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Slope siblings

Posted By Jen Maxwell On February 10, 2010 @ 3:27 am In Sports | Comments Disabled

Falling during races and consistently bringing up the rear would appear to cause anguish and disappointment among a team. This is not the case, however, for the South ski team.

Despite having the girls come in sixth place and the boys placing third last season out of seven teams, determination and a close-knit atmosphere remain in the hearts and minds of South’s skiers.

“The boys’ team put forth a great effort the whole time, and despite our third place finish, everyone was really proud, junior Max Carter said.

This year, the ski team is trying to establish a new environment in which they learn from one another, as well as attempt to take pressure off of their teammates.

This season the girls have placed fifth and fourth in two races, and three members have placed in the top 14.  They are quite confident in their ability to achieve their goal of finishing in fourth by the end of the year.

Determined and helpful, seniors and captains Drew Pinta, Evan Pearce, Zeba Race, and junior and captain Rachel Davidson lead inspirational pep talks on the long bus rides to instill confidence in their teammates, stimulating positive team chemistry, and promoting a close-knit community.

During each meet, the skiers cheer on their 24 brothers and sisters, regardless of whether they are on the course, at the starting blocks, or at the bottom of the mountain.

“We are the only team to cheer ridiculously loud at the top of Nashoba, and tackle each other at the bottom, Davidson said. “Our wrestling skills are almost equal to that of our skiing ability.

To bond better as a team, the skiers went to a ski movie premiere and have had many team dinners.

“It’s really been a huge help to remove some of the awkward tension that sometimes comes along with school teams, Carter said.

The coaches also help create a positive atmosphere by being supportive about mistakes and encouraging their skiers to reach for their goals. They help the team become a community and promote friendly competition.

“Although a skier goes down the course alone, ski racing, especially in high school, is very much a team sport, Pinta said. “Each person’s performance affects how the team does as a whole, and we all go though the stressful experience together.

Both Davidson and Pinta highly anticipate each race. “I start thinking about the next race lying in bed the night before. The pressure builds throughout the next day, and by the time I’m on the bus to the mountain, it’s hard to sit still, Pinta said.

Carter experciences similar pleasures from the skiing. “Ski team is my life, he said. “The people and the actual sport are a lot of fun to spend my time on, and the fact that we are so close is a big part of that.

Despite merely a few victories, the Newton South Ski team remains one of the most content and proud teams at South. They love the sport, the team, and the competition, and are definitely one of the closest teams in the school.

“Going through the experience of a race with the same kids for four years has made us extremely close, Pinta said.

“We have developed routines around each other. We depend on each other to get through the day.

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