HARBOR SPRINGS — The difference right now between the Traverse City West and Traverse City Central girls ski teams seems razor thin.
Three days after Central edged West by 1.5 points in an abbreviated meet at Schuss Mountain, West got the upper hand on Central by one-half point on Thursday in a Big North Conference meet at Nubs Nob.
The Titans scored 51 points, while the Trojans were second with 51.5. Petoskey was a distant third (89) and Cadillac was fourth (91.5).
On the boys side, Petoskey ran away with the meet, scoring 35 points. Central had 70 for second, Cadillac was third (84) and West took fourth (114).
Morgan Culp, Ginevra Gabrielli and Claire Podges led the Titans. Culp went second in the slalom (56.66) and fifth in the giant slalom (1:00.91), Gabrielli was fourth in giant slalom (1:00.49) and seventh in slalom (1:01.73), while Podges took third in giant slalom (59.97) and eighth in slalom (1:02.63). Devan Gorton took 10th for West in the giant slalom (1:04.10) and Kitt Hornbogen was 12th in the slalom (1:03.32).
“We had a little bit of trouble — some stumbles in slalom and a little bit of trouble in GS, too,” said West coach Ed Johnson. “The depth we had was enough to make up the difference. We ended up having a good day. A good, solid day for the girls. I’m proud of that bunch.”
Lili Lockwood took first overall in giant slalom (57.63) for Central, but fell in slalom and ended up 21st. Magie Dutmers led the Trojans in slalom with a third-place finish (1:00.89) and was sixth in giant slalom (1:00.98). Devon Dotterrer went fifth in slalom (1:01.07) and eighth in GS (1:03.26), Bailey Versluis was ninth in GS (1:03.75) for the Trojans. Rounding out Central’s scorers in slalom were Molly Whiting in ninth (1:02.72) and Katy Zimmerman in 10th (1:02.86).
“We were ahead by two points after the slalom,” said Central coach Jerry Stanek. “Lili Lockwood went down in the slalom and that kind of set us back a little bit. We need her to be a counter each time we race so that put us in a hole. We skied a pretty good GS.”
Petoskey’s Mia Ciccoretti had the best day of any of the girls, winning the slalom in 55.09 and taking second in giant slalom (57.8).
Petoskey took the top four spots in the boys slalom, starting with Trevor Kingsbury (58.04), followed by Garret Lundteigen (58.15), Mitch Makela (59.47) and Gunnar Lundteigen (59.70). Gunnar Lundteigen took second in GS (53.24) with Patrick Sheperd taking sixth (55.38), Garret Lundteigen eighth (55.78) and Kingsbury ninth (55.88).
John Whiting led Central in the GS, taking third (53.95), with Kurt Frick going fifth (55.35), Brendan Wells seventh (55.77) and Dirk Phelps 10th (56.33). Those performances tied the Trojans with Petoskey for the best score in the event. Central couldn’t match the Northmen’s showing in slalom, however. Phelps led Central in sixth (1:00.64), Tyler Sepanik was seventh (1:00.83), Ben Saunders took 13th (1:05.73) and Lars Hornburg was 19th (1:08.91).
Austin Skibowski returned from a minor concussion to lead the West boys. Skibowski was fifth in slalom (1:00.33) and 12th in GS (57.06). Evan Culp (8th, 1:01.7), Ryan Geiser (17th, 1:07.28) and Luca Roggenkamp (22nd, 1:15.68) rounded out West’s counters in the slalom. In GS, West had a 13th from Ben Friar (57.08), a 16th from Geiser (58.11) and a 21st from Culp (1:00.64).
Cadillac’s Keenan Cooper was the overall winner in the giant slalom (52.97).
Rams sweep at Boyne Mountain
Harbor Springs swept a Lake Michigan Conference meet at Boyne Mountain.
The boys finished with 48.5 points, Elk Rapids/St. Francis 73.5. The girls had 39.5 points, Elk Rapids/St. Francis 85.
Harbor’s Tia Esposito and St. Francis’ Carlee McCardel dominated the girls race. McCardel won the giant slalom (1:02.94) and was second in the slalom (1:24.80). Esposito claimed the slalom (1:23.97) and took second in giant slalom (1:04.72).
Harbor Springs put six in the top 10 in slalom to pull away.
Elk Rapids/St. Francis placed three in the top seven in the giant slalom. In addition to McCardel, Sara Trilla took fourth (1:06.45) and Haley Chell seventh (1:07.35). Danielle Donahue was 24th 1:26.53.
In the slalom, Trilla came in 12th (1:35.47), Chell 13th (1:35.48) and Donahue 22nd.
Harbor’s Shea Fuhrman swept the slalom (1:16.88) and giant slalom (1:04.06) in the boys meet. Teammate John Bailey was second in slalom (1:19.48) and third in giant slalom (1:04.40). Charelvoix’s Brad Klinger was second (1:04.23).
For Elk Rapids/St Francis, Sean Wells was fifth (1:04.95), Nick Cunningham eighth (1:06.37), Christian Stellin 10th (1:06.50) and Addison Clark 11th (1:06.98) in giant slalom. In slalom, Jake Klein finished eighth (1:23.89), Cunningham ninth (1:24.54), Stellin 10th (1:25.06) and Clark 13th 1:30.65).