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Bishop Brady edges Bow by a point to claim Alpine title

  • Bishop Brady's Suni Choi comes down the course during the Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. Choi finished in second place overall with a time of 1:14.39. His speed helped put the Bishop Brady team in second place. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's Suni Choi comes down the course during the Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. Choi finished in second place overall with a time of 1:14.39. His speed helped put the Bishop Brady team in second place.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Sam Morrow comes down the course during the Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. Morrow's sixth-place finish helped bring the points necessary for the Bow team to finish first. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Sam Morrow comes down the course during the Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. Morrow's sixth-place finish helped bring the points necessary for the Bow team to finish first.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge's Isaac Braun. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Isaac Braun. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Logan Whalley. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Logan Whalley. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kearsarge's Cammeron Commerford. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kearsarge's Cammeron Commerford. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Suni Choi comes down the course during the Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. Choi finished in second place overall with a time of 1:14.39. His speed helped put the Bishop Brady team in second place. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Sam Morrow comes down the course during the Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. Morrow's sixth-place finish helped bring the points necessary for the Bow team to finish first. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Isaac Braun. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Logan Whalley. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Kearsarge's Cammeron Commerford. Division III Boys Alpine Skiing Championship at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on February 10, 2014. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

In the days leading up to yesterday’s Division III boys’ Alpine championship, Bishop Brady Coach Sal Alosa and Bow Coach Bob Nevins were in full agreement: The ability to finish – and in the case of not finishing, then depth – were paramount to a successful day.

So when two of Brady’s top skiers, who laid down the third- and fifth-fastest runs in the first round of slalom, failed to finish their second runs, things were not looking good. Fortunately for the Green Giants, depth and resilience saved the day and Brady rallied from a point down to Bow after the morning’s slalom to a two-point win over the Falcons in the afternoon’s giant slalom, good for a one-point overall victory over their neighboring rivals for the Division III crown.

Brady scored 753 points to Bow’s 752, unseating the defending champion Falcons for its first boys’ Alpine championship since 1999. Kearsarge (699) improved four places on last year’s finish to take third, with Gilford (670) and St. Thomas (651) rounding out the top five. Among other area teams, Belmont (578) was seventh and Hillsboro-Deering (554) ninth.

“We had a few parents at the bottom watching times and they couldn’t figure it out it was so close,” Alosa said. “I knew it was going to be close, but I didn’t think it would be that close.”

Gilford’s Keaton Quigley, skiing on his home hill at Gunstock, was the individual winner in both slalom and GS, but Bow placed three of its top four slalom skiers in the top six to grab the slimmest of leads after the slalom. Patrick Hughes was fourth in a two-run combined time of 1:17.23, Logan Whalley was fifth in 1:18.37 and Sam Morrow sixth in 1:18.68. Phillip Rizzi’s 12th-place finish in 1:24.54 gave the Falcons 377 points at the midday break.

Despite the two falls, Brady was just a point back, thanks to the efforts of freshman Sam Marshall and Garrett Cahill. Marshall came through with the ninth-fastest slalom (1:20.1) and Cahill was 14th (1:26.23) to back up the top-three efforts of Suni Choi (second, 1:14.39) and Brendan Bryck (third, 1:17.15).

“Before we could see the totals we thought we’d be down a lot more than one point,” Alosa said. “But being that one point, it brought out a stronger fight in them to catch that one point back and them some in the afternoon.”

Choi and Bryck backed up their slalom with equally strong giant slaloms, with Choi taking second (1:16.37) and Bryck fourth (1:17.95). And the two who failed to finish the slalom came through in GS, with Jack Bryck finishing ninth (1:19.5) and Danny Bryck 12th (1:19.89).

“It showed that they could put the past behind them, stay strong, and continue to finish the game that was ahead of us,” Alosa said. “It made me feel proud that they were able to come back out of it. They may not have felt it was their best, but to come back like that in the state meet, that’s pretty good.”

It was enough to leapfrog the Falcons, who were steady with three top-10 runs, led by Morrow (third, 1:17.75), Rizzi (fifth, 1:18.27), Hughes (seventh, 1:19.25) and Whalley (16th, 1:21.51).

Kearsarge was third in both disciplines, with scoring coming from David Smith (eighth slalom, 11th GS), Justin Norris (10th slalom, 10th GS), Issac Braun (17th slalom, 19th GS), Cammeron Commerford (18th slalom) and Charlie Bossi (22nd GS).

Belmont was sixth in slalom but 10th in GS after a pair of no-scores. Christopher Spooner (22nd slalom), Cory Yelle (23rd slalom, 29th GS), Nick Galambos (29th slalom, 46th GS), Brad Cyr (30th slalom), TJ Hennessey (23rd GS) and Eli Allman (59th GS) scored.

H-D was ninth in slalom and seventh in GS behind Danny Egner (seventh slalom, 18th GS), Logan Snow (46th slalom, 50th GS), Paul Mooney (49th slalom, 27th GS) and Arthur Tuttle (52nd slalom, 38th GS).

The top 10 in each discipline qualified for the Meet of Champions. Area skiers headed to Cannon Mountain on March 5 are: Choi, Brendan Bryck, Marshall and Jack Bryck from Brady, Hughes, Whalley, Morrow and Rizzi from Bow, Egner from H-D, and Smith and Norris from Kearsarge.

“Not until (the winner was announced), then it really sank in,” Alosa said of taking home the title. “They were pushing hard. My troops wanted it. It was so close, and it came through for them.”

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