Johnsburg Nordic wraps up a successful season

Scholastic season The 2008 Scholastic Nordic season is now history, and the Johnsburg Nordic team finished strong with a very successful season. The local team competed in a total of 8 invitationals and two relays on the scholastic level competing against 11 teams from Section II. The girls team finished in second place in every meet and the boys finished in second place in all but two of the invitationals. Queensbury enjoyed a banner season winning each and every invitational meet competed in Section II. They head into the state meet as one of the favorites to bring home a state title. The season wrapped up with the Section II Championships held on Thursday, Feb. 14, at Lapland Lake in Benson. Both the boys and girls team finished with very solid second place finishes. A total of 11 schools in Section II compete for the same trophy without any considerations for the difference in size of the schools. The schools Johnsburg Central competes against are as follows: Canajoharie, Glens Falls, Guilderland, Johnstown, Lake George, Mayfield, North Warren, Queensbury, Scotia-Glenville, and Shenendehowa. At the Sectional Championships, with state team honors at stake, the girls skated in a 7.5 km race. The race was won by Queensbury Freshman, Carly Wynn, and was followed by four Queensbury teammates. The next four spots belonged to the Lady Jags as Emily Burns had her best race of the season with a 6 th place finish, followed by Holly Osowiecki in 7 th, Addie Bruce in 8 th, and Hannah Jay in 9 th place. All of these racers qualified to represent Section II at the State Meet held in Lake Placid on February 26 & 27. Morgan Wilson also raced and finished in 27 th place. All of these girls are 10 th graders except Hannah Jay, who is an 11 th grader, so the future looks bright for this team. The boys race was a 10 km race, also using the skating technique. The boys team has been chasing Queensbury all season, but has has been defeated by Glens Falls on two different occasions. The Queensbury boys took the top three spots and were followed by Peter Morehouse in 4 th place. Steve Veldman finished in 7 th place. These two senior boys were also named to the Section II State team that will compete in Lake Placid. The remaining Johnsburg Skiers who helped bring home the runner up plaque were AJ Heid finishing in 21 st, followed by Ben Cormack in 22 nd, and Tyler Morse finished in 24 th place. Tyler was battling sickness for much of the week and will be back to lead next years team along with AJ Heid who are just 11 th graders. Cormack, Veldman, and Morehouse are all seniors. The was also a modified race held in conjunction with the Section II race. Emily Davis finished in 10 th place to lead a strong contingent of modified girls. Sierra Galusha, Sarah Greco, and Kendyl Morse also competed. Ashley Loomis, a fine skier on this years team did not compete in this race. The boys modified team has had a very strong year with Alec McKee, Martin Fahy, and Matthew Hayden always finishing near to the top of the standings. This was the case last Thursday with all three racers having top ten finishes. Aaron Ferguson also competes for the Jaguars but was unable to compete in this meet. Seven Jaguars head to the state meet Johnsburg Central School will be well represented at the NYSPHSAA championships with a total of seven skiers competing. The local skiers will represent Johnsburg Central School and Section II as we will compete against the other Sections from New York State in this championship meet. The alpine meet will be held at Whiteface Mountain in a two day event. Racers will compete in both Slalom and Giant Slalom events on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26 & 27. Kelly Blackhurst will represent Johnsburg Central on the Section II team. Kelly qualified by having an outstanding season racing at the scholastic level with many top finishes. Her season was capped off by placing 3 rd in the Giant Slalom event and 6 th in the Slalom races at the Section II Sectionals held at Gore Mountain on Tuesday, February 12. The Nordic team that represents Section II will have a total of 6 Johnsburg athletes competing. This will also be a two day event with a distance race - 7.5 km for the girls and 10 km for the boys - being held on Tuesday, February 26, and a four person relay race held on Wednesday, February 27. In the relay, the classic technique will be used and each racer will ski a 3 km loop and tag off to a team mate. The distance race will utilize the skating technique. Competing for Johnsburg in the boys competition will be Peter Morehouse and Steve Veldman. The Lady Jags will send four Nordic skiers to the states with Holly Osowiecki, Emily Burns, Addie Bruce and Hannah Jay competing.

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