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2018-2019 Varsity Skiing

The Walker’s ski program promotes individual growth and development. We strive to inspire athletes to be self-reliant, motivated, and resilient young women. We develop skiers who are not afraid of making mistakes, who push themselves to improve, and who are confident both on and off the hill. 

Established and expanding since 2005, The Ethel Walker School ski team prides itself on growing and establishing skills both on and off the hill and instilling in our young women skiers the life-long love of skiing. The love of skiing is strengthened through race training and competition, creating fundamentally strong skiers with respect and resilience.

Starting as soon as weather permits, the team practices four afternoons a week at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, and has weekly races at Ski Sundown, Mohawk Mountain, Ski Butternut, or Catamount as well as a championship race typically held further north. Walker’s Alpine program is designed to allow skiers from varying backgrounds and skill levels the opportunity to develop their skills while competing in the Brigham Ski League and NEPSAC conference. Walker’s varsity ski team is made up of both upper and middle school students. Having middle school students participate allows Walker’s ski team to grow as a team for seven years rather than four, creating not only a competitive team but also a “family” on the hill. Several of our skiers also compete in high level USSA competitions in the tri-state region as well as Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Our League Affiliations:

Walker’s ski program competes in in the Class “B” Western New England Prep School League (NEPSAC). Walker’s skiing also competes in the Brigham Ski League (BSL). League competitors include Suffield Academy, Loomis Chaffee, Taft, Avon Old Farms, Miss Porter’s, Salisbury, and Gunnery.

Schedule

Date
Time
Opponent
Location
Score
Status
Details
Score
01/15/2020
-
9:30am
Taft, Miss Porter's, Loomis Chaffee, Suffield Academy
01/22/2020
-
9:30am
Miss Porter's, The Gunnery, Salisbury, Forman, and Loomis Chaffee School
01/29/2020
-
2:30pm
The Taft, Miss Porter's, Forman, and Loomis Chaffee
01/31/2020
-
4:00pm
Taft, Loomis Chaffee, Forman, and Miss Porter's
02/05/2020
-
2:30pm
Taft, Salisbury, Berkshire, and Suffield
02/12/2020
-
8:00am
Thayer, Concord, Governors, Pingree, Taft, Rivers, Proctor, Loomis Chaffee, Williston, Miss Porter's, Kents Hill, Miss Hall's, and Brewster
02/14/2020
-
4:00pm
Taft, Loomis Chaffee, Forman, and Miss Porter's
02/09/2022
-
2:00pm
David Rockwell GS Championship
02/26/2020
-
2:00pm
01/09/2019
-
2:30pm
Suffield Academy, Taft, Loomis Chaffee, Miss Porter's, The Gunnery
01/16/2019
-
2:30pm
Loomis Chaffee, Miss Porter's, and Gunnery
01/23/2019
-
2:30pm
Miss Porter's, Loomis Chaffee, Forman, Gunnery, and Taft
02/26/2019
-
2:00pm
02/13/2019
-
2:00pm
02/20/2019
-
2:00pm
01/10/2018
-
10:30am
The Taft School, Miss Porter's School, The Gunnery School, Loomis Chaffee School, Suffield Academy
01/12/2022
-
2:30pm
Taft School, Miss Porter's School, Loomis Chaffee School, Suffield Academy
01/19/2022
-
2:30pm
Frederick Gunn School, Miss Porter's School, Loomis Chaffee School, Salisbury School, Forman School
01/21/2022
-
4:00pm
BSL Schools
01/26/2022
-
2:30pm
Taft School, Miss Porter's School, Loomis Chaffee School, Forman School, Cheshire Academy
02/02/2022
-
2:30pm
Berkshire School, Miss Porter's Frederick Gunn School, Loomis Chaffee School, Forman School
02/16/2022
-
8:00am
NEPSAC Class B Championship
02/11/2022
-
4:00pm
BSL Schools
02/23/2022
-
2:00am
Carl Williams Slalom Championship
02/22/2018
-
3:00pm
BSL David Rockwell GS Championship
02/21/2018
-
2:00pm
BSL Carl Williams Championship
02/14/2018
-
2:00pm
NEPSAC Class C Championship
01/31/2018
-
2:30pm
The Gunnery School/Salisbury School/Forman School/Berkshire School
01/24/2018
-
2:30pm
The Taft School/Miss Porter's School/Forman School/Loomis Chaffee School
01/17/2018
-
2:30pm
The Taft School/Miss Porter's School/The Gunnery School/Forman School/Loomis Chaffee School
01/10/2018
-
2:30pm
Canterbury School/The Taft School/Miss Porter's School/The Gunnery School/Loomis Chaffee School/Suffield Academy
02/22/2017
-
2:00pm
BSL Carl Williams Slalom
02/17/2017
-
4:00pm
Junior Varsity - BSL Slalom
02/15/2017
-
9:30am
NEPSAC Class "C" Championships
02/08/2017
-
2:00pm
BSL David Rockwell Giant Slalom Championship
02/01/2017
-
2:30pm
Miss Porter's School/Salisbury School/Forman School/Suffield Academy/Avon Old Farms
01/11/2023
-
2:30pm
Suffield Academy, Taft School, Loomis Chaffee, Miss Porters
01/18/2023
-
2:30pm
Loomis Chaffee, Miss Porter's, Forman School, Frederick Gunn School, Salisbury School
01/20/2023
-
4:00pm
BSL Schools
01/25/2023
-
5:00am
Frederick Gunn School, Forman School, Loomis Chaffee, Miss Porter's School,
02/01/2023
-
2:30pm
Taft School, Loomis Chaffee, Forman School, Miss Porter's, Cheshire Academy
02/08/2023
-
2:00pm
BSL David Rockwell GS Championship
02/10/2023
-
4:00pm
BSL Schools
02/15/2023
-
8:00am
NEPSAC Class B Championship
02/22/2023
-
2:00pm
BSL Carl Williams Slalom Championship

Scrapbook

February 20, 2019: Walker’s finished 4th out of 14 teams and were the second place girls team. Competing against both boys and girls, we had 3 skiers in the top twenty. In the overall standings, Nancy Gfeller ’22 was 17th (9th for girls), Elise Namnoum ’19 was 8th (4th for girls), and Annalise was 3rd (1st for girls!!!). Anneliese Sonju ’21 was named the league combined champion of both the GS and the slalom, having won both of those races.

2018-19 Varsity Skiing Gallery

2018-2019 Season Photo Album: Click the gallery above to view game photos from the winter 2019-2020 season.

The 2018-2019 Team

Team Roster

Walker's Athletic Logo
  • Kyla Birk ’23
  • Lily Cullen ’20
  • Caitlin Dale ’23
  • Lexi Donshik ’24
  • Jordana Doshna ’21
  • Nancy Gfeller ’22
  • Brooke Li ’22
  • Elise Namnoum ’19
  • Sorrel Reeves ’22
  • Ella Shafer ’21
  • Amanda Sinnecker ’21
  • Anneliese Sonju ’21
  • Olivia Young ’19

Season End Recap

NEPSAC Class B Champs

The Ski team travelled to Ski Sundown and returned with the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council NEPSAC Class B trophy. For the first time competing in Class B, the team finished first out of 13 girls teams. The fastests giant slalom female racer was Anneliese Sonju, who completed the course in a combined time of 87.37, more than two seconds off of the next racer’s combined time. She also finished first in slalom, again by over two seconds. Walker’s earned first place in giant slalom and second place in slalom, average for lowest team points to earn the title.

Assistant Coach Brendan O’Dwyer said, “We didn’t really think about class C or class B. The girls just went out and skied their best and their results speak for themselves. The girls also spent the late fall getting in shape and preparing for their time on snow, and that hard work in the gym paid off. This group of girls is tremendously talented and incredibly close. As coaches we are often told what a lovely group they are. Parents comment about their positive attitudes, their support of one and other, and their overall team spirit!”

Walker’s also earned the title for Class C for 2017 and 2018.

Other Resources

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

NCAA.org

Western New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)

NEPSAC.org