The Fairfield Co-op boys and girls ski teams have begun training for the 2013 season.

The squads have been conducitng dryland practices, under the coaching of Gary Quiricone, Rick Quiricone and Tom Mason.

The race season begins after Jan. 1.

The boys team will defend its 2012 state championship. The boys return all-staters Kyle Mason, Jack Cusick and Ben Hawthorne.

Last year the trio finished first, second and fifth respectively in the boys giant-slalom, state finals, which included more than 100 racers.

Also returning are Bob Mitchell, Hamish Dewar, Matt Chan and Davey Hawthorne.

The girls team also has three All State skiers -- Sarah Mason, Kelsey Tague and Sidney Burton -- returning.

Last year the girls had a 14-0 regular-season record but narrowly lost the state championship to Staples High School by less than four seconds.

The girls team also returns Danielle Fisher, Flossie Dewar, Meagan O'Hare, Ana Wyckoff and Eliza Wiant.

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