Please Read – Change in upcoming tournaments

Please take note of the following tournament changes:

1) Change in location for this Saturday’s (9/10/16) New England Championships:  the new venue is 2016 Dubes Pond in Hooksett NH.  Please see the Facebook page for information or contact the tournament director Mike Tilton (see the guide book for contact info).   https://www.facebook.com/events/181828525574516/

2) Change in event schedule for the Avon September Classic held the weekend of 9/17/16.   Slalom Trick and Jump will be held on Saturday (9/17) in that order – start time is 8.30am.  The club KOP Slalom event will held on Sunday (9/18).   For questions please contact the tournament director Pat Bryne (see the guide book for contact info).

Hathorn, Behner claim inaugural NESS season titles

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NESS season champions Scott Behner and Skylar Hathorn

More than $1,000 in cash and a winter’s worth of bragging rights were on the line as the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom Series concluded Saturday at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.

In front of a boisterous crowd, skiers competed in two-boat, head-to-head brackets using a handicap scoring system that averaged their top-three AWSA scores over the prior 12 months. The skier in each pairing that performed the best against their handicap advanced to the next round.

Girls 3 skier Skylar Hathorn, who only began skiing in tournaments earlier this summer, topped 2016 U.S. National silver medalist Donna Epstein in the finals to take the Women’s crown.

On the Men’s side, second-seeded Scott Behner used what is most likely his best-ever day on the water to defeat top-seed Dan Warner for the title. During the head-to-heads, Scott exceeded his handicap average twice, tying a new PB set earlier in the day, as well as equaling his previous PB in another match up.

The 2016 Northeast Slalom Series was comprised of six tournaments in five states.  Skiers earned series points at each stop, with the top 50 percent of skiers on the end-of-the-season standings earning an invite to compete in the series finals.  The series was sponsored by Avon Self Storage, GOODE Skis, h2oproshop.com, foregroup, Inc., and Centurion Boats.

The 2017 series kicks off Sept. 10, at the New England Slalom Championships at Dubes Pond in Hooksett, NH. The stop was previously scheduled to be held in Wolfeboro, NH, but was moved to Dubes due to low water conditions.

For more information or to register for the 2017 Northeast Slalom Series, visit www.waterskitheeast.com.

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Inaugural NESS Finals field set after Stop No. 5 held in Vermont

stop5culmAfter the fifth and final stop of the inaugural season of the Northeast Slalom series took place Saturday in Montpelier, Vt. (results here), the qualifiers for the championship finals have been determined.

Tonya Maurer and Darlene McCormick tied atop the Women’s season-long standings, with Donna Epstein, Skylar Hathorn and Kathy Callan also earning a spot in the finals.

In the Men’s draw, Bob Radimer closed out a dominating season by finishing well ahead of the pack with 230 points.  His nearest competitor, Dan Warner, finished second with 180 points on the strength of great performances at the only two stops he participated in during the season; quite an accomplishment.  Also punching their tickets to the head-to-head finals on the Men’s side were Scott Behner, Bruce Epstein, Hutch Haines, Justin Campfield, Skip Hommel, Theodore Dulos and his brother Petros, and Cole Maurer.

The head-to-head, cash-prize finals will be held Saturday, Sept. 3rd, during the Pangaea 43 tournament at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.

Regionals shake up NESS season standings

regionalspointsWith Regionals offering a big field – and with it a lot of series points – there was the potential for a shakeup in the series standings. And that was certainly the case.

Theodore and Petros Dulos finished 1-2 atop a field of 12 Men’s NESS skiers at last weekend’s Regionals to firmly launch themselves into the top half of the season standings in their only NESS event so far this year.

On the season Bob Radimer and Dan Warner are tied for first with 180 points, Hutch Haines sits in third with 150 points, while Theodore is tied with Scott Behner for fourth and Petros sits alone in 6th. If the NESS finals were held today, the names above would be joined by Justin Campfield, Scott Cerosky, Wyatt Haines and Bruce Epstein in a 10-man finals field.

Tonya Maurer used a strong showing at Regionals to catapult herself atop the Women’s season rankings, edging ahead of Skylar Hathorn who sits in second after skipping Regionals. Darlene McCormick is in third, while Kathy Callan and Donna Epstein are tied for fourth.

With eight female skiers in the series (at least up to this point) four will qualify for the finals, meaning Kathy and Donna will ski the Aug. 27th Vermont tournament – the final NESS stop of the 2016 season – in what is shaping up to be a head-to-head battle for the final spot in the Sept. 3-4 finals.

For updated season standings, click here.

2016 EVP Baton Toss

Greetings!

I hope everyone that attended the 2016 Regional Championships at Lake Holly had a blast!  I know I did!

The  new fangled team event brought about some friendly ‘smack’ talk, great competition and brought in skiers that typically wouldn’t have skied in a particular event; or even come to regionals in the first place.  The team event was a success!!!

We had some changing of the guards, with Pat Bryne stepping back into the EVP spot for 2017 and Gary Noll taking Pat’s AWSA Director spot.  Bravo gentlemen.

Check out the following video address (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WblUI2janks) for some general highlights and our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/AWSA.East/) for pictures galore from the Regional Championships.

The video touches on:  EVP change, 2017 regionals, $$, other.

Even though I’ve stepped down as EVP, I will be helping with some of the coordination for the 2017 regionals until December 31st of this year; so if you are interested in helping out contact me so I can get you on the list.

Shout out to TG Powel for a great Jr Development event!  Netting just over $1000 in fundraising cash!!!  Rock on!!!

Also, I attempted to identify and chat with the skiers that had never come to regionals before!   Congrats!  And I hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Tally-Ho!  Tonya Maurer, former AWSA East Region EVP