Junior Development Update – Regionals/Nationals 2020

EAST REGION ALL STARS
Members of the 2020 All Star Team for the East are:
Jake Abelson
Samantha Hill
Brody Keller
Sage Pottbecker
Evan Robbins
Ty Robbins

Alternate: TBD

Congratulations to these juniors for being selected to the highest honor for Eastern Region Juniors.  This All Star Team will represent the East against teams from the other 4 regions at the 2020 Junior All Star Championships, taking place during the 2020 Goode National Championships.  Best of luck to them, and to all of our juniors heading down to Louisiana for Nationals!

2020 MOST IMPROVED AWARDS
Congratulations to the Juniors earning the East’s Most Improved Awards for 2020.

B1 – Slalom, Brandau Turner; Trick, Brodie Dann: Overall, Leland Carpenter
B2 – Slalom and Trick, Aaron Bartlett; Jump and Overall, Ty Robbins
B3 – Slalom, Marley Griffen; Trick, Jump and Overall, Jake Abelson
B4 – Slalom and Overall, Robbie Craig; Trick, Victor Moisan; Jump, James Kokernak
B5 – Slalom, Dylan Trask; Trick, Evan Robbins; Jump and Overall Collin Frucci

G1 – Slalom, Addy Byrne; Trick, Alexia Abelson; Overall Isabela Dann
G2 – Slalom and Trick, Audrey Abelson
G3 – Slalom Jump and Overall, Ava Cole; Trick, Alessi Keira
G4 – Slalom Jump and Overall, Samantha Hill; Trick Allison Nichols
G5 – Slalom and Jump, Kelly Hill; Trick and Overall, Sage Pottbecker

JUNIORS PARTY at 2020 GOODE WATER SKI NATIONALS
The Juniors Party at Nationals will be held at The Pool at Bennett’s on Thursday, August 6 at 6pm. There will be chicken dinner, pool access, DJ and a photo booth.

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: 6pm
Location: The Pool at Bennett’s
18605 Barnett Rd
Zachary, LA 70791

The deadline for ticket sales is Tuesday, August 4

Link to buy tickets is below. Tickets are $15.

https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards


EASTERN REGION JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM 2021
The Eastern Region Junior Development Team is made up of the juniors who skied in Regionals and/or Nationals of the previous year. In 2020, due to the current health crisis our nation is facing, as well as related travel restrictions, many of our juniors were unable to attend Regionals. All juniors that attended Eastern Regionals will be included in the 2021 Eastern Region Junior Development Team. In addition, juniors that were qualified to ski Regionals may request to be included on the team by notifying the Junior Development Committee. In addition, the Junior Development Committee is requesting juniors to send in a photo to be included in the Juniors section of the 2021 Eastern Regional Guide.

Photos for the Juniors section of the 2021 Eastern Regional Guide should be emailed or texted to TG Powell, Junior Development Committee at

tg.powell@gmail.com
or
703-395-7499

Junior Development – Regionals Wrap-up and Nationals Update

Attention Eastern Region Juniors at Nationals – the juniors party at Nationals is on site at Mystic Lakes on Thursday, August 9th 6:30pm-9:30pm. Join us for some Wichita BBQ, inflatables, swimming and games. The Eastern Region is paying for the tickets for junior competitors from the East, but you need to sign up at the link below. You can also use this link to buy additional tickets at $10 for kids, $15 for adults. See you there.
https://www.awsasouthcentral.com/nationals-jd-party-and-awards

All Stars — The Eastern Region juniors is well represented by our All Star Team – ready to take on the All Stars from the rest of the country. Each year at the GOODE Water Ski National Championships, Junior All-Star teams representing their respective regions compete in a three-event overall tournament. Teams are made up of six skiers and one alternate. The All Star Team from the East was selected at Regionals and consists of: Brody Keller, Evan Robbins, Robert Powell, Sage Potbecker, Samantha Hill, Emma Davis, and Jake Abelson (alt)
http://www.usawaterski.org/Nationals/Nationals/News/2018juniorallstarsannounced.html

Junior Development Regionals Wrap-Up – Junior Development had a successful Regionals! Lots of juniors accepted the Super Beast Challenge and found ways to help out and volunteer at the tournament. We had 90 junior and parents attend the Juniors Party at The Castle Fun Center.

Awards were presented to the most improved skiers in each of the Juniors Divisions: Most Improved Slalom Awards went to: B1 – Aaron Bartlett, B2 – Jack Decker, B3 – Tristan Richardsoon, G1 – Tia Byrne, G2 – Ava Cole, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Tricks Awards went to: B1 – Freddy Davis, B2 – Jake Ableson, B3 – Rocco Cirilli, G1 – Alexia Ableson, G2 – Samantha Hill, G3 – Kelly Hill. Most Improved Jump Awards went to: B2 Aaron Bartlett, B3 – Evan Robbins, G2 Emma Davis, G3 Sage Pottbecker. Most Improved Overall went to: B1 – Ricky Davis, B2 – Robert Powell, B3 Blake Keller, G1 – Audrey Ableson, G2 Samantha Hill, G3 Whitney Shellhamer.

Fundraising efforts brought in just over $1,700 to support our Junior Development activities. Thank you buying silent auction items and raffle tickets. The winner of the free entry to the 2019 Regionals was Susan Maximuk!

A big thank you to our Junior Development sponsors for 2018: Goode Skis, Kaleidoscope Imprints, Twin Lakes Water Ski Park, Coble Water Ski and Wakeboard Camp, Coble Boat & Ski by MasterCraft, and Peace, Love and Water Skiing.

2015 Eastern Regional Championships Conclude

The 2015 East Region Championships came to a close yesterday!  Congratulations to Lake Holly for a successful event!  It always takes a village to put on one of these events and the effort is acknowledged!

Shout out to everyone that took to the water over the last 4 days!  Without each and every one of you, this event would not be what it was! Congratulations to all those that landed on the podium – Well Done!!!   Look for links to the various photo albums  in the next couple of weeks if not sooner (thank you in advance to Ken Roach and Mike Mcnealy)!  My hope is that everyone went home with fond memories and some good stories!

Some items to note ….

  1. Award Winners:
    • James Sylvester Memorial:  Tonya Maurer
    • Tiny Richards Memorial: Jerry Stansberry
    • Gertha Hancock Memorial:  Kevin Driggers
    • Tom Kelly Jr. Memorial: to be announced later this week
    • Ken Mead Memorial: Wick Merchant
    • Al Tyll Award:  Suzie Lohr and Quinn Haines
    • Allan Rossi Award: to be announced later this year by the Green Mountain Water Skiers
    • Continue reading

Congratulations to the following juniors…

…who made the ALL STAR TEAM and represented the East at this years Nationals in Bakersfield:
  • Jonathan Paulovich
  • Keith Corkery
  • Colin Potbecker
  • Chris Driggers
  • Caroline Cooper
  • Haley Haines
  • Ed Wiley
These juniors had outstanding performances at the regionals. Junior Development would also like to thank Mike Adams for his donation. Mike won the Ken Mead Award and donated the cash award he received to Junior Development.