Traverse City Record-Eagle


January 31, 2014

TC West girls edge Central at ski meet

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.”

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