Girls, Boys Ski Cruise to Regional Titles
Aaron Crouse

Both the Notre Dame Girls and Boys Varsity Ski teams dominated their respective competitions at the MHSAA Regional Championships this week. The girls scored an incredible 27, besting second place Cranbrook by 83 points, while the boys also had a strong performance with a score of 29, 114 points ahead of second place Orchard Lake St. Marys.

Both the Notre Dame Girls and Boys Varsity Ski teams dominated their respective competitions at the MHSAA Regional Championships this week. The girls scored an incredible 27, besting second place Cranbrook by 83 points, while the boys also had a strong performance with a score of 29, 114 points ahead of second place Orchard Lake St. Marys.

These results earned both teams a coveted spot at the MHSAA Division Two State Finals contest on Monday February 22 at Boyne Highlands. There were 11 teams at the Region Six meet with 56 girls and 65 boys taking part.

The Irish showing was so strong that all six of the Irish girls and five of the boys had top 10 finishes in at least one discipline, ensuring the decisive wins. In the morning girls slalom contest, Sydney Schulte took first place with a time of 46.78 seconds, almost two and a half seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Also scoring for the Irish were Delaney Flavin in third, Peyton Schindler in fourth and Claire Kirchner in fifth. Hailey Schindler and Keely McLeod also turned in strong performances, finishing 13th and 14th , respectively, to ensure the team had great back up scoring. For the boys, JJ Lintol took first place with a decisive time of 44.28, winning by more than a second. Also turning in great performances to score for the Irish were Teegan McLeod in third, Chase Flavin in fourth and Frank Roth in ninth. Nick Uhazie had a strong back up finish of 26th, recovering from a mistake on one of his runs, to ensure the Irish could deliver the win.

The afternoon GS race also saw strong performances across the board. Peyton Schindler took second with a time of 38.53 to lead the Irish girls, with Schulte taking third, Kirchner fourth and McLeod fifth to round outthe scoring. Fantastic performances by Flavin in seventh and Hailey Schindler in tenth were not even needed. On the boys side, Lintol took first with a time of 36.44, his second win of the day, followed closely by Flavin in second, McLeod in fourth and Uhazie in fifth to finish off the definitive win. The team did not even need Roth’s impressive seventh place finish in the race to lock up the trophy.

The Regional titles were the fifth consecutive for the girls team while the boys earned their second in a row.

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