Five Cougars Qualify for NH U14 State Championships
Cardigan’s Alpine Ski Team competes in two different venues, the team-oriented New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) and the more individually-focused New Hampshire Alpine Racing Association (NHARA.) While NEPSAC is only open to independent school students, NHARA events are open to any competitor in the State of New Hampshire.
The Cougars finished a strong second (to St. Paul’s School, a secondary school) as a team in both slalom and giant slalom at the recent NEPSAC Lakes Region Championships held at Proctor Academy’s Blackwater Ski Area. Cardigan ninth-grader Jeffrey Kang ’20 paced the Cougars in both events, finishing fifth in the slalom and eighth in the giant slalom.
Then this past Sunday, the U14 (born in 2006 and 2007) members of the team participated in their last NHARA “qualifier” race, a giant slalom at the Dartmouth Skiway. The results of this race would finalize qualifications for the NHARA State Championships.
Our boys skied well and placed four skiers in the top 15: Sebastien Madan ’21 (8th), Tanner Hetherington ’23 (9th), Anders Silitch ’21 (11th) and Wilson Knapp ’21 (14th). Ho Seok “Ryan” Ham ’22 finished 24th.
After the race, officials announced that those five Cardigan boys had qualified to compete in the New Hampshire State Championships, to be held March 6-8, 2020 at Crotched Mountain in Peterborough (giant slalom) and Pat’s Peak in Henniker (slalom).
“We are all so very proud of the entire team,” said Cardigan Director of Alpine Skiing Julia Ford. “At NEPSACS, we were the youngest team by far and competed well. Then to have five boys qualify for States is icing on the cake. This is a great step forward for these boys and our program.”
Director Ford gives the credit to the Cardigan coaching staff, Head Coach Travis Nevins and assistant coaches Doug Clark, Al Gray H'13, P'14,'16, and Bob Nevins for a great team effort in helping these boys begin to believe in themselves.
Live timing and results from the State Championships will be available at https://www.live-timing.com.
Coach Ford and Coach Nevins have finalized two Summer Ski Camps open to both current Cardigan students and the public. Please click below for more information on our 2020 camps!