Barbara Lawlor, Eldora
After a season of traveling all over the state, the Nederland Middle/Senior Panthers will ski on their home hill for the Colorado High School State Ski Championships. Eldora Mountain Resort will be filled with hundreds of skiers, vibrant team colors and fans lined up at the finish.
On Thursday, February 13, the Giant Slalom event will take place at 9:15 on La Belle and the Nordic Classic race will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Eldora Nordic Center.
On Friday, February 14, the Slalom event will be held on La Belle at 9:15 and the Nordic Freestyle race will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Eldora Nordic Center.
After the race on Friday, there will be a banquet hosted by Nederland High School at 5 p.m. and the award ceremony will take place at 7 p.m.
The Panther Alpine Skiers have had an incredibly successful year with all the athletes from all the different Boulder Valley School District schools adding to the overall accomplishments.
The following are the skiers who qualified for the girls slalom: Bailey Kuechenmeister, who is going for her third skimeister championship, Brita Luscher, Raina Galbiati, Keile Kropf, Emma Gann, Taylor Folwell and Sophie Defries.
The girls’ giant slalom team includes: Bailey Kuechenmeister, Brita Luscher, Raina Galbiati, Keile Kropg, Emma Gann, Taylor Folwell, Sophie Defries, Hannah Isenhart and Jane Bright.
The Boys’ Slalom team includes: Ian Hastings, Quin Kuechenmeister, Jacob Scheiffler, Trig Campbell, Ross Ellwood, Roland Bailey, Matt Wood, Hayden Mans, Eric Spangler, Owen Foster, Michael Carrannante.
The Boys’ Giant Slalom team includes: Ian Hastings, Quin Kuechenmeister, Sam Vonmettenheim, Jacob Scheiffler, Trig Campbell, Ross Ellwood, Roland Bailey, Christian Wood, Owen Foster and Michael Carrannante.
The championship event is what all the skiers strive for throughout the season and competing is always more exciting when the kids know they have a bunch of fans at the finish, and maybe some cowbells along the way.
The Panthers have a great chance to stand on the podium on Friday and the weather is supposed to be far nicer than it has been in the past couple weeks.
Hosting the state championships happens only once in a couple of decades, so get out and enjoy the races.