Riders rip it up at Howelsen

Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat snowboarder Marty Boyd, center, stands atop the podium for the breaker boys slalom race on Saturday after winning the USASA event at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs. He's joined by a pair of teammates, Cooper Scheel, right, in second, and Jacy Werner in third. In the GS race Scheel won while Werner was second and Steamboat's John Duty third.

— It was a fast day on home snow Saturday for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine snowboarders. The club’s batch of young racers took to Howelsen Hill and came away with many high finishes at a United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association event.

Nowhere was the team better than in the breaker boys division, for 12- and 13-year-olds. There, club riders secured podium sweeps in both of the day’s events, slalom and giant slalom races, and with different riders standing tall in each race.

In the GS it was Cooper Scheel getting the win, ahead of second-place Jacy Werner and third-place John Duty. Marty Boyd was fourth but leapt to the top of the heap in the slalom, placing first. Werner was again second, Scheel third and Duty fourth.

Other first-place finishers on the day included Walker Overstake in the grommet boys division, first in both races. He was just ahead of Braden Duty, second in both races.

Jake Larsen was first in the menehune boys GS race and second in the slalom while Charlie Thompson was third in both.

“The little guys, they rode incredible for the conditions,” Winter Sports Club snowboard director Tori Koski said. “Every one of those 13-and-under kids really rose awesome.”

J.P. Bergeron was first in both events in the legends men division.

Winston Vaughan won one race in the youth men division, the slalom, then was fourth in the GS.

Grace Drobek was third in the slalom and fourth in the GS among the youth women. Rebecca Dillon was second in the girls breaker class for both races while Isabella Mecca was third.

In the mens open division, Steamboaters won both races. Michael Trapp was tops in the GS race while Everett McEwan was seventh and Billy Winters ninth. Winters turned the race around for the slalom, winning that contest. Trapp was second, Steve MacCutcheon third, McEwan sixth and Nicholas Masjuk eighth.

“We had a ton of Winter Sports Club podium sweeps, and we had fresh snow, so the kids were loving riding on the sides of the course,” Koski said. “That did make for a tough race course, though. There were definitely some good wipeouts, but it was a great event, and it went really well.”

Riders fly high at Copper

That wasn’t the only action of the weekend for local riders, either. A group of many of the same athletes traveled for a half-pipe competition Sunday at Copper Mountain.

In the breaker boys division there, Jacy Werner was 11th and Marty Boyd 12th. Rebecca Dillon was third in the breaker girls, J.P. Bergeron first in the legend mens and Savanna Atkins third in the open women.

“Savanna, it’s her first here competing in the open class, and she did really well there, especially coming off a knee injury,” Koski said. “On the boys side, the field was huge, just a huge competition, and they did really well for their first pipe contest of the season.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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