On Wednesday, February 4, a smaller than normal pack of Panthers raced the giant slalom at the team’s home hill, Ski Cooper. With much of the team absent due to quarantines, a half dozen girls represented Lake County.

Gwen Ramsey landed the first podium finish of the year in third place after two runs. Cassidy Gillis finished ninth, Lucia Zettler 20th, Maya Nagal 27th, Gabbie Tait 30th and Lily Leddington 40th out of 49 total girls.

“This was a challenging race situation being the first race on our home hill with all the new COVID-19 protocols,” Lake County High School Alpine Coach Ben Cairns said. “Our athletes and visiting athletes and coaches all did a great job to follow the guidelines and give us all a safe fun event. LCHS continued to ski well and we are seeing more depth in the high schoolers than we have in a long time. Gwen led the way, but many other athletes got in the mix with strong runs.”

On Feb. 10, the Panthers will host and compete in the first ever mixed-gender Dual Slalom Knockout at training hill Dutch Henry.

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