Panthers consistent at annual Winnipesaukee Alpine Race


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Moultonborough Academy's Haylie Adams zips around a gate in the morning giant slalom at Friday's Winnipesaukee Alpine Race (WAR) held at Gunstock Mountain. Jeff Lajoie. (click for larger version)
February 06, 2017
GILFORD The tradition was alive and well on Friday, when the local ski teams competed in the annual Winnipesaukee Alpine Race, affectionately referred to as the WAR, at Gunstock Mountain Resort. The event has become a mainstay in the Lakes Region alpine slate, serving as one of the final tune-ups before the NHIAA state championship meets which begin next week.

Moultonborough Academy kicked off its trip to race against the top Lakes Region schools with the morning giant slalom. The boys' team took fifth place overall with 329 points, while the girls' team was sixth with 314 points.

Leading the charge for MA in the morning GS was Jake Malatesta, who was first across the line in 16th place overall with a two-run total of 1:02.99.

Joey Marra was the next Panther down the mountain in 18th place (1:03.5), while fellow scorers Andre Sturgeon (26th, 1:05.02) and Hayden Stewart (33rd, 1:08.78) rounded out the team's top four finishers.

MA's Logan Gunderson was next in 36th position (1:09.51), followed by the contingent of Daniel Phillips (61st, 1:22.38), Jacob Burton (62nd, 1:22.73), Robert Sturgeon (64th, 1:27.33), Michael Sousa (72nd, 1:30.19) and Mason Foreman (73rd, 1:32.50).

In the girls' morning GS, Grace Blackadar headed the MA field with a 27th place finish in 1:11.36, just ahead of teammate Haylie Adams' 28th place performance in 1:11.74.

The Panthers had four skiers finish in order to earn their points, with Haleigh Greene taking 29th place (1:12.18) and Cassidy Sturgeon in 30th overall (1:12.25).

Also skiing in the morning GS were Shaylie Smith (42nd, 1:20.97), Katie Anderson (45th, 1:25.66) and Abi Iverson (52nd, 1:31.55).

After a break for lunch, the teams went back out for the afternoon slalom, with the boys' squad earning a fifth place finish (321 points) and the girls' team finishing fourth overall (329 points).

Andre Sturgeon was the fastest Panther in the slalom, taking 21st overall with a two-run total of 49.22 seconds. Next came Marra in 29th place (1:03.53), followed by Malatesta (32nd, 1:06.16) and Gunderson (38th, 1:11.50) as the other two MA scorers.

Stewart (30th, 1:12.61), Foreman (48th, 1:25.40), Burton (58th, 1:32.68), Sousa (60th, 1:32.91), Robert Sturgeon (64th, 1:38.19) and Phillips (71st, 2:08.40) also competed for the Panthers.

After suffering a tough start to her day in the GS, Iverson rebounded to lead the team in the slalom with a 22nd place finish in 1:08.61.

Adams was the team's second scorer in 25th place (1:11.09), with Cassidy Sturgeon (31st, 1:17.45) and Greene (32nd, 1:18.49) also scoring points towards the team's total.

Blackadar finished 34th in the slalom for MA (1:21.03), followed by Smith (42nd, 1:26.83) and Anderson (46th, 1:30.23).

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