Girls Ski Takes Third Straight Title; Boys Earn Best Finish
Aaron Crouse

The Notre Dame Girls Varsity Ski team claimed its third consecutive MHSAA Championship while the Boys earned their highest finish in program history.

It was a year of firsts for the Notre Dame Girls and Boys Varsity Ski teams as they competed at the MHSAA Division Two State Finals held at Boyne Highlands. The Girls team finished as the state champion for the third year in a row with a score of 77, the first time a team below the 45th parallel has ever won three consecutive titles. The Irish won in decisive fashion with a 38 point margin. The Boys finished in third with a score of 72 but had the highest finish in school history, only one point behind second place Great North Alpine and 15 points behind first place Petoskey, two perennially dominate teams from Northern Michigan.

The Boys team had their first ever individual state champion, JJ Lintol, in giant slalom while the Girls also had their first individual champion, Sydney Schulte, in slalom. It is also the first time a Division Two school has had an individual champion on both its Girls and Boys teams in the same year.

The Irish had to accomplish all these firsts against nine teams as well as additional top skiers who qualified individually, which included 70 men and 70 women from around the state that are the very best in their respective regions.

The Girls team was led by Schulte who took first place in slalom (time: 87.14 seconds) and fourth in GS (time: 60.11) to cap off a year of dominate skiing. The overall win was once again truly a team effort with all six of the varsity girls that raced on Monday scoring for the team in at least one discipline. Scoring for Notre Dame were Claire Kirchner (11th in slalom and 14th in GS), Keely McLeod (12th in GS), Delaney Flavin (18th in slalom and 19th in GS), Peyton Schindler (16th in GS), and Hailey Schindler (31st in slalom).

The Boys team followed up their dominate win at regionals with a very strong showing at the State Finals. Notre Dame was led by Lintol who followed up his double win at regionals with a first place finish in GS (time: 61.35) and a second place finish in slalom (time: 82.50). The Irish had two more racers finish in the top ten, Teegan McLeod and Chase Flavin, earning them both the distinction of First Team All-State. Scoring for the team were Flavin with a tenth in GS and 17 th in slalom, McLeod with eighth in GS and 25th in slalom and Nick Uhazie with a 16th in GS and 24th in slalom. Frank Roth had strong back up scores with a 23rd in GS and a 29th in slalom. Also skiing for Notre Dame were JP LeFaivre in GS and Alex Hein in slalom.

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