2018-02-15 / Sports

Pershinske, Lakers win third straight league title


GLEN LAKE girls celebrate their third straight Lake Michigan Ski Conference championship last Wednesday at Crystal Mountain. 
Photo: Keven Pershinske GLEN LAKE girls celebrate their third straight Lake Michigan Ski Conference championship last Wednesday at Crystal Mountain. Photo: Keven Pershinske Jess Pershinske captured both individual Lake Michigan Ski Conference regular season “World Cup” titles at Crystal Mountain last Wednesday, finishing first in slalom (30.40, 30.45) and second in giant slalom (21.47, 21.99).

Pershinske, a senior, placed first in all five slalom runs this winter and first or second in all five giant slalom runs.

“She almost had a perfect season,” Glen Lake coach John Kasben said. “She had a lot of fun. She skied her best and it was a great finish for her career. She’s been doing it since she was little and has been working hard for years. It’s fitting for the effort she put in.”

The effort helped the Lady Lakers lock up their third straight league title. It was their seventh in the last eight seasons and their 17th in the last 25.

The team tallied 208 points in 10 league this winter; Benzie finished with 308 and Onekama, which only produced a team score in five of 10 races this season, was not eligible.

Three other Glen Lake girls — Mahrle Siddall, Anna Cantrell and Hanna Vanduzen — posted top-10 World Cup finishes. Siddall finished third in both events last Wednesday and sixth in the World Cup standings. She placed fourth or better in all 10 races this winter. Cantrell was right behind her in the World Cup ranks, finishing fifth in slalom last Wednesday and fourth in giant slalom. Vanduzen was seventh in slalom and eighth in giant slalom, earning a seventh-place World Cup finish.

Glen Lake finished third among three teams on the boys side in the conference finals with 82 points. Benzie finished first with 40 and Onekama was second with 58.

Three Lakers landed a top-10 World Cup finish: Andrew Pershinske (third), Rolli Charpentier (seventh) and Ryan Landers (10th).

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