The Rhinelander/Northland Pines Alpine ski team competed in the third Northern Conference race of the year at Ski Brule. The Hodags had a strong showing and finished first in both the girls' and boys' divisions and also had two individual titles; McKenzie Imm and Ty Springer on their home hill.
Northland Pines freshman Springer, swept all three events on the day. He won the Super G (30.78 seconds), Giant Slalom (34.50), and the Slalom (41.36) to cruise to the individual title. The Hodags also took advantage of Wausau West'sJack Eder not competing.
Even after a slip in the slalom, Breyden Luebke of the Hodags still placed fourth overall in the boys' ski division. Luebke's top finish on the day was third place in the Giant Slalom and he also took fourth in the Super G. Patrick Stemper of Northland Pines also had a top-10 finish for the Hodags and finished ninth. Daniel Ritchie placed 17th, John Krueger finished 21st, and Luke Fritz was 29th.
The Hodag girls' were able to edge out Ashwabay in a close finish for the overall title by only five-points. It also helped that West's top skier, Sheridan Westphal also did not compete.
On the girls' side, Imm also swept all three events to earn the title. She would win the Super G (32.56 seconds), Giant Slalom (36.07), and the Slalom (45.64).
After Imm's,the Rhinelander girls' had two more top-10 finishes on the day. Cayla Fritz finished seventh overall and Tori Roberts placed eighth. Alexis Pyrchalla was 11th, Haley Seefeldt placed 13th, and Marisa McGuire finished 18th.
For snowboarding, Kaiya Shrader for the Rhinelander girls' finished fourth overall. It was also noted Shrader had issues with her board so actually used graduate Claire Hjelles' to compete Saturday. Kylie White placed ninth for the girls' in the snowboarding division as well. For boys' snowboarding, Bailey Schaub placed 11th.
Rhinelander/Northland Pines will be back in action Tuesday when they compete the fourth Northern Conference race of the season which will be held at Christie Mountain in Bruce.