VERNON, NJ -- The Ridge boys and girls varsity ski teams recently competed at the New Jersey State Championships at the Mountain Creek Ski Resort in New Jersey in icy conditions.

The Ridge varsity boys team took a third place in slalom and third in giant slalom races. Mark Minsch, Rishi Kundargi, Rett Hull, Kasym Razak, Ethan Konicek and Zach Pedicone raced for the boys. This was the 18th consecutive year the Ridge boys team qualified to race at states.

“I couldn’t be more stoked with our results,” Minsch said. “I’m thankful for all the support from our teachers, coaches and community.”

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The Ridge varsity girls team competed in states for the 18th straight year. They took an  seventh place in both slalom and giant slalom. Noa Francesch, Liz Ingraham, Rachel Novick, Aidyn Thompson, Sofia Benitez and Erin Caricich raced for the girls.

“This season has been so much fun as the team always is," Ingraham said. “I’m so proud of our teams improvement and achievements this season”.

The Ridge ski team was led by head coach John Fico, in his 19th season, assistant coaches Alexander Ballas, Valerie Cetrulo, Sandy Halbing, Amber Lees, Jamie Scott and Annie Vag,​ and Sara Tabacco, team manager.

Fico said, “You’ve all committed yourselves tirelessly to each other and made each other better in so many ways; you should all be proud. I know myself, and the coaches are”.