×

Preview capsules for local Alpine ski teams


Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Concord

Division: I

Coach: George Golden (18th year)

Last year: Boys – 4th; Girls – 6th

Top returners: Boys – Cole Gorham, sr.; Shane Hyland, sr.; Daniel Loosigian, sr.; Aidan MacWhinnie, sr.; Liam Devanny, jr.; Sean McDonough, jr.; Simon Foisey, jr.; Michael Case, soph.; Girls – Ella Fabozzi, sr.; Grace Devanny, jr.; Sophia Shea, jr.; Abigail Currier, jr.; Mayanna Llewelyn, jr.; Fabi McLeod, soph.

Top newcomers: Boys – Neil Shea, fr.; Kevin McDonough, fr.; Girls – Georgiana Nicolosi, jr.; Emma Burbank, fr.

Outlook: With the return of Hyland (third slalom, sixth giant slalom at the 2017 D-I championships) and the addition of two strong freshmen in Kevin McDonough and Shea, the Concord boys’ team should be contending for a state title at the D-I championships. The Tide girls have a strong core returning and are aiming for a spot in the top five at the D-I meet.

Teams to beat: Bedford, Portsmouth, Pinkerton, Keene

John Stark

Division: II

Coach: Bob Berliner (2nd year)

Last year: Boys – 13th; Girls – 12th

Top returners: Boys – Aiden Moser, Jason Johannsson; Girls – Samantha Innerfield

Outlook: The Generals don’t have enough skiers to truly compete against other teams, but they have a pair of very talented skiers in Moser and Innerfield. Moser finished first in both slalom and GS at the 2017 D-II championships, while Innerfield was 10th in slalom and 12th in GS on the girls’ side.

Teams to beat: “All of them,” Berliner said.

Pembroke

Division: II

Coach: Jonathan Miner (6th year

Last year: Boys – 6th; Girls – 11th

Top returners: Boys – Jack Thomas, sr.; Ryan Burns, sr.; Jackson Frazier, so.; Calvin Michael, so.; Girls – Katie Muise, jr.; Jessica Boyajian, so.

Top newcomers: Boys – Logan Raymond, so.; Harrison Army, fr.; Dean Monterio, fr.; Ben Sporcic, fr.; Owen Thomas, fr.; Girls – Hannah Brown, fr.; Molly Keyes, fr.; Corinna Plourde, fr.; Lauren Simmons, fr.; Elyza Weingartner, fr.

Outlook: The Spartans have the largest roster in the eight years coach Miner has been with the program. With a total of 16 skiers (the program only had five skiers eight years ago) and solid leaders on both the boys’ and girls’ squads, training “has been full of energy and enthusiasm and the team’s are looking forward to racing,” Miner said. Miner has especially high expectations for Frazier (seventh in slalom, 11th in giant slalom at last year’s D-II meet) who qualified for the Meet of Champions in slalom (he finished 22nd) and Thomas on the boys’ side. Miner expects Muise and Boyajian to lead the Spartan girls.

Bishop Brady

Division: III

Coach: Annie Alosa (1st year)

Last year: Boys – 3rd; Girls – 5th

Top returners: Boys – Max Marinace, jr.; Karl Averill, sr.; Will Verdi, soph.; John Tauscher, sr.; Connor Buckley, sr.; Girls – Olivia Crainich, sr.; Kamryn Compton, sr.; Sarah Vermette, sr.; Dana Fahey, sr.; Sydney Sigua, jr.

Top newcomers: Boys – James Carroll, fr.; Maxwell Brown, fr.; Girls – Jewel Belanger, fr.

Outlook: The Brady girls’ team returns a solid core led by Crainich, who was third in slalom and second in GS at last year’s D-III championship meet, and Compton, who was eighth in slalom and 11th in GS. The boys’ team lost all of its point scorers from the D-III meet with the exception of Marinace (25th in GS), but expect the young Giants to improve as the season progresses.

Teams to beat: Kearsarge

Hillsboro-Deering

Division: III

Coach: Phil Swasey (3rd year)

Last year: Boys – 12th; Girls – 11th

Top returners: Boys – Zachery O’Connor, soph.; Quinn Erickson, soph.; Jacob Bachand, soph.; Girls – Kaysyn Walker, sr.

Top newcomers: Boys – Gabe Whisman, sr.; Girls – Chloe Braun, fr.

Outlook: The Hillcats don’t have much experience, but they have six new freshmen on the team, which means the boys should have enough skiers to compete as a team and the girls will have a little more depth than they did last year. H-D probably won’t be competing for a team title, but it should be more competitive within D-III than it was last year.

Teams to beat: Kearsarge

Kearsarge

Division: III

Coach: Bob Underhill (8th year)

Last year: Boys – D-III champions; Girls – D-III champions

Top returners: Girls – Isabella Von Beren, Brie Von Beren, Lara Stokes, Isabella Greason, Elizabeth Greason, Ellie Madigan

Top newcomers: Boys – Aiden Markoff, James Greason; Girls – Jocelyn Young, Megan Norris

Outlook: The Kearsarge girls’ team returns the majority of the team that won last year’s D-III title, led by Brie Von Beren, who finished first in GS and second in slalom at the 2017 D-III championships. Izabella Von Beren was fifth in GS and 13th in slalom, Stokes took seventh in GS and 10th in slalom, and Greason was ninth in GS. While the Kearsarge girls’ team looks to be even stronger than it was last year, this season may be a rebuilding one for the boys. The Cougars lost all of their point scorers from last year’s title team, but they do have some talented newcomers, and solid returners, ready to carry on the tradition.

Teams to beat: Bishop Brady

Newfound

Division: III

Coach: Craig Wilkins (boys), Jonathan Young (girls)

Last year: Boys – 11th; Girls – 10th

Top returners: Boys – Trevor Robie, sr.; Ethan Pruett, sr.; Reid Wilkins, jr.; Cian Connor, jr.; Tuan Nguyen, soph.; Brandon Marcoux, soph.; Girls – Victoria Roman, sr.; Shanley Camara, sr.; Dakota Goguen, sr.; Stephanie Norton, soph.; Sophia Petit, soph.

Top newcomers: Boys – Jacob Blouin, fr.; Matthew Karkheck, fr.; Henry Owen, fr.; Hannah Owen, fr.

Outlook: “Our athletes are full of heart and all love to ski. Our strength lies in our attitude and perseverance,” coach Wilkins said. “We will be looking to Trevor Robie and Reid Wilkins to lead our boys squad as each had break-through years last year, making big improvements in their form and in their place finishes. We are also expecting to see good things from Ethan Pruett and Tuan Nguyen.

“On the girls’ team, Victoria Roman and Shanley Camara will bring their cool, collected dedication to the slopes as they battle each other, and the other racers, for the top spot. Truly embodying that attitude and perseverance will be our other female returners Stephanie Norton and Sophia Pettit, whom we can count on to model what we expect for all of our newcomers.”

Hopkinton

Division: IV

Coach: Bob Berliner (2nd year)

Last year: Boys: 9th; Girls: 6th

Top returners: Boys – Zachary Berliner, Zach Brogan; Girls – Addie Locke, Elizabeth Berliner, Maura Zankel, Anna Hoffman

Top newcomers: Boys – Kyle Pellerin, Ben Berliner, Aidan Burns; Girls – Cathen Hall, Madeleine Maughan

Outlook: The Hopkinton girls’ team has a solid core of three with Locke (10th in slalom and 13th in GS at the 2017 D-IV championships as an eighth grader), Elizabeth Berliner and Zankel, and Hoffman could be the fourth scorer the team needs to improve on last year’s sixth-place team result. On the boys’ side, the Hawks will be led by Zachary Berliner, who has made three straight appearances at the Meet of Champions, took fifth in slalom at last year’s D-IV championships and was third in the Skimeister competition. Newcomer Pellerin should be another solid scorer for Hopkinton.

Teams to beat: Boys – Derryfield, Linwood, Littleton, Sunapee; Girls – Sunapee, Linwood, Profile