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Profile alpine boys capture back to back state championships


by Corey McKean
Sports reporter - The Littleton Courier

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The 2017-18 NHIAA Division IV boys' alpine state champions, the Profile Patriots. Left to right, Jackson Glavac, Dan Doyle, Seamus Slattery, Jack Sampo, Jake Peterson, Connor Hamilton and Jack Price. Back row, coach Phil Boone and coach Miki Fera. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
February 21, 2018
LINCOLN — The Profile boys' alpine team has skied its way to back to back state championships as the Patriots took first place in dominant fashion at the NHIAA Division IV boys' State Meet on Monday, Feb. 12, at Loon Mountain in Lincoln. In the field of 11 schools in Profile, Derryfield, Lin-Wood, Hopkinton, Littleton, Sunapee, Gorham, Moultonborough, Woodsville, Newport, and Wilton, and 59 total racers, Profile had their top four racers (Jack Sampo, Connor Hamilton, Jake Peterson and Dan Doyle) finish in the top eight overall on the day, totaling a combined overall score of 758. Derryfield would finish second on the day with a total score of 733 while Lin-Wood finished in third with a score of 695.

"I'm so incredibly proud of these boys, they absolutely crushed it today," explained Profile coach Phil Boone. "We had 24 clean runs, they knew what they had to do, they had to ski well and ski fast and they did it, every single one of them. It was a very good day out on the hill with perfect conditions. Aaron Loukes, the Lin-Wood team and the Loon Race crew did an awesome job preparing the hill for us, the snow was perfect for racing and the weather certainly cooperated."

"It's rare that the team that deserves to win, wins, but we deserved to win and we won. We are going to miss our captain, Seamus Slattery, he definitely led the way, keeping the vibes positive at all times and our other captain, Jack Sampo, who definitely leads the charge out there on the hill, he did an awesome job of skiing for the team and the rest of the team took the cue from the captains, kept the mood positive while staying focused, and went out there and crushed it," Boone added.

Sampo paced the Patriots on the day with first and second place finishes in his two slalom runs on the day, posting an incredible combined time of 1:16.58, which landed him in first overall while he placed third in his single GS run with a time of 39.19. Hamilton placed fourth in run one and fifth in run two in slalom, posting a combined time of 1:19.49, which placed him in fifth overall. Peterson had a top 10 finish in his first slalom run of the day while stepping up in his second run, placing sixth, putting him in seventh overall on the day with a combined time of 1:25.73 and Doyle would place eighth overall on the day with a 14th place finish in run one and an eighth place finish in run two, posting a combined time of 1:28.20.

The Lin-Wood Lumberjacks would take third place overall on the day with Charles Loukes having a solid day, placing fourth overall with third and fourth place finishes in his two runs, posting a combined time of 1:19.16 to lead Lin-Wood. Silas Weeden also skied strong for the Lumberjacks, placing sixth overall with ninth and seventh place finishes in his two runs, posting a combined time of 1:25.18. Will McSorley and Andrew Wilson rounded out the top four finishers for the Lumberjacks as McSorley finished 18th on the day with a combined time of 1:34.67 and Wilson finished 21st, posting a combined time of 1:37.90.

Littleton's Ben Sweeney led the Crusaders to a fifth place finish overall out of 11 schools, as Sweeney impressively placed 10th on the day, racing to a 12th place finish in run one and an 11th place finish in run two, posting a combined time of 1:28.96 on the day. Zach Horne finished in 14th for Littleton with a combined time of 1:32.66 while Matt Kelly and Christian DeMoras finished in 36th and 39th places, posting times of 1:54.70 and 1:58.44, respectively.

The Woodsville Engineers rounded out the North Country schools in ninth place overall on the day while being led by Donny Bowman, who posted a combined time of 1:48.12, placing him in 32nd. Jim Kertis and Ethan Dessaint would be the only other Engineers to finish the race as Kertis placed 44th with a combined time of 2:16.95 and Dessaint placed 48th with a combined time of 2:44.69.

"What a perfect end to my high school career," explained Slattery. "I am going to miss bombing around with these boys, we just love to ski and that's what did it for us."

"This is an amazing group of kids with a great passion for skiing. I am honored to be on this team with them," said Sampo.

"This team loves skiing and racing too I guess. We had 24 clean finishes and captured a state title, what a day," added Doyle.

Sampo, Hamilton and Peterson of Profile, Horne of Littleton, and Loukes of Lin-Wood all qualified in the giant slalom, finishing in the top 10, and will compete in the Meet of Champions while Doyle, Sampo, Hamilton, and Peterson of Profile, Sweeney of Littleton, and Loukes and Weeden of Lin-Wood will all also compete in the Meet of Champions as they qualified in the slalom, finishing in the top 10.

The Meet of Champions will take place on Thursday, March 1, at Mittersill Ski Area at Cannon Mountain. Start time is posted for 10 a.m.

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