Cranbrook boys and girls ski teams earn top finishes at divisional and regional races

By: Sue Teggart | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published March 1, 2011

 The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood boys and girls ski teams gather with their divisional hardware after the Feb. 10 race at Pine Knob. The boys finished second, while the girls placed third in the divisional meet.

The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood boys and girls ski teams gather with their divisional hardware after the Feb. 10 race at Pine Knob. The boys finished second, while the girls placed third in the divisional meet.

Photo courtesy of Susan Post

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The Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood boys and girls teams are finding success on the slopes this postseason.

The Cranes’ boys ski team raced to second in the division Feb. 10, while the girls took third. They also excelled in the Feb. 17 regional, earning first and second place, respectively.

The Division 2 state championship race was Feb. 28 at Boyne Mountain, after press time. For more on boys and girls skiing, including results on the skiing finals, check next week’s paper.

Dominant divisional
With races stretching over two days in the divisional meet at Pine Knob, the Cranes made their presence known in slalom and giant slalom races.

“Both teams have seven athletes, and any one of them can do very well on any particular day,” said Cranbrook coach Bruce Rosengren. “We’re getting two great runs out of everybody.”

Top finishers included Josh Bernard and Jack Briggs, who medaled in slalom and giant slalom events, and Colin Ghesquiere and Christer Aikens, who medaled in the slalom event.

Other top finishes for the boys included Ghesquiere, and his brother, Jay, in the giant slalom.

The boys’ score in the divisional meet, combined with their 8-1league record, earned it a spot at the Feb. 22 Southeast Michigan Ski League (SEMSL) championships.

In the girls’ divisional race, Hannah Strauss medaled in both the slalom and giant slalom events, and Claire Giampetroni took second in slalom.

Other top finishes included Scarlett Shader and Julia Briggs — in slalom and giant slalom — and Sarah Jane Post in giant slalom.

The big winner during the division season was Bloomfield Hills Andover, which qualified for the SEMSL championships after its season record and division meet score was combined.

Cranbrook’s Strauss and Giampetroni qualified for the SEMSL races as individuals. Visit http://www.semslracing.org/results/index.html for results on the SEMSL championships and other top finishers from the Birmingham-Bloomfield teams.

Regional racers
Spring temperatures and slushy snow conditions made for a challenging race at the Feb. 17 regional championships at Alpine Valley, but in the end, two Bloomfield Hills teams dominated the slopes.

“At regional, both teams skied very well,” Rosengren said. “We knew that Andover would be competitive. We battled them all season, but at this point, we were in competition with teams from the West side of the state, too. I think this competition proved how strong our regional was, since five of the six teams moving on were from the Pine Knob Division.”

Cranbrook’s boys took a solid first place with a low combined total of 46 points and earned eight top-10 medals in the two events. On the girls side, Cranbrook placed second behind Andover with a combined total of 90 points.

“What made us really powerful this year is that we were really deep,” Rosengren said. “We have a lot of talent on the team, and no one really had any bobbles at all. It was just basically them coming together and throwing it down the hill.

“They raced their hearts out.”

Jack Briggs had a big day regionals for Cranbrook’s boys squad, winning the giant slalom event. Other local regional medalists include Jay and Colin Ghesquiere, and Bernard, who placed top 10 in both events.

In the girls race, Giampetroni won the regional slalom championship. She also medaled in giant slalom, as did Julia Briggs and Strauss.

For Division 1 regional results, go to www.MHSAA.com.

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