District meets loom for CVU alpine skiers2/12/09

Feb. 12, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Competition at Stowe Mountain Resort on Thursday against several high school teams will be the final tune-up for the Champlain Valley Union High alpine ski teams before the upcoming Northern Vermont District meets.

The girls will square off in their districts on Tuesday at Mount Ellen, while the boys will have their competition on Friday, Feb. 20 at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville.

The Jeffersonville slopes were where the CVU team captured the title in a combined boys-girls event this past weekend against 10 other schools.

In final team scores, the Redhawks swooped to a 148 to 266 triumph over runner-up Stowe High.

“We had a good weekend,” summed up CVU alpine coach Mike Minnerly.

Cassie Smith, who took fifth in the two-run slalom and ninth in giant slalom, led the girls team in the two-event races. Allie Maynes was eighth in GS, while Mariah Hill took sixth in the slalom combined times.

Dan Caffrey (4th), Cody Putre (5th) and Sam Darling (7th) paced CVU in the giant slalom. Caffrey took third, Putre seventh and Warren Colomb 10th in the combined slalom runs.

Darling, one of the usual leaders for the Redhawks, had one of those tough days in the slalom.

“He fell in the first run and so was 47th before the second run,” Minnerly said. “He also crashed during the second run, but picked himself up and got down the hill fast enough to boost his combined finish to 23rd.”

Minnerly is confident the teams will do well in their districts.

“We have great depth on the boys side,” he said. “We have 11 skiers capable of top 10 finishes.

The coach said there is depth on the girls side too, with Smith the most consistent high finisher, as well as solid work from Maynes, Erika Gobeille and four freshmen.