MARQUETTE — One more time.
The Traverse City Central and West girls did what they needed to do Tuesday at Marquette Mountain, advancing to the state finals Feb. 24 at Schuss Mountain.
Central edged West for the regional crown, 58-63, setting the stage for one last showdown between the squads later this month.
Marquette, meanwhile, put on a dominating performance in the boys meet, finishing with a perfect score of 20. The Redmen swept the top five places in slalom and giant slalom.
"I know years ago we won a state meet with 26 points, but I'm pretty sure I've never seen a regional or state meet that's been perfect," Central coach Jerry Stanek said. "They (Marquette) were awesome."
The Central and West boys also advanced to the state meet. The Trojans were second with 67 points, West third with 129.
In the girls race, Central gained its five-point advantage in the morning's slalom.
The Trojans and Titans faced adversity early as each lost a top skier — Lili Lockwood and Claire Podges — in slalom, but neither team lost a beat, thanks to solid depth. For Central, Molly Whiting came in fourth (1:19:85), Devon Dotterrer fifth (1:20:49), Maggie Dutmers eighth (1:21:62) and Katie Zimmerman ninth (1:22.09). For West, Morgan Culp took second (1:17.43), Kitt Hornbogen seventh (1:21.31), Ginevra Gabrielli 10th (1:22.53) and Devan Gorton 12th (1:24.33).
The Trojans and Titans skied to a standoff in giant slalom. Lockwood led the Central charge, placing second (1:00.76). Dutmers finished eighth (1:03.04), Whiting 10th (1:04.15) and Dotterrer 12th (1:04.64). Podges paced West, taking fourth (1:01.74). Gabrielli came in fifth (1:02.13), Culp ninth (1:03.31) and Hornbogen 14th (1:05.32).
"We're pretty close with West when we both ski well," Stanek said. "I still think West is a stronger team, but we came out ahead today. It will be a good state meet for sure."
Stanek was pleased with his team's intensity Tuesday.
"Mentally they stayed with it all four runs," he said. "I was more than pleased with the way they competed. They stayed in the game all day long. That's what we need to do."
West coach Ed Johnson was glad to qualify as well.
"We had our shining moments, but I don't think — for the girls — it was one of our finest days," he said. "That's OK. We went there to qualify and that's what we did.
"I still feel good about where we're at. We're very close (with Central). We've gone back and forth all season. It's going to come down to who can put it together that day."
Central won the state title in 2013. West took the state crown in 2012.
Marquette's Gabrielle Gencheff won the giant slalom (58.07) and teammate Hanna Johnson the giant slalom (1:17.02).
The Central boys had a solid day as well. In slalom, Lars Hornberg finished sixth (1:14.90), Dirk Phelps seventh (1:15.62), Tyler Sepanik eighth (1:16.50) and Kurt Frick ninth (1:16.50). In giant slalom, Brendan Wells placed sixth (59.15), Sepanik ninth (59.53), Hornberg 10th (59.88) and Frick 12th (1:00.07).
"We had 24 runs, 24 finishers," Trojan coach Nick Stanek said. "Not one hiccup. That was our goal for the day. It was not to try to beat Marquette. It was to qualify.
"The boys would have liked to have been closer, but that wasn't our focus. It was to qualify and give ourselves a chance to compete against them in the finals."
For West in slalom, Ben Friar came in 10th (1:17.00), Evan Culp 13th (1:19.29), Ryan Geiser 16th (1:19.69) and Marvin Lenz 37th (1:34.95). In giant slalom, Austin Skibowski placed eighth (59.50), Friar 11th (59.95), Culp 15th (1:01.39) and Geiser 19th (1:02.10).
"That was a little bit of an unknown — if the boys would qualify," Johnson said. "We anticipated the girls would, but it's nice to see the boys go as a team."
Marquette's Luke Johnson captured the slalom (1:11.57) and giant slalom (57.18).
The state finals will be at Schuss Mountain, Central's home hill.