Spring Lake’s varsity skiing team ended a wildly successful first season of varsity competition with their heads held high, as the Lakers placed seventh overall at the Division 2 state finals at Marquette Mountain.
Thanks to a stellar seventh-place showing by sophomore Bricker Reed, the Lakers had to be feeling good about their chances after the giant slalom competition, as they were sitting in fourth place. Reed finished his two runs in a combined time of 1 minute, 1.46 seconds.
The Lakers also received a 22nd place showing from Collin Roberts; a 24th place finish by Harrison Palmer; a 27th place finish by Nora Reed, a 48th place finish by Mariada Gezon.
But the Lakers slipped in the standings in the slalom, where their lack of depth was exposed.
“With only five of our six athletes making the trip to Marquette, we could not afford any mistakes,” said Lakers’ coach Gary Roberts. “You always need the two backups to relieve some pressure from the others. We had our share of problems in the slalom. We relied on our anchor, Mariada Gezon, to help us salvage a respectable combined finish. She pulled through.”
Palmer led the Lakers with a 17th place finish in the slalom, while Roberts took 19th. Nora Reed took 38th and Gezon was 43rd. Bricker Reed was tagged with a ‘DNF’ in the event.
Petoskey was crowned the state champions with a final score of 89 points. Bloomfield Hills Andover earned the runner-up spot with 119 points.
VALLIER STRUGGLES AT D-1 FINALS
A slow first run in the slalom proved costly to Grand Haven’s Lindy Vallier, as she placed 51st overall in the competition at the Division 1 ski finals, held at Boyne Mountain in Charlevoix.
Vallier, the lone Bucs’ competitor at the event, finished her first run down the hill in 56.78 seconds, but was considerably faster on her second, trimming off nearly 17 seconds for a combined time of 1:36.63.
The champion of the event was Monica Hessler of Traverse City West at 1:05.69.
Traverse City Central was crowned the state champions, beating out Walled Lake Central by 11 points in the final standings.