This week on the slopes, the Rockford Ski team competed in two conference races. The first race was on Tuesday, 1/27 at Cannonsburg. The team competes in two disciplines: slalom and giant slalom. Slalom is a tighter course, where giant slalom is wider turns. Best finishes for the girls were: Gertie Venckus 1st place in slalom, Maia Meuser 16th place in giant slalom, Karlee Kamminga 27th place in slalom, Carmen Santisteban 28th place in giant slalom, Abby Henschell 44th place in slalom. Best finishes for the boys were: Jordan Faber 10th place in both slalom and giant slalom, Ryan Mergener 19th place in slalom, Cole Demarest 42nd place in slalom, Jake Mortensen 48th place in slalom, and Connor Hoyle 52nd place in giant slalom. On Friday, 1/30, the team traveled to Caberfae in Cadillac to compete in both Varsity and JV races. Enjoying a morning of three inches of fresh powder, the team did well in a different skiing environment. Skiing for the women in a varsity position and in order of finish were Gertie Venckus, Maia Meuser, Karlee Kamminga, Amara Colovos and Abby Henschell. The girl’s team is currently in 7th place in giant slalom and 6th place in slalom. Skiing for the men in a varsity position and in order of finish were Jordan Faber, Cole Demarest, Jake Mortensen, Connor Hoyle and Ryan Mergener. Currently, the boy’s team is in 8th place in both the slalom and giant slalom. Skiing for the JV team was Soren Astikainen. He finished 6th in the giant slalom and 3rd in the slalom. The entire Rockford Ski Team had a great time.
Rockford Ski Team
Excellent snow and mild conditions heralded the beginning of the 2010 ski season for Rockford and the rest of the Greater Grand Rapids High School Ski Conference (GGRHSSC) racing season Tuesday night, Jan. 12. With light snow falling and temperatures just below freezing, the Rockford team put on an impressive performance with the boys placing first overall and the girls placing second. Racers participate in two runs of slalom and two runs of giant slalom (GS) on race nights. Each team is allowed six racers in each division, and the top four finishes are counted in the results, with total team points determined by the overall finish place of each racer. The sport requires racers to go as fast as possible, but a single fall can disqualify them from the event. Rockford is fortunate to have excellent depth on their boys team this year, with six returning seniors and one returning junior from last season’s varsity team. Rockford has at least eight racers capable of finishing in the top 15. These boys are all contending with each other each week for the right to race on Tuesday night. On Tuesday night, the boys finished first in both events and overall, with returning seniors John Milewski placing second in slalom, Michael Dix placing seventh in GS, Tyler Manikowski seventh in slalom and ninth in GS, Travis Fleming eighth in GS, and Casey Hefferan 16th in slalom. Contributing to the first-place finish was an impressive first varsity race performance by freshman Ben Avink, who finished sixth in slalom and 11th in GS. With all qualifying finishes in the top 16, the boys’ overall score was 66, ahead of East Grand Rapids with 96.5, Forest Hills Northeast 130, Forest Hills Central 131.5, and Grand Haven with 178.5. The girls team did not disappoint the fans with their results. Leading the team were returning juniors Julie Daukss and Carly Funk, who took first and second place in slalom, respectively, and then came back to finish second and third in GS. Adding valuable finishes to the team were returning junior Bethany Hicks, finishing 26th in GS, freshman Emily McCauley, finishing 20th in slalom and 29th in GS, and freshman Kaiti Bartholomy, finishing 31st in slalom. The girls took a second-place […]