by Ed Dean

HANCOCK, Vt. shy; St. Johnsbury Academy's Shane Murphy skied to victory over the Middlebury Snow Bowl's steep, winding technical course to become the slalom state champ Monday at the Vermont High School Boys Alpine Championships.

ALPINE SKIING

Vermont State Meet

It was a stunning victory for the young Hilltopper freshman. Murphy also rocketed to 11th place in the giant slalom to cap off an outstanding season for him.

The defending champion Middlebury Tigers kept the state title in town as their skiers captured the second, third, seventh, and 17th places in the slalom.

On the local front, Lyndon Institute skied to seventh place overall at the Meet while St. Johnsbury Academy notched an 11-place finish overall.

SJA's Tyler Smith and Jesse Spina raced to respective 31st- and 32nd-place finishes in the giant slalom. Lyndon Institute's Jon Badger nabbed 32nd place while teammates Ryan MacDonald and Adrian Walther skied to respective 34th- and 35th-place showings for the Vikings in the slalom.

North Country's Brad Kennison and Adam McAllister flew to 36th- and 37th-place finishes, respectively, for the Falcons in the slalom event.

RESULTS Top 15 Boys (Slalom)

1. Shane Murphy SJA 36.78 (1st run) 35.06 (2nd run) 71.84 (Combined); 2. Scott Schoenfeld M 38.09 35.06 73.15; 3. Willy Mackey M 38.09 35.21 73.30; 4. Taylor Rich W 38.09 35.21 73.30; 5. Kyle Bernhardt MMU 38.60 35.19 73.79; 6. Hunter Brown RUT 38.00 35.92 73.92; 7. Peter Etchells M 38.64 35.46 74.10; 8. Toby Mcintosh ESS 38.97 35.75 74.72; 9. Marc Mcintyre BB39.00 35.75 74.75; 10. Caset Clifford RUT 38.56 36.69 75.25; 11. William Rothman W 39.69 36.37 76.06; 12. James Writer IND 39.53 37.06 76.59; 13. Jonathan Souter WOOD 40.65 36.02 76.67; 14. Keenan Diamond W 39.93 36.79 76.72; 15. Alexander Hood IND 40.05 37.2377.28.

Other Local Finishers

32. Jon Badger LI 43.33 39.57; 34. Ryan McDonald LI 43.60 40.25; 35. Adrian Walther LI 43.69 40.72; 36. Brad Kennison NCU 44.22 40.31; 37. Adam McAllister NCU 44.51 40.25; 39. Mark Mercy NCU 45.65 41.27; 45. Andy Ruggles SJA 45.41 43.36; 46. James Ricker NCU 49.42 39.83; 50. Aaron MacBeth NCU 49.32 42.40; 57. Joey Dwyer LI 54.61 48.98;

Giant Slalom Local Finishers

11. Shane Murphy SJA 50.75 50.64; 31. Tyler Smith SJA 51.31 54.17; 32. Jesse Spina SJA 52.34 53.35; 39. Ty Lewis SJA 53.35 53.82; 41. Brad Kennison NCU 53.38 54.12; 42. Joey Dwyer LI 53.49 54.34; 44. Jamike Witherspoon LI 54.65 54.37; 46. John Kenny LI 55.09 54.53; 47. Jared Richardson LI 54.43 55.33; 50. Adrian Walther LI 54.99 56.08; 53. Mark Mercy NCU 56.65 56.56; 57. James Holcomb NCU 57.87 56.80.

Copyright 1997

The Caledonian-Record

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