Summit snowboarders re-claim titles


News staff writer

March 8, 2006

Hood River’s Summit Snowboard Team took home the state halfpipe and slopestyle titles over the weekend at the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association (OISA) state championships. The three-day event, held this year at Timberline Ski Area, brought together teams from the state’s five OISA leagues for competition in halfpipe, slopestyle and boardercross.

Under bright blue skies and with ideal course and pipe conditions, the Summit crew took back two titles they held for years, then gave up last season after not competing at state.

“Our strategy was to take first in the halfpipe and the slopestyle and just do our best in the boardercross,” Coach Paul Rovianek said. “And we’re all pretty happy to get the titles back in our hands. We knew we had the slopestyle because everyone nailed their first runs, which is pretty rare. The sheer consistency of our riders is what won it for us.”

Leading Summit in both events was rider Jeremy Page, who placed second both the halfpipe and slopestyle. David Rovianek was next on the list with a fifth place slopestyle finish and a third place boardercross fastest time finish.

For the Summit Girls, Kelsey Griffith was a lone soldier over the three days of competition. She would finish second in the boardercross fastest time event, sixth in the boardercross head-to-head and eighth in slopestyle.

“The team unity really pulled it together for us,” Rovianek said. “They were really there for each other, which is how it was all season. All the kids were awesome to work with. They learned a lot and they taught me a lot. We’ll be back to defend the titles next year.”

Summit highlights:

Kelsey Griffith — 2nd BDX fastest time, 6th BDX head-to-head

Jeremy Page — 2nd slopestyle, 2nd halfpipe

David Rovianek — 3rd BDX fastest time, 5th slopestyle

Chris Barber — 5th BDX fastest time, 7th halfpipe, 14th slopestyle

Dana Keleher — 34th slopestyle

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