Panther girls Alpine skiers win a conference meet

Kavanaugh finishes third on Tuesday meet at Buck Hill

The Lakeville North girls Alpine ski team was hotter than everyone else on a frigid Tuesday at Buck Hill for a seven-team meet against South Suburban Conference opponents.

The girls were first beating Eastview/Eagan by 24 points with three girls finishing in the top 10.

Courtney Kavanaugh was the fastest Panther, coming in third. Briar Smith was about two seconds behind her at fifth and Bailey Servais glided in at seventh.

Three other girls were in the top 30 including Alex Knutson (21st), Micaela Lewis (24th), Anna Konietzko (28th).

Tori Knutson’s 35th-place finish was 12 places higher than Eagan/Eastview’s seventh finisher, which helped secure the victory. She made a quick recovery on her second run and still made it down with a good time.

“Without that effort, we may not have placed first,” head coach Jacob Olson wrote in an email.

Emily Ray (36th), Courtney Neitzke (39th) and Taylor Hoiland (45th) all crossed the finish line well before other teams’ 8-10 skiers, as well.

The girls also finished second out of 22 teams at the Buck Hill Invitational on Jan. 11.

The boys team placed sixth overall. Bryce Kossack had the fastest time for the Panthers, coming in fifth, and Matt Xi wasn’t far behind at 11th.

The girls team placed fifth at the meet. Amanda Larson was the top placer, coming in fourth, and Olivia Horsager came in at 14th.

The Cougar boys team came in at seventh. Travis O’Brien was the top placer, skiing in at 21st.