SPOTLIGHT: Winning local ski team and their skiier Nick Uhazie

Skiiers with regional trophy from left to right: Paul Valentino, Blake Banninger, Chase Falvin, CJ Studt, Teegan McLeod, Travis Dombroski, Frank Roth, Nick Uhazie

Favorite subject: English

Favorite place in White Lake: Siam Fusion

Favorite book: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Favorite Musician: Mac Miller

Notre Dame Preparatory junior, Nick Uhazie, won the Winter 4Frenzy Award for Slalom Skier! He has been skiing since he was five years old and he tells us that when he’s on the course he feels like he’s in his own world.

“This sport has taught him to be competitive, yet humble and tough,” says Nick’s mom, Marianne Uhazie.

His philosophy on what it takes to be successful in skiing is that the season never stops. Nick believes the summer workouts are just as important as the winter practices. He also feels that, while on the course, just being in the moment is very important.

Teagan McLeod (left), Chase Flavin (middle top), Frank Roth (middle bottom), Nick Uhazie (right) (4Frenzy)

Nick has the full support of his team and they all appreciate the things that they do for one another, both on and off the hill. (Keep scrolling to learn more about the whole team!)

“My team has a winning mindset. We understand that skiing is a team sport and sometimes you have to risk personal performance in order to win.”

Nick’s hobbies are working out, being on the lake, and golfing. He also plays lots of pond hockey in his free time during the winter.

His goal is to be a first team all-state racer his senior year and eventually attend Michigan State University.

Nick Uhazie in the slalom course (4Frenzy)

Notre Dame Preparatory Boys Varsity Ski Team

Head Coach: Craig McLeod

Number of students on team: Eight Varsity Boys Racers

Team achievements/awards: Regional Champions, State Runner Ups (best finish for boys ever)

Regional placements: Nick Uhazie - Slalom 3rd, Giant Slalom (6th) / Teegan McLeod - Slalom (1st) & Giant Slalom (2nd) / Chase Flavin - Slalom (5th) & Giant Slalom (1st) / Frank Roth - Slalom (4th) / CJ Studt - Giant Slalom (8th)

“My team is full of winners,” Nick Uhazie tells us proudly. “There were five of us in the top ten at regionals. Four out of eight of us were nominated for the 4Frenzy slalom athlete. We are just as hard working in the classroom as on the hill.”

Starting from the left: Coach Wilson, Coach Gillian, Coach Schulte, Frank Roth, Blake Banninger, Chase Flavin, Nick Uhazie, Teegan McLeod, Travis Dombroski, Paul Valentino, CJ Studt, Coach Flavin, Coach Hannah, Coach John, Coach McLeod (4Frenzy)

Part of the reason the skiiers love being a part of the team is strong role models which they have in their coaches. They inspire them to be “better versions of themselves” and help keep a good balance of fun and hard work during their many training weekends up north.

Head Coach Craig McLeod and the other coaches foster a family-like environment in a sport where you also compete against your own teammates.

Head Coach Craig McLeod (4Frenzy)

It’s no wonder they have so many team wins under their belt. The boys team won their regional title and came in 2nd at the D2 state meet in February. The girls team finished State Champs three years in a row, so they’re not worried about having come in 6th this one year!

Keep up the amazing work, NDP!

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