Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Instagram knows I’m kind of a skiing nut. I grew up skiing in the 80s and 90s and, after 13 years spent away from the sport for a variety of reasons (I was poor), I finally got back into it in 2010 thanks to a girlfriend who was curious about trying it out.
Now I can’t get enough. Last season (according to insanely awesome Ski Tracks app), I logged in excess of 250 ski miles over 18 days.
Two years ago I even dabbled in some amateur racing with the Connecticut Ski Council.
But even with all the great snow we’ve been getting this year in New England (buzz off Winter haters), my new duties at GameTimeCT have require more attention. I’ve only skied six days so far.
Doesn’t Connecticut have high school ski racing?
Why, yes. Yes they do. It’s the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League. Like a lot of niche sports, it’s not CIAC sanctioned (although they do adhere to most of its regulations), but it’s been around forever.
So, my editor thought, why don’t you marry the two? (Yes, it was his idea.)
After all, the idea behind GameTimeCT is to cover ALL Connecticut’s high school sports, not just the ones that grab the most page views and solicit the most comments.
So… get out there and cover some CISL ski racing.
That was in January.
He brought it up against last week and my first thought was — damn, they must have already run their state championship meets, no?
Well, they would have last week. But — get this — it was postponed by snow. “Imagine that,” said Jack DellPiano, the principal at Flood Middle School in Stratford and the director of the CISL.
So they’ll go March 5 at Mount Southington (tomorrow) to decide the state championship ski teams and select Connecticut’s representatives at the New England meet at Attitash in Bartlett, New Hampshire.
Oooh. Count me in.
The whole shebang gets underway at 4 p.m.
To get you (and me) caught up before the big meet, here’s how it all works.
Schools sign up to be members of the CISL. Each team is comprised of 10 racers (all others are considered JV). The schools are divided into Class L and Class S.
For schools that don’t have enough racers, CISL also has a coed or mixed team championship.
Skiers take two runs, which are added together. The six fastest two-run times are calculated into the team’s official total. Those results are then compared to other teams determine the results.
Individual skiers must race in four races during the season to qualify for individual and team championships.
Teams must complete five regular-season meets to qualify for the team championships. Teams whose record are .500 or better against their opponents compete as a team at the state championship meet.
So here were are.
Your regular-season team champions and top teams:
- Mixed: New Canaan
- CLASS S Boys: 1. Weston, 2. Wilton, 3. Darien.
- CLASS S Girls: Wilton, Barlow, Darien.
- CLASS L Girls: 1. Fairfield, 2. Staples, 3. Ridgefield
- CLASS L Boys: T1. Fairfield Prep, T1. Staples, T1. Ridgefield.
If you notice, it’s a three-way tie for the Class L title. The overall winner will be decided in this meet.
Here are your top skiers to watch:
- Denis Biglin, Glastonbury
- Wilson Flemming, New Canaan
- James Ashman, Staples
- Joe DeMuyt, Greenwich
- Micky Carbone, Ridgefield
- Paul Williams, Greenwich
- Sebastian Daughty, Southington
- Jon Buddenhagen, Weston
- Sam Cusick, Fairfield Prep
- Jeffrey Cole, New Canaan
- David Kimball, Glastonbury
- James Schibli, Ridgefield
- Ethan Wilson, Hand
- Luke Doris, Ridgefield
- Jared Chase, Cheshire
- Roger Hueglin, Wilton
- Peter DelCol, Darien
- Ryan Ruggiano, Staples
- Patrick Lambert, Fairfield Prep
- Haley Howard, Wilton
- Phoebe Long, St. Luke’s
- Sarah Mason, Fairfield
- Katherine Graham, Darien
- Martina Maroun, Barlow
- Shelby Merberg, Weston
- Melanie Rennie, Hand
- Liz Cunningham, Cheshire
- Olivia Taber, Barlow
- Lauren Carver, Pomperaug
- Anna Schneider, Westbrook
- Sydney Burton, Fairfield
- Kyla Pech, Darien
- Angele Poirier, Wilton
- Gabi Bastek, Greenwich
- Carly Fischer, Hand
- Alexandra Collins, Staples
- Kristin Von Ohlsen, Ridgefield
- Jacqueline Chappo, Staples
Other than a list of teams and names, I have absolutely know nothing after this.
But I’m fired up. DellPiano promised great races, a sweet cookout for the athletes and a heck of a medal ceremony.
Should be a blast.
Let’s rip, shall we?