Alpine skiing: ConVal girls ride to victory at Crotched Mountain

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal alpine ski team raced at Crotched Mountain in Bennington on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 1/3/2020 12:04:41 PM

As a winter-long ski racer on the high school and USSA circuit, ConVal’s Molly Dishong knows Crotched Mountain inside and out. But when she drops in for a giant slalom race, Dishong clears her mind and lets her skis do the thinking.

“I do train a lot and I have learned to trust what my skis are doing,” Dishong said. “I just let my skis run and hopefully they’ll do what I want.”

The ConVal sophomore rode her Atomics down Meteor to victory Thursday afternoon, winning the girls’ GS race and leading the Cougars to a girls’ team victory. ConVal put three racers in the top four and four in the top 13 to hold off Souhegan and win the day.

Dishong finished her two runs in a combined 1:06.04, just ahead of teammate Rosie Crooker, who took second in 1:07.25. Crooker won the season-opening race before the holidays with Dishong in second, and the ConVal one-two punch pushes each other to new heights each time they hit the course.

“We definitely help each other go faster,” Dishong said.

Ella Dishong took fourth overall in 1:10.50 and Caitlyn Beal made her way to 13th in 1:16.71 to put ConVal in first place with 385 points, ahead of Souhegan’s 380. The Sabers call Crotched Mountain home as well, and several Souhegan skiers race with the Crotched Mountain club team, so it was a satisfying victory for the Cougars, who have their sites set on a Division II championship this winter. 

“[Souhegan’s] our main team we have to focus on beating,” Dishong said.

Also finishing for the ConVal girls: 

■Anna Bartsch, 26th (1:29.92)

■Lydia Cleveland, 31st (1:42.25)

■Thalia Stafford, 32nd (1:48.85)

ConVal’s only male USSA racer, senior Noah Krason, took top honors for the Cougar boys, finishing second in 1:04.10, just behind winner Andrew Taylor of Souhegan (1:03.67).

Junior Reid Wilson cracked the top ten as well, finishing eighth in 1:08.54. 

The ConVal boys go 14 deep this winter with a lot of new faces, and their success may depend on who improves enough to join Krason and Wilson near the top of the leaderboard.  The answer might be freshman Carter Rousseau, a park skier who joined the Cougars this season for his first race experience and took to it quickly. On Tuesday, Rousseau finished 12th in 1:14.42. 

The ConVal boys finished third with 364 points; Bow won the race with 381. 

Also finishing for ConVal:

■David Martin, 18th (1:18.16)

■Bennet Saxe, 23rd (1:25.37)

■Jackson Burnham, 24th (1:25.63)

■Liam McCall, 28th (1:27.42)

■Max Heck, 29th (1:27.43)

■Fletcher Maggs, 31st (1:29.15)

■Logan Burnham, 34th (1:32.82)

■Ben Kriebel, 35th (1:32.91)

■David MacKay, 36th (1:33.36)

■Cale Skillings, 46th (1:44.90) 

■Trent Stafford, 47th (1:53.65)

Wilton-Lyndeborough’s three-man team placed sixth overall, with Harrison Browne (17th, 1:18.06), Ethan Smith (21st, 1:20.67) and Nathan Browne (26th, 1:26.22) all finishing for the Warriors. 

Aside from the team championship goal, Dishong said she hopes to qualify for the USSA Eastern Region Team this winter. Crooker made the cut last year and was one of 12 selected to represent New Hampshire at the USSA Eastern Regional High School Championship; Dishong, who had a disappointing day at last year’s Meet of Champions and fell to 20th, is looking for redemption come February. 

“Last year I fell short with two bad runs at states so I really want to make Easterns this year,” Dishong said. 

ConVal is back in action at Crotched Mountain on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. 


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