Friday, January 14, 2011

Freestylers make case for “Best in West”

Moguls at Grand Targhee

The Sun Valley Freestyle Ski Team sent 22 athletes to the "Best of the West" Intermountain Division mogul contest at Wyoming's Grand Targhee Ski Resort Jan. 8-9.

Former Sun Valley Freestyle team member Austin Bourret had an outstanding weekend winning both single mogul events and finishing third in the dual mogul event.

On his blog, Bourret ex-plained, "The Grand Targhee event I competed in this week-end turned out better than I expected....Everyone was ski-ing really well, so it was a really competitive event.

"In part because the course was really good, I scored my two highest-ever scores, won both singles events and was third in duals. My 10-year-old sister, Isabella, also skied her best runs ever placing ninth of 16 in the first singles event."

Current SV Freestyle team member Trevor Norris contin-ued to ski well finishing sixth overall and second among M2s Saturday. He won the M2 class Sunday and was fifth overall in single moguls, fifth in duals.

M2 RJ Bracken was close behind topping out at seventh overall in singles and seventh in duals. First-year Sun Valley racer Morgan Shaver led the girls' team with a sixth-place overall, the fourth M2. Isabella Bourret, 10, had her highest result ever placing ninth over-all and the first F5 Saturday.

Claire Siderman led the girls on Sunday finishing sixth overall and second among F3s.

"Sun Valley skiers domi-nated the younger age groups. We swept the M4 and M5 age groups," said Sun Valley mogul team head coach Joe Cordeau. "Grand Targhee built a great mogul venue. We love compet-ing there."

Added Sun Valley Freestyle Team program director, Andy Ware, "It is a great opportunity for our younger athletes to gain valuable competition experi-ence." Here are the SV results arranged by class, Saturday's overall-class place listed first, Sunday's second;

F2: Morgan Shaver 6-4, 14-4.

F3: Claire Siderman 11-3, 6-2 (6th duals); Alysha Herich 15-4, 10-4;

F4: Parker Nance 16-3, 13-3.

F5: Isabella Bourret 9-1, 15-1.

M1: Parker Page 13-4, 9-3;

M2: RJ Bracken 8-3, 7-2 (7th du-als); Trevor Norris 6-2, 5-1 (5th duals).

M3: Luke Robertson 12-2; Zac Maricich 14-3, 10-1; Brody Buchwalter 17-1; Pierson Carlson 30-6, 26-4; Alec Poster 31-7, 15-2.

M4: Sean Flaherty 18-2, 20-2; Wilson Dunn 21-3, 18-1; Braden Fla-herty 25-5, 25-5; Dane Flaherty 27-6, 23-4.

M5: Alex Lafleur 15-1, 19-4; Jamie Rollerson 19-2, 14-3; Luke Rizzo 20-3, 12-1; Wyatt Minor 22-4; Lucas Beste 24-5, 13-2; Blake Harmon 28-6, 22-5.

Riders take turns at Rev Tour

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Snowboard Team riders led by Mal Prior com-peted this week in U.S. Revolu-tion Tour halfpipe snowboard-ing and slopestyle races at Mt. Hood Meadows in Oregon.

Prior, the fifth J1, made the 10-racer finals of Monday's men's halfpipe contest and fin-ished fifth overall in a field of 45 racers. The winner was Max Gold of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Top SVSEF woman was Hailey Rheinschild in 15th of 29 (8th J2).

Chase Josey made the J2 halfpipe podium in third place, in 12th overall. Others in the 74-rider competition were: 21—Ali Appleton. 300-Ryan Roemer. 42—Dash Stethem.

In Tuesday's slopestyle, Josey was 16th of 67 riders and Appleton 17th among the gals. Roemer placed 25th, Prior 27th and Stethem 67th.

Due to inclement weather, another Rev Tour's men's and women's halfpipe skiing event at Mt. Hood Meadows was rescheduled from Wednes-day to Thursday, to be staged along with slopestyle.

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