The Stowe Reporter checked in with head coach Bob Rose on his expectations for the Stowe High alpine team as the regular season cruises toward the finish line.
Q: How was turnout this season?
41 skiers signed up this year, but they’re not all still skiing. We normally take between 20 and 24 skiers to a race.
Q: Key returning skiers?
For the boys, Flynn Kearney, Kevin Crawford, Charlie Alekson and Nick Mitchell. For the girls, Shea Lyden, Teagan Yardley, Bella Braverman, Wren Murphy and Sierra Anderson. Sadly, one of our seniors, Ali Infante, injured her knee, so she’s out.
Q: Promising new additions to the team?
Two new skiers, junior Rai Bleda-Vilalta and freshman Anthony Marron, for the boys, and one new girl, freshman Isabella Mitchell, are filling in very nicely.
Q: How has the season gone so far?
We’ve only skied in three races; two have been canceled due to too much snow, believe it or not. (*Note: Stowe has skied in several more races since this interview was held).
Q: Big races left on the schedule?
Districts are the last Monday and Tuesday of February at Jay Peak, and States are March 5 and 6 at Burke.
Q: Expectations for the team?
Our men’s team has a lot of potential this year with five really good, solid skiers. Four of the five are top 10 skiers, and my fifth skier is easily a top 15 skier on a given day. I have a lot of guarded optimism going into districts and states with this group of boys.