|1/23/2014 4:06:00 PM|
Wildcats sweep meet at Troll
by JEFF NORTON
First place had been an elusive finish for the Chisago Lakes boys alpine ski team in the Northwest Suburban Conference this year. They won the Wild Mountain Invite and had come in second place three different times, but it wasn’t until they moved to Trollhaugen that the ‘Cats were able to overtake the Centennial Cougars, and even then, it was as close as a ski meet can get. Sans one of their leaders still in Tanner Rivard, the boys got a very good performance out of Anders Brown. He finished in third place overall, earning CL 98 points. Ryan Mower, Casey Bennett and John Frischmon then backed Brown up with three top 15 finishes.
Mower finished in 10th place with a time of 1:06.13, Bennett in 11th place with a time of 1:06.22 and Frischmon in 14th place with a time of 1:06.69. Isaac Bierman, Jeremy Wesloh and Ethan Bierman each kept their edge down the hill and finished in 27th, 35th and 50th place, and each and every point that they earned counted. After the finishes were tallied up, the Wildcats scored 557 points, beating Centennial by three points. The Cougars had 554 points in second place. The win was the Wildcats’ first of the year in the Northwest Suburban Conference, but they are hoping to get Rivard back and that should help them in their quest for more conference victories.
The girls, on the other hand, haven’t had a problem yet in the Northwest Suburban, and their first run at Troll proved to be no different. The Wildcats crushed the field, earning their biggest margin of victory this year. They scored 506 points with seven top 15 finishes. Andover finished second place with 386 points. The ‘Cats were led by Ellie Frischmon’s third place finish.
Hannah Janzig came in fifth place, Lauren Peltier seventh, Hannah Stec eighth, Alicia Sandberg 11th, Mikayla Granfors 12th and Claire Eikens 15th. The domination was so thorough that the Wildcats could’ve skied with just six girls and still won the meet by a very wide margin. The Wildcats will hit the slopes again on Thursday, January 23 at Trollhaugen for a NWSC meet before traveling to Giant’s Ridge for an invite on Tuesday, January 28. The meet is always a good indicator for the Wildcats, as that is where the state meet is held just two weeks later.