It was a great weekend of competition for the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. The Eastern Qualifying Series continued at Buffalo Ski Club with a mogul event on Saturday and two aerial events on Sunday.
HVFT had a strong showing, highlighted by seven team members finishing in the top 10 overall. For the girls, Brooke Butler led the way with a third-place finish, followed closely by Ashley Hubert in fourth and Zoe Schaab in fifth. The boys were led by Will Hamilton, who finished second overall for the day. Also cracking the top 10 were Bennett Socha in sixth, Matt LaRusch in eighth and Liam Perry in 10th.
In the age groups, second-place finishes went to Brooke Butler (F13) and Ashley Hubert (F15), while Zoe Schaab came away with third (F13). Leading the way for the boys and taking the win in their age groups were Chris Edwards (M9) and Will Hamilton (M15). Liam Perry had a second-place finish in the M17 age group and Bennett Socha was third in the M13 group.
Two aerial events were held Sunday and Brooke Butler, Zoe Schaab and Caleb Darnley each finished in the top 10 in both events. In the first event, Brooke had a fourth-place result and Zoe finished in eighth for the girls, while Caleb finished seventh. In the second event, Zoe took fourth and Brooke took eighth. Caleb improved from the first event and just missed the podium, finishing fourth. The second event also saw Sarah Barnum getting into the top 10 with a 10th place result.
Ella LaRusch had a great day and took home victories in both events in the F9 age group. Also reaching the podium for the girls were Brooke Butler and Zoe Schaab. Brooke took second in the first event for the F13 while Zoe had a third-place finish in the second event for the F13.
The second event proved to be good for the boys, as Matt LaRusch, Ronan Donnelly and Caleb Darnley all made it onto the podium in their age groups. In the M13 division Matt took second and Ronan took third while in the M17 division Caleb finished in third place.