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Huskies’ girls dominate Loveland GS

Ian Cropp

LOVELAND – The race may have been just over the pass, but the Battle Mountain girls skied like it was their home turf.In last Friday’s giant slalom in Loveland, the Huskies’ Jenny Banner took first place, and teammate Christa Ghent took third, helping the Huskies win the girls race.”They are quite good skiers,” said Battle Mountain coach Simon Marsh of Banner and Ghent. “They set a good standard and it gave a great boost to the rest of the team.”Battle Mountain had two other top-15 finishes, as Anna Seibert placed 10th and Jamie Lee Roberts placed 14th.”It was a very open course that had people skiing like a mini super-G,” Marsh said. “The skiers could tuck all the way. A lot of us ski aggressively, and that showed on this course. It brought a lot of confidence to the team for the rest of the season.”The Huskies had three more skiers finish before any other Eagle Valley skiers. Kelly VanHee placed 22nd, Kelly Scholl placed 30th and Nikki Matthews placed 31st. Other top-50 finishers for the Huskies were Jane Lettovska in 36th, Kate VanHee in 43rd and Josie John in 44th.For the Vail Mountain team, Lucy Sackbauer led the way with a finish in 33rd place, while teammate Kenzie Grant placed 57th.Eagle Valley’s Nicole Luczkow came in 37th, followed by Kerstin Leary in 49th, Hilary Henry in 53rd and Bryonny Hiland in 58th.Terrin Kinser of Vail Christian came in 63rd.Battle, Vail Mountain have trio in top 30Unlike the previous race at Steamboat Springs, the boys’ aggressive skiing paid off. Mitch Hendrix of Battle Mountain was the top county finisher, placing 14th, five spots ahead of teammate Wilder Heuga.”They are really aggressive skiers,” said Marsh. “Wilder is showing how he can ski on edge and make it through.”Vail Mountain packed skiers in the top 30, with Drew Riley in 22nd, Mick Seeman in 24th and Chris Woods in 26th. Other top finishers for the Gore Rangers were Blake Armstrong in 53rd and Nick Wilhelm in 57th.Rounding out the top 30 for the Huskies were Petey Moore in 27th, trailed by teammates Jamie Hijmans in 35th and Blaze Heuga in 51st.For the first time this year, Bo Lowe was Eagle Valley’s top finisher, placing 45th. The Devils had a pack of boys finish in the 60s, with Cody Coulter taking 62nd, Will James placing 65th and Griffin Turnipseed grabbing 66th.Today the teams will be slalom racing on Bear Trap at Beaver Creek.Marsh thinks his skiers have a few things going for them in tomorrow’s race. “We’ve been skiing Bear Trap all week and we should have a strong field again,” Marsh said.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or icropp@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado


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