LINCOLN, N.H. — One point.
That was the winning margin as Profile School edged Lin-Wood, 745-744, in the Division IV girls alpine championship at Loon Mountain on Monday.
Led by freshman Madison McLaren (first in GS, third in slalom, 198 points), the Patriots captured their second straight D-IV title and 21st state championship overall.
It was a sweet sendoff for the Patriots two seniors, Sierra Price and Libby Hamilton. “Being a senior it makes me really happy,” said Price. “It’s amazing, just to hold the plaque and have everyone smiling around you as a team.”
Profile led Lin-Wood 379-373 after the morning GS paced by McLaren (first, 64.8 seconds), Sophie Bell (second, 64.99), Price (seventh) and Annabelle Mullins (16th).
After lunch the Patriots got a scare, as the Lumberjacks rallied in the slalom, placing five in the top 15.
“It was nerve-wracking,” Price said. “In slalom everyone was a little tentative. [Lin-Wood] was right behind us and that brought the pressure.”
In the end, Profile held on, with Price (second) and McLaren (third) leading the way. Rounding out scoring for the Pats were Emme Bell (17th) and Mullins (19th). The top overall finisher in slalom was Sunapee’s Ellie Frederick.
As is often the case, the key to the Patriots repeat was simple: They avoided major mistakes and stayed on their skis.
“Definitely having everyone finish is key,” Price said. “Some people had mess ups, but they made sure that they finished. If they didn’t, that would have been the deciding factor between us and Lin-Wood.”
Price singled out Mullins, a freshman who was Profile’s fourth and final scorer in both events, for making major contributions to the team’s success this season, “[Annabelle] improved so much this year. She really focused and really showed that she wanted to be on the team and do well.”
Other top local finishers included Lisbon’s Logan Lopus (11th in the GS); Littleton’s Bre Lemay (13th in GS) and Veve Lemay (13th in slalom); Woodsville’s Keatyn Horne (23rd in slalom, 33rd GS).
Up next the boys D-IV championship, originally scheduled for Wednesday, will be held Thursday at Crotched Mountain in Bennington/Francestown.
The New Hampshire Meet of Champions will follow at Cannon Mountain on Thursday, Feb. 28.
DIVISON IV GIRLS ALPINE CHAMPIONSHIP
At Loon Mountain, Lincoln, N.H.
Monday, Feb. 2, 2019
Team Scores: Profile 745, Lin-Wood 744, Sunapee 719, Hopkinton 658, Derryfield 657, Littleton 632, Gorham 618, Hillsboro 457, Woodsville 440, Moultonborough 364, Lisbon 160.
Top 5: 1. Ellie Frederick, Sunapee, 54.23; 2. Sierra Price, Profile, 55.22; 3. Madison McLaren, Profile, 55.69; 4. Silvia Dalton, Sunapee, 57.26; 5. Addie Locke, Hopkinton, 58.45.
Local: 13. Veve Lemay, Littleton, 67.89; 17. Emme Bell, Profile, 69.95; 19. Annabelle Mullins, Profile, 72.02; 20. Angela D’Orazio, Littleton, 73.54, 23. Keatyn Horne, Woodsville, 80.78; 30. Paige Smith, Woodsville, 86.37; 34. Anna Steenburgh, Woodsville, 90.31; 35. Nicole Piette, Littleton, 90.94; 36. Logan Lopus, Lisbon, 92.63; 40. Emma Gademsky, Littleton, 102.52.
Top 3 teams: Lin-Wood 371, Profile 366, Sunapee 360.
Top 5: 1. Madison McLaren, Profile, 64.8; 2. Sophie Bell, Profile, 64.99; 3. Ellie Frederick, Sunapee, 65.13; 4. Xena Bartlett, Lin-Wood, 66.0; 5. Kai Goode, Lin-Wood, 66.07.
Local: 7. Sierra Price, Profile, 67.0; 11. Logan Lopus, Lisbon, 67.71; 13. Bre Lemay, Littleton, 69.93; 16. Annabelle Mullins, Profile, 70.4; 25. Angela D’Orazio, Littleton, 77.36; 27. Elizabeth Fortner, Littleton, 78.86; 29. Nicole Piette, Littleton, 79.47; 33. Keatyn Horne, Woodsville, 81.49; 37. Paige Smith, Woodsville, 85.58; 41. Anna Steenburgh, Woodsville, 92.95.
Top 3 teams: Profile 379, Lin-Wood 373, Sunapee 359.