Prep skiing: Lake Michigan 3-peat for Harbor girls
Dean Hague of Boyne City flies around a giant slalom gate Wednesday at the Lake Michigan Conference downhill ski championships at Boyne Highlands. Hague was eighth in GS and fifth in slalom in leading the Boyne boys to a third-place finish. (Steve Foley/News-Review)
Harbor finished with 38 points, five better than runner-up Manistee-Traverse City St. Francis. Grayling, 137, was third, followed by Charlevoix-East Jordan, 143.5; and Boyne City, 147.5.
Manistee- Francis won the boys meet with 29 points, while Harbor Springs, 63, was second, followed by Boyne City, 76; Grayling, 158; Elk Rapids, 176; and Charlevoix-East Jordan, 206.
The Harbor girls finished with 72 points in the final overall standings, while Manistee-St. Francis was second with 58. Grayling was third with 46, followed by Boyne City, 42; Charlevoix-East Jordan, 40; and Elk Rapids, 24.
“The girls winning the conference was a big boost and big momentum push going into regionals,” Harbor coach Jane Ramer said. “It’s the third year in a row they’ve won the league and everybody is stepping it up and skiing faster. You can see it in their times.”
Manistee-St. Francis won the boys overall title with 72 points, while Harbor was second with 60. Boyne City, 48, was third, followed by Grayling, 42; Elk Rapids, 32; and Charleovix-East Jordan, 28.
Nathalie Kenny of Manistee-St. Francis won both the girls slalom in 1 minute, 8.65 seconds, and the giant slalom in 57.56 seconds. Steve Siddall of Manistee-St. Francis won the boys slalom in 1:07.99, while teammate Cole McCardel won the GS in 1:03.43.
Hackman’s runner-up time in the slalom was 1:11.98, and she finished the GS in 59.0 seconds.
Also for the Harbor girls, Rose Pellegrom was fourth in GS, sixth slalom; Morgan Mooradian was fourth in slalom, seventh GS; Tia Esposito, sixth GS, 10th slalom; Alexa Wespiser, seventh slalom; Claire Cunningham, eighth GS; and Meg Shepherd, 12th slalom, 17th GS.
For the Harbor boys, Jac Talcott was a team-best fifth in GS, 11th slalom, while Nick Mogford was sixth in GS, and Forrest Lundgren, seventh slalom, 13th GS.
Also for the Harbor boys, John Bailey was seventh in the GS, ninth in slalom; Greg Gallagher, 12th GS, 12th slalom; Matthew Fought, 15th slalom; and Dan Davis, 18th.
“We have some freshman boys who have really picked it up a notch to help the team and the upperclassmen have been consistent and committed to leading our underclassmen,” Ramer said.
Norm Berge paced the Boyne City boys as he was fourth in both slalom and GS, while teammate Dean Hague was fifth in slalom, eighth GS. Also for the Rambler boys, Corey Bohnet was 10th GS, 14th slalom; Kory Skop, 14th GS, 20th slalom; Elliot Crouch, 17th slalom, 32nd GS; and John Paul Coopersmith, 33rd GS.
For the Boyne girls, Lexie Harding was a team-best fifth in GS, while Lauren Richard was 11th in GS, 21st slalom; Meredith Hague, 14th GS, 15th slalom; and Claire Wellman, 23rd slalom, 24th GS.
The Charlevoix-East Jordan girls were led by Casey Keane who was a team-best ninth in both slalom and GS, while Cora Taylor was 18th in slalom, 18th GS. Also for the Charlevoix-East Jordan girls, Christina Russell was 19th GS, 22nd slalom; Paige Podskalny, 24th slalom, 24th GS; and Ryleigh Knoop, 26th.
For the Charlevoix-East Jordan boys, Brandon Cardwell was 13th in slalom, 27th GS, followed by Gabe Hawley, 25th slalom, 26th GS; Jonathan Lindfors, 28th slalom, 29th GS; Parker McNitt, 28th GS, 30th slalom; Tyler Engstrom, 31st GS, 32nd slalom.
Following the meet, All-Conference awards were handed out as Harbor’s Hackman earned the Lake Michigan Conference individual title for both girls slalom and giant slalom.
Also in girls slalom, Harbor’s Mooradian and Pellegrom and Boyne’s Harding were first-team all-conference, while earning honorable mention was Charlevoix-East Jordan’s Keane and Harbor’s Wespirer, Shepherd and Esposito.
In girls GS, Harbor’s Pellegrom, Mooradian and Esposito were all first-team all-conference, as was Harding from Boyne City. Earning honorable metion was Keane, Cunningham, Richard and Shepherd.
All-Conference boys slalom skiers included Boyne’s Berge and Hague, along with Harbor’s Lundgren. Honorable mention went to Boyne City’s Corey Bohnet, along with Harbor’s Talcott, Davis, Bailey, Gallagher and Charelvoix-East Jordan’s Cardwell.
In GS for the boys, Talcott, Berge and Hague were all first-team all conference, while honorable mention went to Lundgren, Bailey, Mogford, Gallagher and Bohnet.
Boyne City, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix-East Jordan will all take part in the Division II regional meet Thursday, Feb. 16 at Nub’s Nob.