By Sam Wilson
The Ellicottville girls alpine ski team repeated as NYSPHSAA state champions Tuesday, Feb. 27, thanks to some top-10 performances from freshman twins Hayly and Logan Fredrickson.
The Fredrickson twins each finished in the top 10 in both Feb. 26’s slalom and Feb. 27’s giant slalom competitions at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort in Canandaigua. Eighth grader CeCe Carls added 39th and 40th place finishes for the Eagles.
The team scores use the top four results from a team’s three skiers in two events — slalom and giant slalom — giving 24 points for first place (among team skiers, not individual qualifiers), 23 for second, 22 for third, etc. The Fredricksons took 24 and 22 points — first and third among competing teams — in both the slalom and giant slalom, good for 92 points, topping (Section 3) Old Forge’s 83.
Ellicottville’s best run came on Feb. 27, the second of the two-day competition, as Logan Fredrickson placed second overall in the giant slalom with a total of 2:03.14, just 0.12 seconds behind winner Katie Carrier (2:03.02) of Victor. Logan’s second run down the GS of 1:00.73 was the best of any competitor that day and nearly caught Carrier for first overall. Hayly Fredrickson took sixth overall at 2:05.58 (1:03.18, 1:02.40).
“I’m excited. It’s a challenge,” said Kelly Fredrickson, Logan and Hayly’s dad and Ellicottville’s coach. “Ski racing is very … anything can happen, someone can fall, conditions can be bad for a certain run. It’s hard to be consistent at, so it’s quite an accomplishment.
“(Their times) were good. They’ve been skiing well all season, so I expected them to do well, hoped they would do well.”
The Fredrickson twins have been skiing since age 2 or 3, and competitively in club skiing for Holiday Valley since age 7. Logan earned the Olean Times Herald’s Monday athlete of the week honor for her efforts.
In the slalom on Feb. 26, Logan took sixth in 1:46.01 (:53.90, :52.11) and Hayly was 10th at 1:47.82 (:53.85, :53.97).
Carls took 39th in the slalom at 2:04.10 (1:03.25, 1:00.85) and 40th in the GS at 2:21.21 (1:10.56, 1:10.65).
Carrier won the combined individual championship.
With such a young team (two freshmen and an eighth grader), the Eagles should compete for team and individual titles for years to come.
“The goal now is to continue this for the next three more years and also win the individual title for the individual slalom, individual GS,” Kelly Fredrickson said, “which Logan, she missed first place by 0.12 of a second, combined time. She almost won it. The second run of the GS, she beat everybody by over a half a second.”
Freshman Mitchell Azcarte led the eighth-place (37 points) Ellicottville boys team with a 22nd finish in the slalom at 1:29.62 (:45.90,:43.72), while classmate Adrian DeOrbe took a DNF after a first run of :51.73.
Azcarte was 36th in the GS at 2:15.27 (1:05.83, 1:09.44) while DeOrbe was 38th at 2:16.97 (1:06.68, 1:10.29).
“Not that it’s not hard in the girls (competition) but boys, for two ninth grade boys, they’re competing against boys that are bigger than me,” Fredrickson said.
Pittsford won the boys team competition with 92 points, led by combined champion Max Hopfinger.