The Wilton High School ski team competed in the State Championships of the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League last Thursday, March 2, at Mount Southington, finishing a challenging first season in the Class L conference.

Wilton girls placed 9th out of 11 teams overall at States. Wilton boys placed 8th out of 13 teams overall. First place was taken by Fairfield girls and Fairfield Prep boys.

“Both our boys and girls teams had successful seasons and met or exceeded their goals, especially considering that they were moved into Class L this year,” Bill Howard, Wilton boys head coach, said. “Had Wilton remained in the Class S conference, both our girls and boys teams would have placed third in conference at States.”

Wilton boys finished their regular season 20-5 overall and 10-4 within Class L. Wilton girls finished 11-10 overall and 6-6 within Class L.

At States, 20 Wilton skiers competed; only the top 10 each from girls and boys respectively could ski (half of the full Wilton team). All competing teams followed this format.

For the Wilton girls, Emily O’Brien led by finishing 22nd with a combined time (two runs) of 57.53. Julia Bonnist placed soon after in 28th (58.72). Rounding out the team’s ten were:  Hope Ullman (39th, 61.46); Anna Holt (43rd, 62.38); Megan Kaeyer (49th, 64.56); Emily Welch (51st, 64.73); Katie Reid (55th, 67.90); Chloe Elias (58th, 72.59); Grace Ullman (60th, 74.16) and Isabella Fox (37.13 for one run). The race had 106 skiers.

For the Wilton boys, Patrick Verily led by placing 22nd (53.56), followed closely by August Theoharides at 25th (53.82) and Griffin Klinga at 28th (54.32). Completing the team’s ten were:  Jackson Wehrli (33rd, 54.68); Michael Hueglin (34th, 54.74); Nathan Reznik (37th, 55.16); Dominick Polito (52nd, 57.56); Matt Arrix (60th, 59.72); Thomas Sullivan (61st, 59.98); and John Fortuna (62nd, 60.26). The race had 128 skiers.

Photo:  Gretchen McMahon Photography