Cadillac’s Netzley Carrying on Winning Tradition
CADILLAC – With a history of producing accomplished skiers, the Cadillac boys ski program has found another winner in sophomore Alex Netzley.
As a freshman a year ago, Netzley swept the Giant Slalom and slalom regional titles en route to Cadillac’s boys program winning a team regional championship. At the Division 2 state finals, Netzley finished sixth in the slalom and seventh in the GS.
Now as a new season on the slopes commences, Netzley is looking to duplicate the success of Cadillac graduate Kennan Cooper who won three individual state championship across the slalom and GS between 2014-15.
"Taking two top tens, in Giant Slalom and slalom as a freshman, is a feat that doesn’t happen all the time,” longtime Cadillac coach Joe Host said. “We expect that he will continue that growth, and continue to get faster.
"He’s always been a very good athlete, very quick motor skills, and a happy, driven young man that loves skiing."
A multi-sport athlete who also competes on Cadillac’s soccer and baseball teams, Netzley followed in his father’s footsteps and began his skiing career at a young age.
"I’ve been skiing ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “Dad skied from a young age, so he’s been taking me out here right when I was a kid, and I just loved it from the first day I did it."
As for the 2017 season, Netzley not only has his sights set on individual success but on leading the Vikings to their first team state championship since claiming the 1980 Open Class title.
"I’m just hoping to really build on last year’s performances, and just help my team win a regional title and qualify for states as team. That would be really cool,” Netzley said.
With Wednesday’s season opening Big North Conference meet at Nub’s Nob being canceled due to weather, Netzley and the Vikings are now slated to open their season Monday at the Harbor Springs Invitational at Boyne Highlands.