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February 12, 2014

TC ski teams reach state finals

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.

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