State ski success

HARBOR SPRINGS Petoskey’s Mia Ciccoretti was out to get Kingsford’s Mandy Haferkorn in the slalom portion of the MHSAA Division 2 Girls Skiing Final at Nub’s Nob.

Ciccoretti finished second to Haferkorn a year ago in the slalom final.

“I watched video from last year, and I was like, ‘Why did she beat me?'” Ciccoretti told “Second Half” of “I figured out how to go faster, and it worked. I just trained a lot.”

On Monday, Ciccoretti won the slalom in 1:10.92 while defending state champion Haferkorn placed fourth in 1:12.96.

“The key was really to just stay calm, don’t really let the nerves get to me,” Ciccoretti said. “Just go out there and know my capabilities and just go from there, just have fun with it rather than think about what could go wrong or what could happen. Just do it, like I do every day.”

Kingsford Coach Kevin Cory said “Mandy skied a great race.”

“She fought all day long against some real tough competition,” Cory said. “It’s tough to do well down state for us up here.

“Her competition gets to train all week on that hill.”

Cory described Nub’s Nob as “steep with a lot of terrain we just can’t mimick here.”

“A couple more days of training there and who knows what could of happened,” Cory said.

The senior from Iron Mountain High School also finished 14th in giant slalom (52.38).

Haferkorn was the Upper Peninsula’s lone D2 girls champion last year, taking slalom in 1:24.2. In giant slalom, she was 11th (1:04.87).

Her standout high school ski career also includes a state second (giant slalom) and third (slalom) as a sophomore.

During her freshman season, Haferkorn raced to 11th in slalom.

“Mandy has had four successful years of high school skiing with manyh wins and podium finishes,” Cory said. “I’m sure there will be more success in the years to come.”