Knights begin year on slopes

High School Skiing

MARQUETTE – The Norway High School ski season is under way.

The co-op with Iron Mountain and Kingsford raced Tuesday in the Marquette Invite. The meet was postponed from last week.

Norway was joined by Marquette, Houghton and Ironwood.

“We put up some good numbers in a very strong field,” said Norway Coach Steve Sheski, noting 27 boys raced.

Marquette’s boys and girls swept the meet.

In slalom, Norway’s David Loomis finished fifth and Nick Haferkorn placed sixth. Allie Sheski had to hike her first run, landing her in 12th. Erick Schultz was right behind in 13th, followed by Alex Heigl, 16th, and Sean Haupt, 17th.

“Jake Munn blew out of the course in the rough conditions,” Sheski said.

Several other racers posted DNF (did not finish) for the event.

Aaron Grezlak won the race, leading Marquette with 13 points to beat Ironwood, 31 points, and Norway, 36.

For the girls, Marquette took slalom with a perfect 10 points and Houghton had 46.

In giant slalom, things started to hook up for Norway as Allie Sheski raced to sixth. Munn was eighth, followed by Loomis, 11th; Haferkorn, 12th; Schultz, 15th; Heigl, 22nd; and Haupt, 23rd.

Marquette, 14, captured giant slalom with 14 points, topping Ironwood, 31, and Norway, 37 points. The Redettes, 15, won giant slalom over Houghton, 43.

“For our first race of the season, I am very pleased,” said coach Sheski. “Racing against a state champion team like Marquette really shows my athletes how costly even the smallest mistake is.

“It’s a good gauge to help us prepare for the competition we’ll see at regionals.”

Norway’s meet today at Pine Mountain was postponed to Jan. 22 due to weather conditions.