VERNON, NJ – The Sparta High School ski team had a successful outing on Thursday, January 14 at Winter 4 Kids in Vernon. Both teams earned a spot on the podium with the girls taking first place and the boys finishing third.
"The teams are eager to race again," Head Coach Rodney Calafati said. "The Sparta girls varsity alpine race team skied determined and fast."
The competition was close, but in the end, the girls took first place with a team time of 4:25.55. Tenafly High School finished in second place with a team time of 4:26.81 and Mountain Lakes took the third spot with a team time of 4:31.07.
The Sparta girl's ski team gained five wins from Thursday’s race. Freshman racer Madison Campisi led the Spartan effort finishing seventh overall. Team Captain Claudia Calafati earned ninth place. Rounding out the top Sparta girls finishes Cora Moriarty took 10 and Rylee Selsor earned 12th.
All six Sparta varsity girls finished in the top 20 and received league race points.
“This girl's team has depth and they are on a roll.” Calafati said.
The Sparta Varsity Boys Ski Team clinched third overall with a team time of 4:18.05. Don Bosco took first place with a team time of 3:30.31 and Wayne Hills placed second with a team time of 4:01.91.
This makes two consecutive trips to the podium for the boys varsity ski team. Kanna Pasunuri led the Sparta boys varsity ski team with a seventh place finish overall, followed by teammate Drew Young coming in15th, Jake Koerner earned 18th and James Kressman took 22nd overall.
The varsity boy's team picked up four wins and two losses.
The girls 2021 season record stands at 9-2. The boys record is 9-4 so far. The team takes to the mountain again on Tuesday night.