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Sports briefs for Jan. 30

Members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's freestyle ski team competed at the weekend's two-day USSA competition at the challenging Mach 1 course at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
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Mach mogul momentum

Steamboat Springs — The freestyle mogul skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had a rough draw at their USSA competition last weekend at the challenging Mach 1 course at Breckenridge Ski Resort. — The freestyle mogul skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had a rough draw at their USSA competition last weekend at the challenging Mach 1 course at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

— The freestyle mogul skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had a rough draw at their USSA competition last weekend at the challenging Mach 1 course at Breckenridge Ski Resort.

“It was a wicked difficult course,” freestyle program director Erik Skinner said of the 36-degree pitched course. “Steep and mostly fall-away bumps that were just man-eaters … and the scoops of the airs kept changing, it was like jumping out of a fish bowl.”

Fortunately, SSWSC coaches like Timmy Meagher were pleased with how their athletes responded to Saturday’s single moguls competition and Sunday’s duals.

“Our younger high school kids – like Colton Harding, Ryan Dyer and Dalton Lee – have stepped up their game plan the last three weeks and have been skiing with a lot of confidence to attack the course.”

In the singles, Steamboat’s Rob Burden earned a podium finish in third, Harding took fifth followed by Michael Degrandis (fifth), Dyer (ninth) and Lee (11th).

On the women’s side, Kara Johnson led Steamboat skiers in eighth, followed by Alyssa Roche (12th), Camille Bucci (17th) and Taylah-Paige O’Neill (19th).

Bucci led the way for Steamboat’s female skiers on Sunday, taking ninth in the duals and Dyer landed on the podium for the men, taking third. Degrandis followed closely in fourth, Harding took sixth, Taylor Miller took seventh and Lee took ninth.

The Steamboat skiers head to their next moguls competition this weekend in Vail.

Female riders top snowboard results

At Saturday and Sunday’s back-to-back Copper Series snowboardcross competitions at Copper Mountain, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboard program director Jon Casson Casson highlighted the Youth Women 14-15 division as part of the dominating showing for the nearly 30 Steamboat riders, ages 8 to 17.

“We had eight girls in one of the larger fields of about 15 or 16 riders,” Casson said. “And we finished first (Belle Brockhoff), third (Cassandra Wagar), fourth (Skylar Weir) and had several ties for fifth.”

Finishing at the top of the Steamboat pack of riders were Chloe Banning and Mick Dierdorff, who earned first-place finishes in the top open classes for female and male rides.

Steamboat’s female riders were also making waves throughout the weekend in Park City, Utah, where 13-year-old Madeline Schaffrick highlighted the Winter Sports Club performances at the Chevrolet Revolution Tour by taking fourth in the halfpipe event.

Despite executing the same run as her third-place winning run at the Revolution Tour event last week, Steamboat’s Ariel Tredway couldn’t crack the final top six riders and finished 10th.

Rounding out the Steamboat riders’ various competitions across the globe was Matt Ladley, who finished 20th on Sunday at a World Cup halfpipe competition in Bardonecchia, Italy.

Three Steamboat snowboarders – Cleve Johnson, Dierdorff and Will Peddie – will be riding in today’s and Thursday’s USSA NorAm snowboardcross races at Copper Mountain, looking to shore up their qualifying spots for the FIS Junior World Championships. The club’s youth ranks return to Copper this weekend for another set of USASA races.

Steamboat Springs’ first place Saturday Copper Series finishers included Banning (Open Class Women), Nikolas Baden (Grommet Boys, 8-9), Arielle Gold (Menehune Girls, 10-11), Carter Smalley (Menehune Boys, 10-11), Summer Smalley (Breaker Girls, 12-13), Brockhoff (Youth Women 14-15), Francesca Pavillard-Cain (Skier Women 16-19). Sunday’s local first-place finishers included Dierdorff (Open Class Men), Baden (Grommet Boys, 8-9), Gold (Menehune Girls, 10-11), Carter Smalley (Menehune Boys, 10-11), Summer Smalley (Breaker Girls, 12-13), Wagar (Youth Women, 14-15), Peddie (Youth Men, 14-15) and Pavillard-Cain (Skier Women, 16-19).

L’Estage wins Rally America season opener

Canadian Antoine L’Estage won the Sno*Drift rally, the first round of the 2008 Rally America National Championship Series season (which returns to Steamboat Springs Sept. 13 and 14), after race leader and two-time series champion Travis Pastrana struck a deer and retired late in the event.

Fellow Canadian and winter-driving veteran Andrew Comrie-Picard – who won the event in 2006 – took second. Eighteen-year-old American Kyle Sarasin, the 2007 Rally America rookie of the year, finished third in his debut in the series’ elite Open class.

“I’m very happy for our win, but I’m speechless,” said L’Estage, 2007 Canadian rally champion with co-driver Nathalie Richard. “Travis was the designated winner. He beat everybody – until the end.”

Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team drivers Tanner Foust and Chrissie Beavis were charging hard on Day 2 when they wound up in a snow bank and lost seven minutes trying to get out. Foust, a former Steamboat Springs resident, and Beavis finished sixth.

BMX superstar Dave Mirra, who was making his American rally debut at Sno*Drift, finished 18th overall in a Subaru Impreza fielded by Vermont SportsCar.

What had looked like an easy victory for Subaru Rally Team USA driver Pastrana and co-driver Christian Edstrom turned to disaster when they hit a deer on the course late in the rally, causing irreparable damage to their car and forcing them out of the race.

The duo, who had led the contest from the start, was almost two minutes ahead of the rest of the field when the accident occurred on the 16th of 17 stages in the Sno*Drift event. Both Pastrana and Edstrom were unhurt.

The snowy and icy course conditions at Sno*Drift – the only winter-weather event in Rally America’s nine-event championship – were treacherous, and several podium contenders ran into trouble that knocked them out of contention.

Last season’s championship runner-up, Rockstar Energy Drink Rally Team Andrew Pinker and co-driver Robbie Durant, found themselves out of the rally before it really began. The pair retired early on Day 1 with a blown engine in their Subaru WRX STi rally car.

The nine-event 2008 Rally America National Championship season continues with the Rally in the 100 Acre Wood from Feb. 22 to 23 in Salem, Mo.

Visit http://www.rally-america.com for full results.

– Ashleigh Lockhart, Courtesy


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