For the first time since 1992, Forest Lake is sending a team to the Alpine skiing state meet.
The Forest Lake boys team captured second place of 21 teams at last Tuesday’s Section 7 meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik with a total of 406 points, just behind the perennial power, Stillwater, which tallied 409 points.
Junior captain Riley Schilling set the stage in the morning with a stellar finish of fifth place in a field of 119. Senior captain Jacob Bush kept the team in the running with a strong 12th-place finish in the early race.
In the second leg of the two-run slalom race, Bush took the lead for the team with a seventh-place finish. Schilling clinched the deal by finishing ninth in the final run. Schilling’s combined time earned sixth place overall, with Bush close behind in eighth. Sophomore Marty Longsdorf (30th place) and junior Chris Wallner (34th place) added the rest of the points needed for the team to clinch the runner-up spot. Sophomore Joe Alberg and Nathan Patterson also contributed solid runs for the state-bound squad.
Forest Lake is among eight qualifying teams heading to Giants Ridge on Wednesday, Feb. 12 to compete in the state championship. Other schools include: The Blake School, Orono, East Ridge, Edina, Chanhassen and Minnetonka.
On the girls’ side, a young Forest Lake team finished in 10th place at the section meet.