Huskies bounce back in Steamboat
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The annual stop for CHSAA ski racing at Howelsen Hill is a dreaded one. It’s a tough hill for any race, and more so for the first slalom of the season, which was the case Friday.
As such, Battle Mountain was prepared.
“We mostly trained at Beaver Creek,” Huskies coach Simon Marsh said. “This week, we set very tight courses to get quick feet, so our racers could adjust to it. It made a big difference.”
All three local schools had a good day up at Howelsen, yet it was the Battle Mountain boys in particular who made the most noise. After a disappointing giant slalom at home last week with some prominent DNFs, the gents were back on their game.
Brinton Barry punched in for second place. Bryan Aubel was fourth and Kevan Aubel took seventh. The Huskies also had Victor Guimineau in 13th.
“They were well-prepared and focused,” Marsh said.
Kendall VanHee had an eventful day crashing and hiking on her first run, yet still managing to finish third. Meghan DesRochers took the more common approach to her two runs and ended up fifth. Isabelle Courtois was 10th.
As of press time, though official results were not up on the Colorado High School Ski League’s website, it’s a safe assumption that the Huskies did well in terms of the boys’ and girls’ team competitions.
Meanwhile, Friday was Eagle Valley’s first chance to ski against the Huskies, and the Devils acquitted themselves nicely. (Despite geographic proximity, the two public schools are in different divisions that rotate to different racing sites each week.)
Megan Muelenthaler was 14th, followed by Angela Giovagnoli (15th) and Logan Kinser (17th). For the guys, it was Steven Siefers (20th), Matt Genelin (21st) and Henry Smirl (23rd).
“I think they skied very well today,” Devils coach Mike Haselhorst said. “I’m proud of the kids. They’re improving every week with the limited time they see on the hill. I see improvement and I see students having fun.”
Vail Mountain School coach Francois Nanin was a bit worried about how his three racers would do up in Steamboat. It turned out he needn’t have. Harrison Alonzo took 14th, wile Henry Minervi was 18th.
“Every racer is worried when we go to Steamboat, but it was a good day for us,” Nanin said. “They worked hard and skied very consistently.”
Next week’s schedule is up in the air. A GS at Ski Cooper has been moved to Eldora because the former does not make snow. However, there are still worries about the snow at Eldora, so there’s a chance all three schools could end up back at Golden Peak on Friday. Please stay tuned.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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