Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Basolo, Monroe gates back on Baldy

Solid weekend for SVSEF hopefuls

Sun Valley kids enjoy Baldy all winter, but itís a big thrill for youngsters from other parts of the Intermountain West to visit Baldy each year for events like last weekendís Monroe Cup/Basolo Memorial. Visiting here from the McCall Ski Racing Team are J5 (ages 9-10) kids, front from left, Ashtyn Frazier and Cassidy Lamm; middle, from left, Ava Umberger, Anna Umberger and Piper Lamm; and back, from left, Savana Swan and Hallie Hinchman. Photo by Willy Cook

It was a successful race weekend for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation that hosted the Lonnie Basolo Memorial/Monroe Cup giant slalom and slalom races Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11-12 on the Warm Springs side of Baldy.

Sun Valley youngsters in the J4 (ages 11-12) through J6 (ages 7-8) age classes earned 17 podium placings and came away with eight first-place finishes.

The J4 girls' group was particularly strong with Katelyn Rathfon winning Sunday's giant slalom by .02 seconds over teammate Sage Rheinschild. The SVSEF J4 girls placed 2-3-4 topped by second-place Rheinschild in Sunday's slalom.

First-year J4 Jake Blackburn made off with a third place in Sunday's giant slalom.

J5 racers (ages 9-10) Wyatt Minor and Madison Ferris of the SVSEF swept their giant slalom and slalom class wins. Lily Fitzgerald made the podium in slalom.

In J6, Josh Blackburn had an excellent result winning his class in slalom and placing fifth overall of 35 two-run finishers. Marit Kaiser collected a pair of J6 girls' wins last weekend.

SVSEF kids accounted for 64 positions in the 184-racer Intermountain Division North Series field for ages 7-12.

Basolo was a 1984 Wood River High School graduate and Hailey Ski Team racers who died March 19, 1986 in a ski accident at the bottom of Baldy's Flying Squirrel ski run. He was 19. The race in his memory was first held in 1988.

SVSEF placings by race and age class in the Basolo/Monroe field of 98 girls and 86 boys on Hemingway and Cozy runs:

J4 (ages 11-12) boys: Jake Blackburn 3-GS, 9-SL; Will Griffith 8-GS, 13-SL; Noah Leininger 9-GS, 12-SL; Tobias Verheijen 10-GS, 17-SL; Charlie Stumph 11-GS, 14-SL; Mac Mizer 14-GS, DSQ-SL; Matt O'Connor 19-GS, 30-SL; Ethan Daves 20-GS, 26-SL; Keegan Webber 25-GS, 25-SL; Hayden Baker DSQ-GS; and Cooper Dart DNF-GS.

J4 girls: Katelyn Rathfon 1-GS, 3-SL; Sage Rheinschild 2-GS, 2-SL; Pilar Pennell 9-GS, 4-SL; Molly Milgard 15-GS, 8-SL; Libby Kaiser 13-GS, 20-SL; Bailey Holter 18-GS, 27-SL; Riley Revallier 20-GS, 17-SL; Lucy More 23-GS, 26-SL; Kaia Jensen 26-GS, 35-SL; Ella Viesturs 33-GS, 31-SL; Libby Lindstrom 35-GS, 29-SL; Alyssa Ritzel 37-GS, 33-SL; Sophia Schwartzman 39-GS, 34-SL; Landry Walker 40-GS; Katherine Lemma 41-GS, 36-SL; Mia Russo 42-GS, 42-SL.

J5 (ages 9-10) boys: Wyatt Minor 1-GS, 1-SL; Buey Grossman 2-GS, DNF-SL; Bennett Snyder 6-GS, 4-SL; Charlie Snyder 7-GS, 7-SL; Fletcher Stumph 9-GS, 9-SL; William Everitt 13-GS, 17-SL; Shaw Dean 14-GS, 8-SL; Beck Ritzel 19-GS, 11-SL; Alexander Daves 20-GS, 23-SL; Jackson Swenke 25-GS, 26-SL; Aidan Burchmore 27-GS, 25-SL; and Peter Morawitz 29-GS, DNF-SL.

J5 girls: Madison Ferris 1-GS, 1-SL; Lily Fitzgerald DNF-GS, 3-SL; Allison Rathfon 5-GS, 9-SL; Sage Curtis 6-GS, 13-SL; Anja Jensen 13-GS, 18-SL; Emma MacGuffie 15-GS, 19-SL; Molly Kucher 17-GS, 25-SL; Laine Allison DNF-GS, 14-SL; Sophie Harder 23-SL; Lucca Vernoy 22-SL; Anja Schweiger 20-GS, DSQ-SL; Miriam Gilman 21-GS, 21-SL; Tia Vontver 23-GS, 26-SL; Sage Holter 25-GS, 27-SL; and Esmee Verheijen 28-GS, 30-SL.

J6 (ages 7-8) boys: Josh Blackburn 2-GS, 1-SL; William DeWolfe 4-GS.

J6 girls: Marit Kaiser 1-GS, 1-SL; Anhwei Kirk 2-GS, 2-SL; Jessica Blackburn 5-GS, 6-SL; Lola Street 6-GS, 8-SL; Hannah Ferris 7-GS, DSQ-SL; Logan Lindstrom 12-GS, 7-SL; Tatum Minor 13-GS, 13-SL; and Saba Grossman 11-SL.

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