NESS Finals nearly set with one stop to go

With only one stop left in the 2020 Northeast Slalom Series, the field for the finals, to be held Sept. 5th at Pangaea, is nearly set.

Click here for the updated season standings.

Following the conclusion of Saturday’s Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships, the top eight adults and four juniors in the season standings will qualify for the head-to-head series championships.

Pochini and Byrne in NESS lead with 3 stops to go

With three stops to go in the 2020 Northeast Slalom Series, Shannah Pochini and Tia Byrne have opened up substantial leads in the adult and junior divisions, respectively.

See the complete standings here.

The final three stops in the series are the Oswegatchie Digger Dog 20 (Aug. 22, Ogdensburg, NY), Dubes Pond Classic XXXI (Aug. 23, Hooksett, NH) and the Tom Costello Alan Rossi VT State Championships (Aug. 29, Montpelier, VT).

At the conclusion of the series, the top eight adults and four juniors will qualify for the head-to-head series championships, Sept. 5th, at Pangaea.

Paulovich, Pottbecker take 2020 NESS Stop No. 1

JJ Paulovich and Sage Pottbecker kicked off the 2020 Northeast Slalom Series with huge scores at the Twin Lakes 3 Event to take early leads in the season standings.

JJ scored 1 at 39-1/2 off (1104 NOPS points) to top the Adult field, with Hutch Haines (956 NOPS) and Scott Cerosky (752 NOPS) rounding out the top three.

Sage rounded 4 buoys at 35 off (1071 NOPS) to earn top series points in the Junior division. Sam Hill (878 NOPS) and Brendan O’Brien (763 NOPS) finished second and third, respectively.

Stop 2 of the series took place July 4th at Pangaea Puddle (awaiting scores), while Stop No. 3 will be held July 10-12 at the Pre-Regionals in Avon, CT. View the entire series schedule here.

At the conclusion of the series, the top eight adults and four juniors will qualify for the head-to-head series championships, Sept. 5th, at Pangaea.

2020 Northeast Slalom Series kicks off this weekend; Registration now open

The nine-stop, five-state 2020 Northeast Slalom Series kicks off this weekend with the Twin Lakes 3-event tournament Saturday in Monroe, NY.

View the series’ full schedule here.

The series will once again feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements.  Based on these placements, series points will be awarded at each stop.  At the conclusion of the series, the top 8 Adults and four Juniors in the series standings will qualify for the Sept. 5th, head-to-head finals at Pangaea.  Adults will be competing for a cash prize pool of approximately $1,000, while Juniors will compete for trophies.  The registration fee is $25 for adults and Juniors are free.  Register here.

Skip Hommel (Adults) and Leland Carpenter (Juniors) are the series’ defending champions.

TWO IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR THE 2020 SERIES

1) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy and the water skiing community at large, NESS will not be soliciting corporate sponsorships this year.  That will result in a reduction of the cash-prize pool, which will now be solely made up of NESS registration fees ($25 per skier), minus expenses for the Junior trophies.  Work on securing sponsors once again in 2012 has already begun.

2) Skiers who wish to receive series points at any given stop MUST have registered for the series prior to earning those points, including Juniors.  Payment can be submitted after the fact.  Be sure to register here.

Skip Hommel, Leland Carpenter take ’19 NESS titles

Congratulations to Skip Hommel and Leland Carpenter for winning the adult and junior divisions, respectively, at the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series finals held, Aug. 31st, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, N.Y.

The No. 3 seed in the adult division, Skip topped Ray Newmark, Scott Behner and Kathy Callan on the way to the title. The win earned Skip the $650 first-place prize. Kathy collected the second-place prize of $325 and Scott the third-place prize of $175.

In the junior division, Leland, the No. 4 seed, edged Collin Frucci and Aaron Bartlett to earn the win. Tia Byrne also competed in the Final Four.

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series was generously supported by Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and GOODE Skis.

2019 Northeast Slalom Series finalists set after VT States

After seven stops and six states, the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series finalists have been determined.

The Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships (see results here) shuffled the decks a bit, but not enough to cause a major change in the eight adult skiers qualified for the head-to-head finals.

The 2019 NESS adult finalists are:

  • Shannah Pochini – 640 points
  • J.J. Paulovich – 630 points
  • Dan Warner – 620 points
  • Justin Campfield – 565 points
  • Skip Hommel – 560 points
  • Dana Hinman – 550 points
  • Pat Morrill – 510 points
  • Kathy Callan – 490 points

In the Junior division, the four finalists are:

  • Collin Frucci – 510 points
  • Tia Byrne – 480 points
  • Brendan O’Brien – 430 points
  • Ty Robbins – 390 points

Click here for the full season standings.

The head-to-head finals will take place Saturday, Aug. 31, at Pangaea Puddle in Canajoharie, NY. The adults will compete for a cash-prize purse of more than $1,000 while the juniors will compete for trophies.

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series is generously supported by Avon Self Storage, Hands to Heal Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork and GOODE Skis.

Hommel, Frucci earn wins at Dubes, one stop left to determine NESS finalists

Six Northeast Slalom Series stops are down and only one to go to determine who will face off in the head-to-head finals, Aug. 31st, at Pangaea. (See season standings here)

Stop No. 6 – the Dubes Pond Classic XXX – saw Skip Hommel and Colin Frucci come out on top of the adult and junior divisions, respectively. Colin used the win to vault to the top of the junior season-long standings, while Skip’s victory put him in the top-7 of the adult rankings.

The final stop before the NESS finals is the Costello/Rossi Vermont State Championships, Saturday, Aug. 24th, at Wrightsville Reservoir in Montpelier.

At the conclusion of the series, the top eight adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships at Pangaea.

’19 Tom Costello/Alan Rossi VT Champs running orders and work assignments announced

The running order and work assignments for the 2019 Tom Costello/Alan Rossi Vermont State Championships have been announced:

The tournament start time is 7:30, so please be there by 7 am to ensure an on-time start.

For questions or concerns, please contact Justin Campfield at justin@thinsparkmedia.com or (802) 683-9889.

Paulovich nabs big points at NESS stop No. 3

With a field of 22 adult skiers, the third stop of the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series offered up a pile of points, which J.J. Paulovich used to expand his lead in the season standings. J.J. scored 4 buoys at 38-feet off at the Pre-Regionals Warmup in Avon, CT, to tally an even 1,000 NOPS points, enough to win the third stop and add 220 points to his season total. Dan Warner, who was in second place coming into Avon, also finished second at the stop to maintain his ranking. Dana Hinman, Justin Campfield and Shannah Pochini currently occupy spots 3-5 in the season rankings, respectively. In the Junior ranks, Tia Byrne made her 2019 NESS debut count by topping the field and earning 110 NESS points, enough to put her in second place on the season behind the leader Brendan O’Brien. NESS stop No. 4 will take place July 21st at the Russ Cole Massachusetts State Championships in Oakham, Mass., with Regionals the following week at Avon serving as stop No. 5. For more information about NESS, including schedule and standings, visit www.waterskitheeast.com.

O’Brien, Putnam win NESS stop No. 2

Brendan O’Brien and Bill Putnam won the Junior and Adult divisions, respectively, at the second stop of the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series last weekend at John’s Lake.

With the win Brendan increased his lead in the Junior division season standings, while the Adult season standings remain largely unchanged since the series’ first stop at Twin Lakes. Click here to view the complete season standings.

The third stop of the series, next weekend’s Pre-Regionals at Avon, will offer a big pot of NESS points to skiers as it is expected to be the second-largest field of the year, behind the Regionals later this month.

For the full NESS schedule or to register for the series, visit waterskitheeast.com.