The Rhinelander High School Alpine ski/snowboard final Northern Conference results proved to be top results, but on Saturday in their season finale at Ski Brule, the Hodags didn't quit end their season how they were expecting. Looking at the final team standings in the NC, Rhinelander girls' charted second place with 24 points, with Ashwabay charting first with 35 points. The RHS boys' finished 3rd overall this season with 27 points. Ashwabay boys' finished first with 39 points, and Rice Lake edged the Hodags by four points for runner-up.
In the fifth and final 2017 Northern Conference meet the Hodags had mixed results overall on the day. The RHS boys would prove to have least mistakes on runs, with senior Duncan Seidel earning two wins and a runner-up finish. With the results Seidel finished second overall in the conference standings, with Wyatt O’Bey of Ashland finished first.
Seidel's quickest times on the day included the Super G (30.47) and the Giant Slalom (33.24). And in the Slalom, Seidel finished second (45.29) which was enough to win the overall title in NC meet No.5 by two points over Chris Stein (Wausau East).
Also cracking a top-10 finish on the day for the RHS boys' was Breyden Luebke who finished ninth overall. Luebke's top finish was in the Super G, where he finished seventh (32.56). And in the GS, Luebke finished ninth despite a slip (35.47) and in the slalom he finished 13th (55.81).
And rounding out the RHS boys were John Krueger who finished 22nd, Anthony Klabunde right behind in 23rd, Mitchell Ewan placed 26th, and Luke Fritz finished 27th.
While the RHS girls' struggled in the NC Meet No. 5 and fell to fifth place on the day with Ashwabay, Wausau West, Wausau East, and D.C. Everest finishing ahead.
McKenzie Imm started the day strong and sat at fourth place after finishing third in the GS (34.29), and fifth in the Super G (32.56). But unfortunately, Imm crashed hard in the slalom, which would drop her overall standings to 13th in the final standings on the day.
Alexis Pyrchalla would finished 16th overall, followed by Cayla Fritz in 18th, and Haley Seefeldt in 19th. Tori Roberts would finish 21st and Marisa McGuire placed 28th.
And in the final conference standings Imm would finish in fourth place, after Elly Schlinkmann (Wausau West) would win a tiebreaker for third. Fritz would fall to 11th overall in the conference.
Despite the fifth-place finish for the RHS girls' skiers, they finished good enough in the first four Northern Conference meets to finish in second place overall. While the snowboarding Hodag girls' and boys' struggled after several crashes in the two runs of boardercross.
Leading Rhinelander for boys' snowboarding was Brandon Carlson, who finished in 5th (49.72) in the first boarder race, and improved a position in the second run and placed fourth (47.82) which was enough to finish in fourth place in the final NC Meet No. 5 standings.
Colin White started strong for Rhinelander and placed third (3rd) in the first run. But White crashed in the second run of the boardercross, which dropped him to finishing 10th overall on the day. And in the NC final standings, White fell to second overall after losing yet another Hodag tiebreaker to Owen Czapiga (Ashland). Carlson would bump up to fifth place in the final NC standings.
And Kaiya Shrader for the girls' snowboarding crashed at the end of her first run and did not compete in the second run of the day. Despite the fall, Shrader still held on to earn the overall NC title by a single point over AnnaSage Roth (Ashland) and Elizabeth Mikulich (Wausau West).
The RHS boys' third place finish in the final NC standings was enough to qualify the team to compete at the WIARA State Championships in La Crosse. But the Hodags will only be sending Seidel and Luebke as individuals due to lack of experience.
The RHS girls' will send their team to state, as well as Hodag snowboarders; White, Carlson, and Shrader. Competition begins on Saturday, and will extend through Monday.