State ski title for Aspen High School boys
The Aspen Times
Make room for another state championship banner. And another state championship trophy.
Aspen High School added to its collection of state championship memorabilia this week at the CHSAA State Skiing Championships at Eldora, near Nederland.
The Aspen High School boys ski team won the 2014 state title with a balanced performance in all four disciplines at the combined nordic-alpine state meet.
And the Aspen High School girls ski team finished a close second to Summit High School in the meet that included classic and skating events on the nordic side and slalom and giant slalom events on the alpine side.
The state championship for the Aspen boys was the seventh in school history — all since 2000 when AHS joined the Colorado High School Activities Association ski racing program. The Aspen boys last won state in 2012.
Aspen totaled 624 points to win the boys state title. That included second-place team finishes in the giant slalom, classic cross country and skate cross country. The Aspen boys finished third in the slalom.
Battle Mountain (Vail area) finished second with 613 points. Defending state boys champion Summit was third (608), followed by Evergreen, Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley, Nederland, Clear Creek, Middle Park, Lake County, Vail Mountain School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Carbondale), Ridge View and Platte Canyon.
On the girls side, Summit High School (located between Frisco and Breckenridge in Summit County) won its 19th state skiing championship and second in a row. The Tigers totaled 665 points to win the girls title.
Aspen was next at 648.
Host Nederland was next at 599.
The Aspen girls won the giant slalom event as a team and finished third in slalom.
The Skiers were second in the skate race and second in the classic race for girls.
In overall season-long awards, Nederland’s Bailey Kuechenmeister won the girls state Skimeister award for the third consecutive year. She is the state’s first three-time girls winner.
Steamboat Springs’ Peter White won the boys’ Skimeister award, given each year to the top overall skier based upon a season-long competition in all four ski events.
The Aspen High School boys alpine skiers were led by Luca Woehrle, who finished second in both the slalom and giant slalom.
Sands Simonton of Battle Mountain won both races at the state championships.
In the slalom, Scott Houtsma of Aspen finished 15th with Graham Houtsma of the Skiers 16th.
Tye Zasacky was 26th for the Skiers. David Mondry was 31st for Aspen.
In the cross country skating event, Cameron Bobb of Summit won ahead of teammate Henry Trowbridge. Joe Sawyer, also of Summit, was third.
Aspen, with seven skiers among the top 16, was paced by Nick Sweeney in sixth and Ben Belinski in ninth.
Hudson MacNamee was No. 11 at state, Max Marolt was No. 12, Ford McClure was No. 14 and Graham Houtsma was No. 16 for the Skiers.
Alex Wells added a 21st place for Aspen. Teammate Scott Houtsma was No. 27.
Sweeney also led Aspen in the classic race when he finished fourth. Teammate Ford McClure was 12th.
Aspen then grouped Jack Sweeney, Ben Belinski, Marolt and Hudson MacNamee together at 17-20.
In the boys giant slalom, held a day earlier, Marolt finished seventh for the Aspen boys. Kyle LaCouture was 14th, and Scott Houtsma finished 17th.
In the girls slalom, Anne Parker of Summit finished first with Nederland’s Keile Kropf second.
Aspen was led by Hanna Mass in sixth and Anna Patterson in seventh.
Sharaf Dolores of the Skiers finished 13th.
Hannah Clauss was 17th for Aspen.
In the girls giant slalom at Eldora, Haley Frischholz of Battle Mountain won with Summit’s Parker second.
Aspen’s Mass led the Skiers with a third-place finish. Teammate Patterson was tight behind in foiurth place.
Quincy Dollahan of Aspen added a seventh-place finish.
Pascale Augspurge was 10th for Aspen with Dolores Sharaf 13th and Hannah Clauss 14th.
Nina Beidleman led the Aspen cross country skate-skiers at state. She finished fifth in the state championship finals.
Teammate Hannah Dodge was eighth and Logan MacNamee was ninth.
Else Dodge was 13th for Aspen.
Daisy McClure of Aspen was 19th.
Logan MacNamee paced the Skiers with a seventh-place finish in the classic race. Hannah Dodge was ninth.
Sophie Stuber finished 11th with Else Dodge 12th.
McClure and Biedleman finished 15-16 for Aspen.
Summit’s Taeler McCrerey won both individual cross country races at the state championships.
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