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Alpine ski teams win league titles

The Sisters Outlaws alpine ski girls and boys teams both won league titles based on performances over four meets during the regular season of Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association.

The Outlaws came out on top against squads from Redmond, Albany, Corvallis and Eugene and will finish the season with a strong contingent of skiers competing at the state championships scheduled for March 4 and 5 at Mt. Hood Meadows.

State qualification for teams is based on cumulative performances during the season for both slalom and giant slalom races, according to assistant coach Rima Givot.

Girls qualifying for state for the Outlaws include Presley Adelt, Charlotte Seymour, Hollie Lewis, Araiya Grummer, and Piper Adelt. These girls rank fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and 10th respectively as individuals in the league. Annie Cohen and Tatum Cramer are listed as alternates for the state races.

On the boys side, Bela Chladek was the overall individual champion. He will be joined at state by Corbin Fredland (sixth), Brody Duey (10th), Conner Petke (12th), and Ryan Goff (13th).

The team’s head coach, Gabe Chladek, is proud of the hard work and results of the “20 enthusiastic ski racers” he had on the team this year and is extremely grateful for the support and generosity of Hoodoo Ski Area for allowing the athletes to train there, including practicing gates under the night lights.

“We’re so fortunate to be able to train so close to home,” he said.

The team competed last Wednesday and Saturday against the league schools, with the addition of Summit, Bend, and Mountain View teams, which were competing for the first time this season due to COVID restrictions. Complete results of those races were not available.

“The Bend schools have some fine racers and it’s too bad they were not able to compete more during the rest of our season,” said Givot.

The state meet includes slalom races one day and giant slalom on the other, according to Givot. Team points are awarded based on cumulative individual performances of each team’s top skiers. With five boys and five girls competing for the Outlaws, both teams should fare well, according to Chladek.

Regardless of how things go at state, Chladek considers the season a great success, thanks in large part to all the people who helped make it happen despite all the pandemic challenges.

“I want to recognize the time and effort put in by many of the team parents, which was a key part of making this season possible,” he said. In addition, he thanked his wife, Rima, along with Grant McDonald, “for really going the extra mile this season.”


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