Petoskey Boys Win Division 2 State Championship
HARBOR SPRINGS – The Petoskey boys ski program captured the MHSAA Division 2 state championship at Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs on Monday.
The team state championship is Petoskey’s ninth since 2011 and 20th overall. Pontiac Notre Dame Prep won its second straight Division 2 girls state championship.
The Northmen boys (56 points) finished ahead of Harbor Springs (63), Great North Alpine (84.5), Notre Dame Prep (134), East Grand Rapids in sixth (201.5) and Cadillac which rounded out the top six with 233 points.
The Notre Dame Prep girls (56 points) were ahead of Harbor Springs (114.5), Petoskey (116), Houghton (149), East Grand Rapids (152) and Cadillac which rounded out the top six with 186 points.
On the boys side of the morning session, Andrew Truman of Harbor Springs captured the giant slalom with a combined run of 50.19. Great North Alpine’s Cooper Kerkhof was second (50.82), followed by other top-10 area finishers in Petoskey’s Tripp Thomas in fourth (51.55), Cole Hoffman of Harbor Springs in fifth (51.60), Petoskey’s Anders McCarthy and Jimmy Flom in sixth (51.72) and Great North Alpine’s Andrew Bliss in ninth (52.17).
In the afternoon session, Petoskey’s Flom took home the slalom state championship with a combined run of 1:15.54. Truman was second with a run of 1:15.76 while Kerkhof was third in 1:16.42. Other top-10 area finishers included Gaylord’s Conner Abraham in fourth (1:17.63), McCarthy in sixth (1:18.38), Hoffman in seventh (1:20.19), Bliss in eighth (1:20.50) and Glen Lake’s Andrew Pershinske in 10th (1:20.52).
In the morning session, Gaylord’s Reagan Olli captured the girls slalom state championship with a combined run of 1:12.36. The state championship is Olli’s second in the slalom and first since 2018.
Frannie Kelbel of Harbor Springs was fourth (1:15.20), followed by Charlevoix’s Kate Klinger in eighth (1:20.05) and Petoskey’s Cassidy Whitener in ninth (1:20.18).
In the afternoon session, Olli took home a second-place finish in the giant slalom with a run of 52.95. Grand Rapids Northview’s Megan Paasche finished in first with a run of 52.90.
Great North Alpine’s Liesl Stellin was fifth (53.48), Petoskey’s Lauren Rothman was seventh (54.38) and Kelbel was in eighth place (55.08).