We have a lot of exciting things in store for Eastern Region water skiing in 2020!
Please join us at the winter meeting. Open to all members of USA Water Ski and Wake Sports. From news about this years’ Regional Tournament to new developments in a ski school in the southern part of the region. What Ideas do you have to share? We’ll craft regional recommendations to take to the national organization.
The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Valley Forge, PA.
888 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Wayne, Pennsylvania, 19087
The meeting will come to order promptly on 1/11 at 9:00 am.
When I started as EVP for the AWSA Eastern Region, I knew I had a lot to learn. We’re involved in a sport with a rich history and some quite amazing people from right here in the Eastern Region. I asked Jon Thacher to help me understand some of that history and to know the stories behind the people and awards that we hand out each year. Here are a few…
James G. Sylvester Story
Tiny Richards Story
Tommy Kelly, Jr. Story
Check out the “Awards” page to see the recent winners of these awards!
Each one of us is on a journey. We travel from day to day in work, in play, in life. We are fortunate to have others with whom we can share in our journey. Through our love of a sport, we are blessed with an opportunity to meet people that we otherwise may never know. We find ourselves inspired by the accomplishments of others, knowing that what they’ve done is not easy.
Emmy Healy was one of those who inspired many in the water ski community. She is remembered as a very humble, kind person, and of course a great skier. It is a Blessing knowing she is no longer in pain and may she Rest In Peace. Prayers for Emmy and her family. Our deepest sympathies to those who were close to her.
Records held by Emmy include:
W4 Trick – Emmy Healy 3520 pts East Regionals – Avon 8/1/1996
W5 Trick – Emmy Healy 3560 pts MC Eastern Regionals “R” – Dave’s Pond 8/5/2002
W6 Trick – Emmy Healy 3560 pts Eastern Regionals “R” – Avon 8/0/2003
Paul Allebach passed away September 19 at his home in Harleysvile, PA, following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife Sarah, sisters Alice Kolb and Esther Kauffman, brothers Jim and Abe, nieces Nancy Swartout and Kathy Becker, and many other nieces and nephews.
Paul was a member of AWSA for almost 60 years, participating in many local, regional and national tournaments as both a trick skier and a senior driver. He was a member of the Diamond State Water Ski Team, served as chief driver of Nationals and drove several Pan-Am tournaments. Paul was a member of the AWSA board of directors and chairman of the towboat committee for a number of years.
He also enjoyed many snow skiing trips, visiting new resorts whenever possible. He followed Philadelphia sports teams and NASCAR.
Read the full obituary at WilliamsBergeyKoffel.com.
20E036 – Avon’s Last Chance Fall Classic 2019 tournament is tomorrow. Start time is 9am. We are up to 20 slalom skiers and will have 2 groups.
Officials for round 1/first group is below (assignments for the rest of the day will happen on site):
- Driver Matt Byrne
- Boat Judge Cole Maurer
- Tower Judge Hutch Haines
- Tower Judge Scott Pottbecker
- Scoring Tonya Maurer
- Dock – Whoever is available! 🙂
Slalom Running order: 20E036_SlalomRunningOrder
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 Avon Fall Classic (20E015) running order and officials assignments are below for the Saturday’s slalom event.
Please note that we landed with a high volume of slalom skiers and will be running 2 rounds on Saturday. The 3rd round of slalom isn’t looking likely for this tournament. If we have time Saturday we will see about running a modified 3rd round of slalom.
First skier off the dock at 8am.
Let me know of any questions.
Tally-Ho – Tonya
AvonFallClassic_20E015_Officials Assignments SLALOM v1
The slalom running order for slalom on Saturday 8/31 is now available.
Northeast Festival – Running Order – Slalom
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.
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.