Bishop Brady girls’ Alpine runner-up in Division III championship
Bishop Brady's Jill Thomas crushes a gate in the slalom D3 alpine championship at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Bishop Brady's Gabi Steward makes her way down the slalom course at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Bow's Danielle Gould makes her way through a gate in the slalom segment of the D3 girl's alpine championship at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
After the first run of the day, the Green Giants were sitting pretty. Bishop Brady senior Elisabetta Caldesi had just posted the fastest time by nearly three seconds on the slalom course at Gunstock Mountain, her teammate Jill Thomas had the second best time, and four other Giants were in the top 16. But the second run knocked Brady off its perch at yesterday’s Division III girls’ Alpine skiing championships.
“(Caldesi) was cruising right along, and then it was one of those things, she straddled a gate and was just flying and couldn’t stop,” Giants Coach Sal Alosa said.
When all of the slalom runs had finished, Brady found itself down by 14 points to Prospect Mountain. The Giants tried to make up the difference in the afternoon giant slalom runs, and they did earn the most GS points with Caldesi leading the way, but the gap was too much to overcome as Prospect finished with 753 points to earn its first ever girls’ Alpine title and Brady had to settle for runner-up with 745 points.
“We were just too far down to pull it back. It’s tough come back from 14 points. Single digits it’s doable, but when you get into double digits, that’s tough,” Alosa said. “But our girls skied unbelievable in the afternoon and I was very proud of what they produced.”
Kearsarge finished tied for third with St. Thomas with 623 points and Belmont took sixth with 608.5. Hillsboro-Deering, led by Emma Moore, was seventh with 585, and the three-person team from Bow was 11th with 424. Two-time defending champion Gilford wound up eighth.
Brady’s Thomas posted the fifth best time in the second slalom run and finished third overall. Nadia Crainich was 10th overall in the slalom for the Giants and earned a spot in the Meet of Champions slalom race (the top 10 from the slalom and GS qualify for the March 5 races at Cannon Mountain). Gabi Stewart (12th) and Gabby Eaton (14th) completed the slalom scoring for Brady.
Caldesi finished first overall in the GS as she posted the fastest times in both runs, finishing just ahead of Prospect’s Indiana Jones on both occasions. Thomas (sixth), freshman Jill Durkin (eighth) and Eaton (ninth) were the other GS scorers for the Giants and will all join Caldesi and Crainich at the MOC.
Geneva Heffernan was the top point scorer for Kearsarge, finishing 22nd in both the slalom and the GS. Ali Sailor took 23rd in the GS and 24th in the slalom, Victoria Botana was 25th in the slalom and 29th in the GS, Bee Chambers wound up 20th in the slalom (Kearsarge’s best individual result of the day) and Faith Lenard was 32nd in the GS to round out the scoring for the Cougars.
Maddie Blajda led the way for Belmont, taking 16th in the slalom and 17th in the GS. The Red Raiders other points came from Kylie Donnovan (21st GS, 27th slalom), Cori Heimlich (29th GS, 37th slalom), Miracle Dillon (33rd GS) and Alexa Robbins (34th slalom).
Hillsboro-Deering’s Moore earned a place in both races at the MOC with an impressive day, taking fifth in the GS and seventh in the slalom. Molly Wilson (31st slalom, 41st GS), Jordan Goodliff (34th GS, 42nd slalom), Meghan Pushee (44th GS) and Leah Dunbar (47th slalom) also scored for the Hillcats.
Bow’s Danielle Gould also earned a spot in the MOC as she took seventh in the GS. Meredith Howe (11th slalom, 16th GS) had a good day for the Falcons, who also got slalom points from Sarah Davis (25th) and Gould (26th).
BOYS’ ALPINE SKIING
DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS
Two of the Crimson Tide’s top skiers fell during the morning GS runs, and Concord went into the afternoon in sixth place, but the team rallied in the slalom to jump up a spot and take fifth at Mount Sunapee.
“It was kind of the story of our season, we just couldn’t be consistent compared to some of these other teams with more racing experience,” Concord Coach George Golden said. “The boys were pretty down on themselves at lunch with that sixth in the GS, but they came out and had their best slalom run of the season.”
Bedford, the defending champion, ran away with the title with 771 points. Keene was second with 722 followed by Pinkerton Academy (681), Timberlane (676) and Concord (641).
Tide Senior Liam Healy had the ninth best GS time after the first run (36.94 seconds), but then fell two gates from the finish in the second run and wound up with a DNF. Conner Giarardin went the other way, falling in his first run before coming back with a strong second run (25th overall), but it didn’t help the Tide in the standings. Trevor Devanny (15th), Caleb Seymour (19th), Matt Adams(34th) and David Bamidele (62nd) scored Concord’s GS points.
Healy led the Tide’s resurgence in the afternoon slalom runs by finishing 11th overall, missing the top 10, and a spot in the MOC, by .14 seconds. Devanny (12th), Seymour (18th) and Jules Townsend (19th) rounded out the scoring for Concord, while Giarardin (22nd) and Mattias Lambert (30th) also turned in solid performances.
DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pembroke Academy was 12th after the morning GS runs, but the Spartans didn’t fare as well on the slalom course at Waterville Valley and finished 14th with 390 points. Kennett (765 points) won its fifth straight title, and 11th in the last 12 years. Hanover was second with 735 points followed by Plymouth (695.5), Lebanon (644) and Hollis-Brookline (598). John Stark (211.5) was 15th.
Edward Miner led the Spartans by taking 26th in the GS and 33rd in the slalom. Andrew Goulet (57th GS, 71st slalom), Killian Drouse (71st GS, 74th slalom) and Cole Sporcic (66th GS) also scored for Pembroke.