By Caitlin Croft

Youth Ski Racing continued last weekend with the U14 Excelsior Cup opening series. This consisted of two Giant Slaloms where athletes from across Western and Central New York gathered to compete.

Mother Nature couldn’t have been kinder to Truxton and Labrador Mountain. It was ideal bluebird skies and cold crisp temperatures in the teens.

This allows for the best possible surfaces in a ski race and also allows course setters to get more creative without worry of a track being broken down because they throw in a trick turn or two.

HoliMont and Holiday Valley athletes stacked up well against athletes in Central New York. 

Day One:

Women: HoliMont’s Mary Catherine Mangan took home the gold with teammate Madalyn Cummings finishing with the silver medal. Charlotte Branscombe (HO) placed 5th, Alexandra Smillie (HV) 7th, Francesca Ferrara (HO) 8th, Carissa Dunlap (HO) 9th, Leah Smillie (HV) 10th and Charlotte Harter (HV) 13th. Kaitlyn Turnbull (HO) finished 17th, Emmylu Carls (HO) 22nd, Claire Rintoul (HO) 23rd, Halle Stephens (HV) 24th and Reese Latta (HV) 25th. Lilah Pecora (HO) took 36th, Iris Polly (HV) 37th and Ruby Wiley (HO) 52nd. 

Men: Erik Shattenberg of Holiday Valley walked away with the silver medal only missing out on the gold by .04 seconds overall. Carson Corey (HV) found himself on the podium with the bronze. HoliMont’s Maxwell Burget placed 7th, Buck Rathbun (HO) 8th, Dougie Basadur (HO) 9th and Hans Solly (HO) 12th. Preston Blake (HO) finished 14th, Liam Ainsle (HO) 17th, Andrew Williams (HO) 18th and John Black (HV) 20th. Owen Griffith (HV) took 21st, Beaudin Napolitano (HO) 26th, Jonathan Scarrow (HO) 44th and Nathan Belza (HO) 54th. 

Day Two: 13

Women: Mary Catherine Mangan (HO) ended up on the podium again this time with a silver medal as did Madalyn Cummings (HO) with the bronze. Charlotte Branscome (HO) took 5th, Francesca Ferrara (HO) 6th, Carissa Dunlap (HO) 7th, Alexandra Smillie (HV) 8th and Leah Smillie (HV) 10th. Charlotte Harter (HV) finished 11th, Kaitlyn Turnbull (HO) 15th, Reese Latta (HV) 20th, Claire Rintoul (HO) 21st, Halle Stephens (HV) 22nd and Iris Polly (HV) 24th. 

Emmylu Carls took (HO) 30th, Lilah Pecora (HO) 36th, Ruby Wiley (HO) 49th and Hannah Baker (HO) 50th. 

Men: Erik Shattenberg (HV) took home some more hardware with the gold medal. Hans Solly (HO) finished 8th, Maxwell Burget (HO) 10th, Dougie Basadur (HO) 13th, Owen Griffith (HV) 15th, Blake Preston (HO) 16th and Andrew Williams (HO) 17th. Liam Ainsle (HO) placed 21st, C. Breck DuPaul (HO) 22nd, John Black (HV) 26th and Beaudin Napolitano (HO) 31st. Alex Gambrell finished 49th, Jonathan Scarrow (HO) 50th and Nathan Belza (HO) 55th. 

U21/19/16 athletes continued their Empire Cup Series with two Giant Slaloms as well just around the corner from Labrador at Greek Peak in Cortland. 

Day One:

U21/19 Women: HoliMont’s Zoe Knauss took home the gold medal and Kate Masliwec (HO) finished 5th.

U21/19 Men: Maxxon Solly (HO) walked away with the gold medal. Nolan Evans (HV) finished 4th, Jes Sauereisen (HV) 5th, Nicholas Scott (HO) 9th and Michael Mercer (HV) 13th. Joshua Allegra (HV) placed 16th, William Peters (HO) 24th and W. Logan Hubert (HV) 32nd.

U16 Women: Simona Muscarella (HO) finished with the bronze medal. Charleigh Priestman (HO) took 7th, Megan Williams (HV) 11th, Rory Sauereisen (HV) 15th, Brooklyn Napolitano (HO) 16th and Megan Peters (HO) 17th. Sophia Gambino placed (HV) 19th, Cece Carls (HO) 20th, Amanda Artega (HO) 22nd and Sarah Kelly (HO) 26th. Gianna Ferrara (HO) finished 33rd, Molly Basadur (HO) 37th, Evelyn Polly (HV) 38th, Brooke Willer (HV) 39th and Megan Kelsch (HO) 44th.

U16 Men: Logan Kidd of HoliMont snuck onto the podium with a 3rd place finish. Holiday Valley’s Ross Fuller took 4th, Mitchell Azcarate (HV) 6th, Alexander Wojnowski (HV) 7th and David Rintoul (HO) 10th. William Dunn (HV) placed 15th, Matthew King (HO) 16th, Nicholas Koerber (HV) 19th, Logan McCulloch (HO) 23rd and Gabriel Lisowsky (HO) 30th. 

Day Two:

U21/19 Women: Zoe Knauss (HO) again finished first and Kate Masliwec (HO) placed 4th. 

U21/19 Men: Maxxon Solly continued his success taking home the silver medal. Nolan Evans (HV) took 4th, Nicholas Scott (HO) 7th, Michael Mercer (HV) 8th, Joshua Allegra (HV) 9th and William Peters (HO) finished 24th.

U16 Women: Simona Muscarella (HO) finished 4th, Charleigh Priestman (HO) 9th, Isabella Stringer (HO) 12th and Rory Sauereisen (HV) 15th. Megan Williams (HV) took 16th, Cece Carls (HO) 17th, Brooklyn Napolitano (HO) 19th, Sophia Gambino (HV) 22nd and Sara Kelly (HO) 25th. Amanda Arteaga (HO) placed 26th, Evelyn Polly (HV) 29th, Gianna Ferrara (HO) 32nd, Heather Dunlap (HO) 35th, Molly Basadur (HO) 37th and Megan Kelsch (HO) 41st. 

U16 Men: Ross Fuller of Holiday Valley finished in third place and Alexander Wojnowski (HV) 4th. Mitchell Azcarate (HV) took 8th, William Dunn (HV) 10th, Ryan Gambrell (HO) 14th, Nicholas Koerber (HV) 15th and Gabriel Lisowsky (HO) 23rd. 

U14 Athletes are now gearing up for Slalom as the U21/19/16s will be preparing for speed and Super-G.