Chester ski team finishes season on top
Members of the Chester High School ski and snowboarding team show off the medals they won for excellence in their league at Boreal on Feb. 17. Pictured from left is Wesaly Hedrick, Cody Najeera, Dakota Strand and assistant coach Darren Strand. Photo by Stormie Strand
The Chester High School ski team traveled to Boreal Feb. 14 for its regularly scheduled race, only for it to be cancelled at the last minute by consensus of team coaches on strong recommendation from Boreal staff indicating conditions were determined to be dangerous and likely to result in injury to racers.
The race was rescheduled as a double up, slalom and giant slalom, on Feb. 17. The team again traveled to Boreal and was greeted with much more favorable conditions and wins.
Dakota Strand finished first overall in boys’ skiing for the giant slalom race with a combined time of 58.97 seconds and came in second overall for the slalom with a combined time of one minute, 24.61 seconds.
Wesaly Hedrick finished second overall in boys’ snowboarding in the giant slalom race with a combined time of 1:05.77 and came in second overall in slalom with a combined time of 1:12.13.
Cody Najera finished fourth in boys’ snowboarding in the giant slalom race with a combined time of 1:10.72 and third in slalom with a combined time of 1:16.27. Jessie Gannon finished 10th in girls’ snowboarding in the giant slalom and 11th in slalom.
Central Division I's league awards were awarded at the end of the day and Dakota Strand took the gold for boys’ skiing, Wesaly Hedrick took the gold for boys’ snowboarding and Cody Najera took the bronze for boys’ snowboarding. Jessie Gannon placed a respectable 10th for girls’ snowboarding in league.
Chester’s team competed against Chico, Pleasant Valley, Sacramento Waldorf and Sacramento Country Day.
Chester’s team will finish up its season by traveling to Northstar the first week of March for the state championship.
"It's going to be an amazing experience to see our team, as talented as they are on the hill, compete against the best of the best from the state of California,” commented Chester coach Kathleen Copeland. “Chester is going to be proud."