Three Local Ski Teams Win State Titles
HARBOR SPRINGS — The Traverse City West boys ski team, Traverse City Central girls ski team and Petoskey boys ski team all took home state titles on Monday in their respective divisions.
For the first time in program history, Traverse City West won the Division 1 state title in boys skiing. The win snapped an 8-year title streak by Marquette. Traverse City Central finished in fourth place as a boys team.
The Traverse City Central girls cross country team also broke Marquette’s streak of five straight girls state titles in Division 1. The Trojans had finished in second place during two of those state finals. This is their first title since 2013.
Elle Craven led the Trojans in third place on the giant slalom and second place on the slalom. Aiden Lewandowski finished in first place of the giant slalom for the Traverse City West boys, while Andy Hill finished in second place for the Titans.
The Petoskey boys ski team won its second straight state title and 10th in 11 years, edging Great North Alpine in both the slalom and giant slalom. Harbor Springs finished in fourth place, while Cadillac finished in sixth.
Petoskey’s Anders McCarthy led his team on the giant slalom in third place, with his teammate Wyatt Mattson finishing in fifth place. Great North Alpine’s Sullivan Husband was in fourth place.
Gaylord’s Connor Abraham finished in third place on the slalom, followed by Harbor Springs Connor Truman and Petoskey’s McCarthy in the top five.
The Petoskey and Cadillac girls ski teams finished with 130 points for third and fourth place.
On the giant slalom, Onalee Wallis finished in second place for the Vikings, while Katelyn Drayer finished in fifth place for Harbor Springs. Petoskey’s Marley Spence finished in second place on the slalom, while Cadillac’s Georgette Sake finished in seventh place.