At Huron-Perth and WOSSAA championships in Duntroon
By Pat Payton
DUNTROON – The DCVI Nordic ski team posted great team and individual results here last week (Feb. 6) at the Huron-Perth championships at Highlands Nordic, south of Collingwood.
Ethan Aarts won the gold medal for the Junior boys team, and Owen Wrigley captured the bronze. The team, which included Jarod Medd and Sawyer Burlingham, placed first overall with a score of 14 points. The Junior boys team also finished first in their relay.
“Because of the high number and strong calibre of Junior boys we have skiing at DCVI, we plan on getting first and second-place finishes at WOSSAA (Monday, Feb. 12 at Duntroon),” coach Annette Wrigley said.
The Saluki Senior boys also had a strong showing. Marcel Scheele claimed the win by over a minute. Along with teammates Joe Hutton, Sean Slater and Mackenzie Forman, the Senior boys easily won the team event as well as gold in their relay.
Grace Hutton led the DCVI Senior girls to a second-place finish. With support from Laura Vink, Sarah Black and Jenna Dufton, the Senior girls skied their way to silver in their relay.
The Junior girls, led by Hazel Taylor, finished third as a team and were second in their relay.
Grade 8 student Lydia Taylor skied in the elementary girls category, securing a gold-medal finish.
–The DCVI ski team, consisting of 34 athletes, competed at WOSSAA on Monday of this week. It was a great day for the Salukis, who qualified 27 skiers for OFSAA–including two Junior boys teams.
–In addition to Annette Wrigley, other DCVI ski coaches are Kelli Schiedel and Harold Burgin.
–OFSAA will be held in Sudbury this year, Feb. 22-24. Races will be held on the Friday and Saturday.
–Ethan Aarts, 14, has been invited to ski for the southern Ontario region in the upcoming 2018 Ontario Winter Games, March 1-4, in Orillia. Athletes, ages 12 to 18 from all regions of Ontario, will compete against their fellow provincial athletes.
The Games will attract 3,000 athletes competing in 25 different sports.