Anthony, Fischer lead Section VII
As a whole, skiers from Section VII turned in solid performances on Monday and Tuesday at the New York State Public High School Alpine Championships at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua.
The Section VII team was made up of six boys and six girls, with all but one of the student-athletes hailing from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Racing started with the slalom Monday and wrapped up Tuesday with the giant slalom. Both competitions included two runs and featured boys and girls fields of 65 from across the state.
The Section VII girls team included Saranac Lake’s Ryley Fischer, Erica Swirsky, Mayah Land and Audrey Bartlett, Barrett Smith of Lake Placid and AuSable Valley’s Giselle Munson. Saranac Lake’s Sully and Andrew Fogarty, Victtor Moraes, and Lake Placid skiers Gunnar and Parker Anthony and Tim Kelleher represented Section VII for the boys.
Gunnar Anthony of the Blue Bombers turned in the top result for Section VII in the championships, finishing 10th in the giant slalom with runs of 1 minute, .94 seconds and 1:01.94 for a 2:02.88 total. Competing on his home hill, Noah Shinaman of Section V’s Brighton High School won the boys giant slalom with a 1:56.97 combined time.
Andrew Fogarty was also solid in the GS, finishing one position behind Anthony in 11th with a 2:03.04 total. Also in the boys GS, Sully Fogarty placed 20th, Kelleher finished 42nd, and Parker Anthony and Moraes did not finish.
Sully Fogarty had the top boys finish in the slalom, placing 23rd with runs of 45.97 and 43.67 and a 1:29.64 total. Gunnar Anthony placed 36th in the slalom, Parker Anthony was 40th and Moraes placed 49th, while Andrew Fogarty and Kelleher were DNFs.
Queensbury’s Hunter Montgomery won the boys slalom in 1:23.53.
Fischer was the top performer for Section VII girls on both days. The Red Storm junior’s best finish came in the slalom, where she placed 15th with runs of 56.01 and 54.00 for a 1:501 total. Smith took 37th for Lake Placid in the race, Bartlett placed 52nd, Munson finished 54th and Swirsky and Land were DNFs.
Schuylerville’s Hannah Klingebeil took top honors in the girls slalom, putting down the two fastest runs in each heat for a winning 1:39.16 combined time.
On the next day, Fischer skied to a 25th-place finish in the GS, putting down runs of 1:06.19 and 1:05.80 and a 2:11.99 total. Victor’s Katie Carrier won the race with a 2:03.02 combined time.
Swirsky rebounded nicely from her tough slalom race, placing 28th in the GS with a 2:13 total. Also in the GS, Land placed 46th, Munson finished 53rd, Bartlett placed 55th and Smith was a DNF after not completing her first run.
Saranac Lake’s boys and girls finished fourth in the team competitions. Section VI’s Ellicottville won the girls team title with 92 points. The Red Storm girls had 59 points. The boys team title went to Pittsford of Section V with 92 points. Saranac Lake finished with 63 points.
Section VII placed seventh in the girls and boys sectional team competitions. Section II was the girls champion and Section V took the boys title.
Katie Carrier also placed fourth in slalom to capture the girls combined title and Max Hopfinger of Pittsford won the boys crown after finishing runner-up in both the slalom and GS.