CVU boys alpine ski team wins districts (2/18/10)

Feb. 18, 2010

If there were questions about depth on the Champlain Valley Union High boys alpine ski roster, those queries have been answered in the affirmative.

The Redhawks, without injured aces Cody Putre and Warren Colomb cruised to the northern district title Tuesday at Smugglers’ Notch Resort by 39 points over runner-up St. Johnsbury Academy.

“This is a team sport,” CVU alpine coach Mike Minnerly told the media after the boys’ victory, noting that his skiers didn’t try to overcompensate by “going down the hill with their hair on fire.”

Veteran Dan Caffrey earned a victory in the two-run slalom, nudging Max Johnson of St. Johnsbury. Golden Golann finished tenth to join teammate Caffrey at the top of the list.

Caffrey took second place in the giant slalom with Caleb Ladue zipping into sixth place. Mount Mansfield Union’s David Polson was the victor.

“We had no major mistakes. Every kid finished today,” Minnerly said.

CVU came in with a combined 91 points to 130 for St. Johnsbury.

Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans was third (141). Mount Mansfield (282) came in seventh.

Putre, who has a concussion, and Colomb, with a knee injury, could be back for the state meet in 10 days.

The girls team will try to make it two-for-two Thursday in its district meet, also at Smugglers’ Notch.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent