High Country Junior Race Series Continues Sunday at Sugar Mountain Resort; View Feb. 8 Race Results Here

Published Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Feb. 10, 2015. The annual High Country Junior Race Series is well underway. On Feb. 8, Appalachian Ski Mtn. hosted the latest High Country Junior Race Series race of the season. The race featured boys and girls competing for the fastest time in their categories.

Photo courtesy of the High Country Junior Race Series.

Photo courtesy of the High Country Junior Race Series.

The High Country Junior Race Series first began three decades ago in 1984. What started  as a friendly competition between junior skiers became a huge race series that brings together junior athletes, ages 4 to 18, to participate in a series of races held at each ski area, including Appalachian Ski Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Sugar Mountain Resort.

The top three finishers in each category are awarded a medal at the end of each race. Placement of racers earns them points which are collected over the season during the multiple races to be added together for a final season score for the championships., where trophies are awarded to the athletes with the most combined points for the season.

When the young athletes race, regardless of their placement, points are earned for their respective teams. At the end of the series, all of the points are totaled up to determine overall rankings for each age group.

Though many of the athletes are local, there are many still who come from off the mountain from as far away as Charlotte and Raleigh to practice and compete.

It’s a great series that brings teams together from all over and helps to build skills in individuals that contribute to a lifelong love of skiing, said Kim Jochl of Sugar Mountain Resort in a previous interview.

“The format of the races helps to maintain the camaraderie as a team and helps these kids to learn and love competition. It’s a fun way to compete as an athlete and introduces them to how sports and their lives can work together. This series has been in place longer than I have been here, and from what I have seen kids will stay in this series for ten years. Now we are seeing kids who raced in it coming back to let their kids race themselves. It’s a series that keeps one generation involved and encourages a second or even a third generation to compete later. It’s a great series,” Jochl said.

The race results for the Feb. 8 race at Appalachian Ski Mtn. are as follows:

Girls 6 and Under

  1. Elise Carson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  2. Emmie Hollinger – Ski Beech
  3. Emerson DeCurtins – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  4. Scarlett DeCurtins – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Aubrie Carson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Chloe Caroselli – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  7. Zoe Nelson – Ski Beech
  8. Emma Tirak – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Boys 6 and Under

  1. Bruin Webster – Ski Beech
  2. Ansel Westerman – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  3. Jude Jackson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  4. Emil Giguere – Ski Beech
  5. Cooper Parsons – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Levi Rogers – Ski Beech
  7. Eric Nystrom – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Girls 7 & 8

  1. Eva Young – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  2. Abby Miller – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Sarah Grosser – Sugar Mountain Resort
  4. Brooke Moehrke – Ski Beech
  5. Abby Hemp – Sugar Mountain Resort
  6. Hannah Frye – Ski Beech
  7. Clare Graham – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  8. Brooke Adams – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  9. Lily Rogers – Ski Beech
  10. Monica McCabe – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  11. Karolina Nosarzewski – Ski Beech
  12. Riley Olson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  13. Madelyn McCabe – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  14. Cayden Tirak – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Boys 7 & 8

  1. Cavan Bannon – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Andrew Hill – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  3. Charlie Martyn – Ski Beech
  4. Connor Hearn – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Jackson Wolter – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Gavin Provencher – Ski Beech
  7. Brendan O’Conner – Sugar Mountain Resort
  8. Ayden Johnson – Sugar Mountain Resort
  9. Walker Stewart – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  10. Zackery Kowalczyk – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  11. Jesse Rickman – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  12. Eli Williamson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  13. Aiden Crissler – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  14. Owen Tincher – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Girls 9 & 10

  1. Ava Jane Schmidinger – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Taylor Moehrke – Ski Beech
  3. Sophie Speckmann – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  4. Emily Gray – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Amy Latendresse – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Laurel Kiker – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  7. Lilly Fairbanks – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  8. Iris Westerman – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  9. Gwendolyn Anderson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  10. Perry Pate – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  11. Darmody Tausche – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Boys 9 & 10

  1. Thomas Mennen – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Andrew Geouque – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Ian Provencher – Ski Beech
  4. Griffin Dillman – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Samuel Campbell – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Timothy Eustice – Ski Beech
  7. Andrew Jones – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  8. Will Covington – Sugar Mountain Resort
  9. Macen Lineberger – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  10. Grayson Matney – Ski Beech
  11. Cole Pace – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  12. Winn Stewart – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  13. Jensen Moretz – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  14. Henri Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
  15. Calvin Williamson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  16. Silas Jackson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  17. Axel Albu – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  18. Emmit Coffey – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  19. Zachary Brooks – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  20. Jarrod Rogers – Ski Beech
  21. Arden Jackson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  22. Sam Brandon – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  23. Kaden Carson – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Girls 11 & 12

  1. Sophia Lehmann – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Hallie Rose Donadio – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  3. Emiley Geouque – Sugar Mountain Resort
  4. Alice Knight – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Jackie Granger – Ski Beech
  6. Julia Handley – Ski Beech
  7. Kate Ambler – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  8. Eva Giguere – Ski Beech
  9. Emma Kate McKeown – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  10. Peyton Walton – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  11. Neely Hicks – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Boys 11 & 12

  1. Maddox Spires – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Grant McAllister III – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Joshua Grosser – Sugar Mountain Resort
  4. Ethan Campbell – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Jackson Hudspeth – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Dennis Schneider – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  7. Corbin Ross – Sugar Mountain Resort
  8. George Young – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  9. William Abernethy – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  10. Angus Currie – Ski Beech
  11. Preston Fairbanks – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  12. Luke Ramsdell – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  13. Will Spillman – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  14. Griffin Hayward – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  15. Max Midget – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Girls 13 & 14

  1. Lachlann Currie – Ski Beech
  2. Katie Mac Knight – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  3. Jennifer Fish – Sugar Mountain Resort
  4. Jo Hill – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Emma Hudspeth – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Isabelle Trew – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  7. Jeannie Sapp – Ski Beech
  8. Kylie Drake – Ski Beech
  9. Eve Garry – Sugar Mountain Resort
  10. Carly Gragg – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Boys 13 & 14

  1. Will Ambler – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  2. Karson Pilkenton – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  3. Aiden Bannon – Sugar Mountain Resort
  4. Lee Byington – Ski Beech
  5. Justin N. Simmons – Sugar Mountain Resort
  6. Julian Nosarzewski – Ski Beech
  7. Thomas Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
  8. Will Schneider – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  9. August Carter – Sugar Mountain Resort
  10. Mitchell Abernethy – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  11. Alexander Brown – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  12. Shannon Collins – Sugar Mountain Resort
  13. Chris McAdams – Sugar Mountain Resort

Girls 15 & 16

  1. Lauren Matherly – Ski Beech
  2. Morgan Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Madison Crissler – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  4. Caroline Sprenger – Sugar Mountain Resort
  5. Erika Reiger – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Boys 15 & 16

  1. Martin Smolka – Ski Beech
  2. Douglas Coley – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Alec Granger – Ski Beech
  4. Avery Lineberger – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  5. Will Rankin – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  6. Baylor Matney – Ski Beech
  7. Ryan McSwain – Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  8. Austin Horn – Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Girls 17 & 18

  1. Virginia Currie – Ski Beech

Boys 17 & 18

  1. Matthew Anderson – Ski Beech

The next race in the High Country Junior Race Series will take place on Feb. 15 at Sugar Mountain Resort. For more information about the High Country Junior Race Series, click here.

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