North Salem Duo Finishes in Top 20 in State

Christian Kappes shined in the giant slalom at states.

SOUTH BRISTOL, N.Y.— The impressive run by the combined North Salem/John Jay boys varsity ski team continues as the squad turned in an impressive finish to the season at the New York State skiing championships Feb. 27-28 at Bristol Mountain.

Despite just missing out on their fourth-straight Section 1 boys team title a week earlier, the North Salem/John Jay team had six individuals earn a spot on the 11-man team representing Section 1 at the state meet. Christian Kappes, Luke Devey and Jake Leicht of North Salem all earned a chance to race against the best in the state.

They made the most of the opportunity with several impressive runs on the slopes.

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Leading the way was North Salem’s Kappes as he had a big day at the state meet, finishing 12th in the giant slalom and 14th in the slalom races.

It was difficult conditions for ski racing on the second day at states as temperatures rose above 60 degrees during the giant slalom competition, but Kappes negotiated both runs through the course to earn a 12th-place finish. He finished his first run with a time of 1:03.76, and the second run he improved on that by almost two full seconds as he finished at 1:01.78 for a combined time of 2:05.54.

On the first day of the state meet the North Salem/John Jay squad turned in an impressive finish in the slalom race with three finishers in the top 15. Tyler Reinke of John Jay led the team in 10th place as he completed two runs with times of 50.85 and 50.05 for a combined time of 1:40.9.

North Salem’s Devey was not far behind in 12th place. Devey timed a 51.42 on the first run, and improved to 50.45 on his second to finish at 1:41.87.

Kappes was not far behind in 14th place after completing slalom runs of 52.27 and 50.13 for a combined time of 1:42.4.

That finish in the slalom race was even more impressive for the North Salem/John Jay team when you consider that a fourth team member was originally in sixth place overall. John Emerson of John Jay finished one run with a time of 49.45 and had been credited with a successful finish on his other run for a combined sixth-place finish, but upon reviewing a videotape of his race, he determined he had straddled a gate and turned himself in to forfeit his sixth-place finish and move down to 51st overall. For his honesty, Emerson was given the sportsmanship award by his peers at the state meet.

In the giant slalom race, Kappes was the top finisher for the North Salem/John Jay team while Reinke was next in 21st place overall after completing two successful runs. The other four team members did not complete both runs as Emerson was 43rd overall, North Salem’s Jake Leicht was 46th, Thor Adamec was 57th and Devey was 59th.

For the North Salem/John Jay girls team, Acadia Thielking of John Jay was among the top 11 finishers at the Section 1 championships to earn a chance to compete at the state finals.

Thielking was 33rd in the slalom as she completed two runs with times of 55.76 and 55.4 for a combined total of 1:51.16. She was 55th in the giant slalom as she completed one run with a time of 1:12.75.

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