Marquette sweeps U.P. Championships ski titles

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Marquette boys and girls ski teams swept the Upper Peninsula Championships at Pine Mountain on Tuesday.

It was also a day when Marquette chose to stay low-key.

“Last U.P. race of the year, so it was very laid back,” MSHS coach Marty Paulsen said. “We all just came off of regionals last week, which is much more stressful in qualifying for states.

“That day, that’s the only goal to ski well just to qualify for states. That’s off our shoulders. Both Marquette’s girls and boys teams qualified.

“Today was just relax and stay loose.”

The Marquette girls won easily on Tuesday with 27 points while the boys had 32. Kingsford was runner-up in both meets as its girls scored 86, sharing that honor with Houghton-Hancock, and the Flivver boys had 77.

Marquette’s Joe Weber swept the boys slalom and giant slalom with total times of 54.66 and 46.59 seconds, respectively.

Paulsen was proud of his team’s performance.

“Joe skied. Natalie (Robinia) skied really well,” he said. “She’s a really good technical skier and Sadah (Scheidt) has really fast feet. Some of the other girls had more of the brakes on as there was ice at the end of their flights.”

Houghton’s Jenna Stein swept slalom and giant slalom in 59.65 and 47.72 seconds, respectively.

The six-member All-U.P. ski teams were also named Tuesday, with seven named to the girls team as there was a tie for the final spot.

Four Marquette boys and three girls earned those honors – boys team members Weber, Brad Seaborg, Drew Thomas and Adam Skendzel; and girls team members Scheidt, Robinina and Hannah Johnson.

The rest of the teams included, for the girls, Houghton’s Stein, Allison Fenton, Katherine Jarvis and Allie Lucier; and for the boys, Ironwood’s Isaac Aukee and Riley Jarocki.