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Alpine skiing: Raptors girls edged by Stillwater in race No. 1

The first Suburban East Conference race of the winter didn't go as well as hoped for the PWER alpine squads.

PWER (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) compete in the same meets and are coached by the same staff, but race as separate teams.

In SEC meet No. 1, serious timing issues forced the boys portion of the meet to be called off, and the races were run as exhibitions. In the girls race, Stillwater edged East Ridge in a meet the Raptors hoped to win. Stillwater totaled 807 points. East Ridge scored 798 points. Mounds View was third with 786 points. Woodbury finished seventh (282 points) and Park was ninth (169). White Bear Lake took eighth (278) and Cretin-Derham Hall was last (156).

On the bright side, for the East Ridge girls, senior Elizabeth Koprucki - who finished second in the state last year - won the meet to keep her winning streak alive in the conference. Koprucki didn't lose an SEC meet all of last season. She started off this year skiing to a two-race combined time of 57.99 seconds. Mounds View's Julia Damberg took second (58.81). In addition, for East Ridge, Karla Brady earned eighth place with a time of 62.03 and Morgan Maxwell (62.71) and Becca Lepel (63.33) finished 11th and 12th, respectively. Also, East Ridge's Stephanie Schmitz had her best-ever conference finish, taking 15th with a time of 64.72 to round out the Raptors' top five.

Madison Wall (69.1) had the best time for Woodbury, taking 35th, followed by Sydney Johnson, whose time of 76.54 earned 52nd. For Park, Stefanee Iverson led the way with a time of 71.49, which was good for 42nd overall. Also, Julia Deshler skied well for the Wolfpack, taking 57th with a time of 78.17.

PWER had its second SEC meet on Tuesday, Jan. 8, after the Bulletin went to print. Next, the teams compete on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in an SEC meet at Wild Mountain. Races begin at 5 p.m.