All downhill from here: Wasps dominant on home slope

  • Woodstock’s Ali Daigle skis a slalom course during an alpine meet at Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Daigle finished third behind her teammates Chloe Masillo and Abigale Masillo, helping the Woodstock girls to take first place. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News / Report For America — Alex Driehaus

  • Woodstock’s Olivia Grasso skis a slalom course during an alpine meet at Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Valley News / report for america photographs — Alex Driehaus

  • Thetford’s Harland Ransom skis a slalom course during an alpine meet at Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. valley news / report for america — Alex Driehaus

  • Thetford’s Connor Gaine talks to Thetford Assistant Coach Paul Dixon after finishing his second run during an alpine meet at Suicide Six Ski Area in South Pomfret, Vt., on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Dixon handed out cookies made by Head Coach Amy Huyffer, which she bakes for the team every week. (Valley News / Report For America - Alex Driehaus) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Alex Driehaus

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 1/13/2022 9:34:33 PM
Modified: 1/13/2022 9:33:41 PM

SOUTH POMFRET — Racing on its home course just a 10-minute drive from school, the Woodstock High Alpine skiing team dominated Thursday’s slalom meet at Suicide Six Ski Area.

The Wasps had the top three finishers in both the girls and boys races. For the girls, it was sophomore Chloe Masillo bringing home the victory with a combined time of 1 minute, 5.23 seconds for her two runs. Her older sister, senior captain Abigail Masillo, finished second, just 0.17 seconds off the pace. Freshman Ali Daigle took third in 1:06.39.

On the boys side, sophomore Bode Wood finished more than a full second ahead of the pack, in a combined 1:02.16. Junior Ben Johnsen was second and freshman Levi Halley third, just five-hundredths of a second apart. Halley was more than two seconds ahead of the fourth-place finisher.

“We definitely had the advantage of home hill, which is always a nice benefit,” said Woodstock coach Cheyenne Wood — Bode’s father. “They took advantage of that and skied loose and relaxed but confident and strong. I’m proud of the way they came out and showed up today.”

The Wasps train at Suicide Six three or four days a week, and Wood said the team’s familiarity with the course helped its confidence. Some of their skiers have been coming to Suicide Six since they were as young as 2 years old.

Woodstock’s depth extended beyond the medalists — freshman Alexandra Carnehammer finished eighth in the girls race, sophomore Claudia Shoemaker was 13th and senior Hannah Reed 15th. The top four finishers for each school factored into the team scoring, and the Wasps took first with 14 points, ahead of second-place Burr & Burton’s 22.

The boys were even more dominant, with six skiers in the top nine. Senior Max Hambsch finished sixth, junior Owen Kross eighth and senior Otto Nisimblat ninth. The Wasps’ team score of 11 was 21 points better than Burr & Burton, which took second.

Hartford and Thetford also competed at Suicide Six, with the Panthers finishing third in the girls race and fourth in the boys. The Hurricanes were fifth in the boys race.

Maya Dixon was Thetford’s top female finisher, taking 20th place in 1:20.61. Ben Acker finished 15th for the Panther boys, with Harland Ransom, Isaac Yukica and Uly Junker-Boyce also in the top 25.

But the day was all about the hosts. Woodstock has four more regular-season races before the championship season, which includes the district meet, the state meet and the Eastern High School Championships, which will be held in Farmington, Maine, in mid-March.

“The whole team is really doing well,” Wood said. “There’s the saying: You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and we don’t see one yet. All the kids are having fun, working hard, pushing hard. I couldn’t ask for any more of this team. It’s a real good group — everybody’s pushing each other and focused on being successful out there.”

Benjamin Rosenberg can be reached at brosenberg@vnews.com or 603-727-3302.




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