By Frank Rizzo
GRAHAMSVILLE March 17, 2000 -- No, Colleen Carey wasnt born on
skis, but she came darn close.
The Tri-Valley freshman completed a dominating downhill
season, winning five of the six Orange County League (OCL) American Conference meets, capped off by a Section
IX title and a second straight trip to the state meet.
I started skiing as soon as I could stand,
said Carey, a member of the Fallsburg/Tri-Valley alpine
ski team coached by her mother, Janet. I remember
skiing Copper Mountain (in Colorado) when I was three. I
was in Park City, Utah, when I was six and nine.
Carey got ready for the season by spending 10 days last
summer skiing at Mount Hood in Oregon. During the ski
season she was away weekends at different slopes in New
York State as part of the United States Skiing
No wonder that the more humble layout at her teams
home course Holiday Mountain in Bridgeville
was not a big deal for her.
Skiing is a tradition in Careys family. Her sister
Christie Barner won the Section IX title as a sophomore
in 1995. Christie, who graduated from Tri-Valley in 1997,
now attends SUNY-Albany.
Colleens oldest sister, Stacy Barner, is a 1994
TVCS grad who skied her senior year at Tri-Valley. Stacy,
according to Janet Carey, was on hand for every one of
her sisters meets this year. The elder sibling is
pictured on the Holiday Mountain brochure.
Because of asthma, Stacy spent periods of her youth in
Colorado, and her sisters did some skiing there when they
went out to visit her.
Colleen Carey went on to finish ninth in the slalom at
the state meet, held March 1 at Whiteface Mountain in
Lake Placid. A year ago she did not finish the race.
Shes the first girl in Section IX to medal at
the state meet since Dory Alport in 94, said
Janet Carey, mentioning another skier she coached.
The top 10 finishers earn medals.
Only 35 of the 70 girls entered in the slalom finished
the course, according to the veteran coach. Unlike in
regular season meets, which take the best time of two
runs, in the states the skiers must finish both runs,
putting even more pressure on them.
The next day, Colleen Carey competed in the giant slalom
at Gore Mountain in North Creek (north of Glens Falls).
Here, she placed 29th, as opposed to 50th last year.
The conditions were awful, Janet Carey said.
She took a fall before the race in a practice run,
and that shook her up.
Though only a soph, Colleen cant afford to stand
pat. On her heels is fellow soph Stephanie Kechian of
Monroe-Woodbury, who finished third in Section IX.
And in the last regular season meet, Monticello seventh
grader Laura Ferrante led the Monties to a win over Fallsburg/Tri-Valley to clinch the conference title.
Lauras an excellent giant slalom skier, and
once she gets her slalom together, shell be a
threat, Janet Carey said.
Ferrante placed second in Section IX, assuring that the
future is bound to see compettitive skiing.
In Tuesdays issue: Monticello wins the OCL