One Grayling skier qualifies for the state finals

I couldn’t be more proud of both teams. This is the toughest region in the state for both D1 and D2. Every year they know what they are up against and every year both teams go in giving their best. Never one complaint. Both teams had their best performance on Monday and the future is very bright for both teams as there are only two senior girls on the team." – Tim Gariglio, Grayling High School Ski Coach
One Grayling High School skier – Jacob Macfalda, a junior – qualified for the state finals on Monday after finishing 18th in giant slalom at the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Division 2 Region 4 meet at Nub’s Nob.
“His 18th place finish qualified him as the fourth individual. This is the deepest placing I have seen the individual qualifier go. In order to qualify as an individual, the top 10 automatically go or the next four individuals not on one of the top three qualified teams. The top three boys teams in the region are loaded with talent; therefore the next four individuals went, taking it to the 18th finish,” Coach Tim Gariglio said.
Grayling’s boys finished fifth out of 10 teams at regionals in giant slalom. They took seventh in slalom. The Grayling girls took seventh in both events.
“The strength and talent of this region is the best in the state. I am very proud of both teams, how they went into the race with a positive attitude and gave their best effort. The boys’ fifth place finish is outstanding considering what they were up against,” Coach Gariglio said. “The girls had a great day. Every one of them finished with only a few mistakes. Sophomore Nicole Oppermann led the team in both events.”
Best placements for Grayling included: Macfalda, 18th in giant slalom; David Burr, 22nd in giant slalom, 27th in slalom; Oppermann, 27th in giant slalom, 20th in slalom; CeCe Cvitkovich, 28th in slalom.
“I couldn’t be more proud of both teams. This is the toughest region in the state for both D1 and D2. Every year they know what they are up against and every year both teams go in giving their best. Never one complaint. Both teams had their best performance on Monday and the future is very bright for both teams as there are only two senior girls on the team,” Coach Gariglio said.
The state finals are slated for Monday, Feb. 27, at Boyne Highlands.

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