Middle school alpiners sweep again
The first giant slalom of the middle school season turned into an enormous success for both genders of Tigers, as the girls and the boys swept the team portions of the race for the second straight week.For the boys – who remain undefeated – Dale Moulton was “the racer of the day,” according to coach John Spierling. Moulton won the first race and skied to second in the next race, flip-flopping with Nederland’s Keegan Harris. Matt Truesdell was consistent for Summit, placing third in each race, and Ben Ferris’ sixth place rounded out the Tigers’ points in the first race. Shane Werts managed to keep his skis on to finish fourth in the second race. For the girls, Michelle Maddex led Summit with a pair of third-place finishes, while Gennevieve Truckey and Hannah Price took turns giving the Tigers a fourth-place finisher in both races. Price’s sixth place in the first race and Stephanie Walters’ seventh place in the second race allowed the girls to win their second straight event. Sydney Schwab, Alyssa Fisher, Haley Gage, Karinne Bergman, Grant Petersen, Mathias Krainz and Kacey Grosskreuz all earned ribbons for top-15 finishes.Three locals among A-Basin’s Next Snow Search finalistsA trio of local rippers were among those picked to represent Arapahoe Basin at the Sports Illustrated for Kids NextSnow SEARCH Finals in Keystone Feb. 11-13. Cody Cirillo, 11, Mikaela Matthews, 13, and Ian Borgeson, 11, all from the Basin, joined Winter Park’s Matt Robertson, 11, as finalists chosen out of 47 competitors in Saturday’s competition. Competitors were required to compete in a mogul and slopestyle competition. Each participant was allowed to take two runs on each course. Cirillo, Matthews and Robertson all competed on alpine skis, while Borgeson was one of the day’s few telemark skiers.Perry Jr. leads Team Summit’s devo bump skiersBruce Perry Jr. took second in the boys J5 moguls competition in Vail last weekend, leading another strong showing from the Team Summit devo freestylers. The young ripper hasn’t finished worse than second since February 2003.Michael Martinez finished fourth in the same division Perry Jr. took second, while Paige Williams stood in the third-place podium slot in the girls J4 moguls event. The Poyfair family continued to ski well, with Cole grabbing third in the boys J6 moguls and his sister Taylor finishing fourth in the girls J5 bumps competition.Alisha Scheifley reached the podium for the first time with a third-place finish in the girls J5 division.Chris Carson and Katherine Lynch coached the freestylers in Vail.U12 Lightning girls split with GunnisonThe Summit Lightning U12 girls hockey team earned a tie and a win last weekend at home against a strong Gunnison team. The first game ended in a 1-1 tie. Cheyenne Hickox scored Summit’s lone goal.The Lightning girls came out ready to play in the second game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead before the end of the second period. Michelle Warpecha put home two goals for Summit, with Hickox and Anna Dilatush each adding one of their own. Casey Farrell, Melissa Woodring and Anna Dilatush all added assists. Leah Wickham, Valentina Blass and Emily Bilenduke helped goaltender Noelle Herrick and the team earn their fourth shutout of the season.The Summit U12 team, coached by Jamilee Headley and Bob Blass, travels to Steamboat Feb. 4-6 for the Winter Carnival Girls Hockey Tournament.
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