POMFRET -- The Burr and Burton Academy boys Alpine ski team won the District Championships on Tuesday at Suicide Six with a six point victory over second place Woodstock who finished with 46 points.
Powered largely by Ben Alexopoulos, Tom Morganti, Tanner McGrath and Andrew and Richard Sherras, the boys put up a combined team score of 37 between the giant slalom and slalom events.
The Bulldogs performed the best in the slalom - finishing with just 15 team points - led by Alexopoulos who took 1st place with a time of 1:05. 45 and Morgantini not far behind in 2nd with a time of 1:06. 05. Andrew Sherras took 4th place for BBA with a time of 1:07. 43.
"Those three guys put down good solid runs; brilliant runs as far as Ben and Tom are concerned." said BBA coach Trey Spencer. "Andrew is a rock, he’s always there." McGrath was the team’s fourth scorer in the event finishing in 9th place overall with a time of 1:13. 94.
"With Tanner, our fourth guy, he was second after the first run," said Spencer. "He found trouble [the] second run and had to hike and had he not hiked we would not have gotten that eighth place score. So, that was a big deal. He wasn’t happy with his run, but the fact that he hiked and got those points for us, that saved the result." In the giant slalom, Richard Sherras led the way for the Bulldogs with a 1st place finish with a two run combined time of 48.
"Rich Sherras was on both runs. He skied two solid, outstanding runs," said Spencer. "[If you] look at the combined he was one one hundredth (. 01) off of Andy Kenosh (Rutland High School) who was in second place. So great skiing from Riche because Andy Kenosh is good. He’s a good skier." Andrew Sherras finished in 5th with a time of 49. 96 followed closely by Morgantini who finished 7th overall with a combined time of 51. 63. Tim Swinarton was the team’s fourth scorer finishing in 10th place with a combined time of 53. 36.
BBA’s Scott Trudel tied for 9th place with Woodstock’s Hartley Money-Walker with a combined time of 51. 67. However, Trudel was the seventh BBA male athlete on the submitted start list. Under the rules of the competition, the results from only the first six athletes on the submitted start list can count toward a team’s score.
"That’s a great day out for Scott," said Spencer. "[He’s a] sophomore To be the fourth guy scoring for the team in the sophomore position that’s great and it bodes well for the future." Rutland High School finished in third place with 93 points.
On the girl’s side, Rutland High School won the meet with 45 team points.
In a close battle with Woodstock, the BBA girls finished in third place with a team score of 59, just five points behind the 54 Woodstock posted to come away with second.
As was the case with the men, the BBA women performed better in the slalom event. Sanderson Kemp took third place with a two run combined time of 1:14. 72, finishing behind Rutland’s Jessie McNeil (1st place) and Marina Rotella (2nd place).
"She’s steady," Spencer said of Kemp. "The second run was actually a little more challenging set and she nailed it." Katie Bourque came in sixth place with a combined time of 1:15. 84 with Sarah Alpert - who finished with a time of 1:16. 06 - not far behind.
"Sarah Alpert was third the first run. She skied the best slalom I’ve ever seen her ski and I’ve known her a long time," said Spencer "Really good skiing." Olivia Mader was the team’s fourth team scorer, finishing in 11th place with a time of 1:17. 48.
In the giant slalom Kemp again finished 3rd with a combined time of 52. 90 behind McNeil - who took 1st - and Woodstock’s Amelia Sheppard. Bourque finished in 7th place with a combined time of 53. 36. Megan Knight and Sarah Alpert were the third and fourth scorers for the Bulldogs. Knight finished in 11th place with a time of 54. 36 and Alpert in 14th with a time of 54. 64.
BBA’s Kate Lochner finished 11th overall in the giant slalom with a combined time of 46. 91 and would have been the team’s fourth scorer, but like Trudel her score was disallowed because she was not among the six top female athletes on BBA’s submitted start list.
After Districts, Spencer said there will be some things the team will address in the coming weeks leading up to the State Championships.
"We definitely still have stuff to work on," said Spencer. "It’s a two run race and you can find trouble and it’s just a matter of working to achieve better consistency. [We’ll] go to the office and [we’ll] go to work as our training continues on toward states." Follow on Twitter @BrandonCanevari