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Arlington Alpine Ski Team ends season with high hopes

UPDATED, Feb. 16: The Ski East ski-racing league has completed its regular season with a junior varsity race at Blue Hills.

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On the Arlington Alpine Ski Team, Arlington seventh grader Liam Gallagher placed eighth out of nearly 80 racers, most of them high school athletes, to cap his rookie season.

In the end-of-season awards ceremony, two Arlington juniors were named all-league athletes -- Katherine Klosterman, who placed ninth for the season in the women's division, and Oren Avrahami, who placed 10th for the men. See a photo here >>

The Arlington men's team finished fifth for the season.

Higher hopes

The team, a club sport, wants to get Arlington High School administration to recognize it as a varsity team. Organizer Steve Klosterman hopes to have sport included in the 2020-2021 school budget.

Anyone who supports this effort can like the team's Facebook page (AHS Ski Team Initiative) and email committee members. See them here >> 

Reported Feb. 5: The Arlington Alpine Ski Team nearing the end of its third successful high school race season, had some great results in the combined giant slalom and slalom race held Saturday, Feb. 1, at Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire.

 Junior Oren Avrahami led the men's team with a top-10 finish, followed by junior Robert Labarge, with a top 25 in a very competitive field.

The men's team placed fourth overall in the meet, with strong runs by junior Ben Lucas and freshmen Julian Tilney, Liam Gallagher and Shane McCarthy.

For the women, Klosterman made the podium with a seventh-place finish overall.

The team finishes the season with a giant slalom race at Blue hills on Wednesday, Feb. 5, a combined giant slalom and slalom race at Ragged Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 8, and a slalom race at Blue Hills on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The ski team is a club team competing in the Ski East League out of Blue Hills and in the next few weeks will be petitioning the administration to be considered for varsity status at Arlington High School.

Here are photos of some of the skiers >>

Any athletes and families looking for more information and to support this effort are encouraged to like the team's Facebook page ("AHS Ski Team Initiative") and send an email to the ski team at ahsskiracers at gmail.com.


This news announcement was published Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, and updated Feb. 16.

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