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Knight boys win the WAR

Kingswood edges Belmont for Winnipesaukee Alpine Race title

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

ZACH MASON rips through the giant slalom course at Gunstock on Friday afternoon. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 03, 2014
GILFORD — The Kingswood alpine boys and girls took to the slopes of Gunstock on Friday, Jan. 31, for the annual Winnipesaukee Alpine Race.

In the end, the Knight boys came away with the overall victory, thanks to a first place finish in the afternoon giant slalom.

The Knights got the day started in the slalom, where they finished in third place overall, just three points behind Belmont and Gilford, who tied for first place overall.

Alec Kalled set the tone, as he won the slalom with a combined time of 53.83 seconds.

Adam Keaton was strong in sixth place with a time of 1:12.48, while Isaac Sheehan finished as the third Knight scorer in a time of 1:21.13 for 14th place overall.

Teagan Keating rounded out the scoring for the Knights with a time of 1:39.39 for 17th place overall.

Josh Bisson finished in 22nd place in 1:36.8, the lone other Kingswood skier to complete both runs.

The Knight boys then edged out Belmont by four points in the afternoon giant slalom, to come away with the one-point win over the Raiders.

Kalled again led the charge for Kingswood, as he finished second in the giant slalom in a time of 57.24 seconds.

Keating was the second Kingswood scorer, crossing with a time of 1:02.71 for sixth place, while Matt Ridings finished in 11th in 1:05.41.

Zach Mason was the final scorer for Kingswood, as he finished in 1:08.8 for 12th place overall.

Sheehan finished in 13th in 1:09.01, with Keaton in 15th in 1:10.84, James Varney in 23rd in 1:14.66 and Bisson in 32nd in 1:16.77.

The Kingswood girls finished second to a strong Prospect Mountain team in the morning slalom, edging out third place Gilford by three points.

Kirsten Gehl led the way for the Knights, as she took ninth place in a time of 1:16.36.

Zoe Reed was the second Knight, as she finished in a time of 1:18.01 for 11th place and Jasper Shapiro finished in 12th in 1:18.51.

Kennah Leavitt was the final scorer for Kingswood, as she finished in a time of 1:25.23.

Laura Blocher skied to 17th in 1:27.15 and Hannah Demain finished in 3:16.47 for 37th place.

The Knights weren't able to hang with Gilford in the afternoon slalom, finishing in third overall, with Prospect Mountain again taking the victory.

Gehl once again led the way for the Knights, as she was 10th in 1:06.17.

Shapiro was Kingswood's second scorer, as she placed 13th in 1:08.02 and Mikayla Osgood skied to 14th in 1:08.9 to finish as the third skier for the Knights.

Blocher was the final scorer for Kingswood, as she placed 16th in 1:12.29.

Leavitt finished in 17th in 1:12.49 and Demain was 21st in 1:14.77 to round out the field of Kingswood skiers.

The Knights will be competing in their final regular season meet, hosting at King Pine on Friday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 a.m.

The Division II State Meet for the boys is Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Waterville Valley at 9:30 a.m. and the Division II State Meet for the girls is Thursday, Feb. 13, at Crotched Mountain at 9:30 a.m.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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