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Middle Park alpine team ready to hit the slopes

Once again as it prepares for the start of another season of racing, Middle Park High’s Alpine ski team is tiny in numbers compared to others in the Colorado High School Ski League, but makes up for it in the quality of its skiers.

The Panther ski racers will be competing in the season-opener today at Copper Mountain Resort. Their first race will be a giant slalom.

This season’s team has only nine members on its roster, but each has either a proven ability or strong potential to become a top skier.

Topping the roster is Khyla Burrows, the defending state champion in GS.

Strong performances are also expected by the rest of the Panther girls ” Rylee Burrows, Tracie Kroneberger, Kylie Kroneberger, Brenna Dee and Sarah Williams.

Joining them this season is Suzannah Mikol.

Middle Park’s boys squad has only three skiers ” Nick Stenicka, Thomas Dady and Matt Hydrusko. Stenicka and Dady are returning skiers this season.

“I think we’re going to be good this season,” said coach Lisa Mirabito. “We are lacking a bit in our boys’ numbers, but we have a lot of depth on our girls team. And our girls are so strong this season.”

The team has been practicing now for about three weeks, but have only been on snow for three days so far this season. Their practices have been at Winter Park Resort.

Evaluating their performance so far, Mirabito believes the team should have good results in both slalom and GS this season.

“Technically, our skiers are solid in both. Well be strong in the races,” she said.

Because her skiers have not yet had a lot of time on snow so far, Mirabito wants them to concentrate on their technique in Friday’s first GS.

“At Copper, I want them to ski smoothly and get qualified for state early in GS,” she said. “Once they’ve done that, they can push harder in upcoming races. There will be time for them to find their limit.”

Mirabito stressed the importance of her skiers keeping their racing in perspective and setting some personal goals.

“My hope is that they all try hard, do their best and be happy with their skiing,” she said. “Their goal should be to make it to the state championships and then feel good about their results.”

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