Summit riders soar into state competition


News staff writer

March 7, 2007

The Summit Snowboard Team finished its season undefeated in Gorge League competition this past weekend. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams have controlled the Gorge League this year by taking first in all six of the competitions. The Gorge league consists of Hood River’s own Summit, Barlow, Centennial, West Salem and OES.

The boys dominated the last Half Pipe competition, taking seven out of the top 10 spots, including first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh. The boys flew high out of the pipe, jumping and spinning their way to the top spot, led by the talents of Jeremy Page, who has finished first in all but one of the competitions this year. The girls’ team, consisting of Kelsey Griffith, Ellery Young, Tory Ratcliff, Sara Pritchett, Samantha Chacon and Nicole Richards, also dominated the competition with Griffith taking first.

In the final slopestyle competition, an event which includes rails, jumps, and a 20-foot wall at the bottom of the run which riders must defy gravity to slide up. The Summit boys towered above the field, scoring almost 250 points higher than the second placed Barlow team. After sliding the rails, the riders hit the jumps, performing gymnastic feats in the air with names like “back side 540’s,”“nose and tail grabs,” and “cork 360’s” before riding up the giant wall ride.

Senior rider David Rovianek credited the support and camaraderie that has developed within the team for its success this season.

“I learned from my brother Paul, don’t trash talk or belittle; it’s better to support and encourage each other, which helps all of us get better Rovianek said.

The Summit Snowboarders will now get ready to defend their title as state champs for the OISA State Championships being held this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows. This will be the last competition for the senior riders Page, Rovianek, Ian Daly, Hampus Nordenson, Stephen Stenberg, Felix Kubler, Mo Brueckman and Kelsey Griffith.

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