SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 27, 2014

Prep skiers take second at state championships


The Salem News

---- — PRINCETON — The St. John’s Prep ski team used a team focus to take home second place honors at the state ski championships at Wachusett Mountain.

The Eagles finished with 247 points in the Giant Slalom and another 242 points in the Slalom races to finish with a combined 489 points. That trailed only champion St. Peter-Marian of Worcester (566). St. John’s Prep bested third place finisher Winchester (487 points), fourth place Boston College High (483) and Wellesley (482).

Typically an individual sport, ski racing places focus on a single athlete’s talent and achievement to define success in the event. The state championship, however, is different in that the total score of each athlete is combined to determine overall team placement. Removing the individual factor of the sport places greater emphasis on the athlete’s need to walk the fine line between skiing fast and skiing conservatively in order to finish the race. Skiing too aggressively or pushing the envelope in this type of event can hurt a team.

While not placing any of their skiers in the top 10 of the GS or SL races, the Eagles — co-captained by seniors Ryan Carlucci of Beverly Farms and Chase Davis of Marblehead — seemed to understand how important this added layer of teamwork was to their success. Rather, it was their depth of talent and teamwork that allowed them to finish second overall.

Pat McDermott and Carlucci were the top two finishers for St. John’s in the Slalom, finishing 18th and 19th in a time of 37.17 and 37.19 seconds, respectively. Peter Griffin skied to a 27th place finish (37.45) while Joe Cavallaro (45th, 38.12), Cael Schwartz (51st, 38.71), Jake Connoly (65th, 39.96) and Bobby Holmes (79th, 40.66) provided much needed depth.

In the Giant Slalom, Carlucci (19th, 56.14) and McDermott (20th, 56.19) again led the way for the Eagles. Griffin again had a fine showing by placing 32nd (57.17), followed by Cavallaro (45th, 58.06) and Connoly (51st, 58.52).