Clare dominates ski jamboree
Harrison places 3rd
By Ben Murphy
Clare swept Tuesday’s Central Alpine Ski Conference jamboree at Snows Snake in Harrison on Tuesday, giving the boys and girls Pioneer teams the early lead after the first league event.
“We are very excited about how well our skiers skied and anticipate continued success,” Clare head coach Jann Cleary, who added that skiing conditions were near perfect said. “Both teams have been working extremely hard and they have positive attitudes going into the rest of the season. We must continue to practice extremely hard to reach our goals for the season.”
The boys team won with 23 points, with Mt. Pleasant coming in second with 75.5, Harrison came in third with 86.5 and Heritage placed fourth with 111.
In the slalom Clare was led by Brett Acton with a first place finish and total time of 31.92, Jeff Staten came in second at 32.49, Zack Brockway was third at 32.92, Jordan Hales was seventh at 33.77, Timmy Badour was eighth at 35.10 and Charlie Bugbee was 21st at 45.6.
In the giant slalom Acton took first at 33.27, Brockway came in second at 33.51, Bugbee was third at 33.59, Staten was fourth at 34.08, Hales was eighth at 34.73 and Ryan Whiteman was 13th at 35.77.
Harrison was led by Dylan LaPorte with a fourth place finish in slalom with a time of 33.29 and took sixth in the GS at 34.34. Josh Wilson took 10th in slalom at 35.75 and 11th in GS at 35.07, Ben Taylor was 11th in slalom and 14th in GS with times of 36.07 and 36.24 respectively. Thomas Sofka raced to a 15th place finish and time of 38.2 in slalom and had a time of 36.31 in GS to come in 15th. Jake Jackson took 22nd in slalom with a time of 48.72 and came in 23rd in GS at 43.46. Kyle Corbin took 23rd in slalom with a time of 49.1.
In the girls portion, Clare claimed first with 41 points, Mt. Pleasant took second with 63, Harrison took third with 100 and Heritage took fourth with 101.Maggie Merillat was the top skier for the Clare girls, coming in first place in the giant slalom with a total time of 36.35 and added a second place finish in the slalom with a total time of 37.13. Sierra Kwiatkowski took third in the GS with a time of 36.31 and took ninth in the slalom at 42.76. Maddie Cleary took fourth in the GS with a time of 36.65 but was disqualified in the slalom. Molly Merrillat took seventh in the GS at 37.35 and Leah Bugbee placed eighth at 38.5. Bugbee also took seventh in the slalom with a time of 41.59. Hannah Hofweber took 11th in GS at 40.12 and eighth in slalom at 42.51. Nina Spreier added a 10th place finish in slalom with a time of 43.39.
In the slalom for the Harrison girls, Savannah Duggan took third at 39.02, Brooklyn Blain placed 12th at 45.39 and Christian Meylen took 14th at 50.11. The Lady Hornets also had three skiers get disqualified in the slalom.
In the GS, Alyssa Price took fifth at 36.94, Duggan took ninth at 38.52, Blain placed 14th at 42.23, Brianna Norton took 18th at 44.67, Meylan took 19th at 45.25 and Hannah Lipovsky took 23rd with a time of 61.38.
The next CASC jamboree is Jan. 17, hosted by Heritage.