NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-North Salem/John Jay’s boys ski team brought home the silver medal at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Feb. 26 and Feb. 27 at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua.
Section 1 champion North Salem/John Jay totaled 84 points, second only to Section 5’s Pittsford, which won the state title by tallying 92 points.
“There are 65 athletes that have qualified to compete at states out of the 1,300 athletes that compete all season. With that being said, it is a truly amazing accomplishment to be there at states,” North Salem/John Jay boys coach Tom Adamec said. “All of the athletes laid down their fastest runs at the highest level of performance, exemplifying their racing techniques and tactics. I can’t be any prouder of them as they are above all gentlemen, a competent group of boys having a strong bond for their team and camaraderie like no other. They are second to none in my eyes.”
The five athletes from the North Salem/John Jay squad made up almost half of the 11 skiers representing Section 1 at the states and they were Thor Adamec, Tyler Reinke, John Emerson, Luke Devey and Christian Kappes.
“Individually our boys had the most fun making every moment count on the race course and off it, laughing and joking with each other to pass the time throughout the day,” Tom Adamec said. “During the inspection of the course as a group they would share their thoughts and knowledge of how to run the course as fast as possible, always encouraging each other and cheering for one another to do their best.”
On the slalom course, Emerson finished eighth, Devey 10th, Reinke 17th, Adamec 25th and Kappes 50th. On the giant slalom course, Reinke tied for sixth, Devey placed 14th, Kappes 21st, Thor Adamec 40th and Emerson 50th.
“All of my athletes put out everything they had,” Tom Adamec said. “They went as fast as they could possibly go and left it all out on the race course. It is a fine line between a strong, fast, technical run where everything is going right and then the next moment you are walking out of your ski because the binding is over pressured and releases.”
By qualifying for the state championships again, the North Salem/John Jay coach said that his team has created memories that it will never forget and will last it a lifetime.
“They have all matured from the experience to compete at the highest level of competition in the state,” he said.