Addy Catlin sets pace for Wildcat skiers
The Dublin School alpine race team traveled up to Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford last week to compete in the second GS qualifier of the Lakes’ Region League. Under clear skies and temperatures in the single digits, eight Dublin racers went up against top alpine programs from St. Paul’s School, Brewster, Vt., and Proctor Academy. The overall course length had been shortened in an attempt to keep skiers from being exposed too long to the cold and wind on the upper part of the mountain.
Beginning the day’s racing were the girls, and representing Dublin was Addy Catlin. Catlin’s combined first and second runs placed her 17th overall.
The boys were up against stiff competition, but despite their inexperience and some anxiety, they all performed very well. Joey Hynes took the top Dublin finish of the day, taking 23rd place. John Scriven was 26th, Suk Hun Cho placed 27th, Max Rakaseder placed 33rd, Imanol Ochoa-Mendez placed 35th and Hyeong Bin placed 38th. EJ Lawrence placed 39th in his first alpine race.
The alpine race team then made the journey over to Ludlow, Vt., to race in the second slalom qualifier of the Lakes’ Region League. This time the racing was held at Okemo Mountain Resort and was hosted by Vermont Academy. Dublin School skiers raced against Brewster, Proctor, and Vermont Academy. While temperatures remained cold, in the low teens, the snow conditions were excellent at the mountain, with a great course set, allowing for some fast and exciting racing. Addy Catlin once again represented the girls’ team, and had two very solid runs. She was able to place 7th, putting her in the top half of female racers, a feat that Catlin has been able to accomplish in three out of the four races held this season.
The boys race was fast-paced and action-packed, and ended with Suk Hun Cho taking the top Dublin spot, placing 9th overall. Coming directly behind him in 10th place was Alex Rodde. John Scriven came in next for Dublin at 14th place. In 21st place was Imanol Ochoa-Mendez. Joey Hynes skied very aggressively on his first run and lost a ski, resulting in a DNF; while Max Rakaseder was injured during his first run and wasn’t able to complete a second. Overall, this was a positive race for the boys, who placed third in the team standings, ahead of Vermont Academy and right behind Brewster Academy. The Wildcats returned to action last night in the 2014 Lakes’ Region GS Championships, hosted by Brewster Academy at Gunstock Mountain Resort.
The cold arctic air prevailed last week at the Classic Pair relays held at Proctor Academy, but the sunshine and the Dublin skier smiles were stronger. The course was a series of a short uphills and fast downhills. Skiers raced in pairs, in relay format, tagging off their partner after 1.5 kilometers.
In the team races, the points of the boys’ pairs of Danny Harrington and Will Utszschneider, Jared Lewis and Hyleom Love, GH Werowinski and Miles Spencer, and Matt Coffin and Harry Flores placed them 8th.
The points added together for the Dublin girls pairs consisting of Phoebe Bride and Tatum Wilson, Fiona Johnson and Lily Campbell, and Phoebe Knox and Somali Green put the girls’ team in 7th place.
Dublin School is hosting the NEPSAC Championships on Feb 12. In this championship race, the top five boys and girls from each school will compete in a 6.2-kilometer skate race in the morning and a team classic relay in the afternoon.
The Wildcats took on Charlemont at home on Jan. 22. The Wildcats got out to an early lead, and Charlemont was never able to recover. Big games from the bench, with Alex Rogoff scoring his first varsity points with two three-pointers and Cem Ozdeliorman having a great game with 10 points. Ningda Xiong also contributed six points in the 58-13 victory.
The Wildcats continued their winning streak in the River Valley Athletic League with a 54-30 victory over Four Rivers School on Jan. 24. Sebastian McLinden had a big game off the bench with 16 points, including two three pointers.
The team then faced Putney School in a battle for first place in the River Valley Athletic League on Jan. 25. Hunter Bachman came out strong, scoring 12 points in the first half, and the Wildcats went into halftime with a 29-18 lead. Putney came out strong in the second half, catching up to within three points. The Wildcat defense was able to hold them off, and thanks to Ben Phillips scoring 21 points (including five three-pointers), Dublin maintained the top position in the RVAL league with a 47-44 victory.
A hard second half push came up short with a 35-31 loss at Putney on Jan. 24 Clare Halacy led all scorers with 16 points.
The Wildcat girls beat High Mowing 29-11 on Jan. 25 behind Sabrina Hayden’s nine points.