sophomore Daniele Colbertaldo might have best pointed out what's so amazing about his first place individual wins in more than half of the meets where he competed this season by noting that so many of his top competitors are two or three years older.
But then again, when you start skiing at four years old and are skiing double black diamond slopes (the hardest rating in the country) a year or so later, racing seems to be the way to go.
Colbertaldo, who also plays soccer at Ridge, said he enjoys skiing for the speed and intensity that comes with the sport. And he is very good at high speeds. Colbertaldo has been in first place in five of the nine meets he competed in during 2012. Ridge finished the season 7-2 falling only to the number one Don Bosco and number two Vernon.
In the N.J. at Hidden Valley, the Ridge boys came in second, losing first place by only 43 hundredths of a second.
In the Slalom competition on Friday, Ridge came in third only 3 hundredths of a second beyond second place.
Other parent-submitted results from the ski team's final races:
Friday, March 2, Slalom State Finals, Hidden Valley
Girls — 2nd, Boys —3rd
Ridge Girls: Kapp (10), Halbing (12), Taylor (13), Bondy (17), Lailey (22)
Ridge Boys: Colbertaldo (2), Thompson (8), McGeough (15), Taylor (20), Hughes (52)
Overall State Finals Results
Ridge Girls: 2nd place, Ridge Boys: 3rd place
Individual State Wide Placement
Girls: Taylor (10), Halbing (12), Bondy (23)
Boys: Colbertaldo (4), Thompson (8), McGeough (15), Taylor (18), McWilliams (25)
All State Teams
There are three All State teams made up of the top 18 racers in states. The first 12 girls and first 12 boys attend the Eastern Regional High School Championships in Attitash, N.H., March 8-11. It is quite an honor. This year the following five RHS racers qualified:
1st team — Colbertaldo
2nd team — Thompson, McGeough, Gina Taylor, Halbing
3rd team — Tommy Taylor
Steven Petro Scholarship
The organization chooses one senior girl and one senior boy from the state for a scholarship. The racer had to write an essay about their racing experience. Connor McGeough, Captain of the RHS team won.