High Country Junior Race Series Continues Sunday at Beech Mountain Resort; See Jan. 25 Scores Here

Published Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 3:17 pm

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Jan. 27, 2015. The annual High Country Junior Race Series is once again underway. On Jan. 25, Beech Mountain Resort 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.

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.

skierThe 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 mobile casino said.

The race results for the Jan. 25 race at Beech Mountain Resort 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. Aubrie Carson – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  5. Scarlett DeCurtins – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  6. Chloe Caroselli – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  7. Lucy Long – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Boys 6 and Under

  1. Bruin Webster – Ski Beech
  2. Emil Giguere – Ski Beech
  3. Levi Rogers – Ski Beech

Girls 7 & 8 

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

Boys 7 & 8

  1. Charlie Martyn – Ski Beech
  2. Brendan O”Conner – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Andrew Hill – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  4. Connor Hearn – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  5. Gavin Provencher – Ski Beech
  6. Ayden Johnson – Sugar Mountain Resort
  7. Davis Griffen – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  8. Aiden Crissler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  9. Zackery Kowalczyk – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  10. Sam Nystrom

Girls 9 & 10

  1. Ava Jane Schmidinger – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Ellie Reynolds – Ski Beech
  3. Emily Gray – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  4. Sophie Speckmann – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  5. Sarah Goode – Ski Beech
  6. Mercer Long – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  7. Julianne Reynolds – Ski Beech
  8. Perry Pate – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  9. Gwendolyn Anderson – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Boys 9 & 10

  1. Thomas Mennen – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Griffin Dillman – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  3. Ian Provencher – Ski Beech
  4. Andrew Geouque – Sugar Mountain Resort
  5. Grayson Matney – Ski Beech
  6. Samuel Campbell – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  7. Colin Burts – Sugar Mountain Resort
  8. Timothy Eustice – Ski Beech
  9. Emmit Coffey – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  10. Andrew Jones – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  11. Will Covington – Sugar Mountain Resort
  12. Henri Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
  13. Macen Lineberger – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  14. Grayson Gentry – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  15. Alex Albu – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  16. Jarrod Rogers – Ski Beech
  17. Sam Brandon – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  18. Kaden Carson – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Girls 11 & 12

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

Boys 11 & 12

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

Girls 13  & 14

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

Boys 13 & 14

  1. Will Ambler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  2. Karson Pilkenton – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  3. Justin N. Simmons – Sugar Mountain Resort
  4. Thomas Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
  5. Julian Nosarzewski – Ski Beech
  6. Mitchell Abernethy – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  7. Shannon Collins – Sugar Mountain Resort
  8. August Carter – Sugar Mountain Resort
  9. Alexander Brown – Appalachian Ski Mtn

Girls 15 & 16

  1. Morgan Paris – Sugar Mountain Resort
  2. Lauren Matherly – Ski Beech
  3. Madison Crissler – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  4. Hannah Garry – Sugar Mountain Resort

Boys 15 & 16

  1. Martin Smokla – Ski Beech
  2. Douglas Coley – Sugar Mountain Resort
  3. Alec Granger – Ski Beech
  4. Baylor Matney – Ski Beech
  5. Austin Horn – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  6. Will Rankin – Appalachian Ski Mtn
  7. Avery Lineberger – 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. 1 at Beech Mountain Resort. For more information about the High Country Junior Race Series, click here.

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