North Salem Boys Ski Team Section 1 Champions

Christian Kappes competes in the Section 1 skiing championships last week at Hunter Mountain. Credits: Vic McGee
Rowan Bennett focuses in the ski championships. Credits: Vic McGee
Luke Devey heads down the mountain at the Section 1 skiing championships. Credits: Vic McGee

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-It was clear from the first race of the morning how bad the North Salem/John Jay combined boys ski team wanted to win the Section 1 team title.

After barely missing out on the title last winter, the North Salem/John Jay boys made a giant statement in the giant slalom as it came out flying. Five of the top 10 place finishers in the giant slalom race were from North Salem/John Jay as it made it clear this year it was going to bring home the team title from the Section 1 championships at Hunter Mountain.

John Emerson claimed the boys skimeister title with the best combined time for all four runs down the mountain.

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The boys had wrapped up their eighth-straight perfect season in dual meets during the regular season, but after falling short last year for the team title, this time they left no doubt as they captured their fourth Section 1 title in five years on Feb. 14.

“At sectionals the boys went there hungry and their desire to win the title of sectional team champions was unquestionable,” boys coach Tom Adamec said. “Tyler Reinke won silver, John Emerson came in fourth, Christian Kappes sixth, Thor Adamec eighth and Luke Devey ninth.”

After the giant slalom, the team followed it up with a strong performance in the slalom races in the afternoon. For the team title overall, the top three finishers are combined and Reinke, Emerson and Devey turned in a time of 89.99 to claim the title. Mamaroneck was second, Scarsdale third, Horace Greeley fourth and Yorktown rounded out the top.

Emerson turned it up and turned in a big second run to finish second in slalom and capture the Section 1 skimeister title with a combined time of 119.79. Devey was fourth in the skimeister standings in 122.18, Reinke was sixth at 123.82 and Thor Adamec was eighth.

It all adds up to an impressive decade for the boys ski team as Emerson, Reinke, Devey, Kappes and Adamec will now advance to the New York state championships this week in Canandaigua.

“As the head coach for the boys team I could not be happier and more proud to coach a group of athletes like these fine young gentlemen,” Adamec said. “The boys have defended their undefeated title in regular season now for the eighth year, crushing their opponents with a record of 33-0. During their regular season meets they beat their opponents by a staggering 16 seconds, which is huge in a sport that measures wins and losses by a hundredth of a second. They have reclaimed the title of sectional team champions now for the fourth time and the dynasty continues where they are the team that others measure themselves by.”

It was also a big day for the North Salem/John Jay girls ski team as it narrowly missed out on the team title, finishing second with a time of 117.09, trailing only champion Brewster (114.68).

Leading the way was Samantha Spieler as she finished seventh in the skimeister standings with a time of 142.47. Kristen Wolfe was 11th, Ashley Binette was 15th, Emma Lombardi 31st and Rowan Bennett 39th.

Spieler finished strong as she was third in the giant slalom in the afternoon with a combined time of 63.47. Wolfe was 13th, Binette 18th and Bennett 22nd. It was Binette leading the way in the morning on the slalom course as she finished ninth with a time of 78.11. Wolfe was right behind in 10th and Spieler was 13th.

The North Salem/John Jay boys team and Spieler on the girls team will be competing for Section 1 at states up at Bristol Mountain on Feb. 26-27.

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