HHS Alpine teams earn spots on the podium at recent races

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Main photo: Some of the HHS Alpine ski team members (from left) Sydney Stevens, Stella Keay, Noah Jason, Zoe Kruusmagi, Sean Sanderson, Chris Miller, Zach Belfry, and Emma Magee

The weather co-operated and the race was on!

The Huntsville High School Alpine Ski Team travelled to Collingwood to participate in the Jean Vanier Invitational Giant Slalom (GS) race on Wednesday, February 7 at Osler Bluff Ski Club. The ski team had two Level 1 Boys teams entered, two Level 2 Female Individual skiers and two Level 2 Male Individual skiers.

(From left) Chris Miller, Zach Belfry and Noah Jason

(From left) Chris Miller, Zach Belfry and Noah Jason

The Level 1 HHSa Boys team, consisted of Ethan Murdy, Chris Miller, Zach Belfry and Noah Jason. The boys finished in third place with 26 team points. Noah Jason had the third best time overall picking up a second bronze medal for the day. Ethan Murdy ranked fifth, while Chris Miller finished 18th.

The HHSb Boys team placed 12th overall. Skiers included Stellar Ebbs, Dale Shewfelt, Dylan Primmer, Ethan Staples, and Sean Sanderson.

Jakob Heinz and Cole Stevens represented the Hoyas in the Level 2 Male Individual race. Heinz ended up with a strong 13th place finish only 2.06 seconds behind the first place skier from host team Jean Vanier.  Other Level 2 Individual skiers with personal successful runs were Sydney Stevens and Emily Jason (both representing Female Individual skiers) and Cole Stevens.

Earlier in the season, the Level 1 Female team — Stella Keay, Kaitlyn Belfry, Zoe Kruusmagi and Sam Goldring — placed second at the NPSS/Bradford Invitational held at Mount Saint Louis Moonstone in December.

The HHS team is looking forward to a strong showing at the GBSAA (Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association) championships on Thursday, February 15 at Osler Bluff Ski Club.

Huntsville High School staff member, Jenn Creasor, would like to thank Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area, Bruce Howell, Al Cronk, Dan Caswell and Adam Caswell for all of their assistance with the team this season and would like to give a special shout out to Kim Sasson who has trained the skiers this season and coached the students at every race.

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