Brother, sister to represent Glen Lake at states
He found a way to tag along.
Pershinske and his sister, Jessica Pershinske, will both compete in the state finals at Boyne Highlands on Feb. 27 after punching their tickets during Monday’s regional race at Nub’s Nob.
Fortunately, the older sister doesn’t seem to mind. She’s used to it by now.
“We’ve skied for a long time,” Jessica Pershinske said. “It’s always been something we’ve both liked a lot. I’ve raced since I was 5 and so has my brother.”
Those years of experience paid off in slalom runs on Monday as Jessica Pershinske placed seventh on the girls side and Andrew Pershinske placed ninth on the boys side.
Both have spent countless hours on the slopes over the years, earning valuable instruction from U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) coaches. Additionally, both have worked with the same family ski technician, Freddie Hahn, since they were old enough to ski.
“They train and race more than any of the other kids, and it shows,” Glen Lake coach John Kasben said.
Both Pershinskes made the all-region team on Monday, joining Glen Lake teammate Annabel Skrocki.
Skrocki narrowly missed the cut in slalom with a 15th-place finish at regionals.
As a team, the Glen Lake girls finished sixth among nine ski programs from the northern half of the state. The Glen Lake boys were 10th among 10 teams.
Nonetheless, Kasben said his teams had a blast.
“We had more fun than all the other teams put together,” he said. “We had a huge cheering section at the bottom of the hill that we could hear at the top. Nobody else has that.”
The Glen Lake girls may not have made the cut at regionals, but they were the dominant team at last Wednesday’s Lake Michigan Ski Conference finals at Crystal Mountain.
Jessica Pershinske led the charge, securing her ninth first-place finish in 10 races this season. She won the “triple crown” of individual LMSC accolades by earning the top spot in slalom, giant slalom and overall. She finished with 980 points out of a possible 1,000.
She certainly wasn’t the only Glen Lake girl with a high finish in the finals, however.
Six other Lady Lakers joined her in the slalom top 10: Norah Johnson (third), Skrocki (fourth), Anna Cantrell (fifth), Klara Teubner (seventh), Hanna Vanduzen (eighth) and Cali Gaudard.
The team was even better in slalom, capturing eight of the top 10-spots. The other seven Lakers were Johnson (fourth), Cantrell (fifth), Skrocki (sixth), Stephanie Purifoy (seventh), Teubner (eighth), Vanduzen (ninth) and Gaudard (10th).
“We had a lot of seniors,” Jessica Pershinske said. “They were a big part of the team.”
Top performances on the boys side came from Rolli Charpentier, who placed seventh in slalom and third in giant slalom; and Andrew Pershinske, who finished fourth in both slalom and giant slalom.
“I’d really like to say thank you to Lucy Teubner for skiing on the guys team this year,” Andrew Pershinske said. “We couldn’t have done anything without her.”
Further information about the upcoming state finals is available on the MHSAA website.