The Wilton High School ski team was back in winning action last week with its third and fourth races of the CISL (Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League) season on Feb. 5 and 6 at Mount Southington.
In Class S, Wilton boys remain undefeated. Wilton girls won on Feb. 6 and took third on Feb. 5. Top opponents were Brunswick / Greenwich Academy, Hand and Weston on Feb. 5, and Brunswick / Greenwich Academy, Hopkins and St. Luke’s on Feb. 6.
Overall (for Class S and the larger Class L), Wilton boys finished second on Feb. 6 with 288.89, just one tenth of a second behind Class L rival Ridgefield (288.99). Wilton girls also took second (330.13) behind Ridgefield (310.95). On Feb. 5 Wilton boys placed third (288.7) behind Staples (288.3) and Greenwich (285.98). Wilton girls took sixth with 314.83.
Individually, sophomore Kira Howard led the Warrior girls by placing second overall on Feb. 5 (out of 172 racers) followed by senior Emily O’Brien (19th) and freshman Sophia Polito (32nd). On Feb. 6, Howard placed third overall (out of 153), followed by O’Brien (16th), Polito (22nd), sophomore Alexandra Magnusson (24th) and senior Hope Ullman (29th).
“The girls have been improving through the entire season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they find themselves right up there with the best teams in the state when we get to the championship race,” Bill Howard, Wilton girls coach, said.
For Warrior boys, senior August Theoharides placed fourth overall (out of 203 racers) on Feb. 5, followed by sophomores Christian Theoharides (14th) and Ryan van Heyst (16th). On Feb. 6, the same three led again with August placing 9th (out of 195) followed closely by van Heyst (10th), Christian (14th), senior Scott Verrilli (16th) and juniors Dom Polito (18th) and Philip Klinga (19th).
Wilton boys coach Mike Kaulins said, “We’re fortunate to have a strong team of technical skiers as we look forward to a successful end of our regular season and to States.”
The Warriors’ final regular season race will be Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Mount Southington where they are expected to punch their ticket to the state championship race in the first week of March.