SHS boys alpine ski team captures third consecutive victory at Winter Park |

SHS boys alpine ski team captures third consecutive victory at Winter Park

JOSH SALERNOSummit Daily News

WINTER PARK – A foot of fresh powder didn’t slow down the Summit High School alpine skiing team in Friday’s slalom at Winter Park.The boys team, which has won its last two meets, carved its way to another victory, despite dealing with tough, snowy conditions. The Tigers (171 points) edged out Evergreen (159) and Nederland (145).Zach Fretz led SHS with a second-place finish. Drew Beling and Brian Joyce were fourth and sixth, respectively and Kevin Coleman finished eighth.”It was another good performance for the boys,” SHS coach Tory Hauser said. “The visibility was poor, but we weren’t hurt by it. We had less guys fall in this race than all the others. That’s a good accomplishment for them.”The Tigers have found a three-headed monster in Fretz, Beling and Joyce. The trio has finished in the top six in each of the past three meets.The Tigers couldn’t have found a better time to peak with only one meet (next Friday’s slalom at Loveland) before the state championship Feb. 21-22 at Steamboat Springs.”We’re pretty strong right now,” Hauser said. “At state, you need to have depth and we feel pretty good about ours.”The Lady Tigers had two top-10 finishers on Friday, which was enough for second place (158). Battle Mountain won with 171 points.Erin Breslin took fifth place and Laurel Broten was 10th.Hauser said the girls also have a good chance to make a strong showing at the state meet.”We’re going to keep working hard in practices,” he said. “We’ll probably give some kids early starts (Friday) to see if they can qualify. Loveland is a great place to race. It’s close to home and fun for the kids. … I would like to see a very strong showing on the girl’s side.”