Skiing: Wilton girls open with impressive performance

Serving early notice that it could well be a state power this winter, the Wilton High girls ski team opened the 2014 season by sweeping all six head-to-head opponents last Thursday at Mount Southington.

The Warriors, who were also first overall among the 11 teams competing, had four of the top-nine overall finishers and put together a team time of 298.39 seconds.

That was good enough for wins over Ridgefield (299.52), Weston (307.57), Southington (406.95), Danbury (429.87), Branford (disqualified), and Westhill (disqualified).

Haley Howard led the way for Wilton with a second-place overall finish in a combined time of 47.54 seconds for her two runs.

Genevieve Poirier (fifth, 48.17), Angele Poirier (seventh, 48.77) and CC Babchak (ninth, 49.01) also finished in the top 10 for the Warriors.

Margaret May was 21st (52.12) and Hannah Sullivan 26th (52.78) to complete Wilton’s team time.

Ridgefield, which was just over a second behind Wilton, placed its six scoring racers in the top-17 overall. But the Tigers had just one skier in the top 10, enabling Wilton to build enough of a time cushion.

Meanwhile, the Wilton boys team began its season by beating five of seven opponents in head-to-head competition.

Wilton’s team time of 292.40 seconds produced victories over Guilford (320.22), Branford (347.99), Danbury (350.54), Southington (375.92), and Westhill (disqualified).

The Warriors lost to Ridgefield (282.18) and Weston (287.06).

Returning All-State skier Roger Hueglin had Wilton’s best finish, placing eighth overall in a two-run time of 46.02 seconds.

Two other Warriors were in the top 20, as Will Howard finished 14th (47.52) and Emmanuel Sitinas was 16th (47.84).

Also factoring in Wilton’s team time were Jody Underwood (31st, 49.71), Zach Verrelli (40th, 50.44) and Josh Reeve (43rd, 50.77).

Notes: Ridgefield’s Micky Carbone was the fastest skier in the boys’ race with a time of 45.14 seconds.

Melanie Rennie of Daniel Hand won the girls’ race in 47.26, edging Wilton’s Haley Howard by .28 seconds.

The Wilton teams are back in action on Jan. 22 at Mount Southington.