BY CATHERINE OSBORN
Special to The Clarkston News
Clarkston skiers had a strong performance in their opening match for the Giant Slalom race, despite the rain and warm weather, Jan. 24.
“Tough weather conditions for the first race of the season,” said Coach Mike Foyteck. “Both teams have a lot of work to do to be ready for our big races in February.”
The Clarkston Boys Varsity Ski team started out their season 2-0, winning both their matches. The boys scored only 16 points, versus 24 points for Cranbrook. The skiers needed only 14 points to defeat the united team of Berkley/Avondale/Troy, who scored 25 points.
The boys were led by their Senior Captain, Max Wiedemann, with a combined time of 36.07 seconds, for a an overall result of fifth place. Cameron Brown had a combined time of 36.14 seconds, sixth place; Hunter Hambrick placed 18th overall with a combined time of 37.05 seconds; and Ryan Nicosia finished 19th with a combined time of 37.12 seconds.
Rounding out the boys results were Evan Raddatz in 22nd place, 37.44 seconds; and Gunnar Karlstrom in 37th place, 39.34 seconds. Senior Co-Captain Justin Osborn did not race during the day due to a knee injury.
The Clarkston Girls Varsity Ski team started out their season 1-1. The girls scored only 10 points in their victory over Berkley/Avondale/Troy, who scored 32 points. They lost a close race to Cranbrook, who needed 16 points to Clarkston’s 20 points.
The girls were led by their Senior Captain Katie Bayley, who finished seventh overall with a combined time of 36.61, followed by Olivia Foyteck in 22nd place, with a combined time of 39.41. Allison Osborn, combined time of 40.1, finished in 25th place, with Annika Carlstrom in 26th place at 40.25 seconds.
Rounding out the girls team were Chloe Swanson, with a combined time of 41.92 second for 37th place and Megan Ford, with a combined time of 43.69 seconds, for 44th place.
The JV teams also raced their first Giant Slalom race of the season last week.
Andrew Foyteck led the boys team in seventh place, with a time of 19.41, followed by Andrew Roeser in tenth, with a run of 19.54 second. Jacob Roeser finished 17th, with a time of 20.38, followed by Jacob Draksler in 29th place at 22.63 seconds; Miles Benson in 31st at 22.86 seconds; Nicholas Bassman in 33rd at 23.39 seconds; and Peyton Miller in 46th place.
Mia Farella led the girls team with a 15th place finish, with a time of 23.57 seconds, followed by Helen Josephson in 16th place with 23.86 seconds. Rounding out the girls results were Julia Belinsky in 25th at 25.66 seconds; Sophia Goik in 27th at 26.69 seconds; and Madison Floreno in 29th at 28.07 seconds.
BY CATHERINE OSBORN