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.