Steamboat skiers wrap up busy weekend |

Steamboat skiers wrap up busy weekend

The members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Junior Development Freestyle Program wrapped up a busy weekend that included a Friday night event in Steamboat Springs and two days of skiing in Aspen.

“The Friday night event was special because it was the first competitive event for many of our younger skiers,” coach Damian Wells said.

The Steamboat Cup allowed skiers in the F-6 and M-6 classes, which includes athletes ages 7 and 8, to get their first real taste of competition. It also included F-5 and M-5 skiers ages 9 and 10, who came out to fine-tune their skills in a competitive format.

Winners in the Steamboat Cup included Hope Scott in the F-4 division, Emma Wilson in the F-5 division and Teagann Yeager in the F-6 division.

Brandon Roche took top honors in the M-3 division, Jackson Coe won the M-4 division, Brad Hoefer won the M-5 division, and David Kissane won the M-6 division.

After the Steamboat event, the skiers headed to Aspen for a Junior Development competition Saturday that included skiers from Steamboat, Winter Park, Vail, Summit County and Aspen.

Top Steamboat finishers included Jessica Mader, who won the F-4 division, and teammate Shelby Dyer, who placed third,

Winter Park’s Kylie Van Hoesen topped the F-5 division and her teammate Kaitlyn Harrell won the F-6 division.

Winter Park’s Matt Robertson topped the M-4 division with Steamboat’s Matt O’Donnell and Drew O’Donnell finishing sixth and seventh, respectively. Shaq Torrella was 15th, Conner Garrecht-Connelly was 17th, Taylor Miller was 19th, and Alexander Bashan was 22nd.

Team Summit’s Michael Martinez won the M-5 division with Steamboat’s Sam Harrelson taking second, and Alex Hamilton taking 10th. Aspen’s Michael Schumacher won the M-6 division.

On Sunday, the young skiers returned to the slopes in Aspen for the final mogul event of the weekend.

Winter Park’s Jessica Bondi won the F-3 division and Vail’s Kristi Waring won the F-4 division.

Mader overcame a couple of slight bobbles to finish second in the F-4 division and her teammate, Dyer earned her first podium at this level with a third-place finish,

Winter Park’s Van Hoesen repeated Saturday’s performance to pick up her second win of the weekend in the F-5 division, as did Harrell in the F-6.

Jack Guerin of Vail topped the M-3 division, and Winter Park’s Brandon Cronin topped the M-4 division.

Matt O’Donnell finished fourth, Jesse Kamieniecki finished sixth, and Garrecht-Connelly finished seventh.

Harrelson had his best development finish of the season finishing fifth in the M-5 division, and Hamilton had his best mogul finish ever, placing seventh.

Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace won the division with Steamboat’s Hoefer taking 12th in the field of 21 skiers. Aspen’s Schumacher topped the M-6 division for the second day.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

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