Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Moguls, halfpipe wrap up the Parrish

“Old school” bump races beat the weather

The 20th annual "Monster" Lane Parrish Memorial combined wrapped up Saturday, April 2 on Baldy with an "old school" mogul contest—one day after halfpipe competition.

Weather conditions forced organizers to make a "day of" decision to hold the mogul event on Blue Grouse run. Over 60 competitors signed up for the mogul event including many former pro freestyle skiers here for the Ski Hall of Fame ceremonies hosted by Sun Valley Company.

"We weren't sure where we would hold the mogul contest until Saturday morning. Without the help of the Sun Valley ski patrol and my outstanding coaching staff we may not have pulled it off this year," said, Andy Ware, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Freestyle program director.

"This is a major event for our skiing community and it takes a lot of work from dedicated people to make it happen. It started with Lane's friends 20 years ago and those same friends come together year after year to make sure he is honored and remembered. I feel fortunate to be a part of it."

Parrish was a speed and bump skier and movie stuntman who died at 33 in a plane crash near Twin Falls in 1990. There were 91 male and 28 female participants in this year's two-weekend Parrish event.

Tai Barrymore and Hannah Haupt put down the best runs in the halfpipe. Overall mogul winners were Joey Richardson and Debbie Page.

Combined titles went to eight-year-old Marit Kaiser, with a tie between Josh Zuck and Harlan Collins for the men. The tie will be broken by an arm wrestle match at Apple's.

Debbie Page and Randi DuBois placed 2-3 among women in combined, while John Campbell, Cameron Fraser and Alan Rickers were the next-best combined male athletes.

Monster energy drink was the Parrish sponsor with prizes donated by businesses including: Scott USA, Smith Sport Optics, Sturtevants. Waxroom, Ski Tek, The Board Bin, Formula Sports, PK's, Panache, Penelope's Café, Sun Valley Golf, Bigwood Golf, Zenergy Health Club, K2, Nordica, Line and Rossignol.

Here are the top three overall from each Parrish event:

Super giant slalom: 1—Carl Rixon Jr. and Jordan Fitzgerald. 2—Harlan Collins and Samantha Busby. 3—Matt Murphy and Petra Zeiler.

Halfpipe: 1—Tai Barrymore and Hannah Haupt. 2—Ben Parker and Marit Kaiser. 3—Zac Maricich-Siele and Debbie Page.

Moguls: 1—Joey Richardson and Debbie Page. 2—Trevor Norris and Colette Evans. 3—Parker Page and Justine Kaiser.

Combined (by age group): 12-and-under boys: 1—Brody Buchwalter. 2—Alex LaFleur. 3—Blake Harmon. Girls: 1—Marit Kaiser.

13-18 boys: 1—Harlan Collins. 2—Parker Page. 3—RJ Bracken. Girls:

19-39 men: 1—Josh Zuck. 2—Cameron Fraser.

40-59 men: 1—John Campbell. 2—Alan Rickers. Women: 1—Debbie Page.

60-and-over men: 1—Mike Lafferty. 2—Robert Reithner. Women: 1—Randi DuBois.

80-and-over men: 1—Lenny Spivack.

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