By Stan Pawlik
This past weekend was busy for the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. Holiday Valley hosted a very successful event, which had a mogul event on Saturday and two slopestyle events on Sunday. The “B” team had a great weekend and took advantage of skiing on their home mountain. The “A” team travelled to Killington, Vt., for a mogul event Saturday and a dual mogul event on Sunday.
In the mogul competition, Morghan Socha led the way for the girls finishing 3rd overall and 2nd in the F4 division, while Liz Jacobson-Coolidge also finished in the top 10 with a 7th overall place, which earned her 2nd in the F3 division. Four boys had top 10 finishes overall led by Quinn Rifkin in 2nd, Bryce Butler 3rd, Sam Capizzi 5th and Rick Oberholzer 10th. In their age groups, Quinn took the win (M3) with Sam in 2nd.
In slopestyle, Holiday Valley girls dominated with six girls in the top 10 for both events. Leading the way was Morghan Socha with the overall win in the first event and a 2nd overall in the afternoon. Top 10 finishes were also earned by Hayley Saunders (5th in both events), Jordana Parliament (6th in both events), Kaitlyn McGuire (7th in both events), Lauryn Socha (7th and 8th) and Brooke Butler (10th in both events). Age group wins went to Hayley (F2) and Jordana (F5).
The boys had a good day as well with Bryce Butler (M4) taking a 2nd and 3rd, Sam Capizzi (M3) 3rd, and Nick Hess (M4) 3rd. In the M6 division, Bennett Socha won both events with Matt LaRusch finishing 2nd in both.
In the mogul event at Killington on Saturday, Feb. 1, Macy Putman had a 5th place finish while Nick and Matt DiDonato just missed out on the top 10, finishing in 11th and 12th, respectively.
Sunday proved to be a tough day for the HV team. All three girls took hard falls with both Emily Hutchings and Macy Putman needing ski patrol assistance to take them down by toboggan. Emily Pawlik also crashed hard and took some time getting up before she was able to ski the rest of her run. For the boys, Rylan Evans was eliminated in the first round while Nick and Matt DiDonato were eliminated in the second round.
The team will be competing in two aerial events this upcoming weekend at Buffalo Ski Club.