Friday, March 11, 2011

Quite a weekend for snowboard team at Park City


The Sun Valley Snowboard Team enjoys last weekend’s trip to Park City, Utah. Courtesy photo.

The Sun Valley Snowboard Team traveled to Park City last weekend to participate in the final stop of the Intermountain Snowboard Series in conjunction with the annual King of the Wasatch events.

Wednesday's slopestyle saw 107 riders on a very creative course. The SVSEF snowboarders rode well with a standout run from Cameron St. Pierre throwing big 720s on the large jump line, according to SVSEF snowboard director and head coach Andrew Gilbert.

Results were:

Clara Jenner 2nd Menehune girls 10-11; Mal Prior 2nd Open Class; Cameron St. Pierre 2nd Youth Men 14-15 (big 720s); Zach Lewis 11th Youth Men 14-15; Ali Appleton 1st Junior Women 15-16; Rex Kelly 5th Junior Men 15-16; Dash Stethem 6th Junior Men 15-16.

Thursday was the first of two events in the superpipe and it lived up to its name, the pipe in Park City is beautiful and big—22 feet and perfect. The event had 75 riders.

The level of riding was very high and so were some of the airs thrown that day.

Mal Prior pulled down the win with inverted 720s and smooth style. Rex Kelly had the 540 combos needed to win the tough Youth division. Clara Jenner, 11, turned heads with great speed and line which helped her get her 4-foot self out of the 22-foot monster.

Results from Thursday: Mal Prior 1st Open Class; Cameron St. Pierre 2nd Youth Men 14-15; Zach Lewis 11th Youth Men 14-15; Rex Kelly 1st Junior Men 15-16 (540-540 combos); Dash Stethem 2nd Junior Men 15-16; Ali Appleton 1st Junior Women 15-16; Clara Jenner 2nd Menehune Girls 10-11 (got an air out of the 22-footer).

Friday was an off day of sorts with only one rider participating in the alpine events, but participate he did!

Ryan Roemer won both the GS and slalom and punched his ticket to nationals in both disciplines in the process.

The rest of the team was invited to train at the USSA's Center of Excellence during the afternoon and enjoyed all that it had to offer.

Kids took to the ramps and tramps to work on air awareness and technique. The center has a full skateboard facility as well as trampolines and a foam pit to practice tricks safely before taking them to the snow.

Saturday the team was back in the slope course and was joined by another van of SV shreds for the weekend events.

Another large field greeted them with 100 riders signed up to see if they had what it took to be King of the Wasatch.

Standouts once again were Ali Appleton taking first with method airs over the big line, and Cameron St. Pierre again landing big 720s to land third.

Saturday's results: Clara Jenner 2nd Menehune Girls 10-11; Cora Schneider 5th Menehune Girls 10-11; Emmy McCune 6th Menehune Girls 10-11; Clyde Montgomery 6th Menehune Boys 10-11; Colton Donovan 11th Menehune Boys 10-11; Ali Appleton 1st Junior Women 16-17; Rex Kelly 8th Junior Men 16-17; Dash Stethem 10th Junior Men 16-17; Jake Whitlock 6th Breaker Boys 12-13; Dehner Figge 8th Breaker Boys 12-13; Cameron St. Pierre 3rd Youth Men 14-15; Ryan Roemer 7th Youth Men 14-15; Brandon Dolenar 11th Youth Men 14-15; Zach Lewis 13th Youth Men 14-15.

Sunday was back to the superpipe for the final day of competition. All the SV riders looked great with Jacob Tyler's Prep Team getting its first crack at a 22-foot pipe.

Dehner Figge and Clyde Montgomery looked smooth all day, Clara Jenner, Cora Schneider and Emmy McCune put the 10-11 year old girls on notice that great things are coming down the line.

The Comp kids had been waiting all week to show what they had in this event and they didn't disappoint.

Rex Kelly and Dash Stethem went 1-2 in the Junior men's division. Ryan Roemer (1st Youth Men) posted the highest score of the day at 58, throwing a double overhead 900 and getting rewarded with Intermountian Snowboard Series Trick of the Season in pipe as well.

Also posting a personal best is WRHS French exchange student Florian Bourdot in 4th. Cameron St. Pierre won the ISS Best Attitude Award for the season with his infectious personality and stoke for riding.

Sunday's results: Ryan Roemer 1st Youth Men 14-15; Cameron St. Pierre 4th Youth Men 14-15; Brandon Dolenar 8th Youth Men 14-15; Zach Lewis 11th Youth Men 14-15; Hailey Rheinschild 1st Junior Women 16-17 (series winner for pipe); Ali Appleton 2nd Junior Women 16-17; Rex Kelly 1st Junior Men 16-17; Dash Stethem 2nd Junior Men 16-17; Florian Bourdot 4th Junior Men 16-17; Elk Spencer 3rd Grommet Boys 8-9; Clara Jenner 2nd Menehune Girls 10-11; Cora Schneider 4th Menehune Girls 10-11; Emmy McCune 5th Menehune Girls 10-11; Clyde Montgomery 5th Menehune Boys 10-11; Colton Donovan 10th Menehune Boys 10-11; Dehner Figge 4th Breaker Boys 12-13; Jake Whitlock 7th Breaker Boys 12-13.

Gilbert added, "This was a great weekend for the team, with the Comp team showing the Prep kids what these trips are all about as well as the younger kids getting a chance to really shine on a big stage.

"We will know our series winners later in the week and the national point list will begin to take shape as well letting us know who will be making the trip to USASA Nationals in Colorado in April."




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