salutes its best
At River Run Lodge
By JODY ZARKOS
Express Staff Writer
About 225 people showed up at River Run
Lodge Monday night for the season-ending banquet of the Sun Valley Ski Education
Foundation’s Junior Nordic ski program.
Head coach Rick Kapala thanked the parents
for their support and noted in his remarks that the program has grown from 30
kids to 120. "I don’t know how we got here, but we did," said Kapala.
Kapala added, "We challenge kids to race,
not because we are concerned about winning, but we are concerned with trying."
Parents and athletes gave Kapala and his
coaching staff several standing ovations during the lengthy ceremony. Kapala was
given a Postal Service bike jersey signed by Lance Armstrong and a Specialized
road bike, presented by the senior team members and parents.
Awards by each team were:
· Competition team: Rookies of the
Year—Morgan Arritola and Reid Pletcher. Most Improved—Erin McQueen and Alex
Hamlin. Coaches Awards—Devyn Parnes and Robert Slough.
Most Outstanding—Alexa Turzian, Mike
Sinnott and Matt DeCarufel. Most Inspirational (voted on by the team)—Morgan
Arritola and Matt DeCarufel.
Peggy and Sigi Engl awards for outstanding
student-athlete-leaders—Alissa Praggastis and Hannes Thum.
· Prep team: Most Inspirational—Nima
Sherpa and Diki Sherpa. Most Improved—Mikey Matteson and Diki Sherpa. Coaches
awards—Scotty Phelan and Keller Gibson. Most Outstanding—Scotty Phelan and Mali
· Devo teams: Most Improved—Zoe
Valvo, Syringa Hansen and Jake Adicoff (Lake Creek team); Shyla Jones and Joey
Stellars (Quigley team).
Most Outstanding—Maggie Williams and Max
Durtschi (LC); Kaitlyn Landis and Chase Josey (Q). Most Inspirational—Emily
Williams and Nicol Wheeler (LC); Kathryn Henry and Gardner Cord (Q).
Coaches Awards—Tate Reed-McDorman and
Calder Zarkos (LC); Brooke Lawrence and Jordan Niedrich (Q).
Dubious Coaches Award: The
NARDO award for the Most Boneheaded Act of the season went to Pat Casey for
impaling himself on a log after jumping off a cat track.