Wednesday, March 15, 2006
By ADAM LAPIERRE
News staff writer
March 1, 2006
Hood River’s Summit Snowboard Team is fast on track to taking back the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association (OISA) boys’ and girls’ state championship titles. After claiming state titles for six years in a row, Summit ended its streak of dominance by not participating in state last year due to lack of snow. Grants Pass took the boys’ slopestyle and boardercross titles and Ashland took the girls’ titles in both events.
This season Summit reinstated its bid for the top of the podium in the upcoming OISA State Championships, set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week at Timberline. The team of high school riders completed its final events before state this weekend, at Mount Hood Meadows. And, as a precedent for the upcoming state showdown, the Summit crew concluded a top-notch season by taking first in both the slopestyle and boardercross events on Saturday.
On some of the best snow conditions of the season, the Gorge League took first to the boardercross course. Each rider took two timed runs down the course, with the fastest run of the two counted. Continuing his show of ascendancy this season, David Rovianek logged a time of :29.53 on his second run. Chris Barber was fast at Rovianek’s heels and, if it weren’t for a slip up on a roller mid-course, he would have won the event. Barber completed the course in :29.98 for a one, two Summit finish.
Kelsey Griffith led the girls’ field by almost three seconds, with a best time of :33.61 for her second first place boardercross finish this season. Tory Ratcliff took third in the event behind Chelsea Prink of Barlow.
The day’s pace shifted from the as fast as possible boardercoss to the as big, technical and clean as possible slopestyle.
After chasing Rovianek in every event this season, Barber finally edged his adversary in the second of two runs down the slopestyle course. In a best of two runs format, Rovianek dominated the first trip down the rails, the two tabletops and a quarterpipe. Barber stepped it up for his second run, hucking some big, technical tricks to better Rovianek’s best run by 21 points. Barber took the event, Rovianek took second and Jeremy Page rounded out the top placers in fifth.
The girls need some practice in the slopestyle event, as their technique off the snow is pretty shaky. Griffith finished second and Ratcliff fifth in the event that the Barlow girls would take first in.
The upcoming championships will start Friday with the halfpipe competition and the boardercross qualifiers. Saturday will be entirely slopestyle, and on Sunday the boardercross finals will wrap up the season for OISA teams from the Three Rivers, Southern, Sunset, Metro and Gorge leagues.
Kelsey Griffith 1st
Tory Ratcliff 3rd
David Rovianek 1st
Chris Barber 2nd
Will Gleasman 6th
Dana Keleher 7th
Jeremy Page 10th
Kelsey Griffith 2nd
Tory Ratcliff 5th
Chris Barber 1st
David Rovianek 2nd
Jeremy Page 5th
Dana Keleher 7th
Dylan Bauld 8th
Will Kline 9th
Ian Daily 10th
Will Gleasman 11th
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