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Girls' Alpine skiing preview: Skiers, teams to watch

By Star Tribune, 12/11/18, 4:30PM CST


An early-in-the-year look at who's set to stand out in 2018-19.

Kathryn Kossack of Lakeville North, competing here at the state meet, is among the skiers to watch this season. Star Tribune file photo by DAVID JOLES

Becca Divine, Eden Prairie, senior
Bailey Donovan, St. Paul Academy, senior
Lauren Geary, Lakeville South, senior
Ashley George, Prior Lake, sophomore
Kathryn Kossack, Lakeville North, senior
Lauren Nida, Lakeville South, senior
Deirdre O’Neill, Breck, senior
Peyton Servais, Lakeville North, sophomore
Cordelia Sherwood, Orono, sophomore
Meredith Swirtz, Minnetonka, junior


1. Lakeville North

2. Lakeville South

3. Minnetonka

4. Orono

5. Minneapolis Southwest


Season preview

Divine can be defined as extremely good, pleasant or enjoyable. That’s exactly what you get in Eden Prairie senior Becca Divine, the girls’ Alpine defending state champion. She will have to be extremely good again this season if she is to repeat. The top four finishers and seven of the top 10 from a year ago return. Three seniors — Bailey Donovan (St. Paul Academy), Kathryn Kossack (Lakeville North) and Deirdre O’Neill (Breck) — are in a group vying for the top spot on the podium in their final prep season.

Lakeville abounds with talent
Lakeville North and Lakeville South have an abundance of talented girls’ Alpine skiers. Besides Kossack, who finished third last season, the Panthers also boast the fourth-place finisher, sophomore Peyton Servais. Across town, South welcomes back seniors Lauren Geary and Lauren Nida and junior Hannah Rost, 13th a year ago. Geary missed last season after suffering a torn knee ligament before Thanksgiving. She finished sixth while Nida, a Blake transfer, wound up 17th two years ago.


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