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Esko’s Sarah Severson skis to a first-place finish during Friday’s Virginia Area alpine meet at Giant’s Ridge. Photo contributed by John Luomala

ALPINE SKIING: Esko’s Severson skis to title

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ALPINE SKIING: Esko’s Severson skis to title
Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

Last February — though it was her second appearance in a state ski meet —Esko’s Sarah Severson admitted she was nervous atop Giants Ridge when she snapped on her downhill skis incorrectly.

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Last Friday, however, wearing her skis correctly, she was again atop Giants Ridge.

This time, Severson — racing against nearly 60 racers — skied to the Virginia Area alpine title in a dual-run time of 1 minute 24 seconds on the state ski meet’s course last week in Biwabik.

Severson, a junior, was near the bottom of the pack with an atypical time of 2:20.38 last winter. However, in her first time back to the premier mountain, she was as crisp as ever last week.

“I skied pretty well,” said a modest Severson, last year’s Lake Superior Conference champ and member of the Cloquet-Esko-Carlton alpine ski team since seventh grade. “I was happy with that.”

The Lumberjacks alpine teams look deeper than usual. Returning for the boys are Alex DeRocher, Sam Sinnott and Jack Fossen. In addition to Severson, the girls team features fellow veterans Paige Tranah, Kaitlyn Knutson, Carly Boder and Tori Anderson — all with correctly-worn skis.

“That’ll never happen again!” Severson said with a laugh.

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