Johnstown sending two skiers to states

Johnstown coaches Shawn Cotter, left, and Jeff Krempa, right, pose with Colin Cotter, second from left, and Robin Kruggel at the Section II Alpine Skiing Championships at West Mountain in Queensbury. Colin Cotter and Kruggel both qualified for the state championships. (Photo submitted)

QUEENSBURY — Johnstown will send two skiers to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Alpine Skiing Championships.

Colin Cotter and Robin Kruggel both qualified with their performances at Tuesday’s Section II Alpine Skiing Championships at West Mountain.

Cotter finished second in the slalom with a time of 49.30 seconds and fourth in the giant slalom with a time of 53.24 seconds. It is Cotter’s second straight trip to the state championships.

Kruggel was seventh in the giant slalom with a time of 56.79 seconds and 10th in the slalom with a time of 1:03.66.

In the boys meet, Saratoga Springs won the team title with a total of 31 points, while Ballston Spa was second with a total of 63 points. Christian Brothers Academy (89 points) was third, Glens Falls (104) was fourth and Shenendehowa (110.5) was fifth. Johnstown was seventh with a total of 124 points, while Broadalbin-Perth fielded an incomplete team.

Queensbury’s Hunter Montgomery won the giant slalom with a time of 50.93 seconds. Saratoga Springs’ Tyler Munter (51.21 seconds) was second and Saratoga Springs’ Matthew Moeckel (53.11) was third.

Carter Cheney was 13th in the giant slalom for Johnstown with a time of 57.35 seconds. Jakob Hanna (1:03.66) was 32nd for the Sir Bills, Hayden Zelich (1:05.39) was 36th, Jacob Martelle (1:16.75) was 56th and Aiden Greene (1:17.36) was 58th. Ben Krempa did not start his run for Johnstown.

Luke Barnhart led Broadalbin-Perth, placing 57th with a time of 1:16.87. Nicholas Georgelos did not finish his run for the Patriots.

In the slalom, Moeckel won with a time of 47.43 seconds, while Cotter (49.30) was second. Ballston Spa’s Ethan Huff (49.50) was third.

Martelle (1:19.31) was 36th for Johnstown, while Hanna (1:20.91) was 37th. Krempa did not start his run for the Sir Bills, while Cheney, Zelich and Greene all failed to finish.

Georgelos (1:22.37) was 41st for Broadalbin-Perth, while Barnhart (1:51.02) was 45th.

Montgomery (Queensbury), Evan Toman (CBA), Mike Wright (Schuylerville), Cotter (Johnstown), Braden Kruk (Shenendehowa), Munter (Saratoga Springs), Moeckel (Saratoga Springs), Huff (Ballston Spa), Nathan Rodriguez (Saratoga Springs) and Marc Casabonne (Lake George) will make up the Section II state meet team. Ballston Spa’s Evan Phelps will be the alternate.

In girls meet, Ballston Spa won with a total of 23.5 points. Shenendehowa was second with a total of 47.5 points, Schuylerville (91.5) was third, Saratoga Springs (92) was fourth and Johnstown (94) was fifth. Broadalbin-Perth was 10th with a total of 293 points.

Shenendehowa’s Micaela Leonard won the giant slalom with a time of 53.73, Ballston Spa’s Claire Felton (54.89) was second and Ballston Spa’s Sara Phelps (55.35) was third.

Kruggel led Johnstown with her seventh-place finish, while Taryn Ringer (1:00.71) was 20th. Petra Conyne (1:02.75) was 26th for the Lady Bills, Molly Memrick (1:04.64) was 34th, Emily Frank (1:05.81) was 38th and Cole Krempa (1:07.52) was 43rd.

Hannah Nolett was Broadalbin-Perth’s top finisher, placing 49th with a time of 1:10.80. Jenna Smith (1:15.42) was 56th for the Lady Patriots, Rose Barnhart (1:16.03) was 57th and Chase Smith (1:18.15) was 60th. Sydney Oasterhout was disqualified for B-P.

In the slalom, Schuylerville’s Hannah Klingebiel won with a time of 55.43 seconds. Leonard (55.48 seconds) was second and Ballston Spa’s Sara Phelps (56.05) was third.

Kruggel led Johnstown with her 10th-place finish, while Ringer (1:05.35) was 14th. Conyne (1:08.28) as 17th for the Lady Bills, Frank (1:09.15) was 20th and Krempa (1:12.78) was 26th. Memrick failed to finish her run for Johnstown.

Nolett led B-P, placing 32nd with a time of 1:19.12. Rose Barnhart (1:32.66) was 49th for the Lady Patriots., Jenna Smith (1:35.53) was 50th and Chase Smith (1:40.84) was 53rd. Oasterhout did not finish her run for Broadalbin-Perth.

Klingebiel (Schuylerville), Felton (Ballston Spa), Leonard (Shenendehowa), Phelps (Ballston Spa), Meredith Montgomery (Queensbury), Mallory Czimbal (Ballston Spa), Kruggel (Johnstown), Allison Bach (Shenendehowa), Claire Howard (Taconic Hills), Lucy Daly (Saratoga Springs) and Nikki Buhac (Emma Willard) will make up the girls state meet team. Saratoga Springs’ Vera-Mae Kraev will be the alternate.

The Section II Nordic Skiing Championships are scheduled for today at Lapland Lake in Benson at 2 p.m.

The state alpine championships will take place at Bristol Mountain in Canandaigua on Feb. 24 and 25.

Section II Alpine Skiing Championships

at West Mountain


Team Scores

Saratoga Springs 31, Ballston Spa 63, Christian Brothers Academy 89, Glens Falls 104, Shenendehowa 110.5, Niskayuna 114, Johnstown 124, Lake George 130.5, Stillwater/Cambridge 159, Schuylerville 196.

Individual Results


Matthew Moeckel (Saratoga Springs) 47.43, Colin Cotter (Johnstown) 49.30, Ethan Huff (Ballston Spa) 49.50, Nathan Rodriguez (Saratoga Springs) 49.82, Brody Keneston (Ballston Spa) 50.39, Marc Casabonne (Lake George) 52.57, William Fraser (Saratoga Springs) 52.93, Mike Wright (Schuylerville) 53.04, Brady Miller (Shenendehowa) 53.61, Evan Toman (CBA) 55.48, Colby Geer (Niskayuna) 55.57, Kieran Dowd (Glens Falls) 56.52, Evan Skufca (Niskayuna) 57.15, Addison Sperry (Glens Falls) 57.41, Ben Palmer (Glens Falls) 58.18.

Giant Slalom

Hunter Montgomery (Queensbury) 50.93, Tyler Munter (Saratoga Springs) 51.21, Matthew Moeckel (Saratoga Springs 53.11, Colin Cotter (Johnstown) 53.24, Ethan Huff (Ballston Spa) 53.71, Marc Casabonne (Lake George) 54.20, Evan Phelps (Ballston Spa) 54.97, Brady Miller (Shenendehowa) 55.53, Evan Redmond (CBA) 56.36, Colby Geer (Niskayuna) 56.61, Tyler Spaulding (Queensbury) 56.63, Mike Wright (Schuylerville) 57.32, Carter Cheney (Johnstown) 57.35, William Fraser (Saratoga Springs) 57.93, Ben Palmer (Glens Falls) 59.30.

State Meet Team

Hunter Montgomery (Queensbury), Evan Toman (CBA), Mike Wright (Schuylerville), Colin Cotter (Johnstown), Braden Kruk (Shenendehowa), Tyler Munter (Saratoga Springs), Matthew Moeckel (Saratoga Springs), Ethan Huff (Ballston Spa), Nathan Rodriguez (Saratoga Springs), Marc Casabonne (Lake George). Alternate — Evan Phelps (Ballston Spa).


Team Scores

Ballston Spa 23.5, Shenendehowa 47.5, Schuylerville 91.5, Saratoga Springs 92, Johnstown 94, Queensbury 111.5, Glens Falls 142, Emma Willard 143, Niskayuna 231, Broadalbin-Perth 293, Albany Academy 328.

Individual Results


Hannah Klingebiel (Schuylerville) 55.43, Micaela Leonard (Shenendehowa) 55.48, Sara Phelps (Ballston Spa) 56.05, Claire Felton (Ballston Spa) 58.45, Allison Bach (Shenendehowa) 1:01.59, Taylor Dennis (Schuylerville) 1:01.85, Margaret Lyon (Ballston Spa) 1:02.48, Nikki Buhac (Emma Willard) 1:02.63, Lucy Daly (Saratoga Springs), 1:03.51, Robin Kruggel (Johnstown) 1:03.66, Megan Phelps (Saratoga Springs) 1:04.62, Sarah MacFarlane (Shenendehowa) 1:04.80, Alex Sperry (Glens Falls) 1:05.32, Taryn Ringer (Johnstown) 1:05.35, Tegan Kelly (Saratoga Springs) 1:05.74.

Giant Slalom

Micaela Leonard (Shenendehowa) 53.73, Claire Felton (Ballston Spa) 54.89, Sara Phelps (Ballston Spa) 55.35, Mallory Czimbal (Ballston Spa) 55.51, Hannah Klingebiel (Schuylerville) 55.51, Meredith Montgomery (Queensbury) 56.77, Robin Kruggel (Johnstown) 56.79, Lucy Daly (Saratoga Springs) 57.10, Nikki Buhac (Emma Willard) 57.23, Claire Howard (Taconic Hills) 57.48, Taylor Dennis (Schuylerville) 57.57, Kiley Rose (Shenendehowa) 58.38, Lindsay Bauer (Queensbury) 58.38, Tegan Kelly (Saratoga Springs) 58.85, Sarah MacFarlane (Shenendehowa) 59.48.

State Meet Team

Hannah Klingebiel (Schuylerville), Claire Felton (Ballston Spa), Micaela Leonard (Shenendehowa), Sara Phelps (Ballston Spa), Meredith Montgomery (Queensbury), Mallory Czimbal (Ballston Spa), Robin Kruggel (Johnstown), Allison Bach (Shenendehowa), Claire Howard (Taconic Hills), Lucy Daly (Saratoga Springs), Nikki Buhac (Emma Willard). Alternate — Vera-Mae Kraev (Saratoga Springs).


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