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Eagles dominate final regular season meet

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

MOLLY VAN DEURSEN races in the giant slalom at Cranmore on Feb. 10. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
February 13, 2012
NORTH CONWAY — The Kennett alpine boys and girls dominated a meet on their home mountain on Friday, Feb. 10, to close out the regular season in style.

The Eagle boys and girls won handily over Division II foes Hanover, Lebanon, Plymouth, Bishop Guertin and Pembroke on a perfect day at Cranmore Mountain Resort as the regular season drew to a close.

The morning giant slalom saw the Eagle boys dominate the leader board, taking the top four spots and placing another racer within the top 10. The Eagles also took places 11 through 14.

Matt Halupowski led the way for the Eagles with a first place finish in a combined time of 83.93 seconds.

Jake Van Deursen, despite battling illness that forced him to miss the afternoon slalom, finished second overall in 84.17 seconds.

Luke Tinkham skied to third overall in a time of 86.13 seconds and Danny Nash rounded out the scoring for Kennett with a fourth place finish in 86.97 seconds.

Danny McDonald (sixth, 87.71 seconds) also finished in the top 10 and Jake Remick, Ben Garner, Tyler Eldridge and Grant Meserve all finished in the top 15.

Halupowski was again the top skier in the afternoon slalom, as he raced to a time of 70.49 seconds to top the field.

Remick skied to second overall, finishing in 72.39 seconds, while Tinkham was the third Kennett skier, placing fourth in 75.25 seconds.

Meserve rounded out the field of Eagle scorers with his time of 78.22, which placed him seventh overall.

Eldridge and Garner also skied to top 15 finishes.

Overall, the Kennett boys bested Hanover by 38 points, while Plymouth finished in third, despite missing some of their top skiers.

For the girls, the Eagles took the top three places in the morning giant slalom and placed seven skiers in the top 10.

Katie Burton was the fastest, as she raced to first place in 90.15 seconds.

Elyse Clancy was not far behind, finishing second in 90.22 seconds to grab the second scoring spot for Kennett.

Elizabeth Welch skied to third overall with a time of 90.72 seconds and Brooke Lemerise rounded out the scoring with a time of 92.28 seconds, which placed her sixth overall.

Kayla Morin (seventh, 92.47), Molly Van Deursen (eighth, 93.45) and Paulina Karabelas (ninth, 93.57) also placed in the top 10, while Annabella Canter, Faye Robets and Libby Karabelas all landed in the top 15.

Clancy skied to the top of the podium in the afternoon slalom, finishing in 77.3 seconds.

Lemerise was the second Eagle scorer, finishing third overall in 78.48 seconds, while Welch was fourth overall in 79.59 seconds to take the third scoring spot for Kennett.

Morin rounded out the scoring with a time of 80.2 seconds for fifth place overall.

Paulina Karabelas (sixth, 81.83), Roberts (seventh, 81.84) and Canter (eighth, 82.6) also finished in the top 10 and Keara Wagner grabbed a top 15 finish.

The Eagle girls bested Hanover by 48.5 points, with Lebanon taking third and Plymouth finishing fourth.

The Kennett girls were in action after deadline Tuesday in their State Meet, which was held at Cranmore. The Kennett boys will be in action today, Feb. 16, at Waterville Valley for their State Meet.

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

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