Alpine Skiing disappoints at state, looks towards future

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After a section championship for the Mounds View Girls Alpine Ski Team, the Mustangs looked forward to a successful run in the state competition at Giants Ridge last Wednesday. However, the team ended up placing 8th out of eight teams, well behind 1st place Minnetonka. But, for the players, the accomplishment of just making it to state was more than enough.

“It’s a great bonding experience, we’re with each other 24/7. We bought Valentines we were going to hand out. It was just really fun,” said Gabby Lerdahl, 11.

Even if last place is not what they hoped for, it is the third year in a row that the Girls Alpine team had qualified for a state appearance.

“Making state three years in a row was really important for the team because we’re not a well known team at Mounds View. And it’s important that we’re so young and we did so well,” said Hana Gulli, 11.

Also, the personal encounters with other teams and skiers were an added bonus for achieving a state berth.

“There were a lot of teams there, and it was very busy,” Lerdahl said. “It’s fun meeting and hanging out with new people.”

But, with this season over, the girls are already looking to the horizon of next year, to try and make state for the fourth year in a row.

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