The Harwood Union boys’ alpine team placed first at the state meet held at the Middlebury Snow Bowl on March 6 and 7. The girls’ team placed 10th overall. Back row: Eli Moskowitz, Ian Groom, Connor Woolley, Emmanuel L’Afficher, Jascha Herhily, Matt Groom (parent), Laili Iskandarova, Bo Rubenstein, Rex Rubenstein, Piper Beilke, Austin Taylor, Noah Williams and Katie Westhelle. Photo: John Williams

HARWOOD – The winter sports season is coming to a close but one Harwood team remains alive in postseason play. Harwood has one team still in play and the boys’ alpine team took Vermont’s open division title.

Harwood’s Noah Williams placed seventh in both the giant slalom (GS) and slalom to lead the team. Alex Rubenstein placed 14th in the giant slalom and ninth in the slalom and Taylor Austin placed sixth in the GS and 32nd in the slalom.

Connor Woolley rounded out the scoring in the GS placing 22nd and Ian Groom placed 38th in the slalom.

It was an unconventional event as heavy ice pushed the start for the giant slalom down significantly, shortening the length of the course. Harwood’s coach Katie Westhelle said that the boys’ team knew it was one of the best going into the races; they just had to prove it.

HU Taylor Austin

“The boys had a consistent, great season. Our four top skiers, Austin Taylor, Noah Williams, Rex Rubenstein and Connor Woolley, placed in almost every race heading into districts,” Westhelle said.

Woolley was awarded the team’s MVP as, even though he didn’t place high, he was needed in the GS to contribute to the team scoring.