Coming off a NEPSAC Class A championship, the ski team looks forward to another successful season, despite the fact that Jack Stobierski ’12, Deerfield’s number one skier, will attend the Mount Mansfield Winter Academy in Stowe, Vermont, for the entire winter term and will not return until the spring term.
For the upcoming season, boys’ team captain Oliver Hopkinson ’12 aspires “to repeat a New England Championship, and even with the loss of Jack Stobierski, I know that everyone will step up to the challenge.”
Meanwhile, girls’ team captain Marly Morgus ’12 hopes “to do just as well as last year, and also develop as a team, even though skiing is an individual sport.”
This season has promising skiers including both of Stobierski’s younger siblings. His brother Peter Stobierski ’14 finished 10th in slalom at the championships and concluded with a second place finish in the Mountain Institute Ski League. Peter’s twin sister Lauren Stobierski ’14 won the slalom event at the championships and claimed first place in the MISL standings.
Stobierski was a huge asset to the team, winning first place both in the slalom and giant slalom events in the New England Championship last season, while also capturing first place in the MISL. Stobierski explained that since he was recruited for skiing by Harvard University, “Going away to a ski academy helps the recruiting process because it shows that I take skiing seriously and want to excel in it.”