BBA boys dominate Alpine slalom event

KILLINGTON - In their most recent meet the Burr and Burton Academy Alpine boys ski team dominated the competition by taking the top four spots in the slalom event at Pico Mountain last Friday.

Tanner Mcgrath, Ben Alexopoulos, Tom Morgantini and Andrew Sherras placed 1, 2, 3, and 4, respectively to give BBA a team score of 10 - 25 points better than second place finisher Woodstock Union High School.

"It's pretty neat to see the consistency both teams have," said BBA coach Trey Spencer. "If you look at the margins from the first race to the second race the team is gelling more and more. Both squads are skiing with a good level of confidence, which is nice from a coaching standpoint." Rutland High School finished third with a team score of 86.

Mcgrath finished with a combined time of 1:09.26 over two runs. Alexopoulos, Morgantini and Sherras were not far behind, finishing with combined times of 1:10.61, 1:11.00 and 1:11.19, respectively.

In a telephone interview on Wednesday, Spencer lauded the performances so far this year of not only Mcgrath - who has taken first overall in the first two races - but of his other scorers as well.

"Tanner's doing an excellent job, but you have to look at the group behind him," said Spencer. "That 1, 2, 3, 4 is the holy grail of alpine skiing."

BBA's Tim Swinarton and Skyler Clark also finished in the top 10 with Swinarton placing sixth and Clarke seventh. Swinarton finished with a combined time of 1:11.54 and Clarke with a time of 1:13.30.

The Burr and Burton Academy girls team won their meet as well last Friday - defeating second place finisher Rutland 18 to 29. Woodstock finished with a team score of 32.

Sanderson Kemp led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing in first place with a combined time of 1:17.36. BBA's Katie Bourque finished second - edging out Woodstock's Hailey Noble by .01 seconds - with a combined time of 1:19.51.

BBA's Sarah Alpert and Olivia Maeder - who were the other two scorers for the Bulldogs - also finished in the top 10 finishing with combined times of 1:21.48 and 1:22.75, respectively.

On Wednesday, Spencer said he's already noticed a difference in the girl's team from the first race.

"Everyone's just moved up a notch," he said. "You get out of it what you put into it and they're putting a lot into their training."

At their previous meet at Suicide Six - a slalom event - the boys also dominated the field finishing with a team score of 13. Woodstock - the second place finisher - had a team score of 24 and Rutland High School finished with a team score of 57.

Mcgrath finished in first place with a combined time of 58.18 with Ben Alexopoulos - who finished with a combined time of 58:47 - not far behind. Swinarton (3rd) finished with a combined time of 59.17. Andrew Sherras (7th) rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs. Morgantini also was among the top 10 skiers, finishing in eighth place with a combined time of 1:06.18.

The girls team also got their season off to a good start at Suicide Six on Jan. 9. BBA placed four skiers in the top 10 to edge Rutland High School 21 to 23.

Woodstock's Hailey Noble, Rutland's Jessie McNeil and Mariah Palmer - an independent - took first, second and third overall, respectively. BBA packed their skiers close together after that though with Alpert finishing fourth overall with a combined time of 1:07.02, and Bourque, Maeder, and Megan Knight finishing sixth, seventh and eighth overall with combined times of 1:07.22, 1:08.66 and 1:08.82, respectively. Follow on Twitter @BrandonCanevari


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