Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) snowboard and freestyle teams held their post-season banquets recently. Reports filed by SVSEF communications director Jody Zarkos are published here:
Small in number but mighty in spirit, SVSEF snowboard team members, coaches and families gathered at Elkhorn Springs Restaurant Thursday to pay homage to the year and get their post-season stoke on.
Discussing season highlights, program director Andy Ware said “We had nine new members and 26 on the team, with 10 of those riders qualifying for USASA National Championships. Cora Kaiser stood on the podium twice and Clara Jenner once at nationals.”
Ware added that Elk Spencer won “Most Improved” in the USASA Big Mountain West Series and Clyde Montgomery and Jenner bagged “Sportsmanship Awards.”
Gold Team members reached new heights, SVSEF communications director Jody Zarkos said in a press release.
Kaitlyn Farrington won the Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard halfpipe and earned the USSA’s Mike Jacoby Award for “Best International Snowboarder.”
Named to the U.S. Rookie Halfpipe Team last year, Chase Josey, 19, was promoted to the U.S. Pro Halfpipe Team.
Ware recognized many persons for their support including longtime supporter Beverly DeChevrieux and her husband Michael; and coaches Jim Slanetz, Heather Black, Janessa Gilbert, Pat Hurley, Andy Gilbert, Jon French and Jacob Tyler.
Comp coaches Jacob Tyler and Jon French celebrated the steady development of all the team members before presenting awards for Most Inspirational and Most Improved for Home and Travel teams.
Most Improved recipients were Matthew Fisher (Home) and Cora Kaiser (Comp). Most Inspirational was given to Reide Whitehead (Home) and Clara Jenner (Travel).
Kaiser and Jenner along with coach Tyler have been invited to attend a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Project Gold Camp at Mammoth Mountain, Ca.
Community School freshman Jackson Dies earned an Academic Award for maintaining a grade point average of more than 3.50.
“I am not ready for the season to be over,” said Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Andy Ware at the season-ending banquet of the Freestyle/Freeski program April 16.
Ware’s enthusiasm for his team was on display as 200 athletes, families, coaches and friends packed Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum.
Zarkos said the SVSEF freestyle and freeski program attracted the most athletes in its history with 113, an upswing of 30 percent.
Ware extended thanks to the SVSEF administrative staff especially Katrina Collins, event assistants Jennifer Diehl, Julie LaFleur, Penelope Murray and Sandy Kelly along with these coaches:
Joey Cordeau, Shane Cordeau, Ross Falcone, Clint Lightner, Josh Zuck, Reed Snyderman, Murray, Chris Rybak, Kurtis Fieguth, Collin Collins, Diehl, Conor Davis, Brandon Doan, Alden Carter, Joe Marx, Mike Sheehan, Jamie Collins, Todd Bracher, Corey Warren and Justine Kaiser.
Nine of the team’s 21 high school athletes attained grade point averages of 3.5 or higher during the winter, including Tobias Verheijen, Renee Shapiro, Jack Rizzo, Alysha Herich, Trevor Hattabaugh, Claire Siderman, Parker Nance, Cutter Grathwohl and Justin Kennedy.
Coaches Award recipients were: Claire Siderman, Tobias Verheijen and Justin Kennedy (Comp Travel Team); Addie Rafford and Hunter Diehl (Comp Home Team); Sam Ware and Tripp Benners (Prep Team); Sammy Smith and Gage Wilson (Devo Team).
Earning the Ron Van Hagen “Defining Success” honors were Eliza Marks and Jacob Beebe.
Most Inspirational was Wilson Dunn.
Giving Senior Speeches Wednesday were Wyatt Wilson and Trevor Hattabaugh.