After a season filled with achievements, the Stillwater girls’ and boys’ alpine ski teams had much to celebrate during their postseason awards banquet on March 1.
Sophomore Rachel Allan was voted the Most Valuable Athlete for the state champion Stillwater girls while junior Shamus Boe was honored as MVP for the boys’ squad.
Allan was joined by teammates Maddie Neubauer, Kirsten Anderson, Katie Wallace, Ebbie Benson, CJ Fredcove and Maggie Raedeke in receiving All-Suburban East Conference honors.
Neubauer and Anderson finished 1-2 in the final individual conference standings while Wallaced ranked fourth to help lead a dominant showing in the SEC. The Ponies swept all five conference events to win their seventh straight league title. Stillwater is also undefeated in the conference over the past five seasons.
The Ponies also won the Section 7 title before capturing the program’s first state championship since 1990 — and 11th overall.
Anderson, Maddie Neubauer and Raedeke each earned All-Section and All-State honors.
Wallace was named the Most Improved Skier for the girls while CJ Fredcove was presented the Up and Coming Award.
Maddie Neubauer was this year’s recipient of the Mary Parcheta Award, which recognizes a skier who demonstrates a positive attitude, willingness to learn and grow as an athlete, high level of motivation, tremendous respect for all of those she comes in contact with as a member of our team, and puts the needs of the team above her own.
The Stillwater boys featured seven all-conference selections, including Karl Gaertner, Parker Smith, Bailey Helke, Hunter Neubauer, Ethan Barclay, Austin Paseka and Jacob Helke. Gaertner and Smith ranked second and fourth in the final SEC standings while Helke finished sixth. Hunter Kahn received honorable mention all-conference recognition for the Ponies.
Gaertner and Smith also earned All-Section honors while Smith earned all-state after placing 23rd at the state meet.
The Ponies won all five conference races to win their 12th consecutive league championship. Stillwater also won the Section 7 title before placing sixth at state, despite not having any seniors in the lineup.
Johnny Slayton was named the Most Improved Skier for the Ponies while Wyatt Riniker garnered the Up and Coming Award.
Freshman Jacob Helke was presented the Len McGuire Award, which “goes to the male Pony skier who has embodied the spirit of team racing, who had shown clear willingness to put the needs of the team above their own personal glory. This individual always comes with a smile on their face, a positive attitude under all circumstances, a willingness to assist teammates, coaches and others simply because they enjoy doing so.”
Also announced at the banquet is that Rachel Allan, Lainey Charleston, Addie O’Reilly, Karl Gaertner, Parker Smith, Hunter Kahn and Bailey Helke will serve as captains for next year’s team.
Girls alpine skiing
All-Conference: Maddie Neubauer, Kirsten Anderson, Katie Wallace, Rachel Allan, Ebbie Benson, CJ Fredcove and Maggie Raedeke; All-Section: Kirsten Anderson Maddie Neubauer and Maggie Raedeke; State qualifying team members: Maggie Raedeke, Maddie Neubauer, Kirsten Anderson, Katie Wallace, Brenna Kahn and CJ Fredcove; All-State: Maggie Raedeke, Maddie Neubauer and Kirsten Anderson; Most Improved Skier: Katie Wallace; Up and Coming Award: CJ Fredcove; Mary Parcheta Award: Maddie Neubauer; Most Valuable Athlete: Rachel Allan; Captains elect: Rachel Allan, Lainey Charleston and Addie O’Reilly.
Boys alpine skiing
All-Conference: Karl Gaertner, Parker Smith, Bailey Helke, Hunter Neubauer, Ethan Barclay, Austin Paseka, Jacob Helke; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Hunter Kahn; All-Section: Karl Gaertner and Parker Smith; State qualifying team members: Parker Smith, Karl Gaertner, Hunter Neubauer, Bailey Helke, Shamus Boe and Ethan Barclay; All-State: Parker Smith; Most Improved Skier: Johnny Slayton; Up and Coming Award: Wyatt Riniker; Len McGuire Award: Jacob Helke; Most Valuable Athlete: Shamus Boe; Captains elect: Karl Gaertner, Parker Smith, Hunter Kahn and Bailey Helke.