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SOS series brings top results to local riders

The SOS Snowboarding Series brought 71 riders to Steamboat Springs last Saturday for a halfpipe event.

On Sunday, the number of riders grew to 93 as Steamboat hosted a slopestyle competition — the second SOS event of the weekend for Steamboat.

The series, which is the largest amateur snowboarding series in the country, drew a large field of athletes who competed in dozens of divisions during two days.

One thing that was clear when the weekend came to a close was that the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has one of the most dominate programs in the country.

Steamboat riders won 10 of the 18 divisions in the halfpipe on the first day of competition Saturday and continued to notch top finishes in Sunday’s slopestyle, in which Steamboat took 10 of 19 divisions.

“It was a good showing for our team,” said Jon Casson, snowboard program director. “But it’s pretty typical of the type of finishes we normally enjoy.”

Top Steamboat riders included Nikolas Baden, who won the Ruggie boys (7 and younger) division, Arielle Gold who won the Grommet girls (ages 8 and 9) division, and Carter Smalley who won the Grommet boys division. Teammate Jake Teuton was second for the Grommet boys.

Madeline Schaffrick won the Menehune girls (ages 10 and 11) division, in which Steamboat riders took the top five positions. Summer Smalley was second, Skylar Weir was third, Danielle Heath was fourth, and Natalie Geer was fifth.

Taylor Gold won the Menehune boys, and Matt Ladley led a strong showing for the Steamboat team in the Breaker boys (ages 12 and 13) division.

Steamboat’s Blake Eddington was second in the Breakers, Mick Dierdorff was third, Max Erickson was fourth, Drew Dummit was fifth, Tucker Allen was sixth, Johnathon Ricker was seventh, Charles Wood was eighth, and Grant Murray was ninth.

Steamboat’s Lauren Siegel was second in the Breaker girl’s class, and Chandler Kim was third.

Jackson Coe won the Skier boys, and Charlie Peddie won the Youth Men (ages 14 and 15).

Peddie was followed by teammate Stefan Zittel in fourth, Teddy Heid in fifth, Danny Hulsander in seventh and Seth Schurman in 10th. Winter Sports Club rider Steven Reed was 11th, and Joel Meranski was 12th.

Emily Robinson won the girls Junior division (ages 16 and 17), just topping teammate Hana Zittel who was second in the class.

Cody Kurowski won the boys’ Junior division. Teammate David Zavik was second, and Chad Oliver finished fourth.

In the slopestyle, Nathan Rothe highlighted the men’s finishes by winning the Open men’s class, which features some of the top riders in the country. Teammate Coale Chase was second, and Ryan Watson of Boulder came in third.

Other top Steamboat finishers included Baden who picked up another win in the Ruggie boys division, Arielle Gold who topped the Grommet girls division and Teuton who took top honors in the Grommet boys. Carter Smalley was second.

Schaffrick led a 1-2 Steamboat punch in the Menehune class. She took first and teammate Summer Smalley was second.

Taylor Gold led the Menehune boys with another top finish. He was followed by Steamboat’s Kevin Gower in second, Austin Reed in third and Ben Siegel in fourth.

Ladley won the Breaker boys division, followed by teammate Grant Murray in second, Tucker Allen in third and Eddington in fourth.

Dierdorff finished fifth, Dummit was sixth, Erickson was seventh, Ricker was eighth, Will Peddie was ninth, and Wood was 10th. Chloe Banning was second in the Breaker class, and Kim was third.

Coe won the boy’s Skier class. Charlie Peddie topped the Youth men’s class and Robinson took the girls Junior class.

The SOS series, which has held 10 of 17 scheduled events across Colorado this winter, will host halfpipe events in Beaver Creek and Vail this weekend.

Athletes who win series titles in their divisions will earn invitations to the USASA Nationals, which will be held in Copper Mountain the first week of April. There also will be several “wild card” spots open at the end of the series for top riders, who may not have won the overall title in their age class.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com


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