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Winter 2019-20 All-Junior Team watch lists for boys and girls skiing

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, January 29, 2020, 5:21 pm

Here are the watch lists for this year’s All-Junior Team selections from boys and girls skiing. Mining the results from last year’s finals, as well as the all-state list from the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA), we have a solid working list of kids to keep an eye on, as the winter season progresses. We’ll narrow the field down to four finalists somewhere around the week of March 11, then announce the final winter team (with all winter sports represented) around the end of April. 

If you have any suggestions for juniors to add to this list, feel free to send them to us by email, or social media.

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BOYS SKI ALL-JUNIOR WATCH LIST

Hayden Kauppila, Marquette

The defending state champion in the Giant Slalom, Kauppila posted the top Marquette times in both disciplines at last year’s state meet, as the Redmen won their seventh straight MHSAA D1 title, and 14th overall. His Giant Slalom time of 0:47.25 bested teammate Aaron Grzelak by less than half a second, while Rockford’s Nick Rupert’s Slalom time of 0:59.90 beat second-place Kauppila by less than one second. He was first team all-state from the MHSSCA in both events.

The Redmen had just one senior contributor a year ago, and could become the third program in state history to win eight straight state titles.

Logan Audette, Marquette

The second sophomore for the Redmen finished 15th in the Giant Slalom (0:50.48) and 17th in the Slalom (1:07.55), scoring in both events for Marquette, earning second-team all-state honors in both disciplines. MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom/giant slalom.

Hunter Hambrick, Clarkston

Finished eighth in the Slalom (1:04.71) and 24th in the Giant Slalom (0:51.04), helping the Wolves to a fourth-place finish at D1 state meet a year ago. He was first team all-state in the slalom. MHSSCA first team D1 all-state slalom.

Hunter Halstead, Bloomfield Hills

Finished 17th in the Giant Slalom (0:50.66) and 15th in the Slalom (1:06.65), earning second-team all-state honors in both disciplines, and leading Bloomfield Hills to a seventh-place finish at the D1 meet. MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom/giant slalom.

Ayden Ferris, Great North Alpine 

Ferris recorded a combined time of 1:07.03 in the Slalom, his seventh-place finish earning him first-team all-state honors in the event, and helping Great North Alpine win the D2 state title. 

GNA, made up of skiers from Elk Rapids, Traverse City St. Francis, Central Lake and Grand Traverse Academy, ended Petoskey’s streak of eight straight D2 titles. 

Ferris was 18th in the Giant Slalom, but did not score, as GNA had four skiers in the top nine in the event. MHSSCA first team D2 all-state slalom.

Max Werner, Traverse City Central

MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom.

Andrew Myers, Brighton 

MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom/giant slalom.

Avery Kenny, Saginaw Nouvel/Heritage

MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom/giant slalom.

Will Armbruster, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern

MHSSCA first team D1 all-state giant slalom.

Zeke King, Rochester Adams

MHSSCA first team D2 GS/second team D2 all-state slalom.

Jack Lintol, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

MHSSCA first team D2 GS/second team D2 slalom.

Gabe Rothman, Petoskey

MHSSCA HM D2 all-state.

Sully Husband, Great North Alpine

MHSSCA second team D2 giant slalom.

Quincy Thayer, Benzie Central

MHSSCA second team D2 giant slalom.

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GIRLS SKI ALL-JUNIOR WATCH LIST

Jacey Johnson, Marquette

Finished second in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom at the D1 state meet as a sophomore, by a combined total of less than half a second, helping Marquette win its fourth straight state title. Johnson was edged by teammate Ainsley Kirk in the Slalom (1:03.94) by 25 hundredths of a second, and lost to Traverse City West’s Hannah Schramski in the GS (0:49.49) by 22 hundredths of a second. 

MHSSCA first-team D1 all-state slalom.

Ava Warren, Traverse City West

Finished third in the Slalom (1:05.83) and fourth in the Giant Slalom (0:49.95) to lead TC West to a third-place finish at the D1 state meet a year ago.

MHSSCA first team D1 all-state slalom.

Brynn Rowell, Traverse City Central

Finished sixth in the Giant Slalom (0:50.73) to earn first-team all-state honors and lead TCC to a runner-up finish for the ninth time in 12 seasons.

MHSSCA first team D1 all-state giant slalom.

Chloe Sholler, East Grand Rapids

Finished eighth in the Slalom (1:11.18) and 14th in Giant Slalom (1:17.66), leading East Grand Rapids to a fifth-place finish at the D2 meet.

MHSSCA first team D2 all-state slalom.

Delaney Flavin, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Finished 15th in Slalom (1:13.71) and 23rd in Giant Slalom (1:20.48) at the D2 meet, scoring in both events to help Notre Dame Prep win its first ski state title since 2006.

MHSSCA second team D2 all-state slalom.

Jenna Grzelak, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern/Eastern

MHSSCA first team D1 all-state slalom.

Ada Bernard, Marquette

MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom.

Sarra Guggemos, Okemos 

MHSSCA second team D1 all-state slalom.

Ella Jones, Marquette

MHSSCA second team D1 all-state giant slalom.

Lydia Salmi, Houghton 

MHSSCA second team D2 all-state slalom.

Jillian Sodini, Great North Alpine

MHSSCA second team D2 all-state slalom.

Mallory Brophy, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood

MHSSCA second-team D2 all-state slalom.