BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
The Wolves ruled the slopes of Pine Knob Ski Resort as both the boys and girls varsity teams finished first in the MHSAA Ski Division 1 Region 2 races, Feb. 13.
The girls topped the competition in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom races with a total of 42 points for the win.
“The girls team has been rock solid all year long,” said Mike Foyteck, head coach. “I was happy to see them win the way they did. The whole day was good. It was fantastic.”
The Clarkston Girls Varsity Ski team finished the Slalom with 19 points and had five place in the top ten and received medals. Courtney Bayley finished in second place with a total time of 46.06. Allison Osborn finished in fourth place, 48.13; Annika Karlstrom, fifth place, 49.45; Chloe Swanson, eighth place, 50.76; and Megan Ford, tenth, 52.03.
They finished the Giant Slalom with 23 points with four skiers in the top ten. Bayley finished second with 46.06; Karlstrom, fourth, 42.24; Swanson, seventh, 42.96; and Lyndsey Nicosia, tenth, 43.39.
Joining the girls at the state finals next Monday at Schuss Mountain are Fenton/Linden/Lake Fenton, who finished in second place with 123 points and Birmingham United, who took third place with 151.5 points.
The Clarkston Boys Varsity Ski team finished as region champions with 96 points. They finished the morning Giant Slalom race tied for fifth place with West Bloomfield, both with 77 points. Andrew Roeser finished in sixth place in the race, 39.48.
“The boys had a rough morning but rallied back,” said Foyteck. “It was probably the largest comeback win I have ever seen in my coaching years. It was great to see.”
The boys finished the Slalom race with 19 points and had four place in the top ten with Cameron Brown in first place, 41.79.
“It was awesome,” Foyteck said. “The boys stood up, finished, and had the tenacity to come back from being in fifth place to get after it and get it done.”
Ryan Nicosia finished in second place, 42.54; Gunnar Karlstrom, seventh place, 43.79; and Hunter Hambrick, ninth place, 44.14.
Joining the boys at the state finals are Bloomfield Hills, second place with 114 points, and Lake Orion, third place with 115 points.
Foyteck added the state race looks good.
“The girls are in a good position,” he said. “The boys are poised very well. We will just have to have an outstanding day with no problems at all to make a run for it. We will do the best we can and see what happens.”
He added he couldn’t do what he does without his coaching staff.
“Shout out to them,” he said. “We have four teams and four coaches. We do a lot with what we have. I think our coaching staff is second to none. I think every team in Clarkston the head coach would say that.”
He also gave a big shout out to the Clarkston Athletic Boosters and the Clarkston Athletics Department.
“Thank you for all your support throughout the years,” he said.