Following a solid tune-up last weekend in Jericho, the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team will go for the gold in state meets Friday in Bennington and Monday at Craftsbury.
It will be classic racing at Mount Anthony Union in Bennington, with the boys hitting the trail at 10:30 a.m. and the girls at 11:30 a.m. Relays are set for the afternoon.
A similar schedule is set for freestyle in Craftsbury, with girls starting at 10:30 a.m. and boys at 11:30 a.m., again with relays in the afternoon.
Last weekend, the girls rolled to a 12-51 victory over second-place host Mount Mansfield Union High and four other teams.
Kylie deGroot (18 minutes, 40 seconds) earned the victory, with teammate Johanna Fehrs (18:53) taking second place. Joining them in the top six were Redhawks Sienna Searles, (4), Abby Stoner (5) and Anya Rose (6).
The boys took second to Mount Mansfield in the team totals. The Cougars were led by winner Nick Marshall in totaling 16 points to 40 for CVU.
The Redhawks' Andrew Childs was third and Sam Epstein fourth.
— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent