NU skiers sending 16 to state |

NU skiers sending 16 to state

After Thursday’s final slalom race of the regular season at Boreal, the Nevada Union alpine ski team finds itself in a tough spot.

Tough, but not bad.

The Miners finished the season with sixteen qualifiers for the state championship at Mammoth Mountain in March.

“This is the biggest contingent we’ve sent in a decade,” said Nevada Union coach Ken Ramirez. “Usually we take about nine kids, now we have 16.”

Sending a somewhat larger group than was expected now has the Miners scrambling for funds to cover the costs of the four-day trip.

“It’s going to cost nearly $4,000,” said Ramirez. “We can sure use any help we can get.”

On the boys side of Thursday’s race, Julian Crouch took fifth place, Matt Freitas placed eighth and Ben Ellsworth place ninth. All three qualified for the state competition.

For the girls, Alice Miller took first place, Shawna Schober placed second, Jill Collins finished fourth and Hillary Barsby was seventh. All four gualified for state.

The state qualifiers for the Lady Miners are: Alice Miller (giant slalom, slalom); Claire Miller (g.s); Crouch (g.s., slalom); Schobert (g.s., slalom); Barsby (slalom); Sarah Callahan (slalom); Valentina Ciacardi (alternate giant slalom); Elisse Lockhart (alternate slalom).

For the boys, the qualifiers are: Crouch (g.s, slalom); Alex Wolfe (g.s.); Nick Novak (g.s.); Nick Meyer (g.s.); Freitas (slalom); Ellsworth (slalom); Greg Gilger (alternate giant slalom); Nick Meyer (alternate slalom).

“We have a lot of depth this year, so we should compete well,” said Ramirez.

The state alpine races run March 4-6 at Mammoth.

Contributions can be made by check at Nevada Union High School. Checks should be made out to the Nevada Union alpine ski team.

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