Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 14, 2013

Christopher leads red hot girls ski team

Christopher leads surging girls ski team toward state title


“When you get to the bottom of the mountain you can feel if you had a good run,” she said. “You have to tell yourself you can do it. Everyone is counting on you, so even if something goes wrong you have to give it all you have.”

Since she is planning to focus on school once she enters college, Christopher knows her ski racing career has just three events left — the Interscholastic meet that was scheduled for Tuesday, Thursday’s Bove Meet and the state meet on the Feb. 27 — she now hopes to finish on top.

“We have great depth and some amazing girls,” she said. “It’s more fun than anything. We want to win it, and it would be great to finish on top.”

Teaming up

Others leading the way for the Golden Warriors in the postseason meets include Sara Faigle, Julia Ganley and Jessica Leung.

“We are so excited,” said Ganley. “It has been a great season so far, and we hope to continue this. I think this is a great team. The boys won states two years ago, and we would love to do it too.”

Ganley is entering the major meets hot, edging Christopher for victory in the Golden Warriors’ final league meet of the season.

It is that competition that drives the Golden Warriors to greatness.

“It’s definitely a friendly rivalry,” said Faigle. “There are so many good skiers here that it pushes me to do better. We go back and fourth but we always congratulate each other after a great run.”

Out but not gone

One member of the Warriors that won’t be taking the slopes for states will be Ericson, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL during a recent race.

“I was in a race, my ski caught the edge and my knee just buckled,” she said. “I tore my ACL and I was done for skiing and softball. That is tough.”

But despite her disappointment, the optimistic Ericson still hopes to lift the title trophy.

“To be a state champion would be so awesome,” she said. “I’d love to be out there, but I am going to be at every race cheering them on, and I have so much faith. I know they can do it.”

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