The Rhinelander/Northland Pines Alpine Ski and Snowboarding team competed in the fourth and fifth races this Saturday as part of a doubleheader at Ski Brule in Iron River. The boys' not only won the Northern Conference ski title, but also took home the snowboarding title as well. The Hodag girls' were second in race #4 and third in race #5 to secure runner-up in the conference. All-conference was also awarded to top 10 overall skiers as well as top five overall snowboarders, and top five in each race type.
The Rhinelander/Northland Pines ski team was projected to win the title after a strong start where they won two of the first three rounds. But Saturday the Hodags did not have their best run in slalom but still performed good enough to fend off Rice Lake in rounds 4/5 to win the title. The teams also had to run three boardercross runs Saturday after last Tuesday the course was declared unsafe.
While Ashland edged Rhinelander in boys' snowboarding and took first place in the first two conference races of the season, they had one boarder out of the lineup Saturday that left them short of a full lineup. So the Hodags easily won the final three rounds to push past Ashland and earn the Northern Conference title.
Northland Pines Ty and Tommie Jo Springer both had nearly perfect runs on Saturday and both earned individual Northern Conference titles for the Hodags. Ty earned his third straight NC title and would win all six runs on Saturday. Overall he won 14 of the 15 individual runs this season.
And Tommie Jo Springer, a Northland Pines freshman would win every single run this season to capture the Northern Conference title. Spring would easily take the title to beat out Arfee Edwards of Ashwabay where she finished seven seconds faster in both events.
The Hodags also had a number of other top-10 finishers including Patrick Stemper who took fifth overall in the standing and Daniel Ritchie was right behind in sixth. Stemper was out a large portion of the season due illness but did not have good luck in the first slalom run. In Stemper's first race as well as the rerun there was a timing malfunction, both clean races. And in the third attempt crashed and would take 12th overall. In the fifth NC race, Stemper would take fifth. While Ritchie earned fourth in conference race #4 and placed fifth in race #5.
Bailey Schwab earned all-conference in boys' snowboarding and finished third overall in the NC standings after placing third in races #3 and #5 and fourth place in race #4. Robert Masini took fourth place in races #3 and #5. Joey Sturzl placed fifth in race #3. And Mason Durkee would take fifth in race #4.
For the Hodag girls, Kylee White would finish third overall to earn all-conference. White earned a pair of third place finishes and a fourth place on Saturday. Kyleigh Allen finished fifth overall in the standing, placing fourth and a pair of fifth-place finishes on Saturday. Madesen Van Order recorded top five in all five runs Saturday but finished eighth in all three races after missing slalom runs at Ashwabay.
The Rhinelander/Northland Pines alpine ski and snowboard team now has just under two weeks to prepare for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Alpine Racing Association State Ski/Snowboarding Meet. The State Meet will be held at Mt. LaCrosse on February 14th-17th.
The Rhinelander/Northland Pines Alpine ski and snowboarding team were bypassed in both the girls' and boys' division after Mondays' Northern Conference finale at Granite Peak. The Hodags were leading in both divisions entering the day, but were unable to maintain their standings and would fall back to a runner-up finishes after remaining ahead after the Super G.
The Rhinelander/Northland Pines boys finished the day second in the team standings, while Wausau West placed first in the team standings and would pass the Hodags by four points in the final NC standings, after having to makeup ground after not having enough skiers to compete at Ski Brule in a conference race in the beginning of February.
On the girls' side of action, the Hodags placed third in the NC finale. Ashwabay finished second on the day and edged Rhinelander/Northland Pines by only a single point to earn the conference title.
Ty Springer, a Northland Pines freshman was the only Hodag to earn an individual conference title in the boys' division. Spring recorded his fourth second-place finish this year and cruised to the boys' title and had the best point totals in the slalom, giant slalom, and Super G.
In the Granite Peak NC final, Spring finished second in all three races. Wausau West's Jack Eder finished first in the Super G and giant slalom and also won four of the five NC races this year. But due to not competing at Ski Brule in the beginning of February, Eder dropped to fourth in the overall standings. This season was the first season that all five races calculate into the final individual standings as well.
RHS also were without senior Breyden Luebke, who fell free-skiing between competition runs and did not compete in the slalom. Luebke was 30th on the day and would drop to 16th in the overall NC standings. On the day, Daniel Ritchie finished seventh, Patrick Stemper placed 19th, and John Krueger finished 24th.
Rhinelander's McKenize Imm finished first in the slalom and GS through this season, but missed a gate Monday in the Super G and did not finish the race. Imm then dropped to second in the individual NC standings.
On the day, Imm finished ninth followed by teammates Calya Fritz in 11th, Haley Seefeldt finished 12th, and Tori Roberts charted 15th. In the overall point standings, Fritz cracked top-10 and placed eighth and Seefeldt finished 11th and Roberts came in 14th.
For girls' snowboarding, Kaiya Shrader finished second in the NC meet and would place second in the final conference standings. Kylie White would finish eighth in both the final NC meet and overall standings. While Bailey Schwab recorded his season best finish in fourth on the day and would bump up to seventh in the overall standings. All three boarders qualified as individuals to compete in the 2018 WIARA state championships over the weekend.
Along with Shrader, White, and Schwab; the boys' and girls' skiing qualified as a team to compete in La Crosse at the WIARA state championship. Snowboarding will be Saturday at Mt. La Crosse while skiing will be Sunday/Monday.
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