December 29, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.
In their first Northwest Suburban Conference action of the year, the boys alpine ski team quickly established themselves as the squad to beat.
They dominated the NWSC meet at Trollhaugen despite one of their top skiers tumbling in his second run and not counting towards the team score.
The scoring charge was led by senior captain Joe Cartier. He finished his first run in 25.92 seconds and his second in 28.02 seconds, both of which were the second fastest times.
Cartier finished in second place with a combined time of 53.94 seconds, less than a second behind Taylor Lindy of Centennial, who finished in 53.07 seconds.
Hogan Haas had his best finish of the year, coming in fifth place overall with a combined time of 1:00.53. The senior's 28.94 second run in the opening leg was good for seventh overall, and his second run of 31.79 seconds was 10th best.
Young Anders Brown came through in a big way, finishing in sixth place in the meet. He was just behind Haas every step of the way, finishing eighth after his first run and staying consistent with the 11th best second run. He was two-tenths of a second behind Haas in the overall times at 1:01.00.
Brandon Marvin finished in eighth place with a time of 1:01:74. Hogan's younger brother Hunter Haas, a junior, finished in 10th place with a time of 1:02.74. Tanner Rivard finished in 17th and Miles Turk finished out the top seven for Chisago Lakes in 21st place.
Senior Jake Sandgren, who was CL's top finisher in the season-opening Wild Mountain Invitational, had a magnificent first run, recording the fourth fastest time. But, a spill on the second run doomed his chances at a top finish. He ended up in 49th place for Chisago Lakes.
As a team, the boys finished with 638 points, 51 points clear of second place Centennial. Champlin Park, Blaine and Coon Rapids rounded out the top five.
As a team, the girls didn't fare as well as the boys, but they still got an outstanding performance from Katie Rayer.
The senior finished her first run in 29.92 seconds and followed that up with a 28.09 second run in her end run. Both times were good enough for second in each run and combined for a time of 58.01 seconds, second overall. She only finished behind Andover's Courtney Schwartz, who finished with a 28.70/26.45 split for a combined time of 55.15 seconds.
Elizabeth Frischmon was the next girl to score for the Wildcats, getting a combined time of 1:09.25 in 19th place. Her first run of 25.22 seconds was good enough for 16th place, and then she buzzed down the hill in 34.03 seconds in her second run, good enough for 23rd place in the run.
Lauren Peltier finished in 28th place with a time of 1:16.13. Claire Eikens had a 1:16.55, finishing in 29th just behind Peltier, and Kathryn Swanson, Erin Sandell and Danielle Dahlhemeier rounded out the 'Cats varsity scoring with 38th, 44th and 47th place finishes, respectively.
Mikayla Granfors had a good run in his first go, standing in 23rd place, but a disastrous fall in the second run didn't allow her to continue the race and she got a DNF.
As a squad, the girls team finished in fourth place with a score of 360 points. Centennial took the top spot with 453 points while Blaine and Andover rounded out the top three.
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