BBA alpine ski teams win Lewie Dean
"The kids have been training really hard and the East Meadow is where we do the bulk of our training. So those kids came into that race with a lot of confidence," said BBA coach Pete McNealus. "They were just very prepared and very confident going into it and it showed in the results."
Five members of the BBA boys team placed in the top six spots for a team score of 13 - more than double the team score of second place finisher Woodstock who had 29. Rutland finished third in the race with a team score of 33.
Ben Alexopoulos - who had been coached by Dean as a 9- and 10-year-old - took the top spot in the race for the third consecutive year with a combined time of 57.15.
McNealus said that while he was unsure of how much Alexopoulos remembers of Dean, he felt he was pumped up for the race.
"I think he took this race more personally," said McNealus. "I think he was just up for this race and wanted to do his best. He's grown up on that East Meadow. He's raced many races there and he just ended up winning.
Dylan Bibeau and Andrew Sherras finished third and fourth for BBA with combined times of 58.10 and 58.36, respectively. Tim Swinarton took fifth place with a combined time of 59.33 and Skylar Clark took sixth with a combined time of 59.39.
The girls team also had a decisive victory, taking the race with a team score of 17 over second place finisher Woodstock who had 27. Rutland finished third with a team score of 56.
Four of BBA's skiers - Katie Bourque, Sanderson Kemp, Devon Thiele, and Olivia Burwell - placed in the top 10.
Bourque won the race with a combined time of 59.59.
"In all races the thing that's really good is that there are other good [skiers] on the team that are pushing Katie; one of them being Sanderson, one of them being Olivia and another being Devon," McNealus said. "There's [a lot of] potential throughout the girls team."
Kemp took fourth place with a combined time 1:01.98. Thiele and Burwell were not far behind recording combined times of 1:02.52 and 1:02.65, respectively.
"It's been an exciting year for the girls. They've won the last three races as a team. This group has been determined to ski as a team," McNealus said. "They did a tremendous job on that day."
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