JOHNSBURG - Now well into the 2008-09 season, the Johnsburg Alpine Ski team is on track to surpass last year's successes.
The Alpine Jaguars, coached by Pete Burns, are comprised of six varsity girls, four junior varsity girls and three junior varsity boys. The team results in the last two weeks demonstrate the Jaguars' success thus far.
On Jan. 12, Willard Mountain hosted a slalom race. Kelly Blackhurst skied to ninth place to lead the Johnsburg varsity girls to a sixth place team finish. Brittney Allard raced to 20th, followed by Samantha Burns, Megan Sponable, and Stephanie Ovitt, all finishing strong.
Over 90 varsity girls competed in the event. Emily Liebelt led the junior varsity girls with a ninth place finish, followed by Shannon Ovitt in 16th and Kayla Tyrell in 21st. Liam Harrison led the junior varsity boys with a 21st place finish, while Taylor Goodspeed skied to a close 26th place.
The Jaguars traveled to West Mountain Jan. 14 for a giant slalom race. Out of more than 90 racers, Blackhurst led Johnsburg varsity girls to a fifth place team finish by racing to second overall. Allard skied to 15th place, followed by Liebelt, Shannon Ovitt, Sponable and TenEyck. Tyrell led the junior varsity girls with a 21st place finish. For the junior varsity boys, Harrison raced to 22nd, followed by Jonathan Ordway with Goodspeed close behind.
On Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Day, West Mountain hosted the varsity-only giant slalom and slalom races. In the giant slalom, the Jaguars finished sixth overall. Blackhurst won the event, followed by Allard in 21st, Samantha Burns, Sponable and TenEyck. The Jaguars also finished strong in the slalom with a team finish of seventh. Blackhurst skied to a third place finish, followed by Allard in 23rd, Burns, Sponable, and TenEyck.
On Jan. 22, the junior varsity boys and girls returned to West Mountain for a giant slalom race. Shannon Ovitt led the girls with a sixth place finish, followed by Emily Walter with a strong finish. For the boys, Harrison finished in 26th, with Goodspeed close behind.
Sectional Championships will be held at Gore Mountain, Feb. 10. Way to go, Johnsburg!