Athlete of the Year: Hunter Montgomery, Sr., Queensbury
Hunter Montgomery wasn't sure he was going to be able to compete in skiing this season.
The three-sport athlete suffered a back injury during football season, throwing skiing into question. As the season drew closer, he decided to compete but to cut out his club racing and limit himself to high 体彩app官方网站 events.
"Finishing off my senior year was really the goal," Montgomery said, "and that's been the goal for as long as I can remember."
He finished with a bang, winning the state championship in slalom and finishing third in giant slalom.
Queensbury coach Steve Jackson attributed Montgomery's success to his ability to take risks.
Ski racing "demands putting things on the edge," Jackson said. "If you want to win a race, you've got to project yourself down the hill, taking an aggressive line.
"These last two years I kind of knew that Hunter was either going to win the race or he wasn't going to finish," Jackson said. Before heading to states to conquer Bristol Mountain, Montgomery did not finish the sectional slalom race.
Montgomery said he focused this season on analyzing professional skiers in the hopes of improving his own technique, citing the "tech talk" days he has with his coaches. "We're always watching film," he said.
Although he enjoys lacrosse and football, his other two sports, and has committed to playing football at Middlebury come fall, Montgomery's "passion has always been skiing," he said. Because of its individual nature, "it's a different feeling than the other team sports."
But Montgomery also said that he has bonded with the other Section II skiers, particularly Schuylerville's Hannah Klingebiel and CBA's Evan Toman.
"We never really look at it as we're competing against each other," he said. "It's definitely a camaraderie."
Evan Toman, Sr., CBA: Came back from a lackluster performance at sectionals to finish fifth in giant slalom and third in slalom (a quarter-second out of second place) at the state meet. Also finished second at the Stillwater Invitational, less than two seconds behind Montgomery.
Matthew Moeckel, So., Saratoga Springs: Won the slalom title at sectionals and came in third in giant slalom, helping the Blue Streaks to victory in both categories, then finished in 11th place in giant slalom and slalom at states.
Colin Cotter, Fr., Johnstown: Finished second in slalom and fourth in giant slalom at sectionals, then came in 15th and 21st at states in slalom and giant slalom, respectively.
Hunter Montgomery, Sr., Queensbury: Repeat state champion in slalom takes risks on the course.
Coach of the Year
Megan Beck, Saratoga Springs: Coached the Saratoga boys to another successful season, winning in slalom and giant slalom at sectionals and taking sixth place at states, the highest of any Section II 体彩app官方网站.
Tyler Munter, Jr., Saratoga Springs
Braden Kruk, So., Shenendehowa
Ethan Huff, Jr., Ballston Spa
Mike Wright, Sr., Schuylerville