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