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Ski championships: Bow girls’ Nordic team wins fifth straight title

  • Bow's Naomi Kramer skis up the final hill on the course at the Division III Nordic skiing championship on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Naomi Kramer skis up the final hill on the course at the Division III Nordic skiing championship on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Aiden Irish tries to surge past a White Mountains skier in the Division III championship at White Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Irish finished 14th overall in the classic race as the Falcons took third as a team. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Aiden Irish tries to surge past a White Mountains skier in the Division III championship at White Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Irish finished 14th overall in the classic race as the Falcons took third as a team.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School.
    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Naomi Kramer skis up the final hill on the course at the Division III Nordic skiing championship on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School in Whitefield. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Aiden Irish tries to surge past a White Mountains skier in the Division III championship at White Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Irish finished 14th overall in the classic race as the Falcons took third as a team. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Bow and Kearsarge girls finish strong at the Division III Nordic championships on Wednesday morning, February 12, 2014 at White Mountain Regional High School. <br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

The Bow girls might have been the favorite going into yesterday’s Division III Nordic ski championships, but the Falcons knew nothing was guaranteed, even if they were the four-time defending champions. White Mountains had made that point clear just last week.

In the huge field at the New Hampshire Coaches Series classical race last Thursday, White Mountains served notice by finishing ahead of Bow. So when the Falcons showed up yesterday on the Spartans’ home course for the D-III state meet, and the classic event was the first of the day, Bow was ready for a showdown.

“They were serious in that classical race,” Bow Coach Chris Naimie said of his Falcons. “And they really laid down some great times.”

Those great times gave the Falcons a lead heading into the afternoon race, but only a slight one. It didn’t matter. Bow outdueled White Mountains again in the afternoon freestyle event to finish with a 760.5-753 advantage over the Spartans and a fifth straight title. Kearsarge was third with 705 and Belmont finished sixth.

The tables were turned on the boys’ side as White Mountains was first with 761.5 points, Gilford (758) took second and Bow (743.5) was third. The Kearsarge boys wound up fifth and Belmont was sixth.

Like she did last year, Falcon senior Naomi Kramer finished first in both races. Kramer posted a 14:23 to claim the classic race and a 12:59 to win the freestyle event, and Bow’s Lilly Naimie was second in both races (14:46 classical, 13:17 freestyle). Jessica Schanlaber was just one second behind Naimie in the classic race, but the next closest competitor was 54 seconds away and the third-place freestyle finisher was 52 seconds behind Naimie.

“Naomi and Lilly were the class of the field,” Coach Naimie said, “but it wasn’t really how those two girls finished that decided things. That was more about our third- and fourth-place finishers and they really had great results for us.”

In the classic race that was Hannah Weckstein (10th overall) and Maggie Jensen (11th), and in the freestyle it was Weckstein (ninth) and Madison Duffy (11th). Weckstein, along with the other top-10 finishers in both races, qualified for the Meet of Champions with her results. Jensen just missed out on the MOC, but her result was a fitting end to her season.

“(Jensen) was the skier for us across the whole team, girls and boys, that skied up the most relative to what she’s done through the whole season; she had a phenomenal ski,” Naimie said. “She’s been on a trajectory this season that’s had a real rapid growth. She’s very enthused about skiing fast and she just keeps working on it and getting better and better.”

Duffy sat out the morning race and used that saved energy to help propel the entire team in the afternoon.

“Madison was really one of the catalysts in the freestyle race,” Naimie said. “In the morning she was there to support her teammates, but in the afternoon she was really getting them charged up, she was able to be that spark to help the rest of the team get back out there on tired legs.”

The Falcons also had some obvious motivation in their sights in the afternoon. They happened to be starting behind White Mountains in the random, staggered start. So Naimie gave his team, which held a precarious 380-377 lead at that point, some simple instructions.

“My challenge to them was to catch the girl from White Mountains who is in front of you, and if every one of you catches the girl in front of you, you’ll win,” Naimie said. “And the wonderful thing to see was that we won five of those six matches.”

Freshman Maggie Lee led the way for the Kearsarge girls, finishing sixth in both the classic and freestyle races. The Cougars also got points from Kayleigh Davis (10th freestyle, 12th classic), Maddie Cook (16th freestyle, 17th classic) and Emily Kelly (22nd freestyle, 23rd classic). Belmont had just two competitors – Talia Sperduto (21st freestlye, 24th classic) and Carol Lipshultz (28th freestyle, 30th classic).

The Bow boys couldn’t win a third straight title, but Mitch Blair had one of the best individual days Naimie could remember for that Falcons team. Blair was fifth in the classic race and took fourth in the freestyle. Andrew Weckstein, who had surgeries on both his calves during the season, was eighth in the freestyle event and ninth in the classic. David Merchan (eighth classic, 12th freestyle) and Aiden Irish (sixth freestyle, 14th classic) also scored for the Falcons, and all four of those boys will be going to the MOC.

Tim Cunningham had the best day for the Kearsarge boys, finishing 16th in the classic race and 18th in the freestyle. Brandon Butcher (21st classic, 23rd freestyle), Keatton Hansen (21st freestyle, 23rd classic), Grant Kroft (24th classic) and Eric Scheuch (25th freestyle) also scored for the Cougars. And Riley Wood (24th freestyle, 27th classic) was the only boy who competed for Belmont.

DIVISION IV GIRLS’ ALPINE

Hopkinton third

A strong slalom propelled Hopkinton from fifth place to third place in the Division IV championships at Cannon Mountain.

The Hawks sat in fifth place after the morning’s giant slalom, but led by Meg Hemmerlein’s victory in the afternoon, Hopkinton placed three skiers in the top 13 to take third in the slalom and third overall with 692.5 points. Lin-Wood (762) won the title, ending the two-year title run of Profile (738), which finished runner-up.

Derryfield (690), Woodsville (663.5), Gorham (633), Sunapee (623), Littleton (604) and Moultonborough (138) rounded out the field.

Hemmerlein won the slalom in a two-run combined time of 81.29 and was runner-up in the GS in 56.5. Lin-Wood’s Pearce Bourassa won the GS in 56.05.

Other scoring skiers for the Hawks were Melissa Irwin (20th GS, eighth slalom), Ireland Tawney (tied-21st GS, tied-13th slalom), Jordan Rose Mack (32nd GS) and Ally Rose (29th slalom).

Hemmerlein and Irwin both qualified for the Meet of Champions, while Maddie Sorel is ranked fifth among six skiers competing for skimeister, signifying the top skier who competes in both Alpine and Nordic.

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