Detroit Mountain regular qualifies for state Alpine
Andrew Backman, a senior at Herman/Norcross Community School, advanced to the State Alpine Skiing meet.
Backman has been skiing competitively for 12 years and practices regularly on Monday and Thursday nights at Detroit Mountain driving more than two hours to prepare for competition.
He will be competing at state for the first time in his career.
Herman/Norcross is an independent program and Backman will represent his team after finishing in a time of 1:07.48 to qualify as the 13th of 18 state ski competitors at the Section 5 meet at Afton Alps in Hastings Thursday, Feb. 9.
Backman is coached by Matt Brunkow and is the son of Tim and Marilyn Backman.
The MSHSL State Alpine Ski Championship will be held at Giants Ridge in Biwabik on Wednesday, Feb. 15.