By Ben Murphy
Though there hasn’t always been snow on the ground for practice, the Harrison varsity skiing team is getting close to its first meet of the season, when they compete in a Central Alpine Conference jamboree Jan. 8 at Snowsnake.
“We are (traditionally) a force on the hill, I don’t plan on seeing that change,” second year head coach Amy Romanowski said. “The girls team won the conference the last four years and the boys team won it two of the last four years (and) the boys team won the 2009 state championship.”
Returning to the boys team are seniors Dylan LaPorte, Ben Taylor, Thomas Sofka and sophomore Joshua Wilson.
“LaPorte is strong on the hill in both slalom and giant slalom,” Romanowski said. “I expect him to do great things on the hill this year. Taylor really kicked it up a notch last year, he will do good things this year in both (events). Sofka’s work ethic is second to none and he is consistent with his skiing. We look for him to do great things this year as well.”
New to the team is senior Kyle Corbin along with, freshmen Jake Johnson and Zach Anderson.
“Anderson is a trick skier and will have a bit to learn on the hill for racing,” Romanowski said. “We are hoping he has some good things to offer. His athleticism could prove helpful, as long as he builds his stamina.”
Returning to the girls team are seniors Savanna Duggan, Alyssa Price (state qualifier) and Christian Meylen.
“Duggan will be tough competition,” Romanowski said. “Price is returning for her fourth year and has much to offer our team. With her strength and endurance, she’ll prove to be a force on our team. Meylan is a second year skier, never having skied before last year, let alone race. We are excited to see her improvement from last year.”
New to the team are sophomores Anaca Boulton, Brooklyn Blain, Brianna Norton and freshmen Hannah Lipovsky and Sam Seebeck.
“Boulton’s dance background will be helpful in her racing, especially with technique,” Romanowski said. “Blain will be on the hill as a skier rather than a snowboarder. She will have some adjustments to make, but she is not unfamiliar with the hills. Norton is anxious to get out on the hills and tear things up. Lipovsky and Seebeck both work extremely hard and are not afraid to try anything.”
The coach sees county-foe Clare as its toughest challenge in the league.
“Our team will have to work hard to edge out Clare in the conference, but they have the stamina to do it,” Romanoski said. “(We want to) work together as a team, show the stamina on the hill and most importantly, show true student athleticism with great grades, a hard work ethic and being a top-notch sportsman.”