Chittenden County alpine ski and snowboard capsules

Chittenden County alpine ski and snowboard capsules


Chittenden County alpine ski and snowboard capsules



* Coach: Sarah Minkler (third season)

* Last season: Girls placed 10th at state championships; boys 11th

* Key returnees: Boys — Alex Mazuzan, senior; Isaac Moran, senior; Cole Kahmneo, junior. Girls — Anna Kronk, senior; Lucie Hladik, sophomore; Bella Singer, sophomore

* Key newcomers: “Don’t know their skills yet,” Minkler said.

* Outlook: “We had both teams make it to states last year, with the goal of making it again this year,” Minkler said. “Our team has grown greatly in number of girls — from three girls two years ago to six last year to eight this year — and slightly overall. We have a strong group of seniors.”

* Next race: Thursday at Cochran’s


* Coach: Mike Minnerly (10th season)

* Last season: Girls placed fourth at state championships; boys sixth

* Key returnees: Boys — Skye Golann, senior; Will Colomb, senior; Ted Hadley, junior; Boomer Vazquez, sophomore. Girls — Emma Putre, junior; Cassidy McGlaflin, junior; Natalie Franklin, junior; Emma Owens, sophomore.

* Key newcomers: Boys — Caden Frost, freshman; Cole Bartlett, freshman. Girls — Noelle DesLauriers, freshman

* Outlook: Minnerly saw his roster swell to 37 skiers this season, causing him to raise the bar of expectation for his Redhawks. “I think for both the boys and girls, a top-4 finish at states would be a nice year,” the coach said. Minnerly called Putre “as good as anybody” and said Owens is “really coming on strong” as a potential No. 2 skier for the girls, while Hadley has the potential to earn his first trip to the Eastern Championships.

* Next race: Thursday at Cochran’s


* Coach: Kevin Ose (third season)

* Last season: Boys and girls did not place at state championships

* Key returnees: Boys — Victor Ayer, senior; Dugan O’Donnell, senior; Nick Bacon, senior; AJ Stephens, senior; Cassidy Moore, senior; Nate Schramm, junior. Girls — Julia Meadows, senior; Annie Meadows, junior; Abby Harrington, sophomore; Katie White, sophomore.

* Key newcomers: Girls — Isabell Ayer, freshman; Kiah Martin, freshman; Lynneah Rabidoux, freshman

* Outlook: Ose has the Lakers aimed at individual and team goals such as better placement and eventual state championship qualification for both the boys and girls. A growing roster should help. “(The) overall total team number of racers has increased each of the past three seasons,” Ose said, adding that his skiers have shown “great attitudes in preseason training.”

Harrington, who qualified for the state championships last season as a freshman, should anchor the girls squad. A “very senior-laden and deep” boys team has the experience and leadership to take the next step, according to Ose.

* Next race: Thursday at Cochran’s


* Coach: Mike Goodrich (23rd season)

* Last season: Boys placed eighth in state championships; girls 11th

* Key returnees: Boys — Michael Hladky, senior; Jacob Benson, senior; Doug Schonholtz, senior. Girls — Corinne Jacobsen, senior; Annie Bovee, sophomore

* Key newcomers: Even Friedman, sophomore; Chase Dunbar, sophomore; Brennan Goodrich, sophomore; Eric Dewitt, freshman

* Outlook: Led by Hladky — who was runner-up in the slalom at last year’s state championships — the Hornets hope their balance of experience and new talent helps them compete with perennial powers such as Mount Mansfield and defending champion Burr and Burton. “The big dogs are still out there, but we’re not going to just roll over for them,” said Goodrich, singling out the positive attitude of younger skiers such as sophomore Sully Martin. “Other than a couple of powerhouses, I think the rest of the field is wide open.”

* Next race: Wednesday at Smugglers’ Notch


* Coach: Julie Sloan (eighth season)

* Last season: Girls won state championship; boys placed fifth

* Key returnees: Boys — Hayden Russell, senior; Kyle Polson, junior; Tommy Chivers, sophomore. Girls — Ali Chivers, senior; Lucy Harrington, senior; Karin Rand, sophomore

* Key newcomers: None singled out.

* Outlook: The Cougar girls’ state title defense will be anchored by Chivers, who swept the slalom and GS at last year’s Vermont championships. Another former state champion, Harrington, will provide a nice counter-punch, while Rand looked strong with a fourth-place finish in MMU’s season-opening slalom race at Burke on Dec. 16.

The boys’ top skier, Polson, started his season off with a slalom win at Burke, and has championship experience after capturing the state GS crown as a freshman.

* Next race: Thursday at Cochran’s


* Coach: Rob Engelken (first season)

* Last season: Girls placed ninth at state championships; boys did not place

* Key returnees: Boys — Iskandar Khan, senior. Girls — Camille Fontaine-Morin, senior; Lindsay Swanson, senior.

* Key newcomers: Boys — Spencer Beattie, senior. Girls — Anna Schibli, freshman; Carolyn Cutting, freshman.

* Outlook: In taking over the reins of the Green Knights from Sarah Wilde, Engelken inherited “a team without a lot of experience, but working hard and looking to improve week to week.” The coach sees his slightly deeper girls squad as “hoping to make states,” while the boys are “hoping to have some personal bests.”

The fact that nine of Rice’s 20 skiers are underclassmen — including six freshmen — bodes well for the program’s immediate future.

* Next race: Thursday at Cochran’s


* Coach: Al Dworshak (18th season)

* Last season: Boys placed ninth at state championships; girls 13th

* Key returnees: Boys — Jack Barron, senior; Jackson Hall, senior; David Kunin, senior; Gunnar Nielsen, sophomore. Girls — Melina Heroux, senior; Ali Barron, junior.

* Key newcomers: Boys — Steven Cone, freshman; Rudd Rexford, freshman. Girls — Madi Grabowski, freshman; Ava Hultgren, freshman; Ellie Hall, freshman; Annika Nielsen, freshman.

* Outlook: An influx of new talent has Dworshak defining success largely on an individual basis for his Rebels. “With 11 new skiers on our team, we hope to build with a diverse range of ski race experience and to improve every skier at every level,” the coach said.

Cone has already made an impact as the SBHS boys’ top performer (fourth) in their season-opening slalom race at Burke on Dec. 16.

* Next race: Thursday at Cochran’s

South Burlington (snowboarding)

* Coach: Jeff Hagstrom (first season), Theresa Akerley (first season)

* Last season: Boys placed second at state championships; girls did not place

* Key returnees: Boys — Devin Capen, senior; Bobby Pizer, senior; Quentin Heinzer, senior; Ryan Morrisey, senior. Girls — Alia Jenkins, senior; Emma Sheffield, sophomore.

* Key newcomers: Boys — Trevor Daniels, sophomore; Kendrick Brayman, sophomore

* Outlook: The Rebel boys boast a deep and experienced squad featuring a dozen seniors. “After finishing a close second overall in the state tournament last year, we are hoping to improve our performance,” Hagstrom said. “We have a strong returning group with a lot of experience.”

Akerley described the two girls on the team as “strong riders,” who aim to “build core strength, progress and grow individual skills … as well as build confidence on and off the mountain.”

* Next up: Friday at Okemo

— Adam White


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