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February 14th, 2013 Division 1 Meet at Waterville Valley
Concord Boys and Girls take championships.
Division I Nordic: High five for Tide x-c teams
From Monitor staff reports Friday, February 15, 2013
(Published in print: Friday, February 15, 2013
Four races, three individual titles, two state championships. All in a day’s work for the Concord High Nordic ski teams.
Both the Crimson Tide boys’ and girls’ teams won their fifth straight Division I state championships yesterday with a dominant performance at Waterville Valley, meaning the seniors on the team have known nothing but championships during their high school years.
The girls totaled 778 points to easily outdistance Manchester Central (719.5) and Keene (709.5). Bedford (697), Bishop Guertin (694), Manchester West (608) and Manchester Memorial (565) rounded out the field. The boys accumulated 771 points to beat runner-up Keene (738). Bedford (724), Central (380) and Merrimack (177) completed the team scoring.
For the program, the boys won for the seventh time in eight years and the girls won for the sixth time in seven years.
“I don’t know how much pressure the students feel,” Concord Coach Scott Betournay said. “But I think they appreciate the results of their hard work.”
That hard work, in addition to regular team workouts, also included a ski camp in Pinkham Notch during Christmas break, when the team got nearly a month’s worth of on-snow time packed into four days.
The rewards came yesterday, when Concord skiers won three of the four Division I races.
Nate LaTourette, who finished second in both the classic and skate races a year ago as a sophomore, climbed to the top of the podium after both races this year to lead the Tide. He won the classic race in 12:51 and the skate race in 10:43, nearly a minute ahead of Central’s John Kelley, the runner-up.
“He’s been a strong skier throughout the season,” Betournay said of LaTourette.
Senior Blaine Ayotte, a two-time individual champion last year, finished just two seconds behind LaTourette in the classic race for a 1-2 Tide finish. Senior Tyler Ford took fourth in the discipline in 14:02, while Josh Pifer completed the scoring in seventh in 15:20. Though Sam Brown didn’t figure in the team scoring, he did turn in a top-10 finish, taking ninth in 15:38.
In the skate discipline, Ford was third in 11:52, with Pifer fifth (12:44) and Tobi Eckers 15th (15:27).
Concord’s girls also landed two skiers on the podium in both disciplines, even after losing their top three skiers from a season ago. Sophomore Erin Waters won the classic race in 15:27, a full 28 seconds ahead of Central’s Elizabeth Conway, and was runner-up in the skate race in 13:19, just three seconds behind Conway, to pace the Tide.
“It’s what we’d hoped for,” Betournay said of Waters’s top finishes.
Junior Sabrina Lawrence was third in the classic race in 16:56, with freshman Kate Andy fourth (16:58) and freshman Fiona MacWhinnie sixth (17:30). In the skate race, Andy took third in 13:54, with Lawrence fifth (14:40) and freshman Michealla Conery sixth (14:51).
Just how dominant was the Tide? All six of Concord’s skiers finished in the top eight in the skate race and top 10 in the classic. Zoe Honigberg was seventh in the skate (15:16) with Olivia Cattabriga eighth (15:19), while Conery was seventh in the classic (17:31) with Misheal Khan 10th (19:22).
“Many of us were thinking this is an ideal high school race course,” Betournay said of the Waterville Valley trail. “It has some flats, some rollings, a good hill that tops out with a steep pitch, then a nice downhill with some corners and a fun descent.”
An ideal course that led to ideal finishes for the Tide.
January 26th, 2013 NH Coaches Series Classic Race at Whitaker Woods
Concord Boys and Girls ski to 4th place team finishes.
Holderness skiers sweepFrom Monitor staff reports Sunday, January 27, 2013
(Published in print: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Fabian Stocek, formerly of Hopkinton High School and now skiing for Holderness, finished in first place overall with a time of 12:52.6, leading the Bulls to victory at yesterday’s NH Series Classic at Whittaker Woods. Holderness finished with 54 points, edging runner-up Kennett (79 points) and third-place Bow (92 points).
Rion O’Grady placed fourth overall, while Drew Houx (10th place) and Jake Barton (40th) rounded out the scorers for Holderness.
Leading the way for Bow were Kevin McCully (16th), Mitch Blair (23rd), Thomas Cleary (24th) and Jeff Andrew (33rd).
Concord placed fourth, tallying 94 points. Blaine Ayotte placed third overall with a time of 13:25.2. Other scorers for the Tide were Nate Latourette (fifth), Tyler Ford (31st) and Josh Pifer (58th).
Jack Schrupp of St. Paul’s School finished second overall with a time of 13:22.6. Malcolm Salovaara (15th), Nate Hochman (35th) and Lou Henriques (74th) rounded out the scoring for St. Paul’s, which finished in seventh place with a total of 121 points.
Hopkinton placed ninth with 140 points. Tom Echelberger (19th), Cam Debrusk (28th), Owen Kanter (45th) and Carter Eitreim (54th) scored for the Hawks.
Proctor Academy tallied 251 points for a 14th-place finish. Mack Burns (34th), Sawyer Meeghan (36th) and Angus Allen (51st) scored for Proctor.
Kearsarge placed 18th, tallying 350 points. Conor Terhune (30th), Peter Martin (96th) and Keatton Hansen (99th) scored for the Cougars.
Holderness was also victorious in the girls’ race, tallying 55 points and defeating second-place Hanover (66 points) and third-place St. Paul’s (78 points). The point scorers for Holderness were Celeste Holland (fifth place, 16:49.4), Elaina Mallory (11th), Lizzy Duffy (15th) and Hannah Durnan (31st).
St. Paul’s Tessa Schrupp placed second overall with a time of 16:26.7. Anne Muller (seventh), Lia Keyser (36th) and Kerry Swartz (42nd) scored for St. Paul’s.
Concord placed fourth, tallying 94 points, behind Erin Waters (10th), Sabrina Lawrence (26th), Kate Andy (29th) and Michaella Conery (41st).
Bow finished in sixth place with 120 points. Naomi Kramer finished 14th overall, while Lilly Naimie (18th), Hannah Weckstein (48th) and Audrey Zecha (50th) rounded out the scorers.
Hopkinton finished in ninth place, tallying 131 points. Sarah Nadeau placed fourth overall with a time of 16:40.4. Shannon Nadeau (sixth), Caroline Sweny (62nd) and Katie Irwin (73rd) also scored for the Hawks.
Arianna Stokes (27th) and Svetlana Kozikowski (98th) competed for Kearsarge.
Concord Nordic teams sweep meet at Waterville Valley
(Published in print: Wednesday, January 16, 2013)
The Concord Nordic teams swept the seven-team Waterville Valley Nordic Center in narrow fashion. The girls’ squad edged Bow by three points, while the boys’ team edged the Falcons by eight.
On the girls’ side, the Tide placed four skiers in the top 11 to seal the win with 373 points, followed by Bow (370), Hopkinton (369), Inter-Lakes (335), Moultonborough (327.5), Profile (244) and Derryfield (181.5). Erin Waters took fourth in 18:22 and was followed by teammates Sabrina Lawrence (seventh, 19:45), Kate Andy (ninth, 20:50) and Michaella Conery (11th, 20:55).
Naomi Kramer and Lilly Naimie finished fifth and sixth, respectively to lead the Falcons at 19:04 and 19:14. Ana Urbina (10th, 20:53) and Lindsey Reynolds (13th, 21:00) also scored for Bow.
Shannon Nadeau claimed first for the Hawks in 17:09 and teammate Sarah Nadeau wasn’t far behind in third place at 17:32. Also scoring for the Hawks were Judith Marklin (20th, 22:48) and Katie Irwin (22nd, 22:59).
Jessica Fogel placed second for Derryfield at 17:10.
The Concord boys’ squad placed three skiers in the top four to secure the first-place finish with 386 points, trailed by Bow (378), Hopkinton (352), Inter-Lakes (340.5), Moultoborough (337), Profile (316.5) and Derryfield 312). Blaine Ayotte took first at 14:31 but was followed closely by teammates Nate LaTourette (second, 14:59) and Tyler Ford (fourth, 16:05). Sam Brown finished 11th (17:36) for the Tide to round out their scoring effort.
Bow placed their top-four skiers in spots 5-8 to earn second. Kevin McCully (16:33), Mitch Blair (16:47), Jeff Andrew (16:51) and Thomas Cleary (17:19) headed the Falcons.
Cam DeBrusk paced the Hawks in ninth place in 17:25. Tom Echelberger (12th, 17:49), Carter Eitreim (15th, 18:22) and Owen Kanter (18th, 18:41) also contributed for the Hopkinton scoring.
January 15th, 2013 Hopkinton Classic at Waterville Valley - Concord Boys and Girls on Top (again)!
New coach looks to continue Concord’s Nordic supremacyBy TIM O’SULLIVAN Monitor staff Sunday, January 13, 2013
(Published in print: Sunday, January 13, 2013)
Scott Betournay knows he has a lot to live up to as Concord High’s new Nordic ski coach. After all, the Crimson Tide boys’ and girls’ teams have won the last four Division I state championships.
“It’s an incredibly impressive set of accomplishments that Stuart Kremzner, the former coach, and the entire team was able to achieve,” Betournay said. “It’s really an honor to be working with them.”
It’s natural Betournay feels some pressure to keep Concord on top of the D-I Nordic world, but the new coach also knows he has a ton of talent on both teams to help ease the transition.
The Tide is especially loaded with returning talent on the boys’ side, led by senior Blaine Ayotte. Last year, Ayotte finished well ahead of the field to take first in both the classical and skate races at the D-I championships, and two years ago he was third in both races. And Ayotte is back at it again this year, finishing first in each of Concord’s first two races.
Nate LaTourette was second to Ayotte in both the classical and skate races at the D-I championships last winter, and he looks to be a solid No. 2 again this year. The junior was second to Ayotte in the season’s opening meet and tied with him for first in the Tide’s race last week.
The returning talent doesn’t stop there for Concord. Senior Tyler Ford was third in the classical and fourth in the skate in last year’s D-I championships, junior Josh Pifer was fourth and fifth, respectively, in those two races, and senior Sam Brown was seventh and eighth. In other words, Concord is loaded, and it will be a major upset if the Tide doesn’t win its fifth straight boys’ title.
“There’s some highly competitive, highly talented skiers on this team,” said Betournay, who assisted Kremzner and the Concord Nordic team in 2007-08 before going to teach and coach at St. Paul’s School.
It’s more of a rebuilding process for the girls’ team, which lost its top three skiers from last year’s squad, but the Tide has plenty of talent to step into the void. Led by sophomore Erin Waters (fourth in both the classical and skate races at last year’s D-I meet) and junior Sabrina Lawrence, Concord has finished first in its first two races this season.
Juniors Clara Symmes and Maeghan Connor also know what it takes to succeed at the varsity level and are prepared to take the next step, and Kate Andy, Fiona MacWhinnie and Michealla Connery are part of a talented freshman class that is ready to contribute right away.
“It’s a terrific crop of young skiers,” Betournay said.
Concord’s Alpine skiing teams are also full of young talent, but Coach George Golden figures it will take a year or two for that talent to mature enough for the Tide to contend for a title on either side. Still, Golden believes both teams could vie for a top-five finish this year at the state meet (the boys were fourth last year and the girls seventh).
“The most encouraging thing is that all of our skiers, even the ones who have never raced before, have put down at least one solid run in our first two meets,” Golden said. “You need to have two solid runs, of course, but that comes with time and experience.”
Senior Freddie Sheehan, a four-year varsity skier, has plenty of that experience, which should allow him to be the Tide’s most consistent performer this year, as well as a team leader. Sheehan was 19th in the slalom at the D-I championships last year and 20th in the giant slalom. Freshman Trevor Devanny has been a pleasant surprise so far and looks to be the team’s No. 2 skier. Juniors Liam Healy and Caleb Seymour will also be among the Tide’s top skiers, as will sophomores Mattias Lambert and Jules Townsend.
In past years, the Tide has had a half dozen or so skiers who also raced in USSA events on the weekends. This year, Concord has just one of those racers, junior Jessica Malfait, a transfer from Bishop Brady. That extra time on the mountain has already paid off for Malfait, who was the Tide’s top finisher in both of the first two races. Senior Eileen Kelley, another transfer, missed the first week-plus of the season, but Golden expects her to return soon and take the role as Concord’s No. 2 skier when she does. Juniors Jessie Bean, Annie Decosta-Klipa, Emily Lafond and Rachel Stevenson will also be key contributors for the Tide, as will sophomores Ari McLeod and Brittany Munnell, and Halle Blomback, a fearless freshman who loves speed and has good potential.
The Concord ski jumpers are led by senior co-captain Julia Finch, who was the top female jumper in last year’s state meet. There are 14 athletes on the roster, a healthy number, according to Coach John Fulton.
The problem is only four of those athletes are boys (girls and boys compete together in ski jumping), and most of them are beginners, two factors that will make scoring big points difficult for the Tide, which finished sixth in last year’s state meet.
But the newcomers are learning quickly, and Fulton has already seen two good performances from Tyler Dow. In addition to Dow and Finch, who were Concord’s first and second jumpers, respectively, in the first two meets, the Tide can also expect some consistent results from co-captain Ryan Erlich-Mitchell. After that it’s mostly newcomers, with Sophie Pratt and Colleen Casey showing particular promise.
(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3371 or email@example.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)
January 9th, 2013 Carter Hill Classic - Concord Boys and Girls on Top!
January 4th, 2013 Manchester Relays - Concord Boys and Girls on Top!
Congratulations Concord - D1 Champions!
League of their own
Tide Nordic teams shred the fieldPhoto by Greg Lindstrom / Monitor staff Concord's Ann Muller keeps her balance on a hill during the Division I Nordic championships at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on Thursday, February 16, 2012.Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra » Photo by Greg Lindstrom / Monitor staff Concord's Rachael Pifer competes during the Division I Nordic championships at Gunstock Mountain in Gilford on Thursday, February 16, 2012.Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »
Blaine Ayotte didn't give Nate Latourette a chance, finishing more than 30 seconds faster in both events. Ellen Finch, on the other hand, avenged her second-place finish behind Anne Muller in the classical with a victory in the skate event.
The good news? They're all teammates skiing for Concord High, which picked up its fourth straight Division I girls' and boys' Nordic state championships yesterday at Gunstock.
The Crimson Tide boys racked up 786 points, beating Keene (740), Manchester Central (379) and Merrimack (185). The Tide girls cruised to 788 points, beating Central (742), Keene (734.5), Manchester West (651) and Manchester Memorial (349.5).
"It's really great," said Concord Coach Stuart Kremzner, who has now coached the boys' team to six state titles since 2006 and the girls' team to its fifth championship since 2007. "This group, especially the seniors, can go out as champions for every year they've been with the program. That's a pretty special accomplishment."
It was nearly a clean sweep for Concord, which took the maximum points possible on the girls' side, while the boys' took the top four spots in the morning classical. Only a third-place finish from Central's John Kelley prevented the Tide from taking the top four spots in all four races.
"No doubt," said Kremzner, when asked if that would have been an impressive feat. "There's a lot of good skiers in the state. We're proud to have a lot of them, but that would have been very impressive."
Ayotte finished the 4K classical race in 12 minutes, 34 seconds and the 4K skate race in 12:39 to take first-place honors in both boys' races. Latourette (13:12 in classical, 13:23 in skate) wasn't far behind, placing second in both events, while Tyler Ford (third in classical, 14:53; fourth in skate, 14:57) and Josh Pifer (fourth in classical, 15:36; fifth in skate, 15:45) also skied strong races for the Tide.
As did Sam Brown (seventh in classical, 17:16; eighth in skate, 17:57), Richard Austin (10th in classical, 17:53), Ethan LaFrance (11th in classical, 17:54; 13th in skate, 22:03) and Evan Grennon (12th in skate, 20:34).
"Our guys just did phenomenal," Kremzner said. "Blaine and Nate really did an awesome job and I think as you look at the rest of our lineup, there's a lot of good times there. That says a lot about the depth of this team."
The girls are just as deep, especially at the top. The girls took the top six spots in both the classical and skate races. Muller won the classical race in 15:30, 39 seconds faster than Finch, whose time of 16:01 in the skate race was 18 seconds faster than the runner-up time posted by Muller.
"The funny thing is, Ellen really didn't think she had a great race," Kremzner said. "I think a lot of that had to do with the conditions, but either one of those two could win the race and I wouldn't be surprised. They really push each other."
Jane Symmes (16:45 in classical; 17:10 in skate), Erin Waters (16:49 in classical; 17:29 in skate) and Rachel Pifer (17:35 in classical; 17:48 in skate) finished third, fourth and fifth in both races, respectively.
Smita Boesch-Dining (18:06) placed sixth in the classical, while Maeghan Conner (17:50) took sixth in skate.
"There's a lot to be excited about with both teams," Kremzner said. "Obviously we're very proud of what we accomplished today, but I also think there's a lot to be excited about for the future, too.
"We had some skiers make some amazing progress this year and I think next year is going to be another great year for Concord."
February 16, 2012 - Division 1 Nordic State Meet
February 11, 2012 - NH Coaches Series Skate
Concord, Hopkinton, Bow shine in NH raceBy Monitor staff February 12, 2012
Concord placed all four of its scoring skiers in the top 30, Hopkinton's Tess Hamilton and Shannon Nadeau both finished in the top five and Bow's Naomi Kramer finished fourth as the area's three high school cross-country ski powers finished second, third and fourth, respectively, behind Hanover in the season's second New Hampshire Coaches Series race yesterday at White Mountains.
Hanover's girls placed three in the top 10 and all four in the top 20 to claim the 5-kilometer skate race with 45 points, followed closely by Concord (65), Hopkinton (70) and Bow (72).
Anne Muller finished in 14:16.5 to place eighth and lead Concord, along with Ellen Finch (11th, 14:20.8), Jane Symmes (17th, 14:47.4) and Rachel Pifer (29th, 15:20).
Hamilton was the race runner-up, finishing in 13:38.4, behind race winner Hannah Benson of Kennett (13:14.8). Nadeau (fifth, 13:58), Caroline Sweny (26th, 15:13.1) and Sophie Kupper (37th, 15:31.8) also scored for the Hawks.
Kramer's fourth-place finish in 13:57.5 led the Falcons, along with Rachel Kramer (13th, 14:32), Lilly Naimie (20th, 15:02) and Kyle Duval (35th, 15:28.2).
Haley Mahar (sixth, 14:02.8), Celeste Holland (16th), Hannah Durnan (28th) and Lizzy Duffy (38th) led Holderness to a fifth-place team finish with 88 points.
St. Paul's (277) came in 13th behind Charlotte Cooley (33rd, 15:26), Lia Keyser (46th) and Susannah Cooley (52nd), while Proctor (354) was 16th behind Beth Hoy (57th, 16:20.7), Emi Morison (62nd) and Amina Hughes (89th).
Claire Spaulding (105th, 18:06), Holly Julian (121st, 18:48.1) and Kathleen Lipshultz (124th, 18:55.4) led Belmont (496) to 26th place, and Brigid Carr (103rd, 17:58.2) and Lana Kozikowski (142nd) had Kearsarge (537) finish 27th.
St. Paul's captured the boys' race with 36 points, placing two skiers in the top five. Jack Schrupp (10:59) and Morgan Holland (11:40.1) placed third and fifth, respectively, to lead the Big Red, along with Guy Rice (11th, 12:27.2) and Malcolm Salovaara (17th, 12:45.3).
Bow (91) and Concord (96) were neck and neck in third and fourth. Andrew Weckstein (13th, 12:33.8), Kevin McCully (25th, 12:55.3), Nick Naimie (26th, 12:57) and Lee Miller (27th, 12:57.3) paced Bow, while Blaine Ayotte (fourth, 11:23.1), Nate Latourette (seventh, 11:45.3), Tyler Ford (15th, 12:35.7) and Josh Pifer (70th, 14:21.5) scored for the Tide.
Hopkinton (159) took seventh behind Marklin Matthias (21st, 12:50.3), Cam DeBrusk (41st, 13:22.6), Tom Echelberger (45th, 13:34.5) and Carter Eitreim (52nd, 13:39.7).
Fabian Stocek (second, 10:55.1), Drew Houx (eighth, 12:09), Michael Swidrak (83rd, 14:43.6) and Brian Tierney 87th, 14:48.2) led Holderness (180) to eighth place.
Andrew Young (17th, 12:45.3), Taylor Pearlman (23rd), Sawyer Meegan (73rd) and Harry Foard (129th) paced Proctor (242) to 14th place.
Kearsarge (557) placed 23rd behind Justin Marr (133rd, 16:37.3), Kent Heckel (137th, 17:11.5) and Keatton Hansen (138th, 17:11.7), while Adlai Gordon (24th, 12:54.8) was the lone skier for Belmont.
Concord's Latourette, Josh Pifer, Erin Waters, Smita Boesch-Dining, Maehgan Connor and Sabrina Penny, Bow's Naomi Kramer, Lilly Naimie, Christine Mitchell, Weckstein, Mitchell Blair and Aiden Irish, and Hopkinton's Sweny will represent New Hampshire at the J2 New England Festival in March. Representing New Hampshire at the Eastern High School Championships, also in March, will be Bow's Naomi and Rachel Kramer, Lilly Naimie, Weckstein and McCully. Other area skiers nominated to the team were not available at press time.
January 28, 2012 - NH Coaches Series Classic
Bow boys, Concord girls race to secondPhoto by Greg Lindstrom / Monitor staff High school athletes compete in the New Hampshire Coaches Series nordic ski race at the Gunstock ski area in Gilford on Saturday, January 28, 2012.Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra » By Monitor staff January 29, 2012
The past few days haven't been too kind to the ski trails. The Concord, Bow and Hopkinton Nordic teams didn't seem to mind.
Bow totaled 68 points to finish second in the 23-team boys' race at yesterday's New Hampshire Series at Gunstock, trailing only Kennett (65) and defeating Concord (79), Hanover (80) and Plymouth (108). In the girls' race, which consisted of 24 teams, Concord came in second at 46 points, behind Hanover (34), while Lebanon (67), Bow (67) and Hopkinton (95) rounded out the top five.
The Hopkinton boys came in eighth, while Belmont (20th boys, 22nd girls) and Kearsarge (22nd boys, 23rd girls) also competed.
The past week, which transitioned from rainy to warmer weather, caused uncertain trail conditions. The snow was melting and re-freezing overnight, but when it was race time, the course was set to go.
"I skied the course in the morning, and it was actually in pretty good condition," Hopkinton Coach Rob Nadeau said. "It was going to be harder and faster in the morning, and it would get softer as the sun came out."
The Crimson Tide, which had the top local finishers in both races, came prepared. Blaine Ayotte was the overall winner in the boys' race in 13 minutes, 10 seconds, and he was followed on his team by Nate LaTourette (fourth), Tyler Ford (11th) and Josh Pifer (63rd). For the girls, Anne Muller finished fourth at 16:18.8, and she was followed by Ellen Finch (eighth), Jane Symmes (15th) and Erin Waters (19th).
The Falcons passed the Tide in the boys' race behind Kevin McCully (12th), Andrew Weckstein (13th), Thomas Cleary (18th) and Lee Miller (25th), while the Bow girls were led by Naomi Kramer (10th), Rachel Kramer (12th), Amy Nolin (21st) and Lilly Naimie (24th). The Hopkinton boys were led by Tom Echelberger (30th), Carter Eitreim (34th), Matthias Marklin (41st) and Matt Angell (51st), and the girls were led by Tess Hamilton (sixth), Shannon Nadeau (11th), Caroline Sweny (36th) and Sophie Kupper (42nd).
Belmont was led by Adlai Gordon (17th) on the boys' side and Holly Julian (84th) and Claire Spaulding (99th) on the girls', while Kearsarge was led by Justin Marr (113th) and Keatton Hansen (122nd) for the boys and Brigid Carr (102nd) and Lana Kozikowski (121st) for the girls.
Jan 17, 2012 - Concord Classic Race Results
Ahead of the pack
Both Tide boys, girls dominateMonitor staff January 18, 2012
The conditions weren't perfect. The outcome was.
The Concord High Nordic teams opened the season on poor snow conditions but were completely unaffected, as they both swept the top four scoring spots to finish with the best possible score of 394 at White Farm yesterday.
On the boys' side, the Crimson Tide was followed by Keene (373), Merrimack (354) and Manchester Central (188), while the girls topped Keene (377), Central (182), Manchester Memorial (178), Manchester West (174) and Merrimack (90).
Tide Coach Stuart Kremzner said he expected his teams to do well, but due to unfamiliarity with new skiers for Concord's opponents, he didn't know what to expect for a margin of victory. Instead, he was pleasantly surprised.
"I figured we were going to win, but I wasn't sure by what margin. Some kids come out of the blue and are just great skiers," he said. "It looks like our skiers were just working hard all year. We've been successful in creating a culture that supports that."
Kremzner's teams didn't get the ideal conditions on which to start a season. Afternoon rain following a morning snowfall led to soaking slush, and the coach knew that the weather could be a factor, especially with the skiers competing on unwaxed skis.
"Those are tough conditions to ski in," he said. "When the snow gets really wet, we call it 'greasy', it becomes a lot more slippery. It makes it a lot less predictable on the course."
Instead, the Tide skiers thrived in the mess. The girls' team was particularly dominant, taking 16 of the top 18 places. Leading the way was Anne Muller at 17 minutes flat, followed by Ellen Finch (17:22), Jane Symmes (17:53), Rachel Pifer (17:57) and Sabrina Lawrence (17:59) in the top five places.
Blaine Ayotte came out on top in the boys' race, finishing at 13:44. He was followed in the top four by Nate LaTourette (13:45), Tyler Ford (15:21) and Josh Pifer (16:30).
To sum it up, that's two perfect outings by the teams, and one message Kremzner got from the performance that impressed him about his skiers.
"It shows the level of mastery these kids have, and their technique," he said. "You can look at the course as daunting, or you can look at it as fun. I think my skiers looked at it as fun."
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