HARBOR SPRINGS — Battling the likes of Division I powers Traverse City Central and T.C. West, both the Petoskey and Harbor Springs girls’ ski teams put together solid efforts Monday at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Invitational.
The Northmen girls opened the season with a respectable third-place finish, while the Harbor girls were fourth in the 12-team field at Boyne Highlands.
Central edged crosstown rival West, 69-73, to win the invitational.
The Northmen finished with 90.5, while Harbor had 96.
“It was a good start for us and a nice finish,” Petoskey coach Travis Hill said. “The girls know where they stack up in the Big North Conference and there’s a lot of season left and a lot of work for us to do.
“But for being at a meet this size, this was the first big show, big event, and we competed well. I thought our girls held up nicely.”
West’s Lili Lockwood won the giant slalom in 57.37 seconds and was runner-up in slalom behind teammate Monica Hessler. Hessler finished in 1 minute, 29.05 seconds.
Harbor Springs junior Abigail Hackman was the top area finisher as she was runner-up in GS in 57.49, and finished third in slalom, 1:30.11.
“She (Hackman) is getting stronger,” Harbor coach Jane Ramer said. “She had an injury she’s dealt with for a year and a half, but she’s been working out and getting stronger mentally and physically. It’s paying off and she’s really focused. She just likes to win.”
The Petoskey girls placed three skiers in the top 10 in slalom. Lisa Dinon was sixth, Mia Ciccoretti was eighth, and Reilly Philliben was ninth.
“We did have a sixth, an eighth and a ninth, which was great in slalom,” Hill said. “But West and Central were packed right in there as well. We finished great, but our No. 4 seed needs to be closer to the top 12.”
Also for Petoskey in slalom, Jill Antonishen was 16th, Claire Brummler was 23rd, and Mikaela Nayback, 34th.
Philliben was a team-best third in the GS in 57.58 seconds, while Dinon was ninth. Ciccoretti placed 18th; Brummler, 21st; Naybeck, 25th; and Antonishen, 31st.
Also for the Harbor girls, Rose Pellegrom was fourth in GS in 57.99, while Claire Cunningham was 20th, Meg Shepherd, 23rd; Morgan Mooradian, 27th; and Hadley Cunningham, 28th.
In slalom for the Rams, Pellegrom was 12th, followed by Mooradian, 15th; Shepherd, 17th; Hadley Cunningham, 28th; and Claire Cunningham, 38th.
“Rose Pellegrom also really picked it up,” Ramer said. “She and Hackman really led the way.”
The Harbor Springs B team finished in sixth place, one point, 203-204, behind Manistee-Traverse City St. Francis.
For the Harbor B girls, Tia Esposito was a team-best 11th in GS, 19th slalom, while Sadie Cwikiel was 15th in GS, 18th slalom. Also for the Harbor B girls, Alexa Wespiser was 24th slalom, 35th GS; Sydney Elkins, 39th slalom, 49th GS; Kyra LaRue, 43rd GS; Robyn Dendel, 43rd slalom, 46th GS; and Brigitte Bonter, 50th slalom.
“I thought Cwikiel and Esposito really picked it up on the B team,” Ramer said. “They’re coming on strong and they had some first race jitters last week, but they really settled down and I thought they had good conditions to ski in. There’s a lot of potential with that freshman class and now that they have a couple of races under their belts, they’re starting to calm down and perform.”
For the Boyne City girls, Lexie Harding was a team-best 14th in GS and 41st in slalom, while Meredith Hague was 32nd in both events. Also for the Ramblers, Lauren Richard was 33rd in GS, 46th slalom; Claire Wellman, 53rd slalom, 57th GS; and Jordan Weiss, 55th GS.
Charlevoix-East Jordan was led by Casey Keane, who finished a team-best 16th in GS; while Christina Russell was 48th slalom, 53rd GS; Ryleigh Knoop, 55th slalom, 59th GS; Paige Podskalny, 60th slalom, 64th GS; Ashlee Mumich, 63rd slalom, 65th GS.
For the Petoskey B team, Elise Brady was a team-best 31st in slalom, 44th GS; followed by Megan Makela, 37th GS; Hannah Loomis, 58th GS, 61st slalom; Katelyn Anthony, 61st GS, 64th slalom; and Haley Baldus, 66th GS.
“We had a really nice surprise in one of our freshmen girls in slalom in Elise Brady,” Hill said. “She pulled off a 31st finish and that was a nice standing for her on one of the steepest hills in the state. She had a consistent result and her time put her right up there with those on the A team.”
Monday — at Boyne Highlands
GIRLS TEAM STANDINGS
1. T.C. Central 69
2. T.C. West 73
3. Petoksey 90.5
4. Harbor Springs 96
5. Manistee-T.C. St. Francis 203
6. Harbor Springs B 204
7. Maple City Glen Lake 247.5
8. Boyne City 306
9. Cadillac 322
10. Gaylord 404
11. Charlevoix/East Jordan 418
12. Petoskey B 418
1. Monica Hessler, TC West 1:29.05
2. Lili Lockwood, TC West 1:29.31
3. Abigail Hackman, Harbor Springs 1:30.11
4. Cassidy Klein, TC Central 1:30.74
5. Cecily Olsen, TC Central 1:31.58
6. Lisa Dinon, Petoskey 1:31.67
7. Andrea Paine, Man./St. Francis 1:31.68
8. Mia Ciccoretti, Petoskey 1:31.72
9. Reilly Philliben, Petoskey 1:32.27
10. Shannon Weaver, TC Central 1:32.33
Girls giant slalom
1. Lili Lockwood, TC West 57.37
2. Abigail Hackman, Harbor Springs 57.49
3. Reilly Philliben, Petoskey 57.58
4. Rose Pellegrom, Harbor Springs 57.99
5. Andrea Paine, Man./St. Francis 58.10
6. Monica Hessler, TC West 58.20
7. Shannon Weaver, TC Central 58.33
8. Cassidy Klein, TC Central 58.49
9. Lisa Dinon, Petoskey 58.56
10. Cecily Olsen, TC Central 58.82