Scooter MacMillan, Editor
Half of the team the state of Vermont is sending to the Eastern High School Alpine Championships are from Champlain Valley Union High.
The state team will have 24 members — 12 boys and 12 girls. After Vermont’s Eastern Qualifier at Bromley Mountain on Feb. 6, six of the males and six of the females who qualified to compete for the state in Mittersill, N.H., March 3-5 are Redhawks alpine skiers.
Ella Lisle, Dicey Manning, Carly Strobeck, Rachel Bialowoz, Addison Bartley and Elizabeth Nostrand are the females who’ll be competing for CVU and the state of Vermont.
Lisle dominated the women’s qualifying at Bromley, winning all three races.
The males who’ll be traveling to the Eastern High School Alpine Championships from CVU are Jake Strobeck, George Francisco, Stephen Zubarik, Ray Hagios, Ari Diamond and Sebastian Bronk
The Redhawks have been tearing it up on the slopes this season. Five of the top 10 women in two out of the three qualifying giant slalom races on Jan. 27 at the Middlebury Snow Bowl were Redhawks —Lisle, Strobeck, Manning, Bartley and Nostrand.
Lisle took the second-place medal for one of those races and Strobeck took the medal for third place in another.
In the first men’s race that day, Francisco took third place and five more CVU men —Zubarik, Strobeck, Diamond, Bronk and Hagios — finished in the top 10.
And things continued to go well for the Redhawks in the second race when Strobeck, Zubarik and Francisco swept the podium and Bronk, Diamond and Hagios came in seventh-ninth, so another six Redhawks finished in the top 10.
Strobeck took first place again in the third race, while Franciso finished with his third third-place finish.
“While we are all looking forward to the Easterns, the CVU alpine team has its sights set on the remainder of the season’s final races, with the district championships taking place at Cochran’s Ski Area and Middlebury Snow Bowl on Feb. 28 and March 1, and the Vermont State Alpine Championships at Burke Mountain on March 6 and 7,” Redhawks coach Steve Francisco said.