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L-S, Westford capture ski titles

Narrow victories in boys, girls race

David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

Katie Stokes finished 27th in the giant slalom and helped Westford Academy edge Andover.

PRINCETON - In a very close day at Mount Wachusett, the Lincoln-Sudbury boys’ Alpine ski team took home the MIAA state championship, edging St. John’s Prep by just 3 points.

“We only lost one race this year, so we were confident coming in that we could make some noise,’’ said Matt Wentworth, one of three Lincoln-Sudbury coaches.

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St. John’s Prep was in first after the slalom with 245 points. Lincoln-Sudbury found itself in third at 237.

Senior captain Spencer Reed was the top finisher for Lincoln-Sudbury in the slalom, placing sixth with a time of 34.94 seconds. Austin Barta (35.40) was 12th and Colby Hall (37.66) tied for 50th.

“They worked hard,’’ Wentworth said. “They’re a goofy group, but they deserve everything they got.’’

St. John’s Prep had three skiers in the top 30, giving them the advantage after the opening event. But Lincoln-Sudbury picked up 249 points in the giant slalom to St. John’s Prep’s 238, catapulting the Warriors to the close win, 486-483.

“We had a lot of guys finish in the top 10,’’ Wentworth said. “If you don’t have depth, you can’t win.’’

Wellesley finished third with 450 points, while Westford Academy (447) and BC High (440) rounded out the top five.

On the girls’ side, Westford Academy also earned a narrow victory, over Andover. Westford finished with 492 points, and beat Andover by 2.

Westford Academy had 251 and was second after the slalom, with racers finishing 11th, 13th, and 17th in the opening race. Andover found itself in fifth with 241 points.

It was the giant slalom in which Westford was able to secure the victory. Jessica Bishop finished 18th with a time of 50.49, Jessica Webb (50.53) was 20th, and Katie Stokes (50.98) placed 27th. Andover finished seventh, 20th, and 22d, in the giant slalom for 249 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Westford.

Notre Dame (Hingham) finished third with 478 points. Marblehead, trying to win its second straight title, came in fourth with 458 points; Lunenburg (455) was fifth.

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