Huskies trade places, win second giant slalom
BEAVER CREEK — Battle Mountain is nothing if not a courteous alpine team.
The Huskies like to share.
The Battle Mountain boys swept the podium again on Thursday during the second giant slalom of the season, but there were people in different places. Yes, Sands Simonton made it 2-for-2 with his second win in six days, but the Huskies’ Keenan Zopf moved up a spot to second and Victor Guilmineau got his first podium in third place.
The Huskies ladies went 1-2 again, but Abby Davidson, first place, and Haley Frischholz, second place, switched places from last week.
Sharing is caring, people.
For those not familiar with team scoring in alpine skiing, finishing 1-2-3 produces 60, 59 and 58 points, which makes 177 the perfect score. That’s two weeks in a row for the Battle Mountain boys on that count. This week, the Huskies topped Steamboat Springs, 177-164.
The Huskies continued to show their depth with David Stearns seventh, Cade Cyphers 14th and Alex Sturde 19th on the boys’ side — all coming in under the state-cut line.
Battle Mountain’s ladies will be well-represented in Keystone, the site of state, next month. In addition to their 1-2 punch, the Huskies had Katherine Harnick (eighth), Gabrielle Trueblood (19th) and Julia Dramis (20th).
Meanwhile, Eagle Valley is showing never-seen-before numbers and depth. The Devils boys were fourth on Thursday, just two points behind Nederland. Matt Genelin finished eighth and Dean Smith ninth, giving the red, black and white two in the top 10.
Eagle Valley had seven racers within the state cut on the boys’ side with Jakob Schwaiger (15th), Austin Darrough (17th), Aidan Sokup (18th), Riley Boomhower (21st) and Carter Coleman (23rd). For the ladies, Jessica Nulle made it 2-for-2 in qualifying in 11th.
Peter Mitchell did the Vail Mountain School proud punching his ticket to state.
Nordic has the week off, but the Huskies, Devils and Gore Rangers will be gearing up for Maloit Park in Minturn one week from today. Meanwhile, the alpine squads get their first crack at slalom on Thursday up in Steamboat.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
Rita’s two closest peers have climbed the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) peak 21 times each, but both of them have retired from mountain climbing.