Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 25, 2013

Traverse City Central girls aim to win at state ski finals

TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Central girls hope to end a string of five consecutive runner-up finishes at the Division 1 state ski finals today at Boyne Mountain.

“Our goal is to win,” Trojan coach Jerry Stanek said. “That’s what we’re here for. I think our girls are well aware of our record the last five years. They understand this is a team event, not an individual event. If they ski like that, they’ll be fine.”

The Trojans, led by Madison Ostergren and Shannon Weaver, have been unbeatable this winter. But they were last year, too, when Traverse City West beat them for the state championship.

West will be one of Central’s main competitors. The Trojans beat the Titans by 17 points at the regional.

“Obviously, the big challenge is Central,” West coach Ed Johnson said. “I have a lot of respect for them. They have a great program. We know all those kids really well. I wish them the best, too. But we saw it happen last year. They beat us every race we were in, then we took them at the state meet. You just never know.”

Ostergren and West’s Monica Hessler were regional champions. Ostergren and Weaver went one-two in the giant slalom. Hessler took the slalom and tied teammate Morgan Culp for fourth in the giant slalom. Culp has steadily improved to give the Titans a solid one-two punch at the top of the lineup.

“They’re both in good spots right now,” Johnson said. “They’re peaking.”

Clarkston won the boys state crown a year ago. The Wolves will be the team to beat again today.

“I watched them on the hill (Sunday),” Johnson said. “They’re a tough bunch.

“But if a mistake is made at the right time, hey, Clarkston’s not invincible. It could go to any one of four schools and we’re one of those.”

Text Only

Auto Racing News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Bill Murray Continues To Be Just Bill Murray By Eating Some Free Bill Murray Ice Cream Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect Hillary Clinton Blamed Bill's Affair With Monica Lewinsky On Abuse He Suffered As A Child 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl