Chardavoyne claims state slalom title

Paige Chardavoyne of Holy Names wins state slalom and Alpine combined titles.
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Paige Chardavoyne doesn’t waste a lot of time between races.

Just a few hours after winning the girls’ slalom and Alpine combined titles at the New York State High School Skiing Championships at Whiteface Mountain on Wednesday, the Holy Names sophomore was on her way to Sugarloaf, Maine, to compete in the J-I/J-II Eastern Championships.

Chardavoyne didn’t waste a lot of time on the hill at Whiteface, either.

She posted the fastest time for both runs to win the slalom with a combined time of 1:39.17. Second in 1:40.21, was Katie Madden of Saranac Lake (Section VII). Kelly Burkhart of Honeoye Falls-Lima (V) was third in 1:40.55.

John Sharkey, the Niskayuna Alpine coach, watched both of Chardavoyne’s slalom runs from the top of the course and said she seemed in a class of her own.

“She skied magnificently, with no struggle whatsoever,” Sharkey said. “She was noticeably faster at the top, and people who saw her at the bottom said the same thing.”

Chardavoyne also won the

Alpine combined title, based on her slalom win, plus her fifth-place finish in giant slalom on Tuesday.

Erika Swits of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, winner of the giant slalom, was eighth after the first run of slalom, but she missed a gate and had to hike back up on the second run and wound up in 30th place.

Seventy-five of the best high school racers from across the state were in the girls’ race, which made it a special day for Chardavoyne, a Glenmont resident.

“This is definitely the biggest deal for me,” she said from a car on her way to Maine.

“This is something I’ve been looking at since I started competing in the high school states in eighth grade. It’s my third year, and it’s always been a goal of mine to win the slalom because I knew I could do it if I could just put the runs together. It was really gratifying to be able to do it.”

Her best last year at states was an eighth in giant slalom.

Chardavoyne’s Holy Names teammate, Liz Schumacher, was the next fastest Section II skier in slalom, finishing 12th. Also making the top 20 were Kelly Blackhurst of Johnsburg, 15th, Kelsey Cioffi of Niskayuna, 16th; Jesse Burdette of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 17th; and Allix Beauchamp of Niskayuna, 18th.

Section II girls finished second in the section scoring, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s girls’ Alpine team finished fourth among high schools.

LEE EIGHTH IN SLALOM

Billy O’Connor of Mahopac in Section I was the boys’ slalom winner. Dan Halligan of Pittsford-Sutherland (V) and Robert Burke of Goshen (IX) were second and third, respectively.

Niskayuna’s Connor Lee, in eighth place, was the top Section II skier. Other top-20 finishers for the section were Will Dreyer of Saratoga Springs, ninth, and John Bennett of Queensbury, 15th.

Saratoga placed second to Pittsford Sutherland of Section V in school team scoring. Aiding the Blue Streaks’ effort were Paul Dreyer, eighth in giant slalom; Will Dreyer, ninth in slalom and 11th in giant slalom; Jon Noonan, 23rd in slalom; and Patrick Howard, 38th in giant slalom and 47th in slalom.

QUEENSBURY WINS RELAYS

It was relay day at Mt. VanHoevenburg, and for the second straight day, Queensbury and Section II skiers ruled on the cross country trails.

In the girls’ relay, Queensbury took first with a loaded team of Juliann Lajoie, Danielle Winslow, Shannon Mulshine and Carly Wynn. The winning time was 45:35.

Second in 46:08 was Honeoye Falls-Lima (V) with 46:08.

The Section II “A” team also finished first. Members, all from Johnsburg, were Holly Osowiecki, Emily Burns, Hannah Jay and Addie Bruce. The Section V “A” team was second.

Queensbury won the boys’ school relay title with a time of 39:29. Team members were Alex Benway, Matt Flint, Pat Carroll and Kevin Sprague. Honeoye Falls-Lima was second in 39:35.

The Section II “A” team was also victorious, with a time of 39:03. Members of the mixed squad were Peter Morehouse and Steve Veldman of Johnsburg, Steven Pet­ramale of Lake George and Dan Stevens of Scotia-Glenville.

Section V’s “A” team was second with a 40:15.

Section II won the girls’ Nordic title with a two-day total of 686. Section V was second with 633.

Queensbury won the girls’ school Nordic crown with 140 points. Honeoye Falls-Lima was second with 109, followed by New Paltz with 98, Saranac Lake with 56 and Holland Patent with 38.

Section II also won the boys’ Nordic title with a score of 712. Section V was next with 613.

In school Nordic scoring, Queensbury won with 136 points, followed by Honeoye Falls-Lima, 101; Saranac Lake, 89; and Holland Patent, 61.

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