Skiers notch wins

The Clare Ski Team had a very successful first week back on the snow. The boy’s team claimed first place titles during both their first race at Snow Snake on Tuesday as well first place at Caberfae Peaks on Thursday. The girls, also starting the season off right, took first place at Snow Snake and second place at Cabefae.

Leading the boys in slalom at Snow Snake was Brett Acton taking first place with Jeff Staten securing the second place spot followed closely by Zack Brockway in third place. Jordan hales came in seventh, Timmy Badour in eighth, and Charlie Bugbee in twenty-first. Acton also earned first place in giant slalom, followed by Brockway in second, Bubgee in third place, Staten in fourth, Hales in eighth, and Whiteman in thirteenth place.

Maggie Merillat led the Pioneer Ladies in slalom at Snow Snake securing a second place finish followed by teammates Leah Bugbee in seventh place, Hannah Hofweber in eighth place, and Sierra Kwiatowski in ninth place. In giant slalom, Merillat took first overall, followed by Kwiatowski in third, Madi Cleary in fourth, Molly Merillat in seventh, Bugbee in eighth, and Hofweber in eleventh.

On Thursday, Jeffrey Staten led the boys in slalom coming in at fourth place, followed by Brett Acton in fifth place and Zack Brockway in seventh place. Jordan Hales captured ninth place, followed by Ryan Whiteman in 26th place and Charlie Bugbee in 29th place. In giant slalom, Brockway led the Pioneers earning second place, followed closely by Acton in third place and Staten in fourth place. Charlie Bugbee took seventh place and Timmy Badour finished thirty-second.

At Caberfae, Maggie Merillat led the girls in slalom taking fifth, overall, followed by Sierra Kwiatkowski in eighth place, Leah Bugbee in seventeenth and German exchange student Nina Spreier in eighteenth place. In giant slalom, Madi Cleary led the girls taking overall tenth place, followed by Merillat in fourteenth place, Kwiatowski in fifteenth, Bugbee in 25th place, and Hannah Hofweber in 30th place.

After the race on Thursday, Coach Jann Cleary remarked, “It’s a great way to start the season. Clare racers work hard, and I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring.” After a cancelled race on Monday due to the weather, the Pioneer Racers will take to the snow again on Thursday at Apple Mountain.