Photo: (L>R):  Ryley Hofstez, Ella Wiser, Bethanne Droll, along with the MPHS Cheerleaders      Photo and story by Bethanne Droll

At the state Alpine races at Beaver Creek last weekend, the Middle Park boys, combined with Nordic, placed third out of 15 teams in the state. The girls also did well at the state this year with a fourth place team finish.

Based on their regular season totals, the Middle Park girls also won second place in slalom in the league awards, and Bethanne Droll, Zack Niedzwiecki and Sofia Olsson made the All State list. Droll earned All State honors in the giant slalom while Olsson and Niedzwiecki made the cut in slalom.

Individually, Droll led the Middle Park girls at state with a 12th place finish in giant slalom. She was followed by Olsson (21st), Ryley Hofsetz (51st) and Mia Rimmer (78th). For the slalom event, Droll finished 12th again, followed by Ollson (15th) and Hofsetz (62nd).

In the boys giant slalom, James Briggs logged the top finish for Middle Park, placing ninth. He was followed by teammates Danny Juricek (79th), Nate Myers (82nd) and Sam Parker (95th). In the slalom race, Briggs was ninth again while Niedzwiecki took 12th and Parker finished 64th.

League (Regular Season) Awards:

Slalom League Champs – Girls Team: 2nd Place

GS All State Award: Bethanne Droll

Slalom All State Award: Zack Niedzwiecki

Slalom All State Award: Sofia Olsson

State Results:

Middle Park Boys Team (Combined with Nordic): 3rd Place (out of 15)

Middle Park Girls Team (Combined with Nordic): 4th Place  (out of 15)

GS Individual Results:

GIRLS (103 athletes):

Bethanne – 12th

Sofia – 21st

Ryley – 51st

Mia – 78th

BOYS (103 athletes):

James – 9th

Danny – 79th

Nate – 82nd

Sam – 95th

Slalom Individual Results:

GIRLS (91 athletes):

Bethanne – 12th

Sofia – 15th

Ryley – 62nd

BOYS (101 athletes):

James – 9th

Zack -12th

Sam – 64th

Nate – DNF