By Dominic Skinnion
FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham High Alpine Ski Team faced icy conditions on Thursday night, as temperatures dipped near zero. It was the team’s first Slalom race.
For the first time this season, the girls team scored points, as freshman Qwynn Kobertz came in 40th out of 96 racers in Race 5, gaining 9 points for the team.
Senior Captain Maddy Klein then scored her first point in Race 6. Sophomore Katie Knox again came close to scoring, missing by only hundredths of a second.
Senior Captain Ben Fortin and junior Andrew Keane continue to lead the boys team, scoring more points in both races.
In Race 5 Keane placed 27th, scoring 22 points, and Fortin placed 32nd, scoring 17 points. In Race 6 Fortin came in 22nd, scoring 27 points, and Keane finished 24th, scoring 25 points.
Will Stelmach, Leland Bastow, Calvin Poole, and Jordan Book all just barely missed out on scoring, separated by tenths of a second.
Alpine ski head coach Roni Sue Bower said, “I am very proud of this team. They work hard every practice and have made improvements. Competition is extremely difficult as we race in the best league in the state.”
Many of the racers faced their first slalom course in extremely difficult conditions, but they never gave up, said the coach.
The boys team is ahead of Easton, Newton North, Milton, and Duxbury.
The team has two races this week tonight, Feb. 4 and Thursday night.