McCarthy saves best for biggest stage

Three local Pacific Northwest Ski Association team members competed at the United States Ski Association Junior Olympics, held March 21-24 at Mt. Hood Meadows and March 17-23 at Mt. Bachelor ski area near Bend.

Hood River Valley High School freshman Luke McCarthy turned in a sparkling effort in the J3 competition at Meadows, taking a fifth place in the slalom and ninth in the Super G against a field that drew racers from nine western states.

“I’ve been working really hard this year and I expected I would do pretty well,” said McCarthy, who also raced in the giant slalom but did not finish due to a fall on his second run. “I’ve been training three or four days a week and spending a lot of time on the mountain.”

McCarthy said he was happy with the results but looks forward to even better finishes next year with both PNSA and the HRV ski team.

“Skiing is my No. 1 sport,” he said.

HRV junior and state combined champ, Lindsay McClure, who was racing in the J2 competition at Mt. Bachelor, turned in her best effort in the giant slalom, placing 13th. McClure managed to crack the top 30 in two other events, the slalom (24th) and downhill (27th).

Emma Wilson, a junior at Stevenson High School, had strong showings in the giant slalom (30th) and Super G (42nd), but crashed on the downhill, which forced her to withdraw from the slalom.

Two other CSRT members, Fletcher Hukari and Tyler Nelson, were invited to the Junior Olympics as alternates.

PNSA team members will continue to compete into April and train at Ski Bowl throughout the summer months.

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