Wednesday March 27, 2013

Emma Peplowski

PHS/SJ, Senior

In an even league where five different skiers won a race, Peplowski was the only one to repeat. She won a Giant Slalom and a slalom event to edge Emily Martin of Monument by three places. She was always in the top four and only once finished outside the top three.

The coach's take: Emma's secret to capturing the top spot on the podium has been to practice or race five to six days every week and focus on the skills that make her equally as strong in slalom or GS.

-- Geller Emily Martin

Monument, Junior

Except for one stumble in the first slalom of the year, Martin was always inside the top 3. She won the final Giant Slalom of the year and was second in the first race. She was third three other times.

The coach's take: Emily had a great season. Her one bobble in the slalom put her a little pressure in that last slalom but she played it smart, got to states which was her primary goal. Emily's a very strong skier. When she's realxed and comfortable, she can throw down a run that can surprise people.

-- Dunham

Lauren Jones

Taconic, Senior

Jones was third in the county, finishing no worse than fourth in races she finished. She won the second slalom of the season and was second in the final race of the year.

The coach's take: Lauren really improved her slalom racing this year and it showed with her first win.


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Lauren did a good job picking the right line in the course. She has helped lead the team to three county titles and qualified all four years for the state championships.

-- Latimer

Jennifer Evans

Monument, Junior

Evans improved as the year went on, excelling in the slalom races. She was a season-high second in the fifth race of the year to go along with a third and a fourth in the other two slalom events.

The coach's take: Jenn is somebody who has found herself and realized she can hold her own with the rest of them. She's realized she's a top skier. She's developed really far from where she was three years ago.

-- Dunham

Ella King

Lenox, eighth grade

King qualified for states for the second straight year. She was consistent, finishing fifth four times and sixth in the final race of the year. The only blip was a 17th in the season's second race.

The coach's take: She's a quiet, strong skier. She did stay fairly consistent. She's got a good technique. She's clean and smooth and holds a good line.

-- Schulman

Maria Giacoletto

Taconic, Junior

Giacoletto was one of five racers to pocket a win, claiming the first in the season opener. She was in the top 3 for each Giant Slalom.

The coach's take: Maria opened her season with a win. She became a more aggressive skier and it showed in her results. She was really focused and practiced hard to do her best. This was her third year qualifying for the state championships.

-- Latimer

Michaela Craft

Taconic, Junior

Craft won the first slalom of the year and was in the top 10 in five of the six races.

The coach's take: Another first-time winner, Michaela turned on a switch this year and really became a great racer. She is a very smooth, technical skier. This was her first year qualifying for the state championships.

-- Latimer

Alyssa Latimer

Taconic, Senior

Latimer was never worse than ninth. She was a season-high fourth in the first slalom of the year.

The coach's take: Alyssa is a solid, all-around racer in both events. Her team could always count on her for a solid finish. She helped lead her team to three county title and qualified for the state championships all four years on the team.

-- Latimer

Amanda Ely

Taconic, Junior

Ely is another member of that relentless Taconic squad, scoring a top-10 finish in every race. She was fifth in the last slalom of the year, a season-best for her.

The coach's take: Amanda is the racer that when she needs to put in a good run for the team, we can count on her. She had a solid season in both events and really improved on her speed. Amanda qualified for the state championships for the first time this year.

-- Latimer

Emma Pizzuto

PHS/SJ, Sophomore

Pizzuto came on strong in the second half of the season after being on the bubble for state qualification in the Giant Slalom. She never finished worse than ninth in slalom, starting that discipline with a season-high sixth.

The coach's take: Last year, Emma had to deal with injuries that sidelined her for part of the race season. This year she came in the race season healthy, setting her sights on the MIAA state championships starting with her first race.

-- Geller

Lindsay Curry

Taconic, Junior

Curry had her best finish of the year in the season opener, coming in ninth. She was consistent in the slalom with an 11th followed by two 12th-place finishes.

The coach's take: Lindsay had her best year to date. She is a smooth, technical skier who put it all out there at practice. This was her first year qualifying for the state championships.

-- Latimer

Ali Williamson

PHS/SJ, Freshman

Just a freshman, Williamson reached states by just two place points. She was a season-high 11th in the final Giant Slalom and started the slalom season by finishing 12th.

The coach's take: It was a relief as a coach to know you could depend on racers like Ali to give the team a solid finish with a competitive time every week.

-- Geller