Sports briefs: Nordic JO team does well in Alaska

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Nordic JO team does well in Alaska

— Despite sickness and some jet lag, the Steamboat Springs Nordic Junior Olympic team came away with seven podium finishes during the weekend in Alaska.

Leading the way for Steamboat Springs was Erik Lynch.

Lynch finished fourth in special jumping, second in the individual Nordic combined, third in elimination jumping and teamed with Aleck Gantick to finish second in the Nordic combined team sprint. Lynch, Gantick, Ben Berand and Jake Barker also finished third in the boys special jumping.

Gantick, who was battling sickness the whole week, finished eighth in the special jumping and fifth in the Nordic combined.

On the girls side, Mary O'Connell, Madison Keeffe and Emily Hannah finished first in the special jumping and Nordic combined team sprint.

O'Connell, Keeffe and Hannah finished third, fourth and fifth in the Nordic combined, respectively, while finishing fourth, fifth and sixth in the special jumping portion.

"All in all, it was a really good trip," coach Gary Crawford said. "It was a long trip to Anchorage and they started out a little sluggish. Really though, it ended up going really well."

All 11 skiers that made the team return next year, when the Junior Olympics will take place in Steamboat at Howelsen Hill.

"Our kids will be so used to the jumps they'll know them like the back of their hands," Crawford said. "I know everybody is looking forward to that."

SSWSC riders return from Junior World event in Japan

While the weather wouldn't hold - often turning from sun to snow to fog in a matter of minutes - several members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club put together strong performances at the Junior World Championships in Japan.

In the men's boardercross, Winter Sports Club members Roger Carver finished third and Mick Dierdorff finished eighth.

On the women's side, Cassie Wagar finished 18 and Chloe Banning finished 21. Jenna Feldmann made the finals and finished 16.

In the men's giant slalom, Mack Joyce finished 34. Mimi Wiencke finished 12 in giant slalom and slalom, while Wagar was 30 in slalom and 18 in giant slalom.

Matt Ladley battled tough weather and a tough halfpipe to finish eighth.

Steamboat finishes well at J3 Junior Olympics in Vail

Several members of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club came away with top finishes at the J3 Junior Olympics in Vail.

Leading the way was Ali Pougiales' fifth-place finish in Friday's downhill.

On Saturday in the super G, Lexie Baden paced the field with an eighth-place finish. Kate Cooper finished 19 and Suzanne Lyon and Julia Cooper were 24. In the giant slalom, Katie Hostetter finished 13th and Baden was 14th.

Vertical Express benefit raises $43,806 for MS

Vertical Express for Multiple Sclerosis hit the slopes of Steamboat Springs on March 1, challenging skiers of all ages and abilities. Tomas Stone was the fastest male racer, and Michelle McKay was the fastest female racer. The top fundraising team, pulling in $15,269, was Airborn-Dearborn, including Wes Dearborn, Vince Arroyo and Michelle Avery.

While short of the $75,000 goal, the $43,806 raised will benefit The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, which uses comprehensive programs that empower people and families living with MS to transform and improve their quality of life.

Winter Sports Club skiers solid in Crested Butte

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club had several racers in the top 15 at the Surefoot Colorado Ski Cup on Saturday and Sunday in Crested Butte.

In Saturday's giant slalom, Max Marno (12), Hig Roberts (14) and Ryan McConnell (15) led the way for Steamboat.

On the girls side, Hostetter finished seventh, Cassady Roberts came in 11 and Emily Sackett finished 13.

In Sunday's slalom, McConnell finished second on the junior men and seventh overall. Former Winter Sports Club member and current University of Colorado skier Jenny Allen finished third in the junior women and fifth overall.

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