Steig Peterson and Kennedy O’Reilly were honored as the Most Valuable Athletes for the Stillwater boys’ and girls’ alpine ski teams during the postseason awards banquet at The Grand Ballroom on March 5.
Peterson, who was named MVP for the third year in a row, was joined in earning All-Suburban East Conference honors by teammates Zach Raven, Cory Carlson and Sam Skaret for a team that went undefeated while winning the conference championship. The Ponies also claimed the Section 4 title before placing second at the state meet.
Jake Allison, who along with fellow seniors Peterson and Will Raedeke finished up their sixth season in the program, received honorable mention all-conference recognition and earning all-state honors after placing 15th at state. Those three seniors were also co-recipients of the Len McGuire Award.
“I felt Mick would have been so proud to know how well this trio has represented the alpine ski program the last six years, the program he started for Stillwater,” Ponies coach Mary Parcheta said.
Lars Stannard was named the Most Improved Skier while Matt Ludack garnered the Coaches Appreciation Award. Charlie Skaret, Joe Weber and Sam Bissen received the Up and Coming Award(s).
O’Reilly was joined by teammates Natalie Gjermo, Story Schwantes, Ashley Ludack, Sydney Evensen and Maddie Neubauer in earning all-conference honors while Claire Weber was an honorable mention all-conference honoree for a team that won the conference championship and placed second at the Section 4 meet before finishing sixth at state.
Ellie Messelt was named the Most Improved Skier for the Ponies while Neubauer, Maggie O’Reilly and Maggie Raedeke took home the Up and Coming Award.
Gjermo was this year’s recipient of the Jane Ammerman Award.
“I was so proud of all of them and honored to be their coach,” Parcheta said. “It has been a great and rewarding year.”
Also announced at the banquet is that Matt Ludack, Westin Anderson, Rachel Amos and Natalie Gjermo will serve as captains for the 2013-14 team.
Boys alpine skiing
All-Conference: Steig Peterson, Zach Raven, Cory Carlson and Sam Skaret; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Jake Allison; All-State: Jake Allison; Most Improved Skier: Lars Stannard; Coaches Appreciation Award: Matt Ludack; Up and Coming Award: Charlie Skaret, Joe Weber and Sam Bissen; Len McGuire Award: Jake Allison, Steig Peterson and Will Raedeke; Most Valuable Athlete: Steig Peterson; Captains elect: Matt Ludack and Westin Anderson.
Girls alpine skiing
All-Conference: Natalie Gjermo, Story Schwantes, Ashley Ludack, Sydney Evensen, Maddie Neubauer and Kennedy O’Reilly; All-Conference Honorable Mention: Claire Weber; Most Improved Skier: Ellie Messelt; Up and Coming Award: Maddie Neubauer, Maggie O’Reilly and Maggie Raedeke; Jane Ammerman Award: Natalie Gjermo; Most Valuable Athlete: Kennedy O’Reilly; Captains elect: Rachel Amos and Natalie Gjermo.