Skiing: Freshmen lead Wilton teams in season opener

Both the Wilton High boys and girls alpine skiing teams had strong starts to the season last Wednesday at Mt. Southington.

The Wilton boys finished third out of 13 teams on the hill, and were 4-0 in head-to-head competition.

The girls team placed fourth out of 11 teams, and was 3-1 in head-to-head action.

“The recent cold weather made racing conditions ideal,” said WHS girls coach Bill Howard. “Many of our returning skiers posted much-improved times, a great sign for a successful 2018.”

“It was an excellent first outing for our boys," said Wilton boys coach Mike Kaulins. "Returning skiers posted personal bests, new skiers came out strong, and as a whole, the team made great strides, resulting in being third on the mountain.”

On the boys side, freshman Christian Theoharides had the team's fastest combined time for two runs, 46.38, to place 14th overall.

Another freshman, Ryan Van Heyst, was the team’s second finisher, and 16th overall (46.55), followed by senior Michael Hueglin (21st, 47.47), sophomore Scott Verrilli (24th, 47.65) and senior Patrick Verrilli (27th, 47.92).

Sophomore Dominick Polito (30th) and senior John Fortuna (31st) both had a time of 48.29.

In head-to-head competition, Wilton (team time of 284.26) beat Hand (292.12), Southington (314.06), Guilford (329.91) and Danbury (364.36).

The Wilton girls were also led by a freshman, as Kira Howard had a strong high school debut by placing fourth overall with a time of 45.91.

Rounding out the the team’s top six were senior Julia Bonnist (22nd, 49.46), sophomore Hope Ullman (23rd, 49.65), junior Emily O’Brien (24th, 49.72), senior Katie Reid (44th, 53.31) and junior Emily Welsh (49th, 54.86).

The Wilton girls’ team time was 303.91. The Warriors lost a close decision to Southington (302.91) but beat Hand (304.43), Guilford (321.19) and Danbury (386.44).