Coming off impressive performances last year, the Wilton High boys and girls ski teams begin the 2019 season later today at Mount Southington.
The Warriors are competing against Joel Barlow, Guilford, New Fairfield, Southington, and Weston in the opening race of the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League (CISL).
Last season, the Wilton boys went undefeated against Class S opponents during the regular season and then won the Class S title at the State Open meet. The Warriors finished fourth in the overall standings at the Open behind three Class L teams.
“The Wilton boys are ready for another strong showing,” said Michael Kaulins, the team’s head coach. “The whole team has been posting personal bests and improving with each and every run down the course.”
The boys are led by senior August Theoharides and juniors Dom Polito and Scott Verrilli, who are the team’s three captains. Also expected to contribute are senior Phil Klinga and sophomores Ryan van Heyst and Christian Theoharides.
Van Heyst was first for Wilton and 14th overall at last year’s State Open. Christian Theoharides also cracked the top 20 at the Open, finishing 18th overall. Polito (33rd) and August Theoharides (48th) also contributed to Wilton’s team time.
Kaulins said two newcomers, freshmen Ryan Leung and Arrow Fox, could also help this season.
The Wilton girls team placed eighth overall and third in Class S at last year’s State Open.
“It’s an exciting time for the Wilton girls ski team,” said head coach Bill Howard. “We’ve had lots of positive energy at our dry land and mountain practices and are looking to channel that energy into our races.”
Wilton’s tri-captains are seniors Emily O’Brien, Hope Ullman, and Emily Welch. Also back for the Warriors are junior Megan Kaeyer and sophomores Alexandra Magnusson and Kira Howard.
Howard was one of the state’s best skiers in 2018, finishing second overall at the State Open and earning All-State honors.
O’Brien, Ullman, and Magnusson also contributed to Wilton’s team time at the Open race.
Freshman Sophia Polito should be a factor right away this winter, while sophomore Lexi Hine, junior Lara Burke and freshman Annika Wisdom are also expected to help.