Newtown Skiers To Compete In Regional Championship Race In Early March
Four Newtown High School students will represent Team Connecticut in the annual High School Alpine Regional Championships at Cannon-Mittersill Mountain in New Hampshire on March 5-8, and they all happen to be from the same family.
The Jacobs siblings — Nick (senior), Andrew and Matt (sophomores), and Lauren (freshman) — are all members of a newly formed ski racing co-op team with Southbury-based Pomperaug High. Athletic Director Matt Memoli helped to create the co-op effort with Pomperaug’s Alpine racing coach Paul Zackin. Senior Kyle Fralley and freshman Tyler Fralley of Newtown High School also compete on the team.
The Jacobs children have had a strong showing all season, with the three boys consistently finishing in the top ten (out of 200) and Lauren taking first or second (out of 180) in every race. The team trains several days a week and compete in the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League at weekly race events, all held at Mt. Southington.
To qualify for Team Connecticut, athletes had to be ranked among the top 12 Alpine ski racers in the state as determined by two separate qualifying races. Nominated skiers competed in a first-round race that cut the field to 30, then the following week’s race produced the top 12 boys and top 12 girls, calculated by the combined results of the two events.
In addition to the four Newtown skiers, Pomperaug racer Alec Zackin also qualified, making the Pomperaug/Newtown co-op the biggest contributor to Team Connecticut. Skiers from Greenwich, Darien, Fairfield Prep, Weston, Daniel Hand, Ridgefield, and others compose the remainder of the team.
The Jacobs family have been ski racing at Stratton Mountain in Vermont since 2014. At the high school, Nick is also a varsity cross country and track and field captain, Andrew and Matt both play football and lacrosse, and Lauren plays soccer, keeping them active on and off the slopes.