Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Young skiers at Targhee, other SVSEF news

Nordic team gives out awards

    · Thirty-two Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation U-12 Travel and Home teamers competed Friday through Sunday, March 14-16 in the U-12 (ages 8-11) Intermountain Division Championships at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyo.

     The three-race series matched the best North and South Division skiers in dual giant slalom (Friday), giant slalom (Saturday) and slalom (Sunday).

     Winning class races were Hannah Ferris (dual GS/GS), Sage Curtis (dual GS) and Saba Grossman (SL). Placing second were Marit Kaiser and Buey Grossman (GS/SL) along with Jessica Blackburn (dual GS).

     The total field included 92 boys and 93 girls. Class placings by day (D for dual, GS giant slalom, SL slalom) were:

     U-12 boys: Fletcher Stumph 5-D, 24-GS, 12-SL; Buey Grossman 7-D, 2-GS, 2-SL; Ryder Sarchett 13-D, 11-GS, 11-SL’ Charlie Snyder 23-D, 7-GS, 5-SL; Josh Blackburn 16-D, 13-GS, DNF-SL; Alexander Daves 18-D, 21-GS, 19-SL; Ridley Lindstrom 26-D, 47-GS, 37-SL; Nathan Gowe 33-D, 23-GS, 23-SL; Ethan Marx 37-D, 26-GS, 33-SL; Max Moss 40-D, 20-GS, 13-SL; and William DeWolfe 51-D, 34-GS. Jett Carruth also raced.

     U-12 girls: Sage Curtis 1-D, 4-GS, 5-SL; Marit Kaiser 4-D, 2-GS, 2-SL; Sage Holter 37-D, 34-GS,18-SL; Emma MacGuffie 15-D, 41-GS, DSQ-SL; Anhwei Kirk 19-D, 11-GS, 6-SL; Emma Madsen 43-D, 36-GS, 30-SL; Lola Street 40-D, 42-GS, 43-SL; Lily Enos 29-D, DSQ-GS, 53-SL; Laci Jermunson 56-D, 44-GS, 27-SL; Julia Ott 57-D, 59-GS 50-SL; and Chase Ormiston 58-D, 60-GS, 51-SL.

     U-10 boys: Carter Sammis 19-D, 15-GS, 19-SL.

     U-10 girls: Hannah Ferris 1-D, 1-GS, 4-SL; Jessica Blackburn 2-D, 8-GS, 18-SL; Tatum Minor 3-D, 7-GS, 5-SL; Saba Grossman 5-D, 4-GS, 1-SL; Paige DeHart 9-D, 6-GS, 7-SL; Goldie Kirk 13-D, 12-GS, 10-SL; and Logan Lindstrom 16-D, 9-GS, 9-SL.

    · Five SVSEF alpine ski racers were among 19 from the Intermountain Division to earn IMD grants to help them travel to championship races. The local racers honored were Linnea Baysinger, Taylor Cooper, Haley Cutler, Austin Savaria and KJ Savaria.

    · The SVSEF is hosting the International Ski Federation (FIS) Western Region Spring Series of alpine racing on Baldy from Wednesday through Monday, March 26-31.

     Volunteers are needed to help stage the six-race series with two super giant slaloms, two giant slaloms and two slaloms for men and women.

     Race volunteers will receive two lift tickets for their service, one for the day of work and another for use at their discretion during the rest of the 2013-14 season.

     Contact Mimi Crocker, SVSEF office manager at 726-4129 ext. 101.

    · SVSEF Nordic team awards announced at the program’s banquet March 13:

     Prep Team—Most Improved: Tyler Beck and Eva Grover. Coaches Awards: Dane Thompson, Lily Brunelle and Ella Wolter. Outstanding Skiers: Johnny Hagenbuch and Anja Jensen. Most Inspirational (voted by teammates): Jorgen Lawrence and  Ellie Gorham.

     Competition Team—Outstanding boys and girls: Peter Wolter, Zach Williams and Katie Feldman. Most Improved: Danny Graves and Haley Montgomery. Rookie boy and girl: Keene Morawitz and Ellie Polk. Coaches Awards: Max Tanous and Loni Unser. Most Inspirational: Kiran Merchant and Katie Feldman. Engl Awards: Stephen Pfeiffer and Sarah Williams.




Sweet season wrap-ups for Devo Teams


     Development Team kids for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Nordic and Freestyle teams enjoyed end-of-season competitions recently.


Nordic Devo Triathlon

     On March 8, SVSEF Lake Creek and Croy Nordic Devo Teams held a “Devo Triathlon” and awards barbecue on a beautiful day at Lake Creek north of Ketchum. Skiers participated in three events—an obstacle course, a flying downhill and skate sprint.

     Top skate sprinters were Trent Baker, Berkeley Canfield, Anja Grover, Calvin Miller, Luci Ludwig and Oliver Wiedemann.

     First on the obstacle course were Dylan Benson, Berkeley Canfield, Paige DeHart, Luca Mathieu, Luci Ludwig and Alex Shafer. Leading the downhillers were Dylan Benson, Berkeley Canfield, Paige DeHart, Archie Holden, Bel Clayton and Sebi Jones.

     All 80 Devo team members were recognized by coaches with an award to signify their personal strengths.

     “Go Getter Award”: James Carlin, Zander Douglas, Alexander Guylay. Sammy Smith, Dylan Benson, Holden Archie, Fisher Gardner, Mats Radl-Jones, Jodiewillow Maguire, River Shepard, Kye Harned and West Gardner.

     “Poetry in Motion Award”: Ridge Dirksmeier, Noelle LaFleur, Anika Vandenburgh, Oliver Wiedemann, Gina Greenberg, Luci Ludwig, Enzo Lutz and Alex Shafer.

     “Smiles for Miles Award”: Crosby Boe, Marcella Fisher, Liesl Gerlach, Lilia Page, Alex Wiedemann, Paige DeHart, Ruby Gardner, Liv Nelson, Ripley Scales and Kaia Wolfrom.

     “Love to Ski Award”: Logan Smith, Bel Clayton, William DeWolfe, Whitney Jannotta, Anabel Viesturs, Blake DeHart, Willa Laski, Skylar Maguire, Luca Mathieu, Calvin Miller and Anneka Thompson.

     “Improved Skier Award”: Trent Baker, Lucy Carter, Sarah Ewing, Lucy Lamoureux, Isabelle Thompson, Tatum Ware, Maeve Bailey, Fisher Albright, Ryan Carnes, Josephine Gilman, Maya Lutz, Azia Mathieu and Emma Pietsch.

     “Get R Done Award”: Priya Merchant, Ethan Hunt, Skade Quesnel, Scarlet Rixon, Carson Vogel, Elise Buchanan, Max Svidgal, Gabrielle Bloomfield, Anja Grover, Finn Wolfrom and Solee Kirk.

     “Coaches Award”: Berkeley Canfield, Lily Hogan, Gretel Huss, Svea Leidecker, Quinn Closser, Meg Keating, Sebi Radl-Jones, Eric Parris, Dawson Torres and Thomas DeKlotz.


Freestylers at Park City

     Fifteen SVSEF freestylers competed in a field of 76 at the Intermountain Division Championships Saturday, March 8 at Park City, Utah.

     The girls captured four of the top 10 spots. They were Aloe Orison (1st age 13, 3rd overall), Sammy Smith (1st age 8, 4th overall), Katie Markthaler (2nd age 12, 5th overall) and Rainey Wilson (4th age 12, 8th overall). Others doing well were Tatum Ware, Attie Murray, Amanda Brown, Eliza Marks, Addie Rafford and Devon Brown.

     Joey Markthaler (2nd age 10) led the boys in sixth place overall. Others placing high in their classes were Gage Wilson, George Murray, Brian Heekin and Logan Wojcik.



Junior Nationals a success for freestyle team

     Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation freestyle team racers competed March 10-16 at U.S. Junior National Freestyle/Freeski Championships in Park City, Utah.

     Led by head coach Clint Lightner and assistant head coach Ross Falcone, Sun Valley was all business and did battle with the country's best under-18 freestyle athletes.

     Justin Kennedy and Jacob Beebe logged notable slopestyle efforts. Both advanced from their semi-final qualifying heats to the finals. Beebe landed on top spot of the slopestyle podium in M-3 class.

     The previous day, Beebe showed the M-3 class how the ski the halfpipe by finishing in second place overall.

     He backed up his Sun Valley AFP World Tour performances, during The Pop Tarts U.S. Revolution Tour earlier in March by taking a Gold and Silver in half pipe.

     Hannah Blackwell was just pushed out of a six-women final last Friday in the women’s slopestyle and finished with a seventh overall and a bronze medal in the F-3 age class. She placed 12th in the halfpipe.

     Also representing SVSEF at Park City were Alvaro Giraldo (30-SS, 21-HP), Eli Roberts (24-HP), Hayes Gilman (71-SS, 36-HP), Will Griffith (39-SS, 26-HP), Noa Hecht (30-HP) and Trey Potter (42-SS, 40-HP).

     SVSEF single moguls entrants had a rough day at Park City. Morgan Shaver was fighting for a spot in the finals hit a snow cookie in the second turn after the first air. She couldn’t overcome it and missed the finals by five spots.

     Zac Maricich-Siele made a three-turn mistake coming into the second jump that took his turn scores from 4 to 2.5. But he managed to have the ninth-best air score throwing a back lay off the top and back mute grab on the bottom jump but did not make finals.

     On dual day the team was ready to redemption in the head-to-head format. Jack Rizzo had a killer run until coming into the second jump when his ski fell off.

     Wilson Dunn, one of the youngest competing, had some big air and great turns. Renee Shapiro ran into teammate Morgan Shaver in the Round of 32. It was close with both girls doing back flips, Shaver landing the win. Shaver and Maricich-Siele placed ninth making the day a success.

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