BY BENJAMIN J. GOHS, EDITOR
With just 10 members, the Boyne City Varsity Ski team is looking for more boys and girls to join.
According to head coach Gary Konsza, with only six boys and four girls on the team, his numbers are down from last year so far.
“We’re looking for more people and we would definitely like to have more girls,” he said.
Those interested in joining the ski team, which competes as a team and individually in the slalom and giant slalom events, should contact Megan Neidhamer at Boyne City Public Schools.
The team competes in various meets throughout the season, with the first one beginning in January.
The teams compete at ski hills throughout the region and, despite the lack of snow thus far, Konsza said he is hopeful.
“It looks like Boyne Mountain is saying they are going to open for the season on Dec. 9,” he said. “So, I hope to get out there and get the kids on the snow doing some free skiing drills and get them skiing in the right body position.”
He added, “Then we’ll gradually work into doing some brushes and baby gates, and probably a lot of that before we get to the real gates.”
Konsza said some of his athletes are seasoned and the other have are relatively green. In that mix are two exchange students: a boy from Germany and a boy from Hungary, both of whom seem to know their way around a ski hill.
“They all seem to be pretty good athletes from doing the dry land stuff we’re doing,” he said.
But, Konsza said, you needn’t be a veteran skier to join the team.
“We’ll teach them how to ski,” he said.
This year’s Boyne City Varsity Ski coach may be new to the team but he isn’t new to skiing or coaching.
“I’ve been skiing for 40 years and since 2008 been a full-time race coach at Boyne Mountain,” said Konsza, who also has experience as a high school ski coach. “I also compete in the masters circuit and, actually, the last couple years, been going to Europe in March to race in the world championships for masters.”
Head coach Konsza is being assisted this year by Bob Simpson, who has coached the team for 30 years.
“I get a kick out of watching people improve,” said Konsza.
The team has access to some equipment for those athletes who do not have their own.
Contact Boyne City Public Schools Athletic Secretary Megan Neidhamer at (231) 439-8155 for more information.