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ConVal alpine skiers set for state meets

  • The ConVal ski team competed in a five-team meet at Crotched Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

    The ConVal ski team competed in a five-team meet at Crotched Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.


    (Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

  • ConVal junior Garrett Caisse has three top 10 finishes this season and will ski today in the Division II Alpine meet.

    ConVal junior Garrett Caisse has three top 10 finishes this season and will ski today in the Division II Alpine meet.

  • The ConVal ski team competed in a five-team meet at Crotched Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • ConVal junior Garrett Caisse has three top 10 finishes this season and will ski today in the Division II Alpine meet.

After spending every meet of the season skiing with each other at Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride, the ConVal alpine ski team will split up this week.

That is because at the state meet level, the Division II boys and girls races are held on different days at different mountains.

The boys will take to Cranmore Mountain in North Conway today, while the girls will travel to King Pine Ski Area in East Madison on Thursday. Both meets begin at 9:30 a.m.

The Cougars are one of 15 teams to make up Division II and will compete in both the slalom and giant slalom events. The top 10 individual skiers from each discipline move on to Meet of Champions on March 6 at Cannon Mountain.

Freshman Maura Rapposelli leads the girls team into Thursday’s state meet and could be a contender to make Meet of Champions. And the supporting cast has been making steady gains.

Sophomore Julia Walden has been improving all season and she owns a pair of top 10 finishes in her last three meets. Martina Masce has been battling for the No. 2 spot on the team all season and consistently finishes among the top 20 skiers. Emma Carney, Larkin DeVinne and Sarah Kolk have all put together solid races to finish in the top four for ConVal.

Junior Ben Wescott has been a mainstay at the top of the scoring for the boys team this season. He has four top five finishes entering today’s meet.

Garrett Caisse has been a solid No. 2 behind Wescott, also finishing in the top 10 on three occasions. But Tiivo Ruutopold could also be considered the second best on ConVal, as he also own a trio of top 10 finishes. For the most part, Rob Peterson has filled the fourth place scoring spot, but Ben Aldrich has also competed well in that role.

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