Sports briefs: Local skiers earn top finishes

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— With the announcement of the Junior Olympic Nordic team set to happen at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Howelsen Hill, the final Junior Olympic qualifier in Park City, Utah, had a distinct Steamboat Springs flavor.

While the Junior Olympic teams are made up of J2 and some J3 skiers, many Steamboat skiers finished on top at last weekend's Nordic combined event.

In the J6 boys event, Murphy Bohlmann finished first. In the J5 girls event, Lauren Requist finished first, and Olivia Requist finished second.

Davis Petersen and Wyatt Gebhardt finished first and second, respectively, for the J5 boys, while Natalie Bohlmann took the top spot for the J4 girls.

For the J4 boys, Finn O'Connell finished second, and Koby Vargas finished third. For the J3 boys, Jasper Good finished first, and Spencer Petersen finished second. For the J2 girls, Mary O'Connell finished second, Madison Keeffe finished third, and Emily Hannah finished fourth.

For the J2 boys, Erik Lynch won, with Aleck Gantick in third and Ben Berend in fifth.

"The steamboat kids did just fantastic," said Todd Wilson, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Nordic Director. "Every year we field a strong team for Junior Olympics, and it should be a good team again for us."

Steamboat's freestyle team competes in Vail

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club freestyle mogul team competed in Vail during the weekend, coming away with several top finishes.

On Saturday, Steamboat was led by Alison Crowe's third-place finish. Other top female finishers included Kara Johnson (fifth), Rebecca Miller (sixth) and Kristen Sweeney (11th). On Sunday, Miller paced Steamboat with a third-place finish. Crowe finished fourth, Kara Johnson finished seventh and Sweeney finished 14th.

On the men's side, Bo Randolph led Steamboat on Saturday with a third-place finish. Michael Degrandis finished sixth, Colton Harding finished ninth and Taylor Miller finished 11th. On Sunday, Miller led the charge with a 10th-place finish, with Harding coming in 15th and Lars Johnson finishing 17th.

Alpine J3 boys and girls finish well in Winter Park

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club qualified seven J3 girls and two boys for the Junior Olympics in Vail at the beginning of March.

Those qualifying include Julia Cooper, Lexie Baden, Katie Hostetler, Katie Arnis, Ali Pougiales, Kate Cooper and Suzanne Lyon. On the boy's side, Murphy Roberts and Alex Barounos qualified.

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