West State Team Named

In an eight-day series at Copper Mountain, athletes from the United States and Canada gathered to compete in the Nor-Am (North American) Cup. This tour is organized by the International Ski Federation and is one level below FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

After a tough opening, U.S. Ski Team’s Patricia Mangan finished out the series with four podiums. Day six consisted of Super-G, where Mangan finished on top of the pack winning by just shy of half a second.

Day seven was comprised of two Super-G races, Mangan took third in the first race and the gold medal in the second.

Day eight’s event was an Alpine Combined, which is a race made up of one Super-G run and one Slalom run. Mangan finished second, boasting her fourth top three finish. Congrats to the HoliMont native for putting Ellicottville on the map with the U.S. Ski Team and good luck for the remainder of the season!

Back to our local athletes: The U14s traveled to Bristol for one day of speed training and one day of Super-G. Unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate and the Super-G had to be cancelled.

Despite the cancellation, the U14 state team has been named and there is a total of 13 men from both resorts on the team, which is a whopping 40 percent of the field from the western division. The team is named by compiling the top 5 of 12 results from the season.

On the women’s side, there are 12 athletes from HV and HO named, meaning 33 percent of our division is comprised of Niagara Frontier athletes— a huge accomplishment for our two local race programs.

U14 West Men’s State Team: Alexander Wojnowski (HV) 2nd, Mitch Azcarate (HV) 4th, Ross Fuller (HV) 5th, Reichen Morrisey (HV) 11th, David Rintoul (HO) 14th, Logan Kidd (HO) 18th, William Dunn (HV) 19th, Will Knauss (HO) 22nd, Dylan Potter (HV) 24th, Ryan Scanlon (HV) 26th, John Smillie (HV) 27th, Michael Turnbull (HO) 33rd, Ian McKenna (HO) 34th and Lachlan Deathe (HO) is the team’s 2nd alternate.

U14 West Women’s State Team: Simona Muscarella (HO) 5th, Caroline DeRose (HV) 7th, Nyah Solly (HO) 17th, Brooklyn Napolitano (HO) 19th, Amanda Arteaga (HO) 20th, Charleigh Priestman (HO) 21st, Isabella Stringer (HO) 24th, Gianna Ferrara (HO) 28th, Rory Sauereisen (HV) 29th, Megan Peters (HO) 30th, Megan Williams (HV) 34th and Sarah Kelly (HO) 37th. Cece Carls and Kate Carter of HoliMont are 2nd and 3rd alternates respectively.

Congrats to all of the hard work the athletes have put in towards making the state team. Thank you to all of the parents, volunteers and coaches who make these events possible.

Good Luck at States!