By Sam Wilson
The Fredrickson family, and the Ellicottville Eagles, are used to taking home medals from the NYSPHSAA Skiing Championships by now.
Tuesday marked the third consecutive season the Eagles won the state’s high school alpine skiing team championship, this year at Gore Mountain Ski Resort in North Creek. But this time, Logan Fredrickson stood not just ahead of her teammates, but every high school racer in the state over the two-day slalom and giant slalom competition.
On Monday, she won the state’s slalom title, on Tuesday she won the GS and thus earned the state’s combined championship, all program firsts for an Ellicottville racer.
Kelly Fredrickson, father of Logan and her twin sister Hayly and the Eagles’ coach, hoped she could win first this season after two years of placing near the top.
“It’s the goal,” he said. “I knew she was capable of it. Whether everything worked her way or not was always the variable, but she did very well. She won in the slalom, she won that by almost five seconds, that’s quite a bit of time, and the GS, she won by almost a second.
“In the GS on Tuesday, the boys and girls run the same course, and Logan would have finished third in the boys.”
Logan placing first, and winning another team championship, made for a proud moment for the father and coach of the sophomore twins.
“I don’t know how to explain it, I couldn’t be prouder of both of them,” the elder Fredrickson said. “They work hard for what they get and they enjoy it. They work hard and obviously it pays off.”
Ellicottville will continue its season as it competes in the Eastern High School Championships in Attitash, N.H. for the first time.
On Monday, Logan Fredrickson won the slalom by more than four seconds, with a total time of 1:35.66 (runs of :46.66 and :49.00 seconds). In second was Hannah Klingbiel of Section 2 at 1:38.77. On Tuesday, she won GS by .81 seconds with a total 2:20.41 after two runs (1:08.57, 1:11.84). Samantha Burton from Section 1 was second at 2:21.22.
Logan Fredrickson discussed the state championships in a video posted to the NYSPHSAA Twitter account on Tuesday.
“It feels unreal,” she said, “I didn’t expect to do this well and it’s just incredible. I’m so happy.
“Last year I did better in the GS, but this year I was just trying to stay confident in both,” she added in the video on Tuesday, comparing the two events. “(Monday), I did very well and I was very surprised by that. So I just tried to keep the same mindset and hopefully do just as well.”
Hayly Fredrickson, meanwhile, was fifth in the slalom (1:43.56) and seventh in GS (2:27.38).
Cece Carls was 29th in GS (2:34.96) and her sister Emmylu 38th (2:41.88). Emmylu Carls was 45th (2:05.84) in slalom.
High winds threatened to cancel or postpone Monday’s slalom runs, but both went on as scheduled.
“They weren’t sure for the slalom if they were going to be able to open the lifts because of the wind,” Kelly Fredrickson said. “So there was some talk about either they were going to have to cancel that day and try to make it up on Tuesday, but they were able to get one lift running and we were able to get it in. We thought first we’d get one run, might not be able to get the second run in. But we were able to get both runs in.”
But the Eagles handled the conditions well, he said.
“That Monday, Cece was sick, she didn’t feel good so she didn’t race on Monday,” he said. “But the snow conditions were very good actually, how racers like it anyway, hard-packed, what most people would call ‘icy.’”
The high school state championships only continued a successful weekend for the Fredricksons, who were already in town for the New York State Ski Racing Association state championships at West Mountain and Gore.
“My girls did very well in that too,” Kelly Fredrickson said. “In one race they were first and second, the next race Logan fell and Hayly was third, and the third race, they were first and third, and Hayly won the overall.
“They’ve been skiing, both of them, very well this year. But it’s trying to manage training and races and events. We’ve been doing different races this year and kind of manage all that and get them to the point where they’re skiing the best they can at this time of year. That’s the challenge.”