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DIVISION III BOYS’ ALPINE

Bow captures 4th D-III Alpine championship in 6 years

Bow boys’ Alpine keeps focus in run to title

  • Bow's Elias Haterm skis for a combined time of 1:20. 80 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Elias Haterm skis for a combined time of 1:20. 80 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Anders Hanson skis for a combnined time of 1:18.99 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Bow's Anders Hanson skis for a combnined time of 1:18.99 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Angelo Palmer of Belmont skis for a combined time of 1:22.01 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Angelo Palmer of Belmont skis for a combined time of 1:22.01 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Sunny Choi skis for a cobined time of 1:18.31 in Division III slalom state championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's Sunny Choi skis for a cobined time of 1:18.31 in Division III slalom state championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

    (ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

  • Bow's Elias Haterm skis for a combined time of 1:20. 80 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Bow's Anders Hanson skis for a combnined time of 1:18.99 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Angelo Palmer of Belmont skis for a combined time of 1:22.01 in the slalom at the State Championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady's Sunny Choi skis for a cobined time of 1:18.31 in Division III slalom state championship at Gunstock; Tuesday, February 12, 2013.<br/><br/>(ALEXANDER COHN / Monitor staff)

After the morning slalom run yesterday at the Division III boys’ Alpine championship, Bow held a slim two-point lead. But that’s not what Coach Bob Cummings told his team.

“I told them they were close,” Cummings said, “but I didn’t let them know they were ahead.”

Thinking they had ground to make up, the Falcons dominated the afternoon giant slalom run at Gunstock Mountain and claimed their fourth D-III championship in six years. Bow also won it in 2008, 2010 and 2011.

The Falcons finished with 745 team points to take the title. Gilford was second with 725 and Bishop Brady took third with 694. Belmont (650) was fifth, Hillsboro-Deering (639) took sixth and Kearsarge (637) finished seventh.

Bow was fortunate to still be in the competition, let alone in the lead, after that morning slalom run. Teams record scores from four skiers, but two of the Falcons six skiers didn’t finish both runs, and a fourth, Patrick Hughes, fell during his first run but stayed on the course and finished.

“It wasn’t too bad of a fall, but if (Hughes) had given up on it instead versus sticking with it, we would have been out of it,” Cummings said. “That’s something we’ve been working on all season.”

With his combined times, Hughes wound up 19th overall in the slalom. Bow also got slalom points from Logan Whalley (12th overall), Elias Hatem (fourth) and Anders Hanson, who finished second overall with a combined time of 1:18.99, 1.01 seconds behind first-place finisher Gunner Stecher of Gilford. And in the afternoon giant slalom races, Hanson displayed the same kind of determination Hughes showed in the morning.

After posting a 33.74 time in his first GS run, the fastest to that point, Hanson fell in his second run but pulled himself up and still managed to finish in 37.28, which put him at sixth overall for the GS.

“That just shows you how good he can be,” Cummings said.

Hatem, one of Bow’s two seniors along with Hanson, was the Falcons most consistent skier and wound up second overall in the GS with a combined time of 1:09.22, .64 seconds behind Gilford’s Stecher, who also took first in the GS.

“The two seniors showed some great leadership,” Cummings said.

Phillip Rizzi was one of the Bow skiers who didn’t finish a slalom run, but he bounced back in a big way in the afternoon by taking fifth overall in the GS. Hughes was the team’s fourth finisher in the GS and was 13th overall.

“They finally skied up to their ability today,” Cummings said. “This was a real team victory. They all skied well today and they all helped each other out.”

Falls hurt Brady during the slalom as the Green Giants had just 327 points after the morning runs, putting them in fifth and 40 points behind Bow. Brady came back strong in the afternoon as it put three skiers in the top 10 of the GS (all top 10 finishers advance to the Meet of Champions) – Brendan Bryck (fourth), Sunny Choi (eighth) and Martin Hecka (ninth). Connor Devoe (16th) also got points in the GS for the Giants. Brady’s slalom points came from Jack Bryck (fifth), Devoe (15th), Brenden Bryck (16th) and Tim Garrett (46th).

Angelo Palmer led Belmont to its fifth-place finish as he finished sixth in the slalom and 10th in the GS. T.J. Hennessey (20th GS, 21st slalom), Chris Bishop-Spooner (15th GS), Austin Wilder (24th slalom), Cory Yelle (28th GS) and Brad Cyr (43rd slalom) also scored points for the Red Raiders.

Hillsboro-Deering’s Brad Moore had an outstanding day, taking third in the slalom and seventh in the GS. Tim Wilson also scored in both events for H-D, taking 20th in the slalom and 23rd in the GS. Danny Egner (19th GS), Christopher Tanner (48th GS), Paul Mooney (31st slalom) and Tevan Millett (33rd slalom) accounted for the Hillcats other points.

David Smith was Keararge’s steadiest skier, taking 17th in the GS and 18th in the slalom. Andrew Bolger had the Cougars best finish, taking 11th in the slalom. Cameron Commerford (17th slalom, 27th GS), Patrick Moore (26th slalom), Tanner Boucher (31st GS) and Christian DiDominic (33rd GS) completed the scoring for Kearsarge.

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