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Alpine skiing: Raptors boys, girls take third in second conference meet

The second Suburban East Conference meet of the season for the PWER alpine teams went better than the first, but the squads still aren't firing on all cylinders.

PWER (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) compete in the same meets and are coached by the same staff, but race as separate teams.

In the first SEC meet of the year - held two weeks ago - the boys race needed to be called off because of scoring issues. However, last week, the boys meet went off without a hitch. East Ridge finished in third place at the 10-team meet with 634 points, Woodbury (437) was seventh and Park (188) took 10th. Stillwater (767) won the meet. Forest Lake (646) took second.

In the girls competition, East Ridge took third place with 735 points - despite being without senior frontrunner Elizabeth Koprucki. Koprucki was skiing in a FIS Alpine Ski Racing Team of Minnesota event and not at the meet. Woodbury (305) and Park (154) took eighth and 10th, respectively. Stillwater (843) won the meet, followed by Mounds View (764).

"We did pretty well considering we have had a difficult time with injuries and illness lately," PWER head coach Kevin Seipel said.

For the East Ridge girls Morgan Maxwell and Abby Eggers finished at the top in third and seventh, respectively, to lead the Raptors. In the boys race, East Ridge's Oliver Kennedy had his best night of the year, beating out fellow Raptors Jack Midtlien and Holton Sailer for the top finish on the team, with the three of them finishing fifth, sixth and eight, respectively, out of 88 competitors. For Woodbury, Cole Bruesehoff finished in 10th place for the Royals boys and seventh grader Cheyenne Warren took top spot for the Royals girls, coming in 43rd place. The Park girls team was led by Stefanee Iverson in 35th place, while the Wolfpack's top male finisher was Brian Buckner, also in 35th place.