Wednesday February 13, 2013

BRANDON CANEVARI

Manchester Journal

PERU -- The Burr and Burton Academy alpine ski team continued its dominance this season and took another step toward the state championship with a win in the Southern Vermont District races at Bromley Mountain yesterday.

The BBA girls team was tied with Woodstock at 18 after the giant slalom event, but took command of the race during the slalom portion, securing the seven-point win for both events.

An impressive performance by Olivia Burwell -- who won the slalom event with a combined time of 1:23.03 -- helped BBA earn the victory.

"If you look at her results throughout the season she has improved and it goes up on a graph straight up," said coach Pete McNealus. "Today she just had a phenomenal day. She’s been working really hard with her sking and no question today it paid off."

In addition to Burwell securing the top spot, BBA also had three other racers place in the top 10 during the slalom event. Sanderson Kemp took third with a combined time of 1:24.42. Katie Bourque was close behind in fifth with a time of

1:25.58 and Haley McGrath finished ninth in 1:28.99. BBA teammates Devon Thiele and Casey Apps finished 11th and 12th.

BBA got off to a good start on their first run in the giant slalom event with Bourque placing second on her first run with a time of 28.27. Kemp, Burwell, and Haley McGrath placed sixth, seventh and 10th on their first run, respectively, to give BBA four top 10 finishers.


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While the Woodstock girls got off to a slow start in their first run with Jocelyn Werle, Hailey Noble and Clancy Farrand, placing in the top 10, the Wasps dialed it up a notch in their second run.

Woodstock dominated the second time down the hill with Werle,

Noble, Sam Herrington -- who placed 11th in her first run -- and Clancy (7) all placing in the top 10. BBA, meanwhile, remained steady in their second run with Bourque finishing third and leading the way to a second place overall in the event. Kemp finished sixth in her second run and Burwell and Thiele tied for ninth in their second run with a time of 29.40.

The BBA boys dominated the field on Monday coming away with a 32 to 67 victory over second place finisher Woodstock for both events.

Although Rutland High School’s Tyler Guth took top honors in the giant slalom event in 53.06, BBA took six of the other top 10 spots. BBA’s Tanner McGrath took second place with a combined time of 53.29 and Ben Alexopoulos was 0.41 seconds behind for third.

Teammates Andrew Sherras, Tom Morgantini and Tim Swinarton were packed in together -- finishing sixth, seventh and eighth -- and Richard Sherras finished in 10th place with a combined time of 56.06.

"Both the girls and the boys Š this is where they need to ski their best and to ski close on and they did a heck of a job today and holding it together not only in the GS, but the slalom, which is anybody’s game sometime," said McNealus. "It put a lot of pressure on the boys the second run when there were only four potential scorers and they all had to the same thing for the second run. Š They kept it together and that was great."

Although not quite as dominant in the slalom event, BBA attacked the slopes coming out of the gate and it paid off as McGrath, Alexopoulos, and Andrew Sherras swept the podium.