Bedford wins, Bishop Guertin sixth at Mount Sunapee

Bedford High School rode the first place giant slalom run of Aiden Wheeler and a pair of seconds in the slalom and giant slalom by Tim Weeks to a Division I boys Alpine championship at Mount Sunapee on Tuesday.

Pinkerton Academy’s Dan Lannan won the slalom and finished third in the giant slalom to help the Astros to a third place showing overall. Bedford (771 points: 385 giant slalom, 386 slalom) and Pinkerton (681: 324, 357) sandwiched runner-up Keene (722: 371, 351), which utilized a fourth in the giant slalom by Michael Kerr and a sixth in the slalom by Alex Stroshine to finish second.

Pinkerton was followed by Timberlane (676: 335, 341), Concord (641: 293, 348), Bishop Guertin (597: 303, 294), Exeter (553:276, 277), Nashua South (541: 291, 250), Spaulding (502: 244, 258) and Dover (492: 248, 244) to round out the Top 10. Nashua North (482: 249, 233) and Londonderry (482: 241, 241) tied for 11th, while Manchester Central (442: 215, 227), Merrimack (425: 225, 200), Manchester West (404: 222, 182) and Manchester Memorial (48: 48, 0) closed out the scoring from 13th through 16th.

Individually, Nashua South’s Jack Rice was the top local finisher in either event. Rice finished 14th in the giant slalom, posting a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 15.27 seconds. He was faster in his second run (36.79 seconds) than his first (38.48). The top local in the slalom was Bishop Guertin’s Jake O’Donnell, whose two-run time of 1:19.69 (39.44, 40.25) was good enough for 24th.

Other locals in the slalom’s Top 50 were: BG’s Charlie Hemmenway (26th place, 1:21.53 combined time), David Barry (33rd, 1:23.78), Todd Wellman (37th, 1:27.39), John Thurston (38th, 1:27.42) and Matt Szyszlo (48th, 1:30.82); South’s Zachary Peterson (31st, 1:23.27) and Evan Lowe (34th, 1:24.07); North’s Lucas Sayers (36th, 1:24.77); and Merrimack’s Peter Reeser (39th, 1:27.62).

Locals in the Top 50 giant slalom event were: BG’s Hemmenway (27th, 1:19.49), O’Donnell (29th, 1:19.89), Szyszlo (30th, 1:21.26), Wellman (31st, 1:21.28) and Barry (38th, 1:23.07); South’s Peterson (20th, 1:17.00) and Lowe (47th, 1:26.18); North’s Sayers (28th (1:19.57) and Jacob Henning (46th, 1:25.82); and Merrimack’s Josh Meier (40th, 1:24.64) and Reeser (45th, 1:25.78).

Championship postponements

Due to Thursday’s anticipated inclement weather forecast all NHIAA Alpine and Nordic Ski Championships were postponed. In the event of Inclement weather Friday, check the NHIAA Special Alert button on www.nhiaa.org.

Division IV cross country skiing is now scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 at Bedford Legacy Park, while Division I cross country was rescheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Bedford Legacy Park. Division II Alpine girls is TBA.