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March 29, 2014

2013-14 Salem News skiing all-stars


The Salem News

---- — CHARLIE THOMPSON

Marblehead Senior

Most people ski for fun.

Marblehead senior Charlie Thompson has had his fair share of good times on the slopes but ultimately, he skis because of the individual freedom the sport allows him. And because he’s good at it.

The Magicians senior captain won five regular season races before claiming sixth place in the Giant Slalom and ninth place in the Slalom at the MIAA State Tournament this winter.

“I love how it (skiing) is an individualized sport and the feeling you get when you are able to put together a solid run,” said Thompson. “And how it’s only up to you to make yourself better. You don’t have to rely on anyone else.”

Marblehead relied heavily on Thompson and the senior responded by winning the Mass Bay Ski League East as well as being named a member of the Massachusetts State Team.

Thompson had his best individual performance in Masco’s final regular season race at Blue Hills in the final team race of his high school career. He was named the Magicians’ team MVP and won the coaches award.

Thompson considers his biggest strengths as a skier to be his dedication and perseverance. He holds a 3.53 GPA and is currently undecided on his plans after high school. Though one things for certain, Thompson will always find time to do what he loves.

RYAN CARLUCCI

St. John’s Prep Senior

A co-captain that finished in the top five consistently for the Eagles ... A North Shore Ski League all star ... Finished fifth in the Interscholastic Race ... Was the top St. John’s Prep finisher at states with a Slalom time of 37.17 and a Giant Slalom time of 56.14 ... A four-year varsity skier ... Holds a 3.5 GPA and will attend Fairfield University ... Loves skiing for allowing him to focus on the thrill, speed and energy of the sport ... Has been told his laid back sense of confidence is one of his biggest strengths.

AUDREY MEAKIN

Marblehead Junior

Will be a team captain of next year’s squad ... Took third in the Mass Bay Ski League East out of 74 skiers and was second in the Small School Division out of 37 skiers ... Seeded 12 out of 145 girls at the State Championships ... Holds a 3.3 GPA ... Has strong legs due to intensive conditioning ... Enjoys the feeling of a sharp edge carving into snow, making really quick turns and constantly pushing her limits.

HEATHER GASKELL

Masconomet Sophomore

Was one of just two girls on Masco to make the Massachusetts State Championship ... Is a Level 1 certified member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America ... Took third at the North Shore Interscholastics Race ... Holds a 3.2 GPA ... After high school hopes to attend a school where she can ski powder ... Credits her dad for introducing her to skiing at the age of three and remaining involved at every point in her career.

PATRICK MCDERMOTT

St. John’s Prep Junior

Took first place overall in the Slalom with a time of 20.48 at the Interscholastic Race where he also took fifth in the Giant Slalom and was second overall ... Holds a 3.3 GPA and hopes to ski in college somewhere in New England ... A very determined skier who’s best at the Slalom ... Began racing for the Cranmore Race Team at age nine.

Tyler Brown

Masconomet Junior

Took home first place at the North Shore League Interscholastic Race ... Was named the North Shore League MVP ... Will be a captain for the Chieftains next winter ... Finished in 10 place overall out of 155 racers in the Slalom event at the MIAA State Ski Race ... Plans to ski competitively in college.

KYLE MAULDEN

Marblehead Senior

A team captain for the Magicians ... Was 26 in the Slalom at the State Championship ... Was second in the Mass Bay Ski League East Large School Division in season standings ... Was selected as a member of Team Massachusetts to compete in the Eastern High School Alpine Championships ...Holds a 4.2 GPA and will attend Vanderbilt University ... Biggest strength as a skier is his ability to move on from mistakes quickly ...

JOE CAVALLARO

St. John’s Prep Senior

Was the Individual League Boys Champion two years running ... A North Shore League all star ... Won the St. John’s Prep coaches award as a junior ... Holds a 3.6 GPA and plans to attend the University of Vermont or Bentley University next year ... Finished in the top six of every race he competed in ... Considers his biggest strength to be skiing on flats and maintaining speed on mountains with no pitch ... Prefers to ski Loon Mountain in New Hampshire.

HONORABLE MENTION

Maconomet: Nolan Houston, Soph.; Nathaniel Houston, Jr.

St. John’s Prep: Peter Griffin, Soph.; Bobby Holmes, Sr.

Marblehead: Will Thompson, Jr.