The Rockford boys ski team has pulled out a last-minute victory in their last race of the season to win their second conference championship in a row. The team has had their ups and downs this season but never gave up. Winning the championship this season
shows that they have had a strong season and that every skier on the team played a part in this victory. Their season ended in the regional ski race at Schuss Mountain. The conditions were very poor and the skiing was challenging. The boys took seventh overall at the regional race. The girls ski team took third place in the conference and sixth place at the regional race.
To top off the season, the following skiers were recognized for their accomplishments this season. Ben Avink, Taylor Noakes, Ryan Donley and Julie Daukss were selected for the All Conference team in giant slalom, slalom and the combined. Jake Lewis was named All Conference in slalom and Honorable Mention in giant slalom and combined. Selected to the Honorable Mention team for slalom were Emily Macauley and Bethany Hicks. Macauley was also selected for the giant slalom and the combined Honorable Mention teams. Avink and Daukss qualified to race in the state finals on February 28 in Marquette.
The ski teams’ athletes practice weekly in some very cold weather and their fans are usually their family members. The racers could not have succeeded without the assistance of their coaches Molly Noakes and Mark Brace.