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Rhinelander’s Duncan Seidel skis slalom during Thursday’s NSL race at Christie Mountian. Seidel, a freshman, placed sixth in the event and third overall. (Submitted photo by Andi Seidel)
Rhinelander’s Duncan Seidel skis slalom during Thursday’s NSL race at Christie Mountian. Seidel, a freshman, placed sixth in the event and third overall. (Submitted photo by Andi Seidel)
NSL Meet No. 1, Christie Mountain — Thursday, Jan. 9
BOYS' DOWNHILL

Teams: 1, Wausau East, 96 points. 2, Rhinelander, 103. 3, Ashwabay, 108. 4, Wausau West, 150. 5, Rice Lake, 288. 6, D.C. Everest, 405. 7, Ashland, 417.

Individuals: 1, Eric Sauer, Ashw, 3. 2, Eric Stein, WE, 11. 3, Duncan Seidel, Rhi, 14. 4, Hunter Bruso, 18. 5, Christian Flores, Ashw, 21.

Rhinelander: 3, Seidel, 14. 4, Bruso, 18. 10, Eli Simon, 37. 15, Carter Olson, 43. 19, Alec Effinger, 54.

GIRLS' DOWNHILL

Teams: 1, Wausau West, 43. 2, Wausau East, 86. 3, Ashwabay, 153. 4, Rice Lake, 249. 5, Rhinelander, 255. 6, Ashland, 268.

Individuals: 1, Caroline Maahs, WE, 5. 2, Maya Desai, WW, 8. 3, Elly Schlinkmann, 10. 4, Kristina Geiger, WW, 11. 5, Chelsea Spencer, WW, 14.

Rhinelander: 16, Bailey Nebgen, 48.

BOYS' SNOWBOARD

Teams: 1, Rhinelander, 62. 2, D.C. Everest, 71. 3, Ashland, 108. 4, Rice Lake, 235.

Individuals: 1, David Wilke, DCE, 5. 2, Nate Tvedten, Rhi, 7. 3, Sam Mueller, Rhi, 10. 4, Ike Brunsvold, Ashl, 10. 5, Jason Parde, DCE, 14.

Rhinelander: 2, Tvedten, 7. 3, Mueller, 10. 6, Alex Woynich, 18. 10, Quintin Triplett, 29. 12, Jorgen Tessmann, 33. 17, Brad McDonald, 53.

GIRLS' SNOWBOARD

Teams: 1, Rhinelander, 45. 2, Ashland, 80. 3, D.C. Everest,143. 4, Rice Lake, 162.

Individuals: 1, Annie Erickson, Ashl, 7 (1:07.20). 2, Claire Hjelle, Rhi, 7 (1:07.37). 3, Sarah Babcock, Rhi, 8 (66.54). 4, Emily Babcock, Rhi, 8 (68.23). 5, Brittany Grubisic, Ashl, 16.

Rhinelander: 2, Hjelle, 7. 3, S.Babcock, 8. 4, E.Babcock, 8. 7, Maddy Oberg, 26. 10, Emily Kadlec, 29. 12, Abbey Bowen, 33.

1/10/2014 12:30:00 PM
Rhinelander boarders sweep NSL opener
Boys' skiers take second

Jeremy Mayo
Sports Editor


The Rhinelander High School Alpine ski/snowboard team started its conference season Thursday with a solid performance. The Hodags swept the team competitions in boys' and girls' snowboard and took second in boys' downhill in the Northern Ski League opener at Christie Mountain in Bruce.

The Hodags placed multiple athletes in the top five in all three disciplines.

The RHS girls' snowboard team is looking to defend its NSL and state championship crowns. The RHS boys' snowboard team is looking to return to the top of the NSL after being unseated by D.C. Everest last year. Both squads got off to good starts.

"We're looking for a challenge," RHS Alpine coach Rod Olson said of his carve teams. "We really have a good plan by going to La Crosse (for an invite in early February). I think we're going to need that to make sure we keep hungry all year for both those teams, girls and boys."

Sophomore Claire Hjelle placed second in both runs of giant slalom and third in the lone run of super giant slalom to finish second overall. She tied Ashland's Annie Erickson with seven total points, but lost the overall victory by 0.17 seconds on a tiebreaker based on cumulative time of the three runs.

Sarah Babcock won Super G (30.29 seconds) and Emily Babcock won the first run of GS (17.54). The twin sisters finished tied at eight points. Sarah had the better cumulative time and finished third overall.

"They're going back and forth," Olson said of the three returning boarders from last year's state championship team. "Claire had a good day the other day in Wausau. Today the Babcocks had good days. Emily won one run and Sarah had a great run there (in Super G) and Claire was right in the middle."

Maddy Oberg finished seventh overall. Emily Kadlec was 10th and Abbey Bowen was 12th.

In boys' snowboard the Hodags edged defending conference champion D.C. Everest by nine points. Nate Tvedten finished second on the day after winning the first run of GS (16.58) and taking third in his final two runs. Fellow senior Sam Mueller finished third with a second and a pair of fourths in his three passes.

"It's good to have Sam's scores back," Olson said of Mueller, who took last year off from competitive boarding. "It was nice to have him and the rest of the boys did a good job too. Alex Woynich had a couple of awesome turns that were just epic in my book for him - some of the best turns I've seen a snowboarder make. That was encouraging too."

Woynich finished sixth overall Thursday. Quintin Triplett was 10th, Jorgen Tessmann was 12th and rookie Brad McDonald finished 17th.

Rhinelander finished seven points behind Wausau East for the team victory in boys' downhill and it can look back on slalom as the difference maker. Only two of the six Hodags had clean runs down the hill in the event. Eli Simon and Carter Olson - the team's two best finishers in the NSL last year - both fell during slalom, costing the team valuable points.

"We had a miserable day in slalom, which really hurt us and we're only a few points out of taking a first there," coach Olson said. "Carter even fell completely down on his side got up and still got a ninth in Super G. You cut that score in half and we're right there. We've got to keep working at it. We've got to work on the slalom for the next few weeks and get that to match the GS and Super G scores.

"Both Eli and Carter were just coming down the hill and very fast turns, real fast. There was a tight flush at the bottom of the hill and they both fell victim to that. Neither one of them DNF'ed. They crashed. They had to both get back up, hiked up the hill (to the gate they missed) and finished. Our No. 6 seed (Tyler Scheuermann) did not finish either. He straddled the gate. Even Alec Effinger in slalom had a clean finish, but he had a couple of places where he had some stop and starts."

A pair of Hodags who had strong days were Duncan Seidel and Hunter Bruso. Seidel, a freshman making his NSL debut, finished second in GS (24.39) and sixth in both slalom and Super G to finish third overall. Bruso placed in the top-10 in all three runs, including a third in Super G (25.23) to finish fourth overall.

"The hill here at Christie definitely lends itself to Hunter and Duncan's size and they capitalized on it today and know what to do," Olson said. "I told them, 'You just stay clean and you're going to be up there.' They both did a real good job of that. That's a really good start and really good feeling."

After finishing 27th in slalom, Simon recovered to finish sixth in GS (24.94) and fourth in Super G (25.58) to finish 10th overall. Olson finished 29th in slalom, fifth in GS and ninth in Super G to place 15th. Effinger was 19th overall.

Bailey Nebgen, the team's lone entrant in girls' downhill, finished 16th.

"Bailey's getting more competitive. She's still not mad enough (though). We're got to get her fired up," Olson said.

The Hodags return to the slopes Saturday as they host in invite at Ski Brule in Iron River, Mich. Several NSL teams along with Ironwood, Mich. are scheduled to be in attendance.

"We're just going to get some competition runs on our hill, some courses that are a little more wide-open, steeper runs," Olson said. "It's basically a training mission. The main reason we wanted to run two races is so that we could have more boardercross before state. We're able to do that at Brule."

Jeremy Mayo may be reached at jeremy@rivernewsonline.com.





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