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Molly Izer.
Ski team battled conditions, opponents at March state finals posted on 04/01/2018

The conditions were stormy and the competition fierce last month in the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) finals at Mount Bachelor.

The Sandy High boys and girls ski teams, having placed second and third respectively in Mt. Hood League competition, took on the state’s best and were rewarded with a combined ninth place finish by the boys, and 15th for the girls in a field of more than 100 racers.

SHS head coach Josh Kanable, and assistant coaches Alex Kanable and Quency Fahlgren, emphasize balancing the competitive nature of ski racing with the ultimate goal of creating lasting community.

“There is something truly beautiful about sharing a chairlift ride with a friend,” Josh Kanable said. “The connections that athletes create on those cold snowy nights help to shape the community of our mountain. Skiing should not be a selfish experience. It is meant to be shared.”

The boys team was paced by junior London Madrid who finished 25th combined (slalom and giant slalom) overall, having skied to 25th in the slalom and 24th in the giant slalom. Freshman Alex Rogers issued warnings of things to come by capturing 36th combined after posting 33rd in the slalom and 55th in the giant slalom.

Junior Gabe Smith was the boys top finisher with a 16th place in the grand slalom but suffered a DQ in the slalom.

On the distaff side, the graduation of three seniors proved less of a loss with the strong performances of freshmen Mikayla Wood and Molly Izer.

“Both of these young ladies have made incredible improvements despite the challenging snow year we have had,” Kanable said. “Many people assume that a racing background is a prerequisite to joining the Sandy ski team, but all we need are athletes who are committed to improvement. Time on snow seems to do the rest.”

Izer finished 36th in the slalom and 79th in the grand slalom, for a combined overall of 46th out of 97 hopefuls. Wood was an alternate in the slalom and placed 82nd in the GS. Julia Engler placed 49th overall with 53rd in slalom and 72nd in GS. Sacheen Lampert nabbed 54th place overall with 58th in slalom and 81st in GS.

Leagues across the state include the local Mt. Hood League, Blue Mountain League in eastern Oregon, Three Rivers and Metro Leagues around Portland, and the Southern Oregon League around Mount Ashland.

By Larry Berteau/MT




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