By Morgan Kennedy
With a combined boys’ and girls’ record of 3-11, the ski team is already exceeding expectations during its first season at varsity level, according to coach Chris Ahearn.
“It’s great to have three wins already. We’re proving that we’re not only a varsity team but a winning varsity team,” he said.
Previously a JV program, the ski team entered its second year as a high school sport and its first year as a varsity team this January.
According to Ahearn, the team practices four days a week at Bradford Mountain, where their races are also held. The team began practicing on the mountain earlier this season to better prepare new and returning members for this year’s races.
Junior Andrew Randall is enjoying the start of the season.
“It’s been great so far, challenging, but exciting,” he said.
According to Ahearn, racers are scored on a point system from 16-2. The top15 racers earn points for their teams. The fastest racer receives 16 points; the second fastest racer receives 15 points, etc. The team with the highest score wins the race. Racers are also scored individually and can earn up to 25 points per race. Individual scores are used to determine which racers are eligible for States.
Sophomore Brian McAuliff said the team faced a challenge during their race on Jan. 26.
“The course was brutal, and the snow was less than favorable; but it helped seeing a more difficult course, because now I will feel more comfortable on the easier ones,” he said.
According to Ahearn, a goal for the boys’ team is to finish in the top three in the North Shore Ski League. They are currently tied with Masconomet for third place. A goal for the girls is to send a team to the state competition.
The top 12 racers go to States, and three girls constitute a team. Currently in the top 12 are senior captain Molly Friedman, sophomore Megan Jones, and eighth-grader Alex Marshall.
“If we can keep all three girls in the top 12, we would be able to compete at States, which would be huge for us. They are all very capable and talented racers,” Ahearn said.