Xaverian wins state Alpine title; Wellesley, Lunenburg share girls’ crown

Jack Carmone of Xaverian competes in the slalom at Berkshire East. He tied for 10th.
Jack Carmone of Xaverian competes in the slalom at Berkshire East. He tied for 10th.
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Mike Davis had a plan, even a belief, that his crew of young skiers one day would challenge for a state alpine title.

For Xaverian, one day turned out to be Tuesday.

After finishing the regular season second in the Mass Bay Ski League East, the Hawks won their first MIAA state Alpine title, at Berkshire East in Charlemont. For the girls, Wellesley and Lunenburg shared the team title.

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“I knew we had a good team, and I was really hoping for the state meet experience,’’ said Davis, a 1998 Xaverian graduate who was, until Tuesday, the school’s most accomplished skier. “I had high expectations for the future years. I knew I had a solid freshman class.”

Three freshmen saved their best racing for the last event of the year. Sam Goldberg finished seventh in the slalom, sixth in the giant slalom. Jack Carmone tied for 10th in the slalom. And Ryan Pratt finished 23d in the slalom, 13th in the giant slalom. Ryan’s brother Ian, a junior, was 18th in the giant slalom.

“It was one of those days when everything that had to happen, happened,’' said Davis, in his fifth year as Xaverian’s coach. “Our skiers skied as good as they’ve ever skied, and other teams had trouble getting three skiers across the finish line.”

St. John’s Prep finished second, with Concord-Carlisle third. Individually, the boys’ slalom title went to Andrew Solomon of Concord-Carlisle (34.58). The giant slalom was won by Westford’s James Larson (42.97).

Wellesley earned its share of the girls’ title led by freshman Sami Rubin, who won the slalom in 36.67 and took sixth in the giant slalom (45.09). Senior Katherine Carbonaro was 10th in the giant slalom.

“It was very much a surprise,” said coach Cory Tusler. One reason for the surprise was that officials initially announced Wellesley as the runner-up. But the mistake was quickly caught and soon Wellesley owned a share of the state title, a first for the girls and the third Alpine title overall for Wellesley.

“They were astounded. It was unbelievable,’’ said Tusler. “I had parents coming up asking what happened. I said we won. It was a good day.”

Lunenburg was led by Rachel Bateman, who won the giant slalom (42.70) and took second behind Rubin in the slalom (37.38). Acton-Boxboro was third. The Colonials’ Carly Antonioli was sixth in the slalom and second in the giant slalom.