Youth roundup: SMS alpine teams sweep season opener |

Youth roundup: SMS alpine teams sweep season opener

Special to the Daily/Peter GrannisJames Leonard of Boulder, is all smiles following his victory at the Sports Illustrated For Kids Next Snow Search qualifying event on Saturday at Arapahoe Basin. Leonard, a 12-year-old, will compete in the Next Snow Search Finals in Killington, Vt., Mar. 3-5.

The Summit Middle School alpine racers opened their season with a strong showing at the Eldora slalom last Friday. Both the boys and girls teams won their events.

Hannah Price led the way with a first- and third-place finish in the two races. Haley Gage added a third- and fourth-place finish, while Stephany Walters rounded out the scoring with her fourth- and fifth-place results.

Madeline Hayes added a sixth- and seventh-place ribbon and Sarah Johnson won a seventh-place ribbon for the Lady Tigers.

On the boys side the competition was a bit stiffer. The SMS boys eked out a narrow two-point win over host Nederland. Zach Michieli, Dale Moulton and Grant Petersen led the boys on the blue course with third-, fourth- and eighth-place results.

On the red course, Mathias Krainz and Grant Peterson tied for fifth and Matt Truesdell placed seventh. Truesdell and Karainz added an eighth and ninth place, respectively, to their ribbon haul and Drew Petersen (10th and 11th) and Ian King (11th) also brought home ribbons. The SMS alpiners are next in action at a GS at Ski Cooper on Friday.

The Summit High School Cheerleading Team had a strong performance in Boulder on Saturday, Jan. 14, as it took second place in the fifth annual CU Spirit Challenge. The competition, which was held at the Coors Event Center on the CU campus, is considered one of the more notable competitions for cheerleading and dance in the state.

Congratulations to cheerleaders Allison Helmer, Ali Hartley, Mia Kelley, Ariana McEwan, Ashley Ransberger, Jessica Sanchez, Abby Urias and coach Amy MacDonald.

Once again, the Team Summit development-level freestyle skiers demonstrated their skiing prowess at an away competition. On Sunday, Jan. 15, Michael Martinez skied to victory both in the overall category as well as the J4 males at Howelsen Hill. 

Ian Borgeson was third overall, and third in the J4 males. Bruce Perry, Jr. continued a personal podium streak with a third-place J5 finish. It marks his 16th podium finish in a row.

Taylor Poyfair was the team’s top female skier with a second-place finish in the J4 female category, and third place overall. Her brother Cole also skied aggressively to finish fifth in the J5 males. 

The skiers will have a three-week break from the Rocky Mountain devo series before resuming their schedule at Aspen.

James Leonard is going to Killington, Vt., to represent Arapahoe Basin in the Sports Illustrated For Kids Next Snow Search finals. After winning the A-basin qualifier on Saturday, Jan. 14, Leonard secured his spot in Killington Mar. 3-5.

Saturday’s competition, which featured more than 35 athletes, consisted of a slopestyle and moguls course. Following Leonard were 12-year-olds Jackson Coe (second place) and Cullen Moran (third). Ian Borgeson, the only telemark skier in the field, finished fourth overall. Ali Savage was the top female, finishing 10th overall.

Leonard joins Cody Cirrillo of Breckenridge and Walter Wood of Evergreen as qualifiers for the Next Snow Search Finals in March. Leonard, a 12-year-old from Boulder, said his favorite snowsport athlete is Seth Morrison. He also enjoys running, playing tennis and listening to music.

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