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Nordic Jaguars Take Silver, Bronze

Together with athletes from Queensbury, Lake George, Scotia, North Warren, and Mayfield, they represented Section II. The individual State Championships were held on Tuesday at the Mt. Vanhoevenburg Ski Complex. The girls skied a 5 km course. Johnsburgs Holly Osowiecki placed 13th in the individual competition in her first trip to States. Cassidy Jay placed 18th; Addie Bruce placed 20th; and Emily Burns placed 29th. The Girls Scholastic title was won by Cara Sprague of Queensbury. In the boys individual championship, a 10k race, Johnsburgs Peter Morehouse skied to a 15th placed finish and Steve Veldman came in 21st. The Boys Individual title was won by Robert Gardner from Honeoye Falls-Lima for the third year in a row. The State Championship Relay was held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the same venue. Relay teams are comprised of athletes from each section. The winner of the sectional races competes as a scholastic team. In Section II, this was Queensbury Nordic. The other section skiers are combined to make two more relay teams, described as the A and B teams. The Girls A-team from Section II won the silver medal at the relay with a time of 31.42, ahead of Section II favorite Queensbury, which placed fifth overall . The silver medal team included Johnsburgs Cassidy Jay and Addie Bruce, Lake Georges Katie Paddock, and Natasha Leuchanka from North Warren. Emily Burns and Holly Osowieckis Section II B-team placed 7th overall. The gold medal was won by Honeoye Falls-Lima. In the Boys Relay, the Section II A-team, comprised of Johnsburgs Peter Morehouse and Steve Veldman, Dan Stevens from Scotia, and Brendon Seaman from Lake George, won the bronze medal with a time of 27.10, coming in behind the scholastic team from Honeoye Falls-Lima and the Section V A-team. In alpine action, Johnsburgs Kelly Blackhurst placed 19th in Tuesdays slalom and 11th in Wednesdays giant slalom. She was the top Section II girls finisher in both races, completing a great effort this season.

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