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.

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.

Eastern Regional Championship EVENT ORDER 2019

You will find the link to the event order by day for the 2019 Eastern Regional Championship sponsored by Master Craft and brought to you by the Avon Old Farm Skiers!

Any questions, reach out to Tonya.

May the wind be light, the flips quick and the float carry you high and far!

Good Luck to all the skiers!  And thank you, in advance, to your officials and volunteers!

2019 Regional Event Schedule_v7 Published

Avon Pre Regional – Running Order and Officials Assignments

Greetings!  The current running orders for the 19E039L-Pre Regional Tune Up being held on July 12 – 14 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) are below.  Also included are the officials assignments.  This is also another stop for NESS!!!

Let me know of any major snafus!  As you know these are subject to change.  We were able to adjust the event order to allow for some of our class C slalom specialists to scoot out Saturday night! 🙂

Update on event orders:

  • Friday (starts at 10am):  1 round class C each event
  • Saturday (starts at 8am): 1 round E/L Slalom, 2nd round C Trick, 1 round E/L Jump, Part of 2nd round of C Slalom
  • Sunday (starts at 8am): Finish 2nd round of C Slalom, 2nd round E/L Slalom, 2nd round E/L Jump

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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.

Paulovich, O’Brien lead ’19 NESS after Stop No. 1

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J.J. Paulovich served up some home cooking at last weekend’s Twin Lakes Spring 3-event tournament to take an early lead in the Adults division of the 2019 Northeast Slalom Series.

J.J.’s top score of 4 buoys at 38-feet off (1,000 NOPS points) was good enough to top a 14-skier Adult division.  Dan Warner (986 NOPS points) finished a half buoy behind J.J. to finish second on the day, while defending 2018 NESS season champion Dana Hinman (877 NOPS points) and Shannah Pochin (720 NOPS points) rounded out the top-four.

In the Junior division, Brendan O’Brien scored 2 at 28 off (805 NOPS points) to take the win and earn 30 NESS points.

NESS Stop No. 2 will take place June 29th at John’s Lake in Wantage, NJ. At the conclusion of the seven-stop series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championship, August 31st at Pangaea.

For more information about the Northeast Slalom Series, visit waterskitheeast.com.

2019 NESS schedule announced; registration open

The 2019 Northeast Slalom Series schedule has been announced and registration is open for the season.

The eight-stop, six-state tour kicks off June 15th at Twin Lakes and concludes with the NESS Finals Aug. 31st at Pangaea Puddle. View the full schedule here.

The 2019 series will feature two divisions of competition – Adults and Juniors – using NOPS points to level the playing field among speeds and determine placements. So, all adults, men and women, will ski against each other, while all juniors, boys and girls, will compete against each other. At the conclusion of the series, the top 12 adults and four juniors will qualify for the series championships.

The registration fee is $25 for adults; Juniors are FREE. Please register here.

NESS registration fees cover the finals cash prize and very minimal series costs such a points tracking, banners, website development, etc. Every cent raised by entry fees and sponsorships will be put back into the series.

In 2018, Dana Hinman and Sage Pottbecker took home the adult and Junior division titles, respectively.