Results from Spring Series, U16 Nationals and USASA Nationals.

Check out today’s results from Spring Series, U16 Nationals and USASA Nationals. SVSEF athletes, like Aidan Green, are flying high.

April 02, 2015

Western Spring Series
The second and final super giant slalom was staged in today’s Western Spring Series on Bald Mountain.
68 started the men’s race, won by Luke Mathers of Rowmark Ski Academy in 1:24.08. The 17-year-old Mathers bested yesterday’s champion Bronson Wright be .34 of a second. James Lebel of Lake Tahoe was third in 1:25.08.
Will Brandenburg, a member of the SVSEF Gold team, was eighth in 1:25.26. Will Harder bounced back from a DNF the day before to finish in 22nd place. Yuri McClure was 25th, Will Snyder 28th, Austin Savaria 29th, Tanner Josey 34th, Griffin Curtis 37th, Wyatt Smith 38th, Duncan Fuller 40th, John Blackburn 43rd, Kristian DeWolfe 47th. Jay Fitzgerald was one of 12 men who did not finish the course.
19-year-old Canadian Rae Swette won the women’s super G, clocking in at 1:29.61. Madison Ostergren of Rowmark was runner-up in 1:29.91. Yesterday’s champion, SVSEF’s Haley Cutler, was on the podium in third place in a minute 30 flat. Teammate Kyla Miller was 12th, Ruby Marden 17th, Ella Pepin 25th. Ava Mazzoni and Teagen Palmer did not finish.
Tonight’s speed awards will be staged at Ketchum Town Square at 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be food and refreshments and live music by local favorite Tyler Bushman. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Men’s giant slalom and ladies slalom will be held tomorrow and Saturday. Disciplines reverse on Sunday and Monday.
Following racing on Saturday, April 7, Apples Bar & Grill will host a street party during a very special award ceremony following the giant slalom and slalom. The end of season spring fling begins at 3 p.m. and features music, beverages and food. Picabo Street, named after one of Sun Valley’s most talented athletes and two-time Olympic medalist, will be closed for the festivities
U16 Championships
SVSEF’s Lily Fitzgerald stepped up on the podium for a second time at the U16 National Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine. The 13-year-old Fitzgerald was the bronze medalist in the U14 class in the ladies’ giant slalom and 15th overall. Katelyn Rathfon skied to 20th place. 26 out of 43 starters did not finish the race.
Hayden Terjeson was the lone finisher for the SVSEF men today in the men’s giant slalom. Terjeson was 23rd overall. Charlie Lamb and Matt O’Connor did not finish their first runs. Spencer Wright was disqualified.
USASA Nationals by coach Nate Farrell
USASA nationals is a wrap and the Sun Valley Snowboard Team had an awesome time! Today Elk Spencer, Aidan Green, and Tague Higgins competed in halfpipe. Elk, who fractured his wrist yesterday, was riding in a full length arm cast! Unfortunately, he took a pretty bad fall in his first run, and had to go down in a toboggan for the second day in a row. But he’s a trooper, and luckily a huge bruise and a sore back were the only consequences. Aidan Green was blasting ten foot airs, three times the size of the rest of the field. Unfortunately he couldn’t lay a run down. Tague Higgins rode well, but had some trouble on his alley oop mctwists, and couldn’t set down a full run either.
Nationals was a great time for the athletes and the coaches, and Sun Valley had a great showing. New friends were made, goals were reached, and lasting memories created. Thanks to all the parents, athletes, and all the volunteers and USASA staff for making 2015 nationals one to remember.