VanHee, Barry conquer Copper as Huskies win
COPPER MOUNTAIN – That is what we call a smackdown, people.
Battle Mountain alpine hit the field assembled at Copper Mountain for a slalom with a 2-by-4. Kendall VanHee, Allie O’Brien, Meghan Desrochers and Isabelle Courtois finished 1-2-3-4 for the Huskies’ ladies. Brinton Barry, Bryan Aubel, Kevan Aubel and Victor Guilmineau went 1-2-5-6 for the gents as both teams cruised to victory.
“It was so much fun. I’m so proud of my teammates to be able to pull that off,” VanHee said. “It was a good day for everybody on the team.”
VanHee essentially lapped the ladies’ field. She finished 7.51 seconds ahead of the O’Brien, and, no, we didn’t misplace that decimal point. She certainly had quick feet required on a powder-filled day.
“You have to approach it with a lot of confidence,” VanHee said. “You can’t be too hard on your edges or you’ll sink into the snow. If you’re light on your edges and turn early, you won’t get stuck in the soft snow.”
Easier said than done.
Another piece of good news on the girls’ side was the O’Brien had not qualified for state in the slalom before Friday’s race. She is in now.
For the guys, Barry was on top of his game, edging Bryan Aubel by 1.83 seconds.
“I just had the mindset to do what I do in training. It usually works out well,” Barry said. “We lined it up well today.
With a smaller field this week and tough weather, that made qualifying difficult Friday. Only the top 13 for the boys and top 15 for the girls qualified for state. That meant that Carsyn Bock (18th), Annie Todd (19th) and Danielle Barry (19th) just missed the cut line. Brett Murbach was three spots shy of state on the boys’ side.
COPPER MOUNTAIN – It was a tough, yet gratifying day for Vail Mountain alpine. The Gore Rangers raced very well, and then whisked their way back over the pass to attend the memorial service for schoolmate Taft Conlin, who died Sunday in an avalanche on Vail Mountain.
Before the service, VMS had its best day of the season on the slopes, qualifying its trio for state slalom in one day. Henry Minervi was seventh, followed by Harrison Alonzo (11th) and Billy Mitchell (12th).
“Henry, as a freshman, had the best time on the team,” VMS coach Francois Nanin said. “That’s really cool to see since Harrison usually leads the team. It was the first time all three of our guys finished. They skied very well tactically.”
Since VMS qualified its entire team Friday in Slalom, the only bit of unfinished business before state is to get Minervi punched in for GS next week at Loveland.
Kinser makes it
LOVELAND – It is high-school skiing’s equivalent of the Group of Death. Eagle Valley is in Division A with Steamboat Springs and Aspen, the toughest of four in the Colorado High School Ski League.
So when good things happen to the Devils, they are well-earned.
Eagle Valley’s Logan Kinser logged the second-fastest time of the first run Friday at the Loveland slalom, and, despite, having to hike on her second, she finished ninth and is state-bound.
The Devils’ Ell Guzik was flirting with a state spot after her first run, but crashed in her second. We wish her a speedy recovery. Eagle Valley’s Austin Darrough and Henry Smirl finished less than a second out of qualifying for the boys.
Eagle Valley hosts a GS Friday at Beaver Creek on NASTAR and Bear Trap.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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