HUNTER, N.Y. – North Salem/John Jay girls ski coach Chris Reinke might not like the word, but there is no denying the fact that this program is a dynasty after another impressive performance on the mountain.
For the third-straight year, the North Salem/John Jay girls’ team, coached by Reinke, brought home the Section 1 team title at the finals on Feb. 11 at Hunter Mountain.
And for the third-straight year, the North Salem/John Jay boys’ team coached by Tom Adamec was just as impressive as it claimed its third-straight Section 1 team title as well.
“The girls had a great showing at sectionals,” Reinke said. “Not only did they secure the Section 1 championship as the top team with a commanding lead over the other teams, but they put up individual results that were also among the top finishes. No other school had more than one top 10 finish in slalom, and we had four girls in the top 10. In the giant slalom only Mamaroneck had two in the top 15, and we once again had four. With our third consecutive Section 1 championship our team has become the focus of all our rivals, and while I am somewhat uncomfortable using a term like “dynasty” the girls team really has become the pinnacle of excellence all the other teams measure themselves against. The best part about the win is that all 20 girls that make up the team have contributed to achieving this championship.”
Leading the way for the girls’ team was Caroline Williams, Bonnie Singh and Acadia Thielking as those three earned a trip to the state meet to compete as the North Salem/John Jay team, with Anika Carlson as an alternate on the state team.
Those four were joined on the slopes at Hunter by teammates Ariel Koff, Leigh Neuberger and Allison Lewis as all seven girls earned all-league honors and a chance to compete in the sectional championships.
The boys’ team was just as impressive winning its third-straight title. It was a big accomplishment for the boys’ team to have 10 skiers earn a trip to Hunter Mountain to compete in the sectional championships. Out of 67 skiers, 10 of them were from North Salem/John Jay as they earned all-league honors and a chance to compete.
“This year for the boys team to send 10 athletes from our squad to Hunter for sectionals and to be the winners of the Section 1 championship for the third season in a row is an outstanding accomplishment,” Adamec said. “I’m extremely proud of our team, all of those that competed at sectionals and the entire squad for making the effort to make this a successful season for our team. Competitively the boys finished strong, in the top 20 we placed seven athletes for giant slalom and eight athletes in slalom.”
Leading the way for the boys was Nils Carlson as he finished second overall in the skimeister competition with the second fastest combined time for all four runs. Carlson was second in the slalom with times of 29.59 and 29.76, and he was seventh in the giant slalom with times of 26.72 and 27.56.
Carlson will team up with Jake Loeb and John Emerson to compete as the North Salem/John Jay team at the state championships, with Tyler Reinke as an alternate on the state team. It shows how competitive the boys’ team was overall as the top eight finishers were just seconds apart to determine who would advance to the state meet.
In addition to the top four in combined times to determine the state team, Christian Kappes finished 10th in both the giant slalom and slalom, while Jake Leicht was ninth in the giant slalom.
The 10 skiers who earned All-League honors and a chance to compete at Hunter for the boys’ team were Carlson, Loeb, Emerson, Reinke, Kappes, Leicht, Luke Devey, Thor Adamec, James Loeb, and Conor Brady.
The North Salem boys and girls teams will compete in the New York State championships on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 22-23, at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid.