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Ridge Ski Team Ends Season On Top Of The Mountain

Slalom competitor Daniele Colbertaldo on Feb. 24, 2014.
Slalom competitor Daniele Colbertaldo on Feb. 24, 2014.

The Ridge Ski Team finished out a snow laden season with State Finals the week of February 24.  The Varsity girls’ team, after losing many seniors last year, produced some impressive results during the season and ended up 6th in the State.  In the Giant Slalom finals held at Mountain Creek, the girls placed 3rd.  Individual overall state placements include Alyssa Thompson 6th and Alexa Hughes 20th.  Congratulations to Alexa Hughes, Alyssa Thompson, Emily Fuchs, Danielle Gogerty, Asia Harrington, Danny Lailey, Shannon Pokorny, Julia Messineo and Kate Rose.

The Varsity boys’ team ended up placing 2nd overall in the state, beating out Don Bosco and last year’s state champs, Vernon.  In the Independence League, the boy’s team placed first overall, after placing 1st in 4 league races.  The boys also placed 1st in both the Giant Slalom and Slalom All League Festivals.

Individual overall state placements include Daniele Colbertaldo 2nd, Alex Thompson 8th, Tyler Conti 19th and Mike Depalma 22nd.  Congratulations to Alex Thompson, Daniele Colbertaldo, Luke Hull, Tyler Conti, Michael Depalma, Maky Rupert, Austin Conti and Michael Minsch. Both Varsity boys and girls teams show great promise for next season.  The team will lose 3 seniors this year: Alexa Hughes, Alex Thompson and Daniele Colbertaldo, all three team captains. 

The JV team produced an undefeated girls’ team and a boys team placing 2nd in the Giant Slalom Invitational.   Danielle Conti, James McWilliams, Jake Bondy and freshman standouts Danny Lailey and Collin Bell all promise to produce good times next year.  Congratulations to Eliza Engelsman, Jessica Forman, Addie Schmitt, Kevin Lazo, Tyler Wilkes, Kielan Rupert. 

The 12 racer XMen team received some great race experience in competing in 6 races this season.  Congratulations to Caroline Blanchard, Olivia Polos, Kyle Ackourey, Paul Klippel, Paul Nemetz, Austin Friedman, Ben Restaino, Michael Pardo, Dan Griffis, Robert (“Sam”) Prentiss, Francesch Pol  and Brian Hilferty for an awesome season! The team thanks Sam Prentiss for his cheerful team spirit!

The Race of Champions held over two days at both Mt. Creek and Mt. Peter produced great results for 6 qualified Ridge racers-Alexa Hughes, Alyssa Thompson, Alex Thompson, Tyler Conti, Mike Depalma and Daniele Colbertaldo.  In the Giant Slalom, placements were: Alyssa Thompson 7th, Alexa Hughes 22nd, Colbertaldo 1st, Alex Thompson 7th, Conti 19th, and Depalma 24th.  In the Slalom, placements were Alyssa Thompson 8th, Colbertaldo 5th, Alex Thompson 7th, Conti 11th, and Depalma 13th.

Four Ridge racers were selected to the NJ State Allstate Team and will compete at the Eastern Regionals High School Championships, Attitash NH March 7-9: Alyssa Thompson, Alexa Hughes, Daniele Colbertaldo and Alex Thompson.

Statewide Rankings: For the first time this year, the Star Ledger began ranking ski racing in the state of NJ during the entire season.  This gave press to the racers who put in so much time and work for such a quick race down the mountain!  For further information on the Ridge Ski Team, please visit Ridge High School-Athletic Department.  THINK SNOW!!

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