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The 2012-13 high school skiing and snowboarding competitions wrapped up Feb. 19 with an attempt to run dual slalom races with 30cm of fresh snow – a fun way to finish another terrific season of racing.
The previous races had gone off exceptionally well, with the Feb. 12 race run on the boarder cross course – always popular with the competitors. The teams from Mark R. Isfeld won all four titles after the race series was completed.
The boys’ skiers were led by Scott Vogle from Reynolds and Blake Stotzer from Vanier, but the depth of the Isfeld team gave them the team title. Isfeld was led by Eli Simcoe-Metcalfe who finished third in the series, followed by Bond Nixon-Smith, Damian and Nicolas Parlee, Adrian Humphry and Carson Roscoe.
The girls’ ski team was led by Holley Miller of Isfeld, who won all of the races, followed by Caitlyn Sadeghzaden in third place. Cedar Williams of Reynolds finished second overall. Other top Isfeld racers included Marnie Denham-Clare, Kennedy Gee and Kylie Adebar.
On the snowboarding side the Isfeld boys really dominated by taking the top three positions overall; Damon Stangherlin, Matt Irvine, and Jayden Barrow finished 1-2-3, respectively. Other top team members included Noah Young and Nic Dicesare.
On the girls’ side, Madi Gold from Vanier took top spot, followed by Aiva Noringseth and Lex Hornstein, both from Isfeld. Other top Isfeld racers included Gemma Graham, Lydia D’Aoust, and Nicole Adebar.
The depth of the Isfeld girls’ and boys’ ski and snowboard teams resulted in the overall Island titles. All of the athletes involved in the program put forth a great effort and made the season a success with their commitment and perseverance.
The coaches would like to thank Mt. Washington, especially the Ski School, and the crew in the group booking office for all their work with the high school race program.
Unfortunately none of the Comox Valley schools will be competing in the provincial championships this year because the cost of travelling to Smithers is prohibitive. It is especially disappointing to the Isfeld girls’ snowboarding team since they won the provincial title last year.
– Mark R. Isfeld Athletics