Wilton ski teams rack up more wins
While it suffered its first loss in head-to-head action in Wednesday’s fourth race of the season, the Wilton High boys ski team remained unbeaten in the small school division of the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League.
The Warriors were third on hill out of 14 teams with a team time of 295.16.
Wilton went head-to-head with eight other teams on Wednesday, losing to Fairfield Prep (287.11) but defeating Fairfield, Brunswick, Darien, St. Luke’s, Hopkins, New Canaan and Cheshire Academy.
The Warriors swept all four Class S teams. Their record is now 19-1 overall and 11-0 in Class S.
Freshman Ryan Van Heyst led the way, finishing 10th overall, out of 109 varsity skiers, with a combined time (two runs) of 47.44.
“There's no denying we've had a winning formula thus far — strong new and returning talent, dedication to the program and strong technical skiing skills,” said Wilton boys coach Mike Kaulins. “We're excited to be back on snow for practice next week so we can continue timing out those turns. With some further work, I think we're well poised to shave off more time and lead the pack.”
The Wilton girls were fourth out of 11 teams on the hill. In head-to-head competition the Warriors were 4-2, losing to Fairfield and Darien but defeating Lauralton Hall, Hopkins, Cheshire Academy and St. Luke’s.
Wilton was 4-0 against small school competitions, leaving its record at 10-6 overall and 7-2 in Class S.
“The Wilton girls had another successful race. All of the skiers put in a solid effort,” said Wilton girls coach Bill Howard. “I’m very happy with the team and proud of them for performing well and increasing their confidence in a variety of conditions, from warm and soft snow one week to a hard and icy surface the next."
Kira Howard, a freshman, continued to be a model of consistency, finishing fourth overall, out of 88 girls in the varsity race, with a time of 49.02.
At the first GS Shootout this week, three Wilton skiers qualified for the second race that will determine Team Connecticut, that will represent Connecticut against 12 eastern states in the high school regional finals in New Hampshire in March.
These Wilton skiers are senior co-captain Patrick Verrilli and freshmen Ryan van Heyst and Kira Howard.
Howard finished seventh in the girls GS Shootout, while Verrilli was 25th and Van Heyst 28th in the boys shootout.
Also competing in the shootout were Bonnist (33rd) and Reid (43rd) on the girls side; and Hueglin (44th) and Scott Verrilli (48th) on the boys side.
Jan. 31 race results
Results from Wednesday’s fourth CISL race were:
(19-1, 11-0 Class S)
Fairfield Prep 287.11
St. Luke’s 336.52
Cheshire Academy DSQ
New Canaan DSQ
10. Ryan Van Heyst 47.44
21. August Theoharides 48.87
22. Patrick Verrilli 49.09
31. Phil Klinga 49.76
32. Christian Theoharides 49.87
35. Michael Hueglin 50.14
38. Dominick Polito 50.50
43. Scott Verrilli 51.55
50. Keil Polito 52.28
(10-6; 7-2 Class S)
Lauralton Hall 333.08
Cheshire Academy DSQ
St. Luke’s DSQ
4. Kira Howard 49.02
18. Julie Bonnist 52.04
33. Emily O’Brien 54.71
37. Katie Reid 55.04
41. Hope Ullman 55.57
50. Alexandra Magnasson 57.95
51. Megan Kaeyer 58.04
57. Chloe Elias 59.78
60. Emily Welch 60.13
61. Lexi Hine 60.20