Head of high school Brooke Wells (second from left) made a surprise visit to cheer on the ski and snowboard team for its final race of the regular season on Feb. 22. (Photo courtesy of Christy Procida)
Senior named league champion again after final ski and snowboard race of regular season
Because of a stormy forecast, the ski and snowboard team had its race at Boreal Ski Resort rescheduled twice, moving from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22.
After placing first as a freshman and second as a sophomore and junior, team captain senior Luca Procida was awarded first place in league.
“It feels amazing to be league champion again,” Procida said. “I think that staying consistent throughout the season has really helped me with my success.
“The snow was also really good that day; it had recently snowed, so the surface was fresh and allowed the ski to grip really well.”
Procida finished first of 33 boys, securing his title as league champion, clocking 43.30 seconds for his first run and 42.98 for his second.
Procida had a “stellar performance,” according to freshman Miles Morrow.
Morrow finished 22nd in 1 minute, 17.83 seconds and 1:14.08, respectively.
Freshman Hailey Fesai placed 11th of 26 girls with runs of 57.59 and 54.23 seconds.
Senior Tori Van Vleck was 17th with times of 1:13.85 and 1:10.51.
Sophomore snowboarder Ming Zhu was disqualified after failing to hike back to a missed gate.
“The snow was terrible, to the point where most racers who were better than me fell as well,” Zhu said. “It was just too powdery for the edge of the board to grip the snow. When I got disqualified, I fell four times. The first two I was able to recover quickly, and the third I hiked back to the gate, but on the fourth I slid down too far to hike back to the gate.”
Senior Nate Jakobs and sophomores Bri Davies and Colin Usrey did not attend the race.
Procida, Jakobs and Van Vleck, as well as Davies and Usrey, have qualified for the state championships, March 4-7 at Mount Shasta.