Lake Oswego skiers expecting good things in 2020
The Lake Oswego ski teams believe.
They believe they can compete, they believe they'll be better and they believe they're ready.
"After only qualifying one girl and one boy to state last year, the Lakers have high hopes for this season," said Laker coach Spencer Raymond, who is joined this year by new assistant coaches Alex Pallas, Sarah Fossett and Sean Fagen. "(We have) a strong group of new, young racers who are eager to get experience under their belts."
The Lake Oswego boys team will be led this year by its lone state returner — senior Quinn Looney — as well as junior Ethan Fullman and sophomore Sean Ericson. Looney skied to 43rd in the state slalom last year and took 45th in the giant slalom (he was also fifth in the state skiercross competition).
"After a good showing at the state race last winter, (Looney) is ready to continue that success," Raymond said. "Quinn has been working especially hard during training and we are excited to see his hard work begin to pay off."
The Lakers also expect big things from Ericson and Fullman, with Raymond saying Fullman has "been showing some real potential early in the season."
Overall, Raymond said he sees a lot of upside in his boys team.
"Our boys will have a huge opportunity to turn some heads," he said. "The coaching staff is very impressed with everyone's focus and work ethic so far this season."
As to league and state competition, Raymond said that both Lakeridge and Central Catholic should be formidable.
The Lakers had just one girl qualify for state last year — 2019 graduate Larissa Chan — but still believe they'll be ready to compete with the Three Rivers League's best this season.
"The league is looking very competitive this winter," Raymond said. "Our girls team will be in the thick of the race to qualify for state."
This year's Lake Oswego team will be led by junior Katelyn Leonard, senior Ariel Myton, senior Jenna Achord, sophomore Allison Myton, junior Annika Bernhardt and freshman Maddie Herion.
"Katelyn Leonard … (has) a solid chance to score some major points for the team this season," Raymond said, adding "we will (also) be leaning on seniors Ariel Myton and Jenna Achord to score team points."
Raymond also touted the potential of Allison Myton and Bernhardt, as well as Herion, who he described as "the future of our program. We are excited to see how she stacks up among other girls in the TRL."
In the coming league and state races, Raymond said that Lakeridge and Lincoln should both be among the state's best.
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