Aspen High ski teams second, third at state
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School ski teams knocked on the door of more state championships this week, eventually finishing second (girls) and third (boys) in the 2015 state finals in Summit County.
Aspen’s Nick Sweeney set the pace for the Skiers by winning the state title in the boys 5-kilometer classic race, held at the Frisco Nordic Center.
Teammate Graham Houstma finished third to help the Aspen boys take the team title in the 5K classic event.
Combined, the Aspen boys totaled 588 points in the two cross country events (classic and skate) and the two alpine events (giant slalom and slalom).
Battle Mountain (Vail) won the boys team state championship with 657 points.
Summit was second with 622. Evergreen finished fourth behind Aspen with Eagle Valley fifth in the boys scoring.
Jack Sweeney finished 10th in the classic boys race with Ricky Wojcik 15th for Aspen.
In the boys slalom held at Keystone, David Mondry was the top Aspen Skier in 13th place. Kyle LaCouture finished 15th.
Quintin Cook of Battle Mountain won the slalom with teammate Sands Simonton second.
The Aspen High School girls ski team totaled 638 points to finish a close second behind state champion Summit (667).
The Battle Mountain girls finished third (599) with Nederland fourth (531.5).
On the final day of the state championships, Hannah Mass led the Aspen girls in the slalom. She finished third behind champion Sophie Defries of Nederland and runner-up Eleanor Brown-Wolf.
Linzhi Douglas of Aspen finished eighth. Teammate Dolores Sharif was 14th.
Nikki Blizzard was 20th for the Skiers.
In the girls 5K classic race, Chelsea Moore led the Skiers with her sixth-place finish at the state championships.
Melody Lemke was 10th for the Skiers with teammate Adair Pattillo 12th.
Maya McDonald was 14th and Kim Sandbach 28th for Aspen. Hazel Wille was No. 33.
Summit finished 1-2 with Ezra Smith and Ruthie Boyd, respectively.
Lyle Shipp of Vail Mountain School finished third. Megan Rossman of Battle Mountain was fourth.
The Aspen Nordic skiers are coached by Travis Moore. The alpine skiers are coached by Fordy Sinkinson.
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