2018-02-15 / Sports

Pershinske to represent peninsula in state finals

Glen Lake boys, girls miss cut in tough regional
By Jay Bushen
Sports Editor


GLEN LAKE skier Andrew Pershinske maneuvers between flags at Crystal Mountain last Wednesday during one of his two giant slalom runs in the conference finals. Pershinske finished fifth in slalom at the conference and regional meets last week and will be the county’s lone representative at states this year. Photo: Keven Pershinske GLEN LAKE skier Andrew Pershinske maneuvers between flags at Crystal Mountain last Wednesday during one of his two giant slalom runs in the conference finals. Pershinske finished fifth in slalom at the conference and regional meets last week and will be the county’s lone representative at states this year. Photo: Keven Pershinske Slow and steady didn’t win the race.

It did, however, guarantee Andrew Pershinske a spot in the state finals.

Pershinske, a Leland student on the Glen Lake ski team, finished seventh through one round of regional slalom runs at Nub’s Nob on Monday and likely needed a top-10 time in his second run to book a return trip to states.

He decided to play it safe.

“He’s a really smart skier,” Glen Lake coach John Kasben said. “There’s a lot of kids who go down on the first run because they’re not smart about it. He used his abilities and his tactics to put two really good runs together.”

Pershinske’s second run lasted more than four seconds longer than his first — but it was good enough. The sophomore sensation posted times of 33.48 and 37.92 for a combined time of 1:11.40 and finished fifth overall.

“I was hoping to make it, but you never know,” Pershinske said. “There’s a lot of really good competition in our region that’s hard to keep up with. You never really know what to expect.”

He’ll be Leelanau County’s lone skier in the MHSAA Division 2 finals at Schuss Mountain on Feb. 26. as both Glen Lake teams failed to make the cut at regionals, finishing outside the top three in all four events. The boys finished eighth among 10 teams in both slalom and giant slalom while the girls placed eighth among eight teams in slalom and seventh in giant slalom.

Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Great North Alpine finished first, second and third on the boys side, respectively, while Petoskey, Houghton and Harbor Springs did the same on the girls side.

“We had a pretty good day,” Kasben said. “It just wasn’t quite good enough. It’s the best of the best there. That region is tough — and a lot of times tougher than the state meet.”

Pershinske will return to states without his older sister, senior Jess Pershinske, this year. The older sister defended her “World Cup” title in the Lake Michigan Ski Conference ranks last Wednesday but failed to qualify for states in her final season with the team.

Her brother said she straddled a gate in her best event, slalom, and was disqualified. She nearly made up for it in giant slalom but finished 11th — missing the cut by 0.33 seconds.

“The chips just didn’t fall into place,” Andrew Pershinske said, “but she had a great season this year.”

Other top-30 finishes from Glen Lake skiers came in giant slalom as Andrew Pershinske and Rolli Charpentier placed 22nd and 26th on the boys side, respectively, and Mahrle Siddall finished 17th on the girls side.

The team is expected to bring back six of nine skiers next season. Seniors this year were Jess Pershinske, Hanna Vanduzen and Ryan Landers.

“They’re awesome kids,” Kasben said. “We’re definitely going to miss having them around.”

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