Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Michigan High School Skiers Head North For Finals

Traverse City West's Ryan Ness

More than 200 high school downhillers invaded Harbor Springs on Monday to compete in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) ski finals. Boyne Highlands hosted the Division I finals while Nubs Nob was the site for this years Division II meet.

Traverse City Central's Clark Phelps

Traverse City teams came up big in the Div. I competition. Led by top five finishes in both slalom and giant slalom by Clark Phelps the T.C. Central boys won the top prize with T.C. West finishing third behind the Grand Blanc squad.
Marian's Katie Thibideau

Top ten finishes in both meet events on the girls side by Bloomfield – Marion’s Katie Thibideau and Kelly Lunghamer combined with a giant slalom fifth place finish by Kristin Lunghammer and a ninth in the slalom by Tara Strong gave Marion the lowest team score in either the Div. I or Div. II meets. Edged out of the top spot the T.C. Central girls captured second followed by the ladies from Marquette. According to the MHSAA’a website (provides results back to 1975) this is the first timed Bloomfield Hills – Marion has won a state final ski match.

Petoskey's Victoria McVicker

In Div. II Petoskey’s Victoria McVicker successfully defended her 2009 Individual Girls Championship by taking the top spot in both the girls slalom and giant slalom events but even with her standout performance the Petoskey girls team had to settle for second behind Houghton – Hancock. Houghton took advantage of top 5 finishes in the slalom and giant slalom by 2008 Individual Champion Samantha Henderson as well as top ten finishes in both events by Abby Fenton. Emily Rossi contributed a top 5 slalom finish to give their team the 2010 Championship. Manistee finished in third followed by the Harbor Springs Rams.

Harbor Springs' Drake Doherty

In the boys competition the Iron Mountain squad came out of the mornings giant slalom runs with a 16 lead over second place Cranbrook – Kingswood and 16.5 points ahead of Harbor Springs. The lead would not be enough to deter the home town Harbor Springs Rams as they dominated the slalom competition with top twenty finishes (not including individual competitors) from Drake Doherty, Dan Davis, Robert Mathews and Jac Talcott to claim the boys championship. Iron Mountain finished the day in second ten points ahead of third place Traverse City St. Francis.

Finishing second overall in both slalom and giant slalom Harbor Springs’Doherty came within two seconds of claiming the Div. II boys Individual Championship but was edged out by Bellaire’s Mike King who took the top spot in both events.

Wipe Out 2010 - Images by Eagle Feature & Image

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