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LO boys skiers take third at state, Pacers win giant slalom

Lakeridge wins the GS title while Nicole Danilevsky wins the girls individual crown

MIKE JULIANA - The Lakeridge boys ski team won the state title in the giant slalom last week at Mt. Ashland and finished fourth overall in the combined team event.MIKE JULIANA - Lake Oswego's Nicole Danilevsky won the giant slalom state title and took third in the slalom at state, claiming the combined individual state championship. The Lakeridge boys ski team took home the state championship in the giant slalom and finished fourth as a team in last week's championships at Mt. Ashland.

The Pacers were led by Will Johnson, who took third place in the GS overall and Cooper Lawhead took seventh.

Connor Hilts and Alex Johnson also made big contributions finishing in 20th and 21st.

In the slalom, Hilts led Lakeridge by finishing in 17th and Johnson finished in 30th.

The LO boys ski team took home the third place overall team trophy at the event. Led by senior Cooper Cheetham (fifth), the Lakers also finished third in the slalom race.

"My goal this year was to stay consistent," Cheetham said. "and that was the same mindset I had at State. I know that if I ski like I always have, things will go my way."

Other boy skiers placing for Lake Oswego in slalom were Laz Glickman (12th), Drew Perringer (47th) and Peter Krenek (61st). Cole Sher-Jan did not finish the first run and Jacques Debar ran as an alternate.

Lake Oswego's Nicole Danilevsky won the overall girls individual title. The sophomore finished third in slalom on Day 1, and won the GS race the following day by three one-hundredths of a second.

"The GS race was so close," LO head coach Spencer Raymond said. "It just goes to show how every little thing can contribute to winning a race- training, tuning, wax, mental toughness, strategy- in this case it was for the state championship."

Other LO girls placing at state were Graeson Fish (15th in GS, 23rd in SL), Kenna Sandblast (36th in SL), Kiara Green (37th in SL) and Leah Krenek (59th in SL). Larissa Chan raced as an alternate in slalom.

The state race caps a successful season for the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge ski teams. The LO boys won the Three Rivers League title for the first time in over a decade, if not more, and the Lakeridge boys finished second in league overall.

LO's Danilevsky and Lakeridge's Izzy Hoffman traded off winning races all winter. A season-ending injury forced Hoffman to sit out the state race.

"We have some of the best skiers in the state living in Lake Oswego," Raymond said. "The community and families here love the sport and are committed to our youth athletes."

Other locals also fared well at state. Alex Adamek, an LO resident who is a freshman at St. Mary's, finished seventh in slalom, 14th in GS and in sixth place overall. Additionally, Amber Mills, a sophomore at Jesuit, finished ninth in GS and 10th overall.