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- KMS snowboarder Sophie Anderson clinches USASA Southern Vermont Series Champion title
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 09:47 AM
KILLINGTON-On Saturday, Jan. 26 at the USASA Southern Vermont
Series boardercross/skicross at Stratton Mountain, Killington
Mountain School's Sophie Anderson '14, of Littleton, Mass., took
first place in Junior Women (ages 16-17) and was first overall in
women regardless of age. Killington's Nikki Sardelli '16 finished
second in Youth Women (ages 14-15) and Jesse Kunkowski placed third
for Breaker Boys (ages 12-13).
"With arctic temperatures, the cross team had its work cut out,"
said KMS Snowboard Program Director KC Gandee. "Day one featured a
fast course with a tricky last turn that confused many riders and
skiers. KMS athletes completed the course well with many top five
qualifying times. Sunday held warmer temps and a beefed up course
which allowed our riders and skiers to show their terrain riding
skills. Although a couple of crashes kept some of the team off of
the podium, the others pushed through, pumped everything on the
course for extra speed and prevailed."
On Sunday, Anderson again found herself at the top of the podium
for Junior Women and was third overall women regardless of age,
clinching the Southern Vermont Series Champion title and earning a
berth to the USASA Nationals. Kunkowski came in fourth for Breaker
Boys. Pittsfield's Mazie Hayden was first in skier girls ages 10-12
and the first overall skier woman regardless of age, stepping it up
a notch after her second place finish on Saturday. Taylor Doxsee
'12, was first in Open Skier men and first overall in skier men
regardless of age.
Just north, other members of the KMS/KSC Snowboard Team took to the
Dreammaker Park for K-Town Showdown #2 on Saturday. In the Grom
Division, Jake Fournier finished first and Ryan Sihler was right
behind him in second.
"Jake's back board on the c rail cemented his win, and Ryan's 50-50
180 to switch 50-50 on the down flat down gave him a close second,"
said KMS Head Freestyle Snowboard Coach Andrew Bouffard. "Matt
Beach front boarded the whole down rail, D did a crazy double board
slide on the Y rail, while Chris Oko made it to the end of the up
side of the same rail. KMS snowboarding definitely rocked the home
To learn more about alpine, snowboard, freestyle, freeskiing, and
cycling training and opportunities, visit
www.killingtonmountainschool.org or call 802.422.KMS1.