By Caitlin Croft

On Feb.18, U14/12/10/8 athletes traveled to Kissing Bridge for the annual Dual Slalom. This event is a paneled slalom meaning Giant Slalom gates are used. There are two courses set side by side and athletes compete in a Shoot Out at the end to determine the Kings and Queens of the Mountain. This is by far one of the most exciting events for this age group all season. The top eight U14s and U12s are chosen from the first two runs to compete.

U14 Girls: HoliMont’s Madalyn Cummings finished with the gold medal.

U14 Boys: Liam Ainslie of HoliMont took gold and was U14 King of the Mountain!

U12 Girls: Holiday Valley’s Charlotte Harter finished in 1st place and HoliMont’s Carissa Dunlap took 2nd and was U12 Queen of the Mountain! Francesca Ferrara (HO) walked away with the rose gold and teammate Olivia Cummings finished 4th. Mia Kerl (HO) took 5th, Kaitlyn Turnbull (HO) 6th, Jane Rathbun 7th, Sydney Kuder (HV) 8th, Reese Latta (HV) 10th, Sophia Goldberg (HV) 11th, Lilah Pecora (HO) 12th, Annabelle Malone (HO) 13th and Ruby Wiley (HO) 14th.

U12 Boys: Hans Solly of HoliMont was U12 King of the Mountain and took gold along with winning the race overall. Holiday Valley’s Harry Scanlon finished with the silver medal and Dougie Basadur (HO) rounded out the podium in third. Beaudin Napolitano (HO) took 5th, Liam Hamel (HO) 6th, Henry Black (HV) 7th, Gavin Weinstein (HO) 8th, Maxwell Burget (HO) 9th, Ethan Peters (HO) 10th, Holden Bozek (HO) 11th and Christian Liskowsky (HO) 15th. John Black (HV) finished 16th, Chase Zumkehr (HO) 17th, Jonathan (HO) 18th, Alex Gambrell (HO) 19th, Cooper Biersbach (HO) 20th, Nathan Belza (HO) 21st and Shay Malone (HO) 22nd.

U10/8 Girls: Georgia Priestman of HoliMont took home hold and was 10th overall! Isabella Cummings (HO) finished with the silver medal and 13th overall with teammate Payton Weinstein rounding out the podium with 3rd and 18th overall. Presley Napolitano (HO) finished 4th, Hannah Goldberg (HV) 7th, Ruby Burget (HO) 8th, Georgia Hewson (HO) 10th, Marlena Pecora (HO) 12th, Sophia Belza 13th, Sadie Bruen (HO) 14th and Emmerson King (HO) 15th.

U10/8 Boys: Hudson Marshall of Holiday Valley walked away with the gold medal and finished in 12th overall against the U14/12s! Avery Platt of HoliMont finished 14th overall and took home the silver medal. Coleman Carls found himself on the podium with a 3rd place finish and 18th overall. Cody Preston (HO) finished 5th, George Wiley (HO) 6th, Declan Coleman (HV) 7th, Everett Hamel (HO) 8th, Jasper Tullett (HO) 9th, Harison Bozek (HO) 10th, Myer Bruen (HO) 12th, Milan Knezic (HO) 13th, Vincent Scott (HO) 14th, Jr Palmerton (HV) 15th, Mason Kuder (HV) 16th and Jack Rathbun (HO) 17th.

On Feb.17, U21/19/16 athletes traveled to Bristol Mountain in Bristol, N.Y. for a Giant Slalom.

U21/19 Men: Jes Sauereisen of Holiday Valley finished in 3rd place.

U21/19 Women: Holiday Valley’s Katie Wojnowski walked away with the rose gold and teammate Taylor Hubert finished 4th.

U16 Men: Alexander Wojnoski (HV) finished 5th, Ross Fuller (HV) 13th and Mitchell Azcarate (HV) 18th.

U16 Women: Holiday Valley’s Lauren Thomas took home the gold medal and teammate Caroline DeRose finished with the silver medal. Rory Sauereisen placed (HV) 17th, Evelyn Polly (HV) 18th and Brooke Willer (HV) 20th.

Athletes then traveled to Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, NY for the annual Silversmith Slalom Race on Feb. 18.

U21/19 Women: Katherine Wojnowski finished 12th.

U16 Women: Holiday Valley’s Lauren Thomas once again took gold and teammate Caroline DeRose finished 7th.

U16 Men: Ross Fuller of Holiday Valley finished 25th.

The following weekend U21/19/16 traveled to their New York State Championships.

U16s were at West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y. for the first two days with a Slalom on Day 1 and a Giant Slalom Day 2. Day three was supposed to be a Super-G at Gore Mountain in North Creek, N.Y. Due to the downpour it was not safe to hold a Super-G and even a Giant Slalom so the athletes competed in another Slalom. Much to their surprise the lift broke down and athletes were forced to “earn their turns” hiking up four times—two times to inspect and two times to race. This is just a testament to the strength, tenacity, will power and dedication that these athletes put into this sport.

Day 1 Women: Logan Fredrickson and Hayly Fredrickson of Holiday Valley took gold and silver, respectively. Amanda Arteaga (HO) finished 24th and Kate Carter (HO) 44th.

Day 1 Men: David Rintoul (HO) finished 19th and William Dunn (HV) 39th.

Day 2 Women: Holiday Valley’s Hayly Fredrickson finished 5th and sister/teammate Logan Fredrickson took 7th. Caroline DeRose (HO) finished 12th, Kate Masliwec (HO) 15th, Amanda Arteaga (HO) 35th, Rory Sauereisen (HO) 36th, Megan Peters (HO) 43rd, Kate Carter (HO) 48th and Brooke Willer (HV) 60th.

Day 2 Men: Ross Fuller of Holiday Valley took 16th, Mitchell Azcarate (HV) 18th, David Rintoul (HO) 21st, Alexander Wojnowski (HV) 26th and William Dunn (HV) 38th.

Day 3 Women: Lauren Thomas, Logan Fredrickson and Hayly Fredrickson of Holiday Valley took 4th, 5th and 7th respectively and Rory Sauereisen (HV) finished 39th.

Day 3 Men: David Rintoul (HO) placed 19th, Ross Fuller (HV) 30th, Alexander Wojnowski (HV) 34th, Mitch Azcarate (HV) 40th and William Dunn (HV) 54th.

Next week we will announce the athletes that qualified for either Eastern Championships or Eastern Finals.

U21/19 athletes were at Gore Mountain for a three-day series as well. Day 1 was two Super-Gs, Day 2 was a Giant Slalom and Day 3 was a Slalom at West Mountain. The U19/21 athletes did not have it as hard as the U16s but the weather brought the warrior out in each athlete with complete downpour for the first run and freeze over for the second.

Day 1 Race 1 Men: Nathan Briselden of Holiday Valley took home the gold! Jes Sauereisen (HV) finished 5th, Maxxon Solly (HO) 14th, Joshua Allegra (HV) 16th, William Peters (HO) 23rd and Connor Galton (HV) 26th.

Day 1 Race 1 Women: Taylor Hubert of Holiday Valley finished 4th, Zoe Knauss (HO) 5th, Katherine Wojnowski (HV) 8th, and Phoebe Dunn (HV) 22nd.

Day 1 Race 2 Men: Holiday Valley’s Nathan Briselden found himself on the podium for a second time with another gold medal. Jes Sauereisen (HV) took 11th, Joshua Allegra (HV) 14th, Nolan Evans (HV) 23rd, William Peters (HO) 29th and Connor Galton (HV) 32nd.

Day 1 Race 2 Women: Taylor Hubert (HV) finished 7th, Katherine Wojnowski (HV) 10th and Phoebe Dunn (HV) took 21st.

Day 2 Men: Nathan Briselden (HV) continued his streak with another gold medal. Maxxon Solly of HoliMont took 5th. Nolan Evans of Holiday Valley finished 16th, Joshua Allegra (HV) 22nd and Connor Galton (HV) 32nd.

Day 2 Women: Zoe Knauss (HO), Katherine Wojnowski (HV) and Taylor Hubert took 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Phoebe Dunn of Holiday Valley finished 25th.

Day 3 Men: Maxxon Solly of HoliMont continued his success finishing in 4th place! Joshua Allegra (HV) took 15th.

Day 3 Women: Taylor Hubert of Holiday Valley finished 14th.

The Eastern Finals Team will be announced in next weeks paper along with results from the U12/10/8 race that was held at HoliMont on Feb. 25th.

The U14 State Team will include the following athletes: Ladies: Madalyn Cummings, Simona Muscarella, Isabella Stringer, Mary Catherine Mangan, Charleigh Priestman, Brianne Allegra, Alexandra Smillie, Cece Carls, Brooklyn Napolitano, Leah Smillie, Gianna Ferrara, Megan Kelsch, Megan Williams, Sarah Kelly, Heather Dunlap, Sophia Gambino, Molly Basadur and Claire Rintoul. Gentlemen: Cameron Johnson, Logan Kidd, Erik Shattenberg, Ryan Scanlon, Carson Corey, Ian McKenna, Buck Rathbun, Peter McKenna, Logan MuColloch, Liam Ainslie, Nicholas Koerber, Blake Preston and Owen Griffith.

Congrats to the athletes moving on for the season! Their State Championships will be held at Whiteface in Lake Placid, NY. Full coverage next week!