This year, the ski team is made up of over 30 racers, their biggest turnout yet. The coach, Spencer Raymond, was described by the skiers as very excited about the level of participation. Junior Mesa Tinger revealed, “This was an exciting season, especially because of all the new faces and the spirit they brought to practice.”
Athletes spent weeks preparing for the season on dry land before racing. Josh Murphey, a local CrossFit trainer and backcountry skier, lead intense workouts of various full body exercises which continued throughout the season, three days a week. Junior Lolly Pasotti, an exchange student at LOHS, said during the season, “this is the first time I’m doing a school sport…they only have club sports in Italy. I really like it so far!” She also revealed that ski team attracts many exchange students because it is such a unique experience.
Junior Nicole Danilevsky, the individual state champion from last season, shared, “My goal is always to get bet- ter…this year I would like to try to get into the top five at state, but there are some pretty good skiers out there.”
Heading into the state race, the Lak- ers are in a good position. The girls team won the Three Rivers League, led by Danilevsky, who finished third in the league individually, and freshmen Kiera Bartell, who finished fourth. The boys finished third in the league, with Laz Glickman getting second overall and Drew Pieringer getting fifth. Com- bined, the team finished second in the league, just two points behind Lincoln. The state race will be held at Mt. Hood Meadows on March 1-3.