Wilton High freshman Kira Howard earned a spot on the Team Connecticut girls ski team, after Monday’s Slalom Shootout at Mt. Southington.

Howard finished 11th at the combined giant slalom and slalom state team tryout races. The top 12 finishers made the state team, which will represent Connecticut at the Eastern High School Championships in March at Cannon/Mittersill Mountain in New Hampshire.

The GS Shootout was held last week, with the top 30 finishers advancing to the Slalom Shootout. Both events combined the best two of three runs.

Howard was seventh in the GS, 10th in the slalom, and 11th overall.

Mary Foley of Amity was the overall winner. Also making Team Connecticut were Maddie Steele, Charlotte Turner and Sofia Gerrard of Staples, Emma Nelson and Lauren Harris of Weston, Becca Candee of Joel Barlow, Lila Murray of Greenwich, Devon Hart of Darien, Erin Kelleher of Hopkins, and Emilie Waters of Daniel Hand.

On the boys side, Wilton’s Ryan Van Heyst and Patrick Verrilli both made it to Monday’s Slalom Shootout. Van Heyst was 17th in the slalom and 20th overall, while Verrilli was 25th in the slalom and 25th overall.

Southington had three of the top four finishers overall, and four of the 12 qualifiers, in Matt Chambers (first), Griffin Smith (second), Tyler Coenraads (fourth) and Caleb Roberts (12th).

Rounding out the boys team are Chase Gulick of Darien, Jose Riera of Brunswick, George Visnic and Kyle Vaccarella of Fairfield Prep, Dan Wehrle of Daniel Hand, Christian Bastek of Greenwich, Jake Robinson of Ridgefield, and Alex Zackin of Pomperaug.

    Kira Howard, shown at the Wilton High ski team's Jan. 25 race at Mt. Southington, was one of 12 skiers to earn spots on the girls all-state team. — GretchenMcMahonPhotography.com