BELLAIRE — The Traverse City West Titans and senior Hannah Schramski didn't quite understand their own potential.
Schramski, who took home the girls' Division 1 giant slalom individual state title, led an underclassmen-heavy Titan squad to a third-place finishes at the D1 state finals at Schuss Mountain on Monday.
"I didn't know if it was possible for me," Schramski said of her state title comeback run. "Doing that was a culmination of all the hard work over all the years."
The senior was in third place after her first GS run and the lift ride back to the top was filled with only one thought.
"All I was thinking at the top is that I had to win," the senior said of her first state title. "I wouldn't have felt like I left it all out on the hill otherwise."
Schramski edged out Marquette's Jacey Johnson by 0.22 seconds, earning the only D1 state title from the area with a combined time of 49.27 seconds.
Both Traverse City teams put together solid team performances to take home podium finishes.
The TC Central girls team was locked into an extremely tight race with Marquette for the top spot, falling only five points short of breaking a four-year title streak for the Redettes. Marquette finished with 51 points while the Trojans had 54, the closest race these two teams have had in some time. Traverse City West took home third with 87 points.
"I am thrilled with how they have done," Trojans coach Amy Kudary said. "We may not be happy with the result, but I will remember what we did today and that will forever make me happy. It was closer than Marquette wanted and closer than we wanted, but that is that name of the game and that is what makes this so fun."
The Redettes were in third place heading into the final run but made up the difference in a last ditch effort to keep the streak alive.
"I know TC (Central) was missing one of their top girls at the regionals so I knew coming into today it was going to be really close," Redettes' head coach Daniel Menze said. "I don't know if I thought it was going to be as close as it was. They skied phenomenal, they had pretty much all six of their skiers in the top-15, that is incredible.
"It came down to the very last run and I told the girls that they had to lay it all out. There was nothing else to do except go for it and they did. They ended up moving up from where they were after the first run of GS and we were able to squeak by, it was awesome."
Marquette's girls team was led by a state-title winning slalom performance by Ainsley Kirk (1:03.69) and a runner-up finish by teammate Jacey Johnson (1:03.94). Johnson and Kirk placed in second and fourth, respectively, in the GS and helped widen the gap with their runs.
All eight of the Trojans' girls scorers in the state finals finished inside the top-15. Other area all-state finishers in the girls' GS included TC West's Ava Warren (5th, 49.95) and TC Central's Brynn Rowell (6th, 50.73), Maddy Cox (7th, 50.92) and Elle Craven (9th, 51.41). Area all-state finishers in the girls' slalom included TC West's Warren (3rd, 1:05.83) and Schramski (5th, 1:07.43) and TC Central's Sarah Beattie (6th, 1:07.61), Craven (8th, 1:07.88) and Elizabeth Saunders (10th, 1:08.11).
The Marquette boys team continues to dominate Division 1 as they extended their state title streak to seven in a row. The TC West Titans grabbed second place with 92 points to the Redmen 65. Brighton took home third with 111 points.
The Titans raced four freshmen and earned a surprise second-place finish that included two third-place finishes by freshman Aiden Lewandowski.
"This year, for them, was a learning experience and they did a phenomenal job," Titans assistant coach Libby Shulter said. "The years ahead for TC West skiing are going to great and really fun to watch — and fun to coach."
Lewandowski placed third in the GS (47.68) and third in the slalom (1:01.32), leading his team in both races.
"It is kind of crazy to be honest," he said. "I never thought I would do that good, ever."
Senior Rob O'Brien was the only other Titan to finish in the top-10 in each race with sixth place in the slalom (1:03.81) and eighth place in the GS (49.60).
The TC Central boys team tied with Clarkston for fourth with 149 points. Gus Dutmers also earned all-state honors in the GS (4th, 48.62) and slalom (10th, 1:05.12) for TC Central.
"We will be back with a vengeance for sure," Kudary said. "This is just the tip of the iceberg for us I think, boys and girls. We are a young team on both sides so I think this was just a preview of what to expect over the next two years."
The future looks bright for both Traverse City teams as they have loads of underclassmen returning for years to come and look to dethrone Marquette.