Rangers had depth. Theo Marston, by the way, another soccer guy, was there. His finish would have been fine. VMS still would have won state. Carnes finished, leaving no doubt.

• VMS' girls also picked up their teammates. The Gore Rangers Alyssa Hilb had a rough week at state. Let us be very clear, we are not criticizing. This happens to the very best, and Hilb was a rock all season for VMS. I have seen people who go 6-for-6 during the regular season with regard to sweeping the regular season and then implode at state.

Finishing 45th in GS and DNF-ing the slalom was doubtless not Hilb's idea of a good time at state. VMS Nordic picked her up. You're a state champ, Alyssa.

• Speaking of Nordic, well, VMS is really good there. Another fun thing is the family nature of it. The Donovans — Maddie and Bridget — both topped the podium. Emma Blakslee is just the latest Blakslee on thin skis for VMS. Ian Hardenbergh? Yeah, there've been a lot of Hardenberghs.

And young master Peter Littman. He's a half-brother of Miss Littman, English teacher extraordinaire at VMS. Our bet is that Julia can still bring in it in both volleyball and in gates.

• Anyone ready for soccer?

Huskies

• Haley Frischholz is your two-time Skimeister. She is the first local female to repeat since VMS' Parke Cogswell three-peated from 1996-98. Another notch in Frischholz's belt is that she's a three-sport athlete — volleyball, skiing and lacrosse, and has been to state in all three. That's terrific to see in this age of specialization. Even though I don't have one, she's got my vote for Battle Mountain senior athlete.

• Holler for Battle Mountain boys Nordic. The Huskies were terrific at the Steamboat Touring Center. Getting 158 and 160 points in the freestyle and classic, respectively, normally would be a mortal lock for a state title. This is a good problem to have. The Huskies will find some alpinists and be right back in the hunt.

• Holler for Huskies girls alpine, too. That was just a photo finish with six points separating VMS, Battle Mountain and Aspen. Each year, you think you've seen just about everything and then something such as this happens.

Congratulations to all of our state athletes.

Skiing Honor Roll

League awards

Girls Skimeister

1 Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain

2 Zoe Braun, Eagle Valley

3 Addison Smith, Battle Mountain

4 Aidan Stearns, Battle Mountain

Classic League Champs

Boys

1 Vail Mountain School

Classic League Champs

Girls

2 Vail Mountain School

GS League Champs

Boys

2 Vail Mountain School

GS League Champs

Girls

2 Battle Mountain

Skate League Champs

Boys

1 Battle Mountain

Skate League Champs

2 Battle Mountain

3 Eagle Valley

Slalom League Champs

Girls

3 Battle Mountain

Classic All-State

Boys

1 Cameron Wolfe, Vail Mountain School

2 Franklin Reilly, Battle Mountain

3 Peter Littman, Vail Mountain School

Classic All-State

Girls

1 Bridget Donovan, Vail Mountain School

2 Maddie Donovan, Vail Mountain School

GS All-State

Boys

2 Michael Resnick, Vail Mountain School

3 Peer Carnes, Vail Mountain School

4 Trey Thorpe Aspen

8 Kendrick Kinsella Battle Mountain

GS All-State

Girls

2 Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain

3 Whitney Merriman, Vail Mountain School

Skate All-State

Boys

2 Franklin Reilly, Battle Mountain

3 Cameron Wolfe, Vail Mountain School

4 Nicholas Apps, Battle Mountain

Skate All-State

Girls

1 Maddie Donovan, Vail Mountain School

4 Rose Sandell, Eagle Valley

5 Bridget Donovan, Vail Mountain School

Slalom

Boys

4 Michael Resnick, Vail Mountain

6 Peer Carnes, Vail Mountain

Slalom All-State

Girls

1 Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain

2 Kiana Brausch, Battle Mountain

5 Whitney Merriman, Vail Mountain

7 Trinity Chelain Battle Mountain

Colorado Cup

Girls

1 Haley Frischholz

2 Whitney Merriman

4 Kiana Brausch

Boys

2 Michael Resnick

4 Peer Carnes

CHSAA Awards

GS

Boys

2 Michael Resnick, Vail Mountain

4 Peer Carnes, Vail Mountain

GS

Girls

3 Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain

4 Whitney Merriman, Vail Mountain

Skate

Boys

2 Franklin Reilly, Battle Mountain

3 Cameron Wolfe, Vail Mountain School

5 Peter Littman, Vail Mountain School

Skate

Girls

1 Maddie Donovan, Vail Mountain School

3 Bridget Donovan Vail Mountain School

Slalom

Boys

3 Michael Resnick, Vail Mountain

5 Shane Cole, Vail Mountain

Slalom

Girls

1 Trinity Chelain, Battle Mountain

3 Haley Frischholz, Battle Mountain

Classic

Boys

1 Franklin Reilly, Battle Mountain

2 Cameron Wolfe, Vail Mountain School

3 Peter Littman, Vail Mountain School

Classic

Girls

1 Bridget Donovan, Vail Mountain School

2 Maddie Donovan, Vail Mountain School