Marblehead skiers show skill, class on way to second-place finishes

The Marblehead High boys and girls ski teams concluded another extraordinary season under the direction of head coach John Thompson, who just completed his 10th season at the helm. John’s wife, Sarah, was one of his assistants, along with Ned Clark, Will Thompson and Kyle Heffrin. 

The girls team secured the top spot in the Mass. Bay Ski League East and ended up second to Mohawk Trail (5:13.54) in the state finals, which took place at Berkshire East on March 1. They finished with a time of 5:16.61. 

The boys were also second against their state peers and were third in the league. But they were No. 1 in the sportsmanship department after discovering a timing error that originally saw them awarded the state title. St. John’s Prep of Danvers (5:02.91 1) was eventually crowned champion after the error was cleared up. The Magicians (5:13.71) took second. 

Marblehead High skiers Cate Honos and Baxter Jennings are shown proudly holding their respective teams’ second-place state finalist trophies at Berkshire East on March 1. COURTESY PHOTO

Before this year’s state finals, the Marblehead boys program had won the most state titles in a row from 2017 to 2020 to climb into a third-place tie with St. John’s for the most overall championships all-time. But now the Eagles have leapfrogged over them, and the Danvers school is tied with Lincoln-Sudbury with five. Mohawk Trail leads the field with six.

“The boys were of course disappointed when they had to hand the first-place trophy back to St. John’s Prep, but I was proud of the way they handled the entire situation,” Thompson said. 

Marblehead High girls team skier Cate Honos negotiates the Berkshire East slopes during the state finals on March 1. COURTESY PHOTO

Individually among the girls, Cate Honos was the top skier throughout the regular season in the entire league. Courtney Hoguet finished third, followed by Sydney Hamilton fifth, Grace Arnold 12th, Lexi Fischelli 16th and Ginger Guy 21st. 

In the state finals, Honos was first in the giant slalom and second in the slalom. Hoguet was seventh in the slalom run. 

On the boys side, Baxter Jennings owned the top spot in the league throughout the regular season. Tyler Dana was 15th, followed by Thomas Svencer 17th. Jennings carried over his mastery on the slopes with a first-place finish in the slalom. He was second in the giant slalom.

Shown during this year’s state finals at Berkshire East on March 1 are the Marblehead High ski team coaches and athletes after both the boys and girls teams finished second overall. They are, from left, head coach John Thompson, assistant coaches Sarah Thompson and Kyle Heffrin, Tyler Dana, Baxter Jennings, Thomas Svencer, Grace Arnold, Sydney Hamilton, Lexi Fisichelli, Ginger Guy, Courtney Hoguet, Cate Honos and assistant coaches Will Thompson and Ned Clark. COURTESY PHOTO

The top 17 girls teams in the state this year were as follows: Mohawk Trail Regional (5:13.54), Marblehead (5:16.61), Lincoln-Sudbury (5:28.31), Wayland (5:32.22), Masconomet (5:33.80), Newburyport (5:36.32), Newton South (5:36.99), Wachusett Regional (5:39.21), Weston (5:43.34), Lexington (5:43.93), Hopkinton 5:48.17), Dover-Sherborn (5:49.94), Monument Mountain Regional (5:50.18), Needham (6:02.96), Wellesley (6:12.69), Norwell (6:15.48) and Hampshire Regional (6:43.90).

The top 15 boys teams statewide this year were as follows: St. John’s Prep (5:02.91), Marblehead (5:13.71), Dover-Sherborn (5:15.48), Winchester (5:17.07), Mohawk Trail Regional (5:19.04), Hingham (5:23.72), St. John’s (5:24.07), Ashland (5:24.46), Wellesley (5:29.88), Brookline (5:31.31), Monument Mountain Regional (5:35.66), Bromfield (5:36.98), Acton-Boxborough (5:39.60), Hampshire Regional (5:41.21) and Westborough (5:49.53).

Marblehead High coaches Sarah and John Thompson, Ned Clark and Will Thompson are shown with their girls state finalists after they finished second on the Berkshire East slopes March 1. The girls are, from left, Lexi Fisichelli, Courtney Hoguet, Ginger Guy, Cate Honos, Sydney Hamilton and Grace Arnold. COURTESY PHOTO
Marblehead High boys team skiers Thomas Svencer, Baxter Jennings and Tyler Dana display the team’s second-place trophy during the state finals at Berkshire East on March 1. COURTESY PHOTO

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