Battle Mountain rolls in season-opening giant slalom
BEAVER CREEK — Battle Mountain alpine captured five of the six podium spots in the opening giant slalom of the season on Friday.
For the boys, the Huskies’ Sands Simonton, Quintin Cook and Keenan Zopf swept the top three spots in that order. Haley Frischholz and Abby Davidson went 1-2 for the ladies.
Battle Mountain won the team side for both the boys and the girls with a perfect score on the guys’ side, beating Eagle Valley, 177-153, while the girls topped Summit, 175-169.
As for the Devils, not only did they finish second, an impressive feat, but also qualified four for the state meet in Keystone in February — Matt Genelin (eighth), Dean Smith (14th), Jakob Schwaiger (18th) and Jared Salaz (20th).
Battle Mountain’s Victor Guilmineau (sixth), David Sytearns (seventh), Cade Cyphers (13th), Alex Sturde (15th) and Nathan Cook (17th) are all bound for Keystone along with the Vail Mountain School’s Caleb Chicoine (ninth).
Also qualifying for state are the Huskies’ Katherine Harnick (fifth), Julia Dramis (11th), Gabrielle Trueblood (13th) and Anika Heid (17th), and Eagle Valley’s Jessica Nulle (10th) and Shelby Essex (14th).
On Saturday, Battle Mountain took top honors among local teams in a classic, finishing fourth as a team on both the girls’ and boys’ sides.
Since every school in the state competes in Nordic races, the list of local state qualifiers is like the White Pages.
Battle Mountain: Cameron Moore, Franklin Reilly, Cook, Koby Simonton, Conner McCabe and Nathaniel Badger; and Megan Rossman, Kaela Fahrney, Sarah Smith, Delaney McCabe, Hannah Gaylord, Allie Sands, Ella Mueller, Anna Gongware and Elizabeth Constien.
Eagle Valley: Michael Niemeyer, Riley Mehan, Gino Giovagnoli, Brandon Sheard and Isaac Yoder; and Rose Sandell, Brynn Mehan, Kaeli Niemeyer and Michaela Mitchell.
Vail Mountain: Eric Zdechlik; and Lyle Shipp and Annie Blakslee.
Alpine is at Beaver Creek on Thursday for a slalom, while Nordic has the week off.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.