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The girls' basketball season came to a shocking end for Susquehanna County teams when the last two were eliminated in Saturday's District 2 quarterfinals.
First, Forest City had its upset bid fall short when a 14-point lead got away in a 46-43 loss to Bishop Hafey in an afternoon Class A game at Pittston Area.
Then, second-seeded Montrose was knocked off by seventh-seeded Lakeland, 46-37, in a Class AA game at Tunkhannock.
The Lackawanna League Division III champion Lady Meteors were unable to take control in the first half because of serious foul trouble. Montrose then shot 3-for-28 from the floor in the second half to have its season come to a stunning end at 24-2.
"Things didn't go our way," Montrose coach John Cherundolo said. "We got into foul trouble early and we missed a lot of scoring opportunities."
The Forest City and Montrose girls' losses leave the Montrose boys as the only county basketball team still playing.
Both teams led late, but were hurt by clutch 3-pointers.
Kristina Coll, who scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half for Bishop Hafey, hit a 3-pointer off an in-bounds play with 30 seconds left for a 44-43 lead. Coll also added a steal and lay-up with 10 seconds left to close the scoring.
Coll was just 1-for-10 from the floor in the first three quarters and 0-for-7 on 3-pointers before her game-winner.
"I was pretty sick and wasn't into the game," Coll said. "My teammates still had confidence in me.
"I didn't hit one the whole night, but everyone was like 'you're going to make one.'"
Kellen Kraky played a similar role for Lakeland in its upset of Montrose.
Kraky was just 2-for-12 from the floor and had missed all six of her 3-pointers when she hit an open 3-pointer to break a 35-35 tie with 2:04 left.
An already struggling Montrose offense was unable to recover, producing just two free throws the rest of the way. Kraky's 3-pointer started a game-ending, 11-2 run for the Lady Chiefs.
Montrose finished 10-for-53 (18.9 percent) in the game.
"You can't shoot less than 20 percent and win," Cherundolo said.
That is true even of teams with designs on making a statement in the state tournament.
"Two bad games out of 26 isn't bad," Cherundolo said. "It just came at a bad time."
With three District 2 teams advancing to the state tournament in Class AA, the four quarterfinal winners each get two shots at coming up with another win to reach state play. Quarterfinal losers are done.
"We were looking forward to moving on to the state playoffs," Cherundolo said. "We didn't care if it was as the first-, second- or third-place team.
"If we win this one, we have two chances. It just wasn't in the cards."
The trouble started early for Montrose.
Chelsey Parvin was whistled for two fouls in the first 1:11. She returned to start the second quarter, but picked up a third foul with 3:44 left in the half.
Parvin's fourth foul came while battling on the floor for a loose rebound with 5:46 left in the third quarter. She fouled out after playing just a total of just 12:44.
The other two starting front court players also had foul trouble.
Amanda Lass fouled out and Christine Brown went to the bench with three first-half fouls.
They combined for just one field goal and 13 rebounds while Lakeland's Kelly Tratthen dominated inside with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Tratthen grabbed six rebounds in the first quarter, then scored nine points in the second quarter when Lakeland moved in front. She help Lakeland build a 21-13 rebounding advantage in the first half and 46-34 for the game.
Kate LaBarbera hit three straight 3-point attempts in the first four minutes of the second quarter and added a 15-footer to close the half, keeping the Lady Meteors within, 25-24.
LaBarbera finished with 15 points. Lass had a team-high 10 rebounds and three assists. Christine Brown made four steals.
Montrose still had moments when it seemed to be in control.
LaBarbera and Erika Brown combined to hit four straight free throws late in the first quarter for a 9-4 lead.
The lead reached five twice in the second quarter - on LaBarbera's first 3-pointer 10 seconds in and on a Christine Brown basket at 5:16 - and four on each of the other LaBarbera 3-pointers.
There were two three-point leads in the fourth quarter.
Lass converted a rebound to end the third quarter then hit LaBarbera cutting through the lane to start the fourth for a 32-29 lead.
Christine Brown grabbed a rebound and hit a 7-footer from the left side for a 34-31 lead with 4:46 left.
Montrose never hit another field goal and the Lady Chiefs outscored the Lady Meteors, 15-3, the rest of the way.
Forest City also held leads in all four quarters.
Tara McGraw hit four 3-pointers while scoring a game-high 20 points and had a leaning 3-point attempt for the tie at the buzzer go halfway down before popping out of the basket.
Amanda Risner and Tiffany Tyson added eight points each. Laura Heck had five points, four steals and three assists.
The Lady Foresters won four out of five coming into districts then jumped to a 20-6 lead on the third-seeded Lady Vikings.
McGraw had two 3-pointers in the first quarter. The second started a 10-0 run in just 2:04.
Heck drove for a basket and 15-6 lead after one quarter. Risner hit a shot with her foot on the 3-point line and Tyson followed with a 3-pointer for the 20-6 lead.
Kim Wienches scored the last five points of the first half and Dana Correale scored the first six of the second half to give Bishop Hafey its first lead, 26-24.
Forest City's shooting nearly pulled out the game to start the fourth quarter. Tyson hit a 3-pointer and McGraw added two more while scoring eight points in an 11-4 run.
McGraw's last 3-pointer gave Forest City a 39-34 lead with 3:50 left.
Bishop Hafey closed with a 12-4 run.
Forest City kept it close until the final seconds when McGraw and Kristal Griffiths each converted two free throws.
The Lady Foresters (9-15) finished 8-for-14 on 3-pointers.
WEEK IN REVIEW
Susquehanna dropped two close matches in a three-way Lackawanna League Division II wrestling tie-breaker at Blue Ridge Thursday.
The Sabers tied for first place in the regular season for the first time in school history, setting up the three-way wrestle-off to determine the division champion.
Although Elk Lake finished 1-1 behind Scranton Prep's sweep of the two matches, Susquehanna remained in contention longer.
The Sabers still had a chance to win until the last bout that was wrestled in each match.
Scranton Prep's Mike Flynn defeated Steven Holmes by injury default at 160 pounds to pull out a 41-36 victory over Susquehanna.
Derek Noldy's technical fall at 145 gave Elk Lake a 39-36 win over Susquehanna.
Scranton Prep won the title by defeating Elk Lake, 54-22, in the format which mixed matches from all three duals throughout the night on two mats.
Brant Thomas (125) had two pins in less than a minute for the Sabers. Scott Meagley (103), Travis Cordner (112), Nathan Huyck (135) and Chris Cavanaugh (275) each had a pin and a forfeit win.
Mike Noldy had two first-period pins for Elk Lake at 171. Rich Harvey had pins at 135 and 140. Derek Noldy (145) added a pin and a technical fall while Jason Miller (215) had a pin and major decision.
In other high school wrestling, Justin Herbert set Blue Ridge's school record for career wins Saturday when he picked up his 116th in a 33-27 loss to Hanover Area.
In junior high wrestling, Elk Lake finished eighth out of 25 teams in the District 2 Junior High Championships with 46 points.
Wyoming Valley West edged Lake-Lehman, 136-133, for the team title.
Blue Ridge was 10th with 42 points, Montrose was 13th with 24 and Susquehanna was 20th with 15.
Alex Stanton of Blue Ridge won the title at 110 pounds. Teammate Anthony Lewis was second at 155.
Elk Lake's Eric Aukema finished second, losing the 138-pound final in overtime. Anthony Juser was third at 110 and Derek Green was fourth at 145.
Montrose D.J. Brown was second at 185 while Nate Hotchkiss was fourth at 165.
Susquehanna Josh Jenkins finished third at 185.
In boys' basketball, Montrose reached the district semifinals with a pair of wins.
The Meteors earned the top seed in the 16-team Class AA field as the Lackawanna League Division III champion then won decisively in the first two rounds.
After defeating Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 77-53, in a home game to open the tournament, Montrose reached the semifinals with a 63-46 victory over Wyoming Seminary.
The two wins make Montrose one of the final four teams in the district tournament, which sends three into state play. A win in either of the next two rounds will qualify the Meteors for the state tournament.
Tom Burgh scored 17 points, Kyle Adriance added 15 and Kyle Stoddard had 12 in the win over Wyoming Seminary.
Forest City was the only other county boys' team to win a game.
The Foresters knocked off Susquehanna, 58-44, before falling to top-seeded Pittston Seton Catholic, 43-33.
Forest City was within, 31-27, heading into the fourth quarter of its quarterfinal loss to Seton Catholic.
The other county teams were eliminated in the first round of Class AA play when Wilkes-Barre GAR routed Blue Ridge, 84-55; Hanover Area beat Mountain View, 60-44, and Dunmore downed Elk Lake, 56-41.
GAR ran out to a 45-18 half-time lead on Blue Ridge.
Tom Donovan hit three 3-pointers to lead Blue Ridge with 12 points. Azim Griffin added 11.
Mountain View was only down, 43-38, entering the fourth quarter at Hanover Area. The Eagles, who joined Montrose in producing the only winning overall records by county boys' teams this season, were led by Nick Stoud's nine points.
In girls' basketball, Montrose started the district tournament with a 74-40 romp over GAR.
Parvin led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Erika Brown added 12 points. Jessica Franklin chipped in with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Forest City had a first-round bye.
The other four county girls' teams were eliminated in tournament openers.
Susquehanna lost at home, 49-42, to Bishop O'Hara in Class A.
Hanover Area defeated Elk Lake, 43-31; Wyoming Seminary topped Mountain View, 54-36; and Lakeland defeated Blue Ridge, 72-54, in Class AA.
Celia Tyler had 10 points for Elk Lake.
Mountain View was led by Amanda Breese with nine points.
In other District 2 basketball news, future championship games could involve a longer trip for Susquehanna County teams but to a more special setting.
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 2 committee members said last week that they are closer than ever to bringing their basketball championship games to the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre Township as early as the 2006 season.
No objections were raised at the basketball seeding meeting when committee members asked representatives from the vast majority of the district's 48 schools whether there would be problems with such a move.
District 2 chairman Frank Majikes said Saturday that a meeting with arena officials for the day before had been postponed because of a scheduling conflict at the arena. More talks are likely in the near future.
No agreement has been reached and progress will need to continue because dates have to be reserved before the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the arena's primary tenant, submit dates for potential 2005-06 home games to the American Hockey League.
"We're trying to work it out," Majikes said.
The district is seeking all eight championship games to be scheduled for the arena - three on a Friday night and five on a Saturday.
The Wachovia Arena, which opened in 1999, has not hosted any of the high school championship events that qualify teams from Susquehanna County, the Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton areas and the northern Pocono Mountains for entry into state competition.
The arena seats more than 8,000 for hockey games and would hold more for basketball.
In professional hockey, Binghamton Senators rookie Brandon Bochenski was part of the comeback that lifted PlanetUSA to a 5-4 shoot-out victory over the Canadian All-Stars in the AHL All-Star Classic.
Michel Ouellet of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins had a goal and an assist to help the Canadian stars to a 4-0 lead after one period.
Bochenski had the last of three second-period goals that helped PlanetUSA recover to force the shoot-out.
Jason Spezza of Binghamton was on a starting forward line, along with Ouellet, for the Canadian stars.
Binghamton's Brian Pothier and Anton Volchenkov played on the PlanetUSA defense.
Spezza was stopped during the shoot-out in which the Canadians went 0-for-3 while PlanetUSA was 3-for-3.
Teams are split according to the players' birthplaces with Canadian natives taking on players from the United States and Europe.
Kristy Shadduck, a 6-foot-1 junior from Elk Lake, has worked her way back into the starting basketball lineup at Division II Lock Haven University.
Shadduck, who was a starter in 10 of her 38 games during her first two seasons, has five starts in 24 games this season. She has been the team's leading scorer three times and leading rebounder twice in the last eight games after not leading the team in scoring in any of the first 16 games.
On the season, Shadduck is averaging 5.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while leading the team with 22 blocked shots. Shadduck is shooting 46.8 percent from the floor, second best on the team, and 61.5 percent from the line.
Lock Haven is 4-21, including 2-8 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Shadduck had the team's best scoring game of the season February 2 when she produced 22 points and added nine rebounds in an 83-68 win over Columbia Union College.
THE WEEK AHEAD
The District 2 Class AA Wrestling Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Scranton Prep.
Montrose's Jeff Snyder, Blue Ridge's Louis Villella and Mountain View's Matt Panasevich are all defending champions.
Their schools are in the tournament along with Susquehanna and Elk Lake, the two teams that had the county's best performances in league competition.
Nathan Huyck, a runner-up last season and the school's all-time leader in wins, is Susquehanna's top threat.
In boys' basketball, Montrose was scheduled to play Bishop Hoban Tuesday at 6 at Carbondale in the Class AA semifinals. The winner will meet the Dunmore-Riverside winner for the championship Friday while the loser meets the Dunmore-Riverside loser for the district's third and final state berth.
TOM ROBINSON writes a weekly local sports column for the Susquehanna County Transcript. He can be reached on-line at RobbyTR@aol.com.
JEFF GORDON Wins His Third Daytona 500
Daytona Beach, FL – Jeff Gordon’s push for his fifth NASCAR Nextel Championship is off to a good start.
Jeff Gordon in Victory Lane.
Gordon pulled ahead on the final restart with two laps to go in Sunday’s 200-lap Daytona 500, and then held off defending Cup champion Kurt Busch.
“With three laps to go, Rick Hendrick (Gordon’s car owner) came on the radio and said it was time to go,” said Gordon. “I said, yes sir it is.”
Gordon had been running second to the leader Tony Stewart for 25 laps when a caution came out on lap on lap 192. Gordon tried the outside line, but couldn’t make it work. Meanwhile, Dale Jr., had worked his way up through the field was able to get by Stewart briefly, but fell back.
Gordon was able to pass Dale Jr. for the lead on lap 196. On the next lap there was another caution which set up a two lap, green/white/checkered shoot-out to the finish line.
Gordon got a good lead on Dale Jr. on the final restart, but it was Kurt Busch, the third place car that was able to pass Junior and close on Gordon.
For one lap Busch was able to stay on Gordon’s rear bumper, but as the field of cars entered turn four on the final lap, Gordon had too much of a lead to be caught.
It was his 70th career win and he joins Dale Jarrett and Bobby Allison as a three-time Daytona 500 winner.
“The car wasn’t that good during the early part of the race, but we made some adjustments, and I could drive it right up in there,” said Dale Jr. “I got the lead with a couple laps to go, but I didn’t know if I had him cleared or not. I don’t know if it was a third place car, but it was good.
“I could have absolutely won the race if I had a little help.”
Seventh place finisher, Tony Stewart led the most laps, but bumped into the side of Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 several times after the race ended.
“I don’t know what his problem was,” said Johnson. “We were all trying to block and do whatever we can to win the race, and he tried running me into the outside wall. There’s no retaliation on my part, I’m sure he’s upset because he didn’t win.”
Top ten finishing order: 1. Jeff Gordon, 2. Kurt Busch, 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 4. Scott Riggs, 5. Jimmie Johnson, 6. Mark Martin, 7. Tony Stewart, 8. Sterling marlin, 9. Kevin LePage, 10. Rusty Wallace.
42nd Time Is Charm For TONY STEWART, Daytona Beach, FL – Tony Stewart had failed to win 41 Busch Series races, but the 42nd one was a charm.
Stewart's victory Saturday at Daytona was the 2002 Cup champion's first Busch win and fifth overall at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.
"I had the drama, had the recovery, had the comeback," said Stewart, who charged to the lead with three laps remaining and won under a yellow flag after a last-lap crash. "I could not have scripted it any more exciting if I was making a movie."
His hopes nearly ended with 25 laps to go when a bump from Carl Edwards sent Stewart skidding through the infield grass at 190 mph. Somehow, he kept the car going in the right direction, steering it back onto the high-banked oval.
"It turned out a lot better than I thought it would,” said Stewart. “I thought I was going to hit the wall. It was just a matter of how hard."
Stewart fell to eighth, then all the way to 17th after his crew needed extra time on the next pit stop to repair the damage.
Stewart and his teammate, Kevin Harvick ganged up on the Chance 2 duo of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. to sweep past with less than three laps remaining.
Stewart, Harvick, Earnhardt, Truex and Robby Gordon -- all in Chevrolets -- were the top five, followed by Kasey Kahne, Michael Waltrip, Greg Biffle, Reed Sorenson and Edwards.
NASCAR’S Newest Feud – Even before the first race of the season, The Daytona 500, there is a new driver feud brewing, involving Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick.
Midway through Thursday’s second qualifying race, Jimmie Johnson, who was leading, was bumped from behind by Kevin Harvick.
Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet was turned sideways, and then eight other cars were taken out, including those driven by Harvick, Mark Martin, Rusty Wallace, and Joe Nemechek.
Most of those cars were a mangled mess in the garage area, though none of the drivers had to resort to a backup car Sunday.
Johnson was furious, saying Harvick acted stupid and should have known better than to bump draft in the turns, and he hoped team owner, Richard Childress would fire him.
“It’s a shame,” said Johnson. “He tore up seven or eight good race cars. He always seems to surface at the top with issues. Somebody has to do something."
Harvick would only say that Johnson checked up and he couldn’t help it.
Since each Cup car costs an estimated $200,000-$240,000 to build, it means the total money costs as a result of the wreck were nearly $2-million.
Meanwhile Michael Waltrip, winner of the first race said, “It was Harvick’s option not to run over him. If you’re in the turn, you don’t hit the guy ahead of you.”
After the race, both drivers were given a warning by NASCAR president, Mike Helton that they would be suspended if they didn’t patch up their differences.
"They were told they could work it out amongst themselves," NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said, "Or NASCAR will work it out for them. The penalty could involve some quiet time - forced to sit out a race - and heavy fines.”
Johnson wasn't the only driver having issues with Harvick. Nemechek threw a water bottle at him, and then elaborated on his feelings.
"He drove stupid - totally ridiculous," Nemechek said of Harvick. "He cost a bunch of people good race cars, hard work, a lot of money, and they ought to make him pay for it."
The NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks race at California Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Friday, February 25, Craftsman Truck American Racing Wheels 200, race 2 of 25, 100 laps/200 miles, 9 p.m. TV: Speed Channel.
Saturday, February 26, Busch Series Stater Bros. 300, race 2 of 35, 150 laps/300 miles, 5:30 p.m. TV: FX Channel.
Sunday, February 27, Nextel Cup Auto Club 500, race 2 of 36, 250 laps/500 miles, 2 p.m. TV: Fox.
Racing Trivia Question: What year did the new California Speedway open?
Last Week’s Question: Which team will Dave Blaney be driving for this season? Answer. Blaney is driving the Richard Childress No. 07.
You may read additional stories by the Racing Reporter at www.race500.com.
Nathan Huyck celebrated not only senior recognition Friday February 11, he also set a new school record for Wrestling Career Wins at Susquehanna Community High School. The record was set in 2000 by former saber wrestler Garrett Ciotoli, with 94 wins. Nathan beat the record Friday night during a home match against Mt. View, giving him 95 wins.
Pictured (l-r) during a recognition are: Assistant Coach Nate Wademan; SCSD Superintendent Bronson Stone; Senior Nate Huyck; Head Coach Rob Presley; SCHS Principal Michael Lisowski.
Nathan has wrestled for the Sabers six years. He placed second at Division II Districts in 2004. Nathan’s goal is to end his high school wrestling career with 100 wins. Nathan is the son of Kay Ralston.
Date / Time Water Area Meeting Place # / Species Trout
3/7 1:00 p.m. Wysox Creek Int rt.ís 6 & 187 600 Bk 600 Br 800 Rb 15 TG
3/8 1:30 p.m. Wyalusing Creek Basil Leaf Rest/ Montrose
East Branch 870 Bk 2030 Rb 40 TG
3/16 1:30 p.m. Salt Lick Creek Trail Diner / New Milford 530 Bk 1260 Rb 5 TG
3/17 12:45 p.m. Tuscarora Creek int. Rt.s 367/ 6 Laceyville 390 Bk 910 Rb
3/23 1:30 p.m. Wyalusing Creek Basil Leaf Rest. / Montrose
Middle Branch 420 Bk 420 Br 560 Rb
North Branch 270 Bk 630 Rb
3/25 2:00 p.m. Quaker Lake PFBC access 1200 Rb
4/1 1:30 p.m. Silver Creek Basil Leaf Rest. / Montrose 360 Br 840 Rb
Fall Brook 150 Br 350 Rb
4/5 1:30 p.m. Snake Creek Basil Leaf Rest./ Montrose 960 Bk 2240 Rb 50TG
4/11 1:30 p.m. Gaylord Creek Basil Leaf Rest./ Montrose 840 Bk 360 Br
4/12 2:00 p.m. Starrucca Creek Lanesboro Post Office 570 Bk 1330 Rb 25 TG
Canawacta Creek 120 Br 360 Br
Trout season opens April 16, 2005; Daily Creel Limit 5 per day.
The last Budweiser Shootout Mark Martin was not a part of wasn’t even called the Budweiser Shootout. It was the Busch Clash, and the year was 1988. Rain Man had yet to be released, Wrigley Field still had no lights, and the 29-year old Martin was left out of the season-opening star-filled race for the sixth straight year since making his debut in 1982.
That would never happen again. Martin won the Bud Pole Award at Dover in September of 1988 – his first year with Roush Racing – and hence gained eligibility for the next season’s Shootout. He has yet to miss one since – a record 16 consecutive Budweiser Shootouts. He’ll make his 17th straight start on Feb. 12, and, most likely, it will be his last.
The 2005 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona will kick off what Martin has labeled his “Salute To You” Tour, a year-long gesture of appreciation while he competes for the Nextel Cup title for the final time. Likewise, Rusty Wallace will begin his farewell tour, “Rusty’s Last Call”, by competing in his 19th Budweiser Shootout. Martin’s 17 starts and Wallace’s 18 are bested only by Bill Elliott’s 19. Coincidentally, he too will be racing on Feb. 12th.
“I’ve always thought the Bud Shootout was a great way to start the season off,” Martin said. “It’s one of those rare races where second place means nothing, and you just have to go out there and put everything on the line to win the thing.”
Martin did just that in 1999, storming from 13th to beat Ken Schrader by .215 seconds to earn his only Shootout victory. In 17 starts he has six top-fives and $497,877 in prize earnings. Wallace has one win, four top-fives and $506,377 in earnings in 18 starts. His victory in 1998 was special, as he beat his younger brother, Kenny Wallace, to earn the Shootout’s first six-figure prize of $100,000. Martin’s victory the ensuing year was worth $106,000.
Perhaps equally as remarkable as 16 consecutive starts is that Martin has made all of them with the same team – the No. 6 Roush Racing team. Martin signed with Jack Roush in 1988 and recorded 10 top-10s in his first season. Martin’s first Shootout in 1982 was his only one not in a Roush Racing Ford, as he drove a car funded out of his own pocket. He finished eighth out of 13 drivers that day in the No. 02 Buick.
“This will be our 17th consecutive Shootout, and I ran my first one way back in 1982,” Martin said. “We were able to win it in ’99, and that was a lot of fun. Last year we had a really good car and were able to run up front with the leaders (finishing fourth). Hopefully we’ll be able to be competitive again. I can think of nothing that would get our “Salute To You” tour off to a better start than racing for the win in the Budweiser Shootout. I’d also like to thank all the people involved with the Budweiser Shootout over the years for the great job they have done in putting on a great race for both the fans and the drivers.”
The 27th running of the Budweiser Shootout is scheduled for Sat., February 12 at 8 p.m. ET.
The Julius Prezelski Basketball School for boys and girls entering grades 4 through 9 next fall, will be held at Montrose Area High School on June 22, 23, and 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; sign up early to avoid being boxed out.
You can obtain a brochure from your school coach, athletic director or by contacting Julius Prezelski at (570) 785–3913.
Kyle Shostek (pictured above), Clifford Township, will join several of his teammates from Elk Mountain February 26-27, 2005 at the Junior (J IV-V) Pennsylvania Alpine Racing Association (PARA) state alpine racing championships (aka “Derbies”) at Ski RoundTop near Harrisburg, PA. Qualifying to compete in the Derbies by placing among the top time scores in four previous qualifying slalom and giant slalom ski races held at Elk, Jack Frost, and Blue Mountain, this will be Kyle’s fifth season at the J IV-V Derbies in his age group. At this weekend’s derbies, Kyle and his teammates will compete for a spot on the state team and the eastern J IV “Future Stars”. If selected to the PA State Team, athletes may advance to invitational ski camps and races or even to the Eastern Region Finals or Eastern Region Junior Olympics. Last year, Kyle’s scores earned him an invitation to race in the Piché Invitational at Gunstock, New Hampshire.
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