By Nick Nenno

Seven Niagara Frontier athletes from Holiday Valley and HoliMont made their way to Sunday River, Maine, last weekend to compete against the best U14 ski racers on the East Coast. Local athletes competed in Slalom and Giant Slalom disciplines with the goal of being selected as part of the U14 Eastern Can-Am team.

In the Slalom, Holiday Valley’s Tommy Shantler once again showed his natural talent and athleticism by finishing 7th. This was highlighted by an impressive 5th place second run. HoliMont’s David Flaherty finished just behind Shantler in 8th place after two aggressive and inspired runs.

For the Girls, Chloe Richards skied to a top 20 finish and Bella Wylie skied two consistent runs to earn a 38th place finish.

The Giant Slalom proved to be tougher for area athletes, but Shantler still skied away with an 8th place finish in the first run (16th overall). Dylan Thomas of Holiday Valley finished 38th the first run and HoliMont’s Jacob Flaherty managed a 24th place second run.

Danielle Mason was the top area female athlete finishing in a respectful 34th overall.

At the end of the weekend, the top 30 boys and girls were named to U14 Eastern Can-Am team. Among them, Tommy Shantler and David Flaherty will move on to compete with the best international athletes from Canada and select athletes from the Rocky Mountains.

Tommy and David finished the weekend placed 11th and 12th overall. Chloe Richards finished as First Alternate for the Girls’ Team (31st) and Jacob Flaherty finished just four spots out from making the Boys’ Team (34th).

U14 Eastern Can-Ams will be held March 29–31, 2013, in Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

Good luck, boys!

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