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Concord’s Finch repeats as girls’ ski jumping champion

  • Concord's Julia Finch flies through the air after launching off the ski jump in the division II state ski jumping championship, February 15, 2013<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Concord's Julia Finch flies through the air after launching off the ski jump in the division II state ski jumping championship, February 15, 2013

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Hopkinton's Ian McCluskey launched off the ski jump in the division II state ski jumping championship, February 15, 2013<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Hopkinton's Ian McCluskey launched off the ski jump in the division II state ski jumping championship, February 15, 2013

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Concord's Julia Finch flies through the air after launching off the ski jump in the division II state ski jumping championship, February 15, 2013<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Hopkinton's Ian McCluskey launched off the ski jump in the division II state ski jumping championship, February 15, 2013<br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

Concord’s Julia Finch won her second straight girls’ ski jumping title last night at the championship meet at Proctor Academy. And she did it in style.

“Going in I thought it was going to be really close for the girls, but (Finch) won by a good amount,” Concord Coach John Fulton said. “I think the judges liked her style.”

Finch, a senior, finished with 98.5 points while Sunapee’s Abby Armstrong took second with 94.5. Finch’s score also led the Crimson Tide, which wound up sixth overall with 316 team points.

Hanover won the title with 378.5 points, edging out Plymouth (373.5), which had won the last two championships. Hopkinton finished a close third with 368 points and Kennett was fourth with 352.5.

Hanover’s Asher Brown, in just his first year of jumping, tied for first overall with Plymouth’s Andrew Gabbeitt.

Hopkinton’s James McCluskey wound up in a three-way tie for third and was the top scorer for the Hawks. Ned Metcalf (seventh overall), Ian McCluskey (10th) and Jake Hemmerlein (15th) also scored for Hopkinton. It was a good effort from Ian McCluskey, who was Hopkinton’s top performer for most of the season but has been jumping with an injury for the past two weeks.

“If he hadn’t been hurt, Hopkinton may have won it,” Fulton said.

It will probably be the last ski competition of any kind for Finch, who is going to college in Texas next year. She found her jumping rhythm after the recent snowfall and rose to the occasion of the big meet last night.

Concord’s Tyler Dow wound up tied with Finch at 24th in the overall standings. Ryan Erlich-Mitchell (31st) and Ben Denoncourt (33rd) also scored for Concord.

Bishop Brady’s Warren Bartlett, who was vying for the new Nordic skimeister title (best combined Nordic and jumping results) took 11th overall. Kennett’s Torin Laliberte won the skimeister honor.

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