Feb 13: Tough loss for Bombers
The Batawa K2 Bombers, coached by Mark Kellar, finished their final scheduled race of the season at Skyloft last weekend with a tough 273-261 loss to Glacier B from Mount St. Louis Moonstone, but Batawa skiers did manage a silver and two bronze medals.
Kurtis Wright had his best ski of the season, coming a close second to earn the silver. Christopher Duncan captured the bronze, which is his first medal this season. Angelique Belanger grabbed a bronze medal on the girls side.
Bitter cold and an icy course could not freeze the K1 Batawa Dragons’ spirit as the team made a strong performance at Brimacombe (Oshawa Kirby), facing the Devil’s Elbow Renegades and the host Brimacombe Thunder.
Coaches Pat Burchat’s and Tom Villemaire’s focus on skills paid off as the Dragons posted a strong second-place finish behind the Renegades, but ahead of the Thunder. Patrick Burchat, Zoe Gram, Henryk Luczynski, Hope Saunders, Jordon Cohen, and Margaret Pedersen posted strong times for the Dragons.
This weekend, the Dragons will have another opportunity to showcase their improving skills in the Southern Ontario semi-finals.
The Batawa K2 Bandits finished up their regular season race schedule at Georgian Peaks in Collingwood.
Due to an early morning snowstorm, the race was delayed by approximately one hour while all of the teams helped to clear the excessive snow from the course.
Andrew Brown led the Bandits in the male division with a combined time of 86.39, earning him 36 points and fourth place. Jared Taylor gained 30 points for the team and a fifth-place position with a time of 92.29.
Caroline Burchat brought home a fourth-place overall finish in the female division, taking home 36 points with a combined time of 85.88; Natalie Wannamaker garnered 32 points with a combined time of 93.23, putting her in fifth place.
Teammate Elizabeth Hurley skied to a sixth-place finish for 30 points with a total of 106.41. Olivia Podscianski also secured 28 points for the team netting her a seventh-place finish with a combined time of 111.36.
The final tally of the race was Mansfield Leopards 302, Batawa Bandits 192.
Semi-finals begin this weekend, but the location has yet to be determined.
The Batawa K1 Tigers travelled to Hidden Valley Ski Club in Huntsville for their fourth race of the season.
Tigers were teamed-up with the host team, Muskoka Blurr. The home hill advantage proved too much and the Blurr went on to defeat the Tigers, 306-216, handing Batawa its first loss this season.
Scoring points for the Tigers were Mirisha Russett, fourth; Hannah Merajavec, fifth; Megan McLean, sixth; and Julia Press, seventh, for the girls.
Eric Cholasta scored fifth, Taylor Russett, sixth, and Liam Conroy, seventh, for the boys.
Batawa coaches called the course a technical and demanding Kombi layout.
J WHITE LIGHTNING
The Batawa J White Lightning celebrated their first victory of the season at Heights of Horseshoe Ski Club.
The J White racers ran a slalom on a very technical course and defeated Snow Valley with a score of 251-213.
For the boys, in second place with the silver was Michael Rae, in third place was Nathan Jianopoulos with the bronze, and in fourth place was Andrew Tolmie.
For the girls, Vanessa Watts placed fourth and Emily Fryer placed fifth. Since this race was the last of the regular season, the J White racers will be training this week in preparation for the semi-finals this weekend.
Feb 7: Batawa skiers batle best in Ontario
Four athletes represented the Batawa Ski Racing Team at the annual Alpine Ontario South Division (AOSD) All-Star Classic held recently at Blue Mountain in Collingwood and Horseshoe Valley, near Barrie.
Amy Park, Angelique Belanger, Kurtis Wright and David Coates — all members of the Batawa K2 Bombers — were selected to compete with other top skiers from 24 other clubs from across the province.
Blue Mountain played host to the giant slalom event while skiers tested their mettle at Horseshoe Valley for the slalom.
At the same time, the AOSD J-Division All-Star Classic was being held at Glen Eden in Milton where Batawa was represented by two skiers — Emily Fryer and Nathan Jianopoulos.
BATAWA K1 TIGERS
At the Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood, the Batawa K1 Tigers earned three medals in regular-season provincial league competition.
Mirisha Russett was fastest female on the hill, capturing the gold medal in her category, while Batawa teammates Megan McLean (silver) and Eric Cholasta (bronze) also turned in outstanding runs.
Going up against the Heights of Horseshoe in the overall team competition, Batawa finished on top, 269-251.
Also earning points for the Tigers were fourth-place finishers Julia Press and Liam Conroy; Nathan Lamain, fifth; Taylor Russett, sixth; Hanna Merjavec, seventh; and William Rae and Ava Guse, both with clean runs.
Batawa coaches reported that Tigers’ parents were singled out for “most supportive cheering squad” honours.
Next competition is Sunday at Hidden Valley in Huntsville.
Competing in their third race of the season, at Kitchener, the Batawa Predators went head-to-head with Horseshoe Valley. Leading the way for the locals with point-producing runs were Jillian Madden, Meg Bashall, Maggie Chalk, Nikolas MacPherson, Lydia Schmoll and Ellas Cooney.
The Batawa Nancy Greene Wildcats raced on the Heights of Horseshoe near Barrie, where coaches said all skiers had successful runs in the panel giant slalom. The group included Abby McLean, Taryn McDougall, Annissa Bray, Mackenzie Chapman, Hannah O’Boyle Kelly, Chloe O’Boyle Kelly, Reena Lui, Paddy Brady, Josh Lamoureux, Jake Hollinger and Isaac Hollinger.
Batawa defeated Milton, 240-194.
Jan 30: Batawa Bombers own the podium
The Batawa K-2 Bombers made it a clean sweep during provincial downhill ski competition last weekend at Mount St. Louis Moonstone.
Bombers took a broom to the podium, claiming all six medals in boys and girls competition: Amy Park, gold; Renee Lamoureux, silver; Angelique Belanger , bronze; Petru-ioan Obreja, gold; Kurtis Wright, silver; and David Coates, bronze.
Rebecca Fryer was fourth in the girls race as Batawa clobbered the host Chedoke team with a final overall score of 306-158.
In their second contest of the weekend, Bombers (13-14-year-olds) faced some challenging hill conditions and finished second to Glacier (268) with 252 points. Leading the locals were Park, with her second gold medal, and Obreja, with a bronze.
Competing in giant slalom at Mansfield Ski Club near Alliston, the Batawa K-2 Bandits got a gold medal performance from Caroline Burchat — her second of the season. Burchat turned in a combined time of 1:07.17 to win the girls race while her Batawa teammate, Natalie Wannamaker, captured the bronze medal with a 1:13.79 clocking.
Also scoring points for the females was Elizabeth Hurley, with 30, pushing Batawa’s total to 182.
“It was great to see the girl powerhouse at work,” said Bandits coach, Brian Wannamaker. “It really is a whole team effort involved in getting racers to the podium. Everyone is doing their part to push each other to their respective personal best times.”
On the boys side, Jared Tayler, 32, and Matthew Doxtator, 30, were top point-getters for Batawa but Milton took the team-on-team title with 284 points.
The Batawa K-1 Tigers competed in their second race of the season, at the Alpine Ski Club at Blue Mountain, where Mirisha Russett grabbed a gold medal. Megan McLean and Eric Cholasta were both silver medallists.
Earning points were Julia Press, fifth; Hannan Merajac, sixth; Taylor Russett, fifth; and Liam Conroy, seventh.
Overall, Batawa defeated the host Chicopee (Kitchener) club in a close contest, 262-260.
The Batawa J White squad travelled to Snow Valley near Barrie where Michael Rae won a bronze medal in the boys giant slalom. Picking up points were Vanessa Watts, Nathan Jianopoulos, Emily Fryer and Adam Searle. Batawa, with 175 points, finished third to Snow Valley (263) and Mansfield (239).
Next race is in two weeks at Heights of Horseshoe.
The Batawa Wildcats raced at Hidden Valley in Huntsville, finishing second to the hometown Mules, 286-183. Point-producers for the Wildcats were Annissa Bray, Paddy Brady, Mackenzie Chapman, Reena Lui, Joshua Lamoureux, Hannah O’Boyle-Kelly, Chloe O’Boyle-Kelly, Jake Hollinger and Isaac Hollinger.
With coaches Patrick Burchat and Tom Villemaire continuing to stress technique over speed in a move they believe will serve their young skiers well over the long haul, the Batawa K-1 Dragons faced a strong Glacier team at Devil’s Elbow where the locals came second, 316-216. Dragons got some strong runs from Henryk Luczynski, Lauren Taylor, Margaret Pedersen and Shawn McMurter.
Next race is two weeks away at Brimacombe where opposition will be provided by the host Brimacombe Thunder and the Devil’s Elbow Renegades.
Jan 23: Batawa Tigers take downhill hat trick
Batawa Ski Race Team members scored a downhill hat trick during provincial competition last weekend at Georgian Peaks near Collingwood.
Taylor Russett, gold; Eric Cholasta, silver; and Natham Lamain, bronze, all captured medals for the K-1 Tigers.
Also earning points for Batawa were Mirisha Russett, fourth, Megan McLean, fifth, and Hannah Merjavec and Liam Conroy, each with a sixth-place finish.
Tigers and the host G.P. Plutonium wound up in a 261-261 tie at day’s end, with all racers — friend and foe — surviving some tough, icy conditions.
Tigers return to action Saturday at the Alpine Club, also near Collingwood.
At Snow Valley, near Barrie, the Batawa K-2 Bandits got a bronze medal performance from Mathew Doxtator, who scored a combined 1:25.15 to finish third among males.
Natalie Wannamaker also earned a bronze medal, clocking a combined 1:11.09 in the female division.
Other K-2 Bandits on the scoresheet were Elizabeth Hurley and Jared Taylor, with 36 points apiece.
The competition featured a slew of disqualifications, said Batawa coach, Brian Wannamaker, who happily reported that his skiers were not among the majority who did.
“We were lucky,” said Wannamaker. “We lost only two racers compared to our competition, Georgian Peaks, which lost seven out of 11.”
Wannamaker said good snow made for good times.
“Snow conditioins on the course held up during 124 runs by 62 racers,” he said. “It was great to see such fast times. But, along with the quick runs, were a lot of DQs due to missed or straddled gates. Approximately 20 racers DQ’ed.”
Despite their mostly clean skiing, Batawa racers still finished 42 points behind G.P.
Other teams in the competition hailed from Heights of Horseshoe, North York/Snow Valley, Mansfield and Milton Heights.
Coached by Pat Burchat, the Batawa K-1 Dragons travelled to Mount St. Louis-Moonstone where they faced a talented Glacier Aureole team. Dragons, which feature 11-year-old skiers, managed to bump up their overall points total from a week ago, to 220 (Glacier scored 302), with Jessica Caron capturing a bronze medal for Batawa.
Jaclyn Manderville, Skylor Reissnor and Jordan Cohen also posted noteworthy times.
On Sunday, Dragons are at Devil’s Elbow.
The Batawa J-Whites team opened its regular season schedule at Glen Eden in Milton. Coached by Austin Watts, the team faced opponents from the host Milton team and Glacier. Final tallies were: Glacier, 267; Milton, 236; Batawa, 183.
Michael Rae earned a silver medal with 45 points while Andrew Tolmie, Adam Searle and John Birchard also scored points for Batawa.
Returning home, the J-Whites hosted Mansfield in a giant slalom contest, dropping a 306-208 final score. Vanessa Watts, Nathan Jianopoulos, Emily Fryer and Jacob Barnett-Hope piled up points for Batawa.
J-Whites are at Snow Valley Saturday.
Jan 16: Skiers hit the slopes
Count members of the Batawa Ski Club among those who were happy with last weekend’s snowfall in the Quinte region.
The mostly green winter in the area hasn’t made for ideal training conditions for the local ski racers, but that was hardly evident in some strong performances turned in by Batawa athletes on the road last weekend.
Seven travelling teams are representing Batawa this season, with six of them competing for the first time in 2012. The lone exception were the K1 Tigers (11- and 12-year-olds), who start their season this weekend.
Caroline Burchat of the K-2 Bandits led all Batawa skiers with a gold medal and high score of 50 points while competing at The Heights of Horseshoe, near Barrie.
Here’s how Batawa skiers fared:
Coached by Mark Kellar, the locals skied a tricky slalom course against Skyloft at Hidden Valley where four Batawa competitors earned medals. Amy Park won silver and Renee Lamoureaux captured a bronze in girls competition while Kurtis Wright (silver) and Petru-ioan Obreja (bronze) both medalled on the boys side.
Final score: Batawa 232, Skyloft 232.
Along with Burchat’s gold in the girls competition, Batawa’s Natalie Wannamaker also hit the podium. She took silver with 45 points.
Other scorers were Elizabeth Hurley, 32; Olivia Podscianski, 30; Jared Taylor, 30; Andrew Brown, 28; and Mathew Doxtator, 26.
Final score: Heights of Horseshoe 279, Batawa 241.
“I was proud of the combined scores at our first race,” said Bandits coach, Brian Wannamaker. “Everyone skied two consistent runs, which were needed in the K-2 scoring category. It’s a good foundation to build the rest of the season on.”
Competing at Horseshoe Vally near Barrie, and coached by Julie and David McPherson, the locals faced some stiff rivals in severely cold conditions. Batawa competed against Cobble Hills, scoring 141 points against 219. Leading the Batawa team were Jillian Madden, Maggie Chalk, Meg Bashall, Nikolas McPherson, Ella Cooney and Lydia Schmoll.
At Hockley Valley near Orangeville, Batawa skiers kicked-off their season in icy conditions that made for a challenging run. It proved to be a tough day for the locals who managed 184 points, finishing behind the Devil’s Elbow Renegades (210) and Mount St. Louis-Moonstone (292). Strong runs came from Hope Saunders, Zoe Gram, Patrick Burchat and William Rae.
Batawa’s Nancy Greene Team gave Snow Vally all it could handle, finishing just two points behind the host club, 216-214.
Feb 15: Dragons on the podium again
The Batawa K1 Dragons ski racing team s winning ways at Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville Saturday.
For the third time in four races, the Dragons hit the podium winning three of the six races against the London Storm and Horseshow Valley Mustangs.
Mirisha Russett had another strong performance skiing to the gold medal for the second consecutive week.
Hannah Merjavec picked up the bronze medal.
Eric Cholasta made it four straight trips to the podium in as many events when he raced to the silver medal.
Finishing off the Dragons team points were Megan McLean and Julia Press who tied for fourth, Taylor Russett sixth and Nathan Lamain seventh.
Some great runs were put down by Olivia Podscianski, Ava Guse, Hailey McKeown and Owen Collins.
The Batawa White Lightning competed at the Oshawa- Brimacombe Ski Club for the final race of the regular series, a giant slalom on the run “Ben’s Bumps”.
The White Lightning had some strong performances but was defeated by the Oshawa 306-216.
Elizabeth Krock and Justin Mueller just missed the medal podium, while teammates Vanessa Watts, Laura Villemaire, Emily Fryer, Nicolas Durish and Adam Searle also contributed to the teams point score.
Michael Rae had a tough day. When rounding a hard turn on the lower pitch a ski blew off. Rae went on to complete his run on one ski to great applause.
Feb 1: Amy Park skis to bronze medal
Amy Park took the bronze medal, coming within a whisker of claiming gold, to lead the Batawa K1 Tigers in downhill ski racing competition last weekend at the Muskoka Ski Club at Hidden Valley.
Park led a determined group of 12-year-olds, missing a gold medal by just .5 seconds. Also scoring points for the Batawa
Ski Team were Jared Taylor, Caroline Burchat, Petru-ioan Obrjea and Angelique Belanger.
Overall, Tigers dropped a 302-220 decision to the host Muskoka club on what coach Brian Wannamaker called “an extremely challenging course.”
Batawa White Lightning visited the Mansfield Ski Club for its first GS race of the 2010-11 season. Despite some strong performances, the Lightning fell to
a powerhouse Brimacombe (Oshawa) club.
Elizabeth Krock and Connor Steers led the locals, each just missing the mark in their division by less than .25 seconds. Batawa teammates Emily Fryer, Laura Villemaire, Justin Mueller, Michael Rae and Nic Durish also contributed to the Lightning’s overall score.
Next event is Feb. 13 at Brimacombe.
Jan 25: Dragons, Lightning race to seven medal finishes
It was another good weekend for members of the Batawa Race team.
Competing at various ski hills across the province, Batawa racers earned several medals in weekend competition.
The Batawa K1 Dragons travelled to Horseshoe Valley on Saturday for their first race of the year and they impressed by defeating the host team as well as a team from London’s Boler Mountain.
The Batawa K1 Dragons won the team event with 260 points, followed by London’s 238 and Horseshoes 186.
Batawa won three medals.
Eric Cholasta skied to a gold medal for the boys with the fastest time of the day, followed in second by teammate Taylor Russet, who also posted the fastest combined time in the race.
Not to be outdone by her brother, Mirisha Russett hit the podium as well by having the second fastest time for the girls. Also gaining valuable team points were: Megan McLean (4th), Hannah Merjavec (5th), Nathan Lamain (6th) and Hailey McKeown (10th).
Next weekend, the Dragons travel to Devils Elbow in Peterborough.
The Batawa White Lightning, competing at the Beaver Valley Ski Resort Sunday near Kimberly, also placed first overall in team competiton.
Skiing in the ‘J’ division second slalom race of the season, the Lightning defeated Skyloft/North York 248-158.
Batawa skiers won four medals.
Nic Durish and Connor Steerers took gold and silver respectively in the boys division. Michael Rae placed fourth, just missing bronze. He was followed closely by teammate Adam Searle in fifth place.
In the girls division, Elizabeth Krock brought home the silver and teammate Emily Fryer took bronze.
The White Lightning will be in their first GS race of the season next weekend at Mansfiled Ski Resort.
The Nancy Greene Batawa Wildcats and the Nancy Greene Batawa Predators took on the Horseshoe Valley Mustangs at Horseshoe Valley near Barrie.
The Mustangs placed first with the Wildcats and Predators placing second and third respectively.
Lucas Gomez, Jessica Caron, Margaret Pedersen, and Patrick Thompson had strong races for the Wildcats. For the Predators, Jake Hollinger, Mackenzie Chapman, Paddy Brady, and Hannah O’Boyle Kelly posted good times. Next race for both Batawa teams will be Feb. 5 on their home slope.
Jan 18: Bombers, Tigers roar
Saturday was a good day on the slopes for the Batawa K1 League Tigers.
Members of the race team won four of a possible six medals competing against Chedoke at Devil’s Elbow.
The Tigers, a team of 12-year olds, defeated Chedoke 287-179.
For the Batawa boys, Kurtis Wright raced to a gold medal plus captured the fastest combined times for the day. Petru-ioan Obreja won the bronze medal.
On the girls side, Amy Park won gold and Caroline Burchat skied to the silver medal. Also earning points for Batawa were Natalie Wannamaker, Jared Taylor and Andrew Brown.
The Batawa K2 Bombers also had a great opening racing weekend at Devil’s Elbow against Hamilton’s Chedoke K2 team on a tricky slalom course. The girls swept the podium with Renee Lamoureaux taking the gold, Michaelea Stewart the silver and Rebecca Fryer the bronze. For the boys, Zachery Bridgewater skied to the gold and Hayden Deacon the silver.
The Batawa Nancy Greene Wildcats, competing in their first race of the season, skied in the Panel Slalom Race at Brimacombe.
The Horseshoe Mustangs team from Horseshoe Valley, near Barrie, defeated the Wildcats in a close contest.
Jordon Cohen, Josh Lamoureux, Abby McLean and Hope Saunders posted strong times for the Wildcats.
Jan 11: Durish, Watts ski to silver for Batawa Ski Racing Club
Batawa ski racers picked up a pair of silver medals in the opening race of the season.
Nic Durish and Vanessa Watts both skied to silver medals as the Batawa Ski Racing Club opened the competitive season at the Mansfield Ski Resort (north of Alliston) last weekend.
Both racers are with the Batawa White Lightning division which competes in the Alpine Ontario “J” league for athletes aged 15-18.
The Mansfield Panthers edged Batawa 268-246 in overall team points.
Contributing to the Lightning’s score were Laura Villemaire, Emily Fryer, Adam Searle, Andrew Tolmie and Nathan Jianopolous.
This year, the Batawa Ski Racing Club has six travelling teams: Nancy Greene Wildcats and Predators, K1 Dragons and Tigers, K2 Bandits and J White Lightning.
Batawa is hosting a high school race Thursday and will host three Alpine Ontario races — Nancy Greene on Feb. 5, a K1 program on Feb 12, and a K2 race Feb. 13.
March 13 2010: March Madness – Nick Adams Memorial
The ski racing club recently closed out the season with the annual Nick Adams Memorial Races with competition taking place in slalom and giant slalom events. Results were as follows (top three finishers in both of girls and boys divisions as submitted by the Batawa Ski Racing Club):
Development League — Chloe O’Boyle Kelly, Hannah O’Boyle Kelly and Drew Davis; Owen Collins, Lucas Peng and Nik MacPherson.
K-1 Division– Amy Park, Renee Lamoureaux and Carolone Burchat; Brian Weatherall, Jared Barnett-Hope and Davie Coats.
K-2 Division– Laura Watts, Natasha Lewis and Michailia Steward; Mike Rae, Zach Bridgewater and Hayden Deacon.
J Division– Marisa Mulder, Liz Krock and Vanessa Watts; Nick Durish, Dave Romanick and Adam Searle.
Developmental League — Drew Davis, Chloe O’Boyle Kelly and Reeba Lui; Owen Collins, Lucas Peng and Nik MacPherson.
NG Division — Mirisha Russett, Meagan McLean and Jessica Caron; Eric Cholasta, Josh Lamoureaux and Patrick Burchat.
K-1 Division– Amy Park, Renee Lamoureaux and Caroline Burchat; Brian Weatherall, David Coates and Jared Barnett-Hope.
K-2 Division– Laura Watts, Natasha Lewis and Michailia Steward; Mike Rae, Dalton Brownson and Hayden Deacon.
J Division– Marisa Mulder, Liz Krock and Vanessa Watts; Justin Mueller, Dave Romanick and Adam Searle.
Feb 23 2010: Batawa racers busy
Batawa Ski Racing Club teams wrapped up their regular season in semi-final showdowns across the province over the weekend, with strong finishes by teams competing from Milton to Collingwood.
The Batawa J-League White Lightning were at Glen Eden ski hill near Milton for Alpine Ontario semis for senior racers.
With more than 70 racers representing six teams, and only one to advance to the finals, the Batawa racers had their work cut out for them. The Lightning fell short of accumulating enough points to advance to finals next weekend.
Led by Nic Durish for the boys, Batawa had four racers finish in the Top 10. In the girls division, Elizabeth Krock led her teammates as Batawa racers posted three of the Top 10 finishes. David Romanick, Connor Steers, Mark Weatherall, Vanessa Watts, and Marissa Mulder contributed to the team’s third place finish.
With the regular team series wrapped up, five of the White Lightning are training to represent Batawa at the Gooch Cup, an invitational Super-G race to be held March 2 at Blue Mountain.
The Batawa K1 Dragons finished their season Saturday at Georgian Peaks in Collingwood. The slalom course was fast and challenging and the Batawa racers ended up finishing in fifth place.
Brian Weatherall finished second and Kurtis Wright placed seventh on the boys side. Weatherall also took home the award for having the fastest combined time for the day.
Coaches Pat Burchat and Brian Wannamaker said they are proud of the improvement they have seen over the season and the team will continue to train in preparation for the Batawa Club Race on March 6-7 at Batawa Ski Hill. Dragons team members included: Caroline Burchat, Natalie Wannamaker, Elizabeth Hurley, Petru Obreja, Matthew Doxtator, Daniel Hall, Wright and Weatherall.
Also wrapping up the Alpine Ontario season Sunday were the Batawa K2 Bombers, who competed at Craigleith Ski Resort in Collingwood for the year end semi-finals.
The Craigleith slalom course was a long, challenging one and with five teams competing, Batawa finished in second place with a score of 191 to Craigleith’s home team score of 265.
Skiing to a silver medal for the boys with a time of 87.37 seconds was Michael Rae. The bronze medal went to Hayden Deacon with a time of 90.38 seconds. For the girls, Laura Watts received a bronze medal with a time of 96.60 seconds.
The Batawa teams next scheduled race is the final Club Race on March 6 and 7.
Feb 16 2010: Grizzlies, Dragons combine for seven individual medals
The Batawa Ski Racing team continues to make its mark on ski hills throughout the province.
Last weekend, the Batawa K1 Grizzlies and K1 Dragons, combined to win seven of 12 avaliable individual medals.
The Batawa K1 Grizzlies dominated Chedoke at Heights of Horseshoe in Barrie (280-120) winning five of six possible medals in the process.
The Batawa girls swept the medal podium led by the gold medal performance of Amy Park. Renee Lamoureux took silver and Rebecca Fryer skied to the bronze medal.
On the boys side, David Coates earned the gold medal and Ethan Thompson got silver.
Also earning points for the Grizzlies were Jared Barnett- Hope and Christopher Duncan.
The Batawa K1 Dragons, coached by Pat Burchat and Brian Wannamaker, finished their final scheduled race of the season at Skyloft with a tough 265-255 loss to Chicopee but Batawa skiers did manage a gold and silver medal.
Brian Weatherall s strong season with a gold medal. Kurtis Wright had his best ski of the season coming a close second to earn the silver.
The Dragons team also includes Natalie Wannamaker, Caroline Burchat, Daniel Hall, Matthew Doxtator, Elizabeth Hurley and Petru Obreja.
Feb 9 2010: Batawa ski racers dominate the slopes
Batawa Ski Racing Club racers dominated the podium throughout home and away races this past weekend.
Caroline Burchat was first for the Batawa K1 Dragons at Chicopee in Kitchener.
Saturday, Batawa Ski Hill hosted four visiting teams in the Nancy Greene League, who came to compete in a stubbie slalom.
The Batawa Wildcats competed against a team from Skyloft. The home hill advantage was obvious as the Wildcats secured the top three race times for both the boys and the girls. Excellent runs by Julia Press, Nathan Lamain and Hannah Merjavec contributed to the team’s sweeping victory of 261-173 over Skyloft. In a field of 75 racers, special mention goes to Mirisha Russett who had the top time of all the girls and Eric Cholasta who was the second fastest boy.
Meanwhile, Batawa’s junior racers in the Swiss Chalet K1 Alpine Ontario league owned the podium on the weekend.
At Mount St. Louis Moonstone, the Batawa Grizzlies won four of six medals in a giant slalom race against North York posting a 248-186 win.
Taking gold for girls was Amy Park who also captured the girls’ fastest single run and the fastest combined times overall. Bronze for girls was won by Renee Lamoureux. David Coates skied to gold for the boys while Ethan Thompson got bronze. Also scoring points for the team were Jared Barnett-Hope.
The Batawa Predators raced with the Horseshoe Mustangs in a Nancy Greene Ski Race League event.
Fastest Batawa racer was Victoria Kooistra who negotiated the course in less than 30 seconds. Hope Saunders, Margaret Pedersen, Henryk Luczynski, Augusta Cooper, and Jaclyn Manderville also posted good times in the race.
Feb 2 2010: More medals for Batawa skiers
It was another great weekend for members of the Batawa Ski Racing Club.
The K1 League Grizzlies won three medals, including a pair of gold Saturday in paneled slalom competition against the Heights of Horseshoe at Hidden Valley Ski Area.
On the girls side, Amy Park won gold and Renee Lamoureux took the bronze medal. For the boys, David Coates earned the gold medal.
Also scoring points for the undermanned Grizzlies were Rebecca Fryer and Ethan Thompson.
The Batawa K2 Bombers dominated the podium for the second straight weekend.
Competing against Brimacome, the Bombers scored a 298-222 win.
For the boys, Michael Rae skied to gold with a time of 57.77. Hayden Deacon took silver (58.11) and Andrew Tolmie won bronze (59.30).
On the girls side, Laura Watts won the gold medal with a time of 62.86. Natasha Lewis took silver.
Jan 26 2010: Batawa ski racers dominate the slopes
Batawa Ski Racing Club’s K2 racers swept a podium in Barrie this past weekend as the Batawa K2 Bombers travelled to Barrie to compete against London-based Cobble Hill in a giant slalom race.
Batawa boys swept the podium with Hayden Deacon placing first with a time of 42.04 seconds, John Rae was second (42.42) and Zachary Bridgewater placed third (44.00).
The Batawa Bomber girls also had some impressive times with Laura Watts placing first with a time of 45.12 seconds and Natasha Lewis placing third (49.47). Batawa bested their London counterparts 287-235.
It was a perfect day for the Batawa White Lightning at Devil’s Elbow (near Peterborough) as they swept both the boys and girls J Meile league race series.
Batawa race brothers Mark and David Weatherall battled for top spot, with Mark taking gold and David silver. The difference between the two skiers was a mere one-fiftieth of a second.
The bronze medal went to Batawa mate Connor Steerers. Batawa racers David Romanick, Nic Durish, Justin Mueller, Justin Mueller, Nathan Jianopoulos and Scott Villemaire helped the team take eight of the top nine positions.
The White Lightning girls were equally dominant taking the top three spots.
Winning gold was Elizabeth Krock with a time of 54.23. Marissa Mulder won silver in 54.29 while Vanessa Watts skied to the bronze medal in 54.96.
Laura Villemaire, Mieke Little and Emily Fryer helped the Lightning take six of the top seven positions.
The Lightning now prepares for the Feb. 7 All-star.
Jan 19 2010: Batawa skiers race to medals around province
Amy Park and David Coates won medals for the Batawa K1 Grizzlies at the Mount St. Louis Moonstone meet last weekend.
Competing in the 11-12 age group, Park won a bronze medal while Coates skied to silver.
Also earning points for their team with excellent runs were Renee Lamoureux and Jared Barnett-Hope.
The Batawa Wildcats, (aged 7- 10), hit the slopes at the Oshawa ski hill (Brimacombe) scoring a 256-182 win over the host Gazelles.
Outstanding runs were turned in by rookie Josh Lamoureux and veteran racers Eric Cholasta and the powerhouse brother-sister team of Mirisha and Taylor Russett.
The Batawa K1 Dragons opened their season at Satan’s Run at Devil’s Elbow.
Brian Weatherall skied to a bronze medal while Natalie Wannamaker finished her first ever race with two clean runs.
The Batawa Predators raced with the Skyloft II team in a Nancy Greene league event at Brimecombe Ski Club near Oshawa.
Racers putting in a strong performance were Morgan Davis, Zoe Gram, Lauren Taylor and Jordan Coen. William Rae was the most consistent racer posting the exact same time for both his runs. Patrick Thompson improved his second run by nearly nine seconds to put in a most improved time.
In their second race of the season, the Batawa J White Lightning defeated Horseshoe Valley Ski Club 275-247 on a giant slalom course at Moonstone-Mt. St. Louis.
The Batawa Lightning boys swept the podium for the second time this season. David Weatherall won gold while his brother Mark skied to silver. Finishing the sweep was veteran Connor Steerers taking bronze.
In the girls division, the White were paced by Marissa Mulder. Mulder turned in two stellar runs to take the bronze. Contributing to the Batawa White Lightning’s clinching the race were Elizabeth Krock, David Romanick and Justin Mueller.
The Batawa K2 Bombers participated in their first race of the season at Devil’s Elbow in Bethany winning a pair of medals.
Michael Rae won gold for the boys plus had the overall fastest combined time.
Laura Watts placed second for the girls and took a silver at the podium.
Also scoring points for their team with impressive runs were Andrew Tolmie, Natasha Lewis, Jacob Barnett-Hope, Michaelea Stewart and Spencer Berry.
Jan 12 2010: Batawa Racers
Senior members of the Batawa Ski Racing Club hit the slopes at Oshawa for competition last Sunday, defeating the host Brimacombe team 293-225 in the J. Meile League for 14-18-year-olds. Batawa’s White Lightning boys team made a clean sweep of the podium with Nic Durish (gold), David Romanick (silver) and Dave Weatherall (bronze) leading the way. Durish posted the fastest single and fastest combined times of the day.
The Batawa girls were not to be outdone, grabbing gold (Elizabeth Krock) and bronze (Vanessa Watts). Also scoring points were Mark Weatherall and Connor Steers in boys competition.
Next competition is at Horseshoe Valley next Sunday.
Batawa wraps up season
The Batawa Ski Racing Club closed out its season with its annual Nick Adams Memorial race last weekend at Batawa Ski Hill. Skiiers participated in a Slolam race on Saturday and a Giant Slolam race on Sunday.
The winners on Saturday in the female J division were Elizabeth Krock with first, Marisa Mulder with second, and Tori Hollett with third place, and the winners in the male division were Nicholas Durish with first, Connor Steers, second, and Justin Mueller, third. The winners in the K1 division female were Renee Lamoureux with first, Laura Patterson, second, and Rebecca Fryer, third, and the male winners were Jake Hollett with first, Hayden Deacon, second, and David Coates, third. The winners in the K2 division female were Laura Watts with first, Vanessa Watts, second, and Laura Villemaire, third, and for the males in the K2 division, the winners were Michael rae with first, Andrew Tolmie, second, and Nathan Jianopoulos, third. In the Nancy Greene division, the female winners were Amy Park with first, Caroline Burchat, second, and Meagan McLean, third, and the male winners were Brian Weatherall with first, Kurtis Wright, second, and Daniel Hall, third.
The winners on Sunday were as follows: In the J division, female winners were Elizabeth Krock with first, Marisa Mulder, second, and Megan Belanger, third and the male winners were David Romanick with first, Nicholas Durish, second, and Edward Donahoe, third. The female winners in the K1 division were Renee Lamoureux with first, Laura Patterson, second, and Rebecca Fryer, third, and the male winners were Jake Hollett with first, Hayden Deacon, second, and Jared Hope, third. The female winners in the K2 division were Vanessa Watts with first, Laura Villemaire, second, and Laura Watts, third, and the male winners were Michael Rae with first, Nathan Jianopoulos, second, and Andrew Tolmie, third. In the Nancy Greene division, the female winners were Caroline Burchat with first, Jessica Carons, second, and Mirisha Russett, third, and the male winners were Brian Weatherall with first, Daniel Hall, second, and Kurtis Wright, third.
Batawa’s Krock wins bronze
Batawa Ski Racing Club wrapped up its 2009 season with a slim loss for its senior race team and some personal victories in a pure speed event at Blue Mountain.
Batawa sent one team off to Alpine Ontario finals this season, the J White Lignting, for a six-team competition that took place Sunday at the Oshawa Ski Club and consisted of a giant slalom race on a hard-packed course under bright skies.
Facing Sno Valley, Glacier, Chedoke, Craigleith and hometown favourites Oshawa, the Batawa racers had their work cut out for them. Despite some strong performances, the White Lightning fell to Oshawa in a race where finishes were measured in one hundredths of a second. Batawa’s sole medal-winner was Elizabeth Krock who placed third, taking the bronze, in a field of 26 girls. Contributing to the teams point score were Connor Steers, Tori Hollett, Nic Durish, Edward Donahoe, Julie Patterson and Justin Mueller.
Meanwhile, Batawa sent four local racers and one alumni to the Gooch Cup Monday at the Toronto Ski Club, located in Collingwood at Blue Mountain. Tori Hollet, Elizabeth Krock, Nic Durish and Connor Steers hit the race course along with former Batawa racer Myles Baigent. Baigent is attending school in Ottawa and now races out of the Upper Ottawa Valley Race Club. The Gooch Cup is held at TSC every year and is named after Robert Gooch, who was instrumental in developing ski racing in Southern Ontario. The race is a ’speed’ event, a super giant slalom, the only such race the Batawa racers compete in during the year. Despite their lack of experience in comparison to the Collingwood racers, the Batawa racers made an impressive showing. In a field of 29 girls in the “J” division, Krock placed ninth and Hollett came in 17th. In the boys “J” division Baigent, last year’s victor, placed second, with Durish coming in 12th and Steers 13th, less than one half second behind.
The Batawa racers will host their club race event March 7-8.
Batawa racing teams end season on slopes
A pair of Batawa Ski Racing Club teams saw their season come to an end Saturday and Sunday in Alpine Ontario semi-final action on Barrie and Collingwood slopes.
Batawa’s K2 and K1 teams raced on icy, fast slalom courses but came up short failing to advance to next weekends finals for AO competitions.
Michael Rae of the Batawa K2 Bandits posted the fasted two times of any racer en route to the gold medal in a fast, close contest at Heights of Horseshoe near Barrie Sunday at the K2 semi-finals. On the girls side, Vanessa Watts’ two near perfect runs resulted in a strong fourth place finish ahead of all the Collingwood racers.
As a team, the Bandits beat the Muskoka Ski Club but could not beat the host Heights of Horseshoe team.
The Bandits racers faced variable weather conditions with heavy snow squalls at times. An icy upper pitch dealt several spills on the day, so team depth was important with Natasha Lewis and Ken Cato both posting strong performances.
On Saturday, the Batawa K1 Dragons travelled to Blue Mountain to compete in a semi-final match. The Dragons were competing against five other teams in a field of 75 racers in slalom competition with the top team qualifying for the finals.
The Dragons skied well and turned in excellent times. Jacob Hollett finished fourth missing the bronze medal by one-tenth of a second. Hayden Deacon finished sixth, while Renee Lamoureux was 13th and Zachary Bridgewater was 16th. Also scoring points for the team were Jared Barnett- Hope, Rebecca Fryer, and Laura Patterson.
Despite their efforts, the Dragons were eliminated from competition, finishing behind Jozo Weider and Georgian Peaks, both very experienced teams from Collingwood. Consequently, Dragons’ season is finished, but there are individual competitions to come in the next few weekends.
Batawa’s senior ski race teams, the J-Class Meile League racers, competed on the weekend, as well, but reports for those teams were not filed.
Lightning grounded in Barrie
Batawa’s J White Lightning ski racing team has had a their perfect season come to an end.
The Lightning travelled to Horseshoe Valley at Barrie for the senior race team’s final regular season race Sunday, taking its first loss of the season.
The undefeated Lightning faced off against the Glacier race club, also undefeated up to Sunday’s encounter. The long slalom course provided a challenge for all racers, but despite taking three medals, Batawa fell to the Glacier group 258-236.
In the girls division, Batawa racer Elizabeth Krock won silver. For the boys, Nic Durish took gold and Connor Steers silver for Batawa. Racers contributing to the Batawa score were Henry Schneider, Edward Donahoe and Tori Hollett. The White Lightning will be at Alpine Ontario semi-finals next Sunday at a location yet to be announced.
The Batawa K2 Bombers raced a giant slalom at Hockley Valley in Orangeville last weekend against Chicopee of Kitchener. The race was the Bombers’ last race of the regular season, losing a squeaker by only four points, 259-263. On the podium for the girls were Vanessa Watts with the gold medal and Laura Watts with the bronze. Laura Villemaire placed fourth and Emily Fryer was sixth. For the boys, Michael Rae brought home the silver medal, with teammates Andrew Tolmie in sixth place and Nathan Jianopoulos in seventh. Also scoring points for their team with fast runs were Alison McGurk and Ken Cato. The Bombers will be competing in the AO semi-finals next weekend.
Rounding out the roster for Batawa, the K1 Dragons travelled to Heights of Horseshoe in Barrie Saturday to race against Caledon in a panelled slalom competition.
The race course was steep and very icy, creating challenging conditions for the racers. Claiming the gold medal for the Dragons’ boys was Jacob Hollett while Jared Barnett- Hope earned the silver medal. Rebecca Fryer, Jacob Barnett- Hope, Laura Patterson, Ethan Thompson and Aidan Gomez all turned in solid performances to contribute to the team total. Despite the strong performances from the Batawa racers, Caledon claimed the team victory by a narrow margin.
Successful weekend on slopes for Batawa
Batawa Ski Racing Club skiers raced to the podium all over the province Saturday and Sunday in week three of the Alpine Ontario racing season.
Batawa’s White Lightning senior race team travelled to Hockley Valley near Orangeville to compete in their first slalom race of the season. Matched against the Horseshoe Valley team in the J Meile League for 15-18-year old athletes, the Lightning arrived in the brisk – 18C temperatures a little anxious but energized and determined.
The team’s recent training paid off as they claimed victory over the more experienced Horseshoe team with a final score of 283-183.
Taking the top spot on the podium and a gold for the girls was Batawa racer Elizabeth Krock. The Batawa boys made it a clean sweep with Nic Durish, having the fastest time of all 58 racers, taking gold, Connor Steers silver and Henry Schneider bronze.
Contributing points to the victory were Julie Patterson, Tori Hollett and Edward Donahoe.
Batawa’s J Red racers travelled to Hidden Valley, Huntsville, Sunday for a giant slalom race, where the Reds trounced Chedoke of Hamilton 294-196 in team competition.
Mark Weatherall won gold for the boys, while David Romanick finished with a silver and Kevin Romanick took fourth.
The Batawa girls swept the podium with Marissa Mulder winning gold, Mieke Little silver and Midori Thomlinson bronze. Scott Villemaire, Megan Belanger and Adam Searle recorded points in the win.
Batawa’s K1 Dragons, coached by Russell Scott and Rob Lamoureux, were ripping up the slopes at Mount St. Louis Moonstone in Barrie.
The Dragons are a group of 11 to 12-year old boys and girls who faced off against the Heights of Horseshoe Red team.
Capturing the bronze medal for the girls was Renee Lamoureux. For the boys, Jake Hollett claimed silver and Hayden Deacon took the bronze. Despite the strong podium appearance by the Dragons, the Batawa racers were edged out of top spot and the team victory was claimed by Heights of Horseshoe. Strong consistent finishes were turned in by all racers including Zachary Bridgewater, Jacob Hope, Aiden Gomez, David Coates and Ethan Thompson.
The Batawa K2 Bandits were victorious Sunday at Chicopee in Kitchener.
Racing a giant slalom course against Hockley Valley, the Bandits dominated with a 274-246 victory. For the girls, Vanessa Watts won gold, Laura Villemaire won silver, Emily Fryer was fourth and Caity Fisher placed sixth.
For the boys, Michael Rae skied to a silver medal. Nathan Jianopoulos was fourth followed by Andrew Tolmie in fifth. Also earning points for their team with strong performances and impressive race times were first year racers Cameron Bell and John Birchard. Next weekend, the Bandits will be returning to Chicopee to race a slalom course.
The Batawa Nancy Greene Predators, coached by David Stoll and Colin Mclean, travelled to Devil’s Elbow on Saturday for their second race of the season.
The Predators were up against a strong host club and a more experienced team from Snow Valley.
Despite solid runs by all racers, Batawa scored a third place finish.
Top performances from the boys came from Eric Cholasta, Cobe Stoll and Nathan Lamain. For the girls, Jessica Carons, Zoe Gram and Christina Pilgrim were major contributors in points.
The Batawa Nancy Green Wildcats travelled to Devil’s Elbow Saturday to face the Horseshoe Valley team that narrowly edged them out of first place in the previous week’s race. The Batawa Wildcats braved the arctic chill, coming on strong to capture seven of the top 10 spots in the race. At the end of the day the Wildcats were victorious, winning with a score of 242-194. Great results were turned in by Petru-ioan Obreja and the brother-sister team of Jared and Lauren Taylor who added 51 points to the team total onthis their first race of the season.
Senior Batawa ski racers rule the slopes
Batawa’s senior racers in the J Miele Alpine Ontario league dominated the podium on the weekend, almost making it a clean sweep for the medals.
Batawa’s J Miele Racing League Red team took a slew of podium honours at Horseshoe Valley Sunday, taking five of six top spots in an Alpine Ontario slalom race against Devil’s Elbow.
Taking gold for girls was Midori Thomlinson; silver for girls was won by Meike Little, Mark Weatherall took gold for boys, David Romanick, got silver and brother Kevin Romanick took bronze to round out an all-Batawa podium for male racers on the day.
The Batawa Nancy Greene League Wildcats, coached by Pat Burchat and Mary E Bunton, saw their first action of the season at Horseshoe Valley on a bitterly cold Saturday. All 10 racers had clean runs in the three-team event, but the Wildcats were narrowly edged out by the Horseshoe Valley Mustangs 199-177. The third team in the race, the Snow Valley Falcons was a distant third with 124 points.
Strong performances were turned in by veteran Wildcats Brian Weatherall, Amy Park and Kurtis Wright who took the top three spots in the 35-racer field. Patrick Burchat and Alexandra Hall, the youngest Wildcats at eight-years old, contributed by delivering 19 points to the team total.
The team’s next race is Saturday, where Wildcats face a strong team from Devil’s Elbow on their home hill.
On Sunday, the Batawa K1 Dragons coached by Russell Scott and Rob Lamoureux, raced in slalom competition against the Muskoka Ski Club Blurr at Hidden Valley Ski Area. The Dragons, a spirited group of 11 and 12-year olds, faced very bitter conditions and a much more experienced team in their first race of the season. Despite solid performances from all team members, the Muskoka Ski Club was victorious. Scoring points for the team was Renee Lamoureux, Rebecca Fryer, Laura Patterson, Michailia Stewart, Hayden Deacon, Jacob Hollett, and Jared Hope.
The Batawa Nancy Greene Predators travelled to Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie for what was the first racefor many of the Predators. The Batawa team faced a strong and experienced Devil’s Elbow Gold team and fell short in points, but had major contributions from Eric Cholasta, Liam Conroy, Mirisha Russett and Abby Mclean.
Mixed results for Batawa ski club in season openers
A number of Batawa Ski Racing Club teams took to the slopes with mixed results around the province last weekend, competing in Alpine Ontario races to kick off the 2009 ski racing season.
The Batawa White J-Class senior race team was in Barrie, competing in the J Miele League for racers aged 15-18. The White travelled to Moonstone Mt. St. Louis, north of Barrie, for their first race of the season.
A long giant slalom course was the challenge that saw the White Team defeat North York 261-229. Taking silver for Batawa in boys was Nick Durish, while teammate Edward Donahoe took bronze. On the podium representing Batawa girls was Elizabeth Krock who took gold.
Krock’s day got even brighter as she finished with the fastest combined time of all 28 girls competing. Contributing to the team’s victory were Julie Patterson, Tori Hollett, Connor Steers and Eric Donahoe. The Whites continue training for a slalom race at Hockley Valley Jan. 25.
Meanwhile, the Batawa J Miele league Red Rockets dropped a heartbreaker in their opening race of the season, coming up short in a 167-163 decision to the hometown racers at Horseshoe Valley. David Romanick took the gold medal for boys, with brother Kevin capturing bronze. In the women’s race, Marisa Mulder took silver.
The Batawa K2 Bandits, a group of 13-14-year-old athletes, encountered a tough slalom course and a hot home team in Barrie. Bandits raced a challenging slalom course at Mt. St. Louis- Moonstone near Barrie.
Up against Moonstone’s own Glacier Ski Club, the Bandits suffered their first loss of the season with a score of 266-198. On the podium for the Bandits was Laura Watts, with a third-place finish. Earning team points were Nathan Jianopoulos, Emily Fryer, Ken Cato and Laura Villemaire.
Gooch Cup Success for Local Racers
The 10th Annual Gooch Super G race was held at TSC Tuesday February with nine local racers in attendance. Myles Baigent again is crowned J champion and brings home the Gooch Cup while Tyler Baigent and Laura Kellar captured silver medals while David Weatherall finished 11th Emerson Krock 12th and Mark Weatherall 17th. In the K2 division Elizabeth Krock finished 7th, Nic Durish 10th and Connor Steers 19th. This race always poses the greatest challenge for our local athletes as they cannot train for this type of race at our local Batawa but always quite a thrill to see them rise to the occasion and finish in the top rankings.
Week 5: Feb 9 – 10, 2008 Batawa racers back on the podium
Batawa Ski Racing Club racers returned to winning form this past weekend, taking honours in two of four races in which Batawa teams competed.
Batawa senior tier racers, the J Meile Red Rockets, faced off against Milton Heights on Sunday at Glen Eden Ski Club at Milton, west of Toronto. On a brutally icy course in cold windy temperatures the Rockets turned in some fine performances, but not enough to claim an overall victory. Batawa’s final score was 245 to Milton’s 275.
With the fastest combined time for girls from all six teams of the day was veteran Rocket Laura Kellar who claimed the gold medal.
In the boys division David Weatherall was able to hang on and took silver. Contributing to the team’s points were Millie Schneider, Lindsay Little, Henry Schneider, Emerson Krock, and Josh Mueller.
The Red Rockets go to semi-finals this weekend a location yet to be announced.
Also Sunday, the Batawa K2 Bandits were off to Chicopee in Kitchener where they raced head-to-head against Hamilton’s Chedoke in slalom competition.
Despite the frigid temperature and bitter wind, the Bandits raced well and won. Sweeping the podium for the girls were Batawa racers Elizabeth Krock, gold, Tori Hollett, silver, and Laura Villemaire, bronze.
For the boys, Connor Steers captured the silver medal and Nic Durish took the bronze. The final score was Batawa Bandits 288 points to 234 points for Chedoke. Contributing points to the team victory were Vanessa Watts, Emily Fryer, Nathan Jianopolous, Justin Mueller, Eric Donahoe, Connor Jakes and Ken Cato.
The Batawa K1 Dragons, coached by Austin Watts, raced a double header this past weekend at Hidden Valley in Huntsville.
The morning race consisted of a paneled slalom against Glacier Ski Club and Hidden Valley, with Batawa placing last by a mere 48 points.
Michael Rae took home the gold medal as well as the medal for fastest combined run of all five teams racing that day.
In the afternoon, the Dragons raced a combi against Glacier Ski Club and were once again defeated, but Michael Rae took the bronze medal. Natasha Lewis experienced a spectacular somersaulting crash at the top of the course, resulting in the loss of a ski. Despite this setback, Natasha was able to pick herself up, to the cheers of the crowd, and complete the challenging course on a single ski.
Also earning points for their team with impressive times were Jacob Barnett-Hope, Alison McGurk, and Zachary Bridgewater.
In the junior ranks, the Batawa Nancy Greene Wildcats continued their winning ways, racing in Barrie at Horseshoe.
The Wildcats won their third race in as many weeks in a very close battle with the Heights of Horseshoe team. Jared Taylor and Petru-ioan Obreja helped to push their team to a 217-215 victory.
The Batawa Nancy Greene Predators came up short against the Horseshoe Mustangs, however, but had strong showings from new racers Jessica Caron and Sheyne Blandford.
The Wildcats and Predators will be able to show off their technique in their final race of the year at home, on the slopes of Batawa, on Saturday Feb. 23.
Week 4: Feb 2 – 3, 2008
Batawa Ski Racing Club’s racers found themselves in some stiff competition in Alpine Ontario races this past weekend, sustaining losses in three venues.
Under the tutelage of coaches Pete Donahoe and Gerard O’Brien, the Batawa White Lightning J Miele racers were in tough Sunday as the Batawa senior racers competed on a very flat course at Heights of Horseshoe, near Barrie.
Batawa finished third with 198 points – only eight behind second place Hockley Valley, while home team The Heights of Horseshoe dominated with 278 points. For Batawa, David Romanick won bronze, with Mark Weatherall finishing eighth. Ed Donahoe finished 10th.
For the Lightning girls, Ashley O’Brien raced to a fourth place finish, Marisa Mulder was seventh and Mieka Little was ninth. Also competing for Batawa and contributing points were Megan Belanger, Samantha Warren, and Scott Villemaire.
Also in senior J Miele class, Batawa Red Rockets travelled to Horseshoe Valley north of Barrie for their first slalom race in the J League. The Rockets were battling the Mansfield Panthers on a challenging slalom course and with two of their racers missing from the roster, the Batawa team fell just short, taking a loss at 273 points to 249 for Mansfield. Despite the loss there were very strong performance, particularly from veteran racer Laura Kellar, who took gold in the girls division and in the boys match David Weatherall claimed the silver medal.
Contributing to the point total with some good runs were Adam Swartman, Millie Schneider, Alex Swartman, Josh Mueller and Lindsay Little. The Red Rockets travel to Glen Eden Ski Centre at Milton next Sunday for their second slalom race, the last of the regular series before the Alpine Ontario semi-finals begin.
At Caledon, the Batawa K1 Dragons were back in action this past weekend after having a race cancelled last week due to too much snow in Barrie. Sunday, Batawa’s Dragons raced a giant slalom at Caledon Ski Club. Despite strong showings by all athletes the K1 Dragons were defeated by Hidden Valley. On the podium for the Dragons was Michael Rae with a silver medal. Also earning points for their team with competitive times were Andrew Tolmie, Natasha Lewis and Dalton Brownson. Next week, the Dragons are off to Hidden Valley to race slalom and a combi race.
Week 3: Jan 26 – 27, 2008
Batawa Ski Racing Club skiers fanned out across the province again this past weekend and continue to top podiums and turn heads in Alpine Ontario racing circles.
Mansfield Ski Club has been good to Batawa racers – very good.
With an outcome on Sunday as successful as their younger K2 counterparts earlier in the day on the same hill, the Batawa Red Rockets returned home from Mansfield victorious and with some hardware.
Competing in a giant slalom race against the Oshawa Jets in the Alpine Ontario J Miele league, the Rockets finished up with a score of 283 over the Jets 239.
Icing on the cake for Batawa’s senior racers on this day – Batawa boys made an impressive sweep of the podium, with Emerson Krock taking gold, Adam Swartman silver and Joe Swallow bronze.
Collecting medals for the girls were Laura Kellar taking gold and Midori Thomlinson with bronze.
“Once again the combined efforts and results of Batawa racers have other clubs wondering how we pull off these victories. The answer is hard work and determination,” coach Rob Scott said.
The Red Rockets travel to Horseshoe Valley next weekend for their first test on the slalom course.
Also at Mansfield, Batawa K2 Bandits showed grit, soundly defeating Chedoke from Hamilton and the Chicopee Spirit Bears from Kitchener in giant slalom competition. Tutored by coaches Jeff Durish and Tom Villemaire, the Bandits dominated the podium, taking all three places in the girls division. Taking gold was Elizabeth Krock while Tori Hollett and Vanessa Watts captured the silver and bronze medals.
In the boys division, Connor Steers took the silver medal and Kevin Romanick captured bronze. Additional team points were contributed by Emily Fryer, Laura Villemaire, Nic Durish, Justin Mueller, Nathan Jianopoulous, Eric Donahoe, Ken Cato, and Connor Jakes.
“We have a great group of athletes who gave it their all and can be proud of their results,” said coach Durish.
The K2 Bandits have next weekend off before heading to Kitchener on Feb. 10 for head-to-head slalom competition with Chedoke.
In Nancy Greene action, Skyloft, near Whitby, hosted the Battles of Batawa, with Batawa’s Nancy Greene Predators squaring off against Snow Valley and hill mates, Batawa Wildcats going against Horseshoe Valley.
Despite the difficult slalom race course, Batawa Predators showed determination only to come up short against Snow Valley. The Predators were led by second-year veteran Shaelynne McMurter, while newcomers Patrick Burchat, Christopher Duncan and Elizabeth Hurly showed great results.
Meanwhile, Batawa Wildcats had a repeat performance of last week’s dominance, sweeping the podium on Saturday. The Batawa Wildcats trounced Horseshoe Valley Ski Club by 244-187. Wildcats had the top five times of the race. Kurtis Wright, Rebecca Fryer, Jared Barnett-Hope and Owen Thompson posted strong times.
Week 2: Jan 19 – 20, 2008
Several Batawa ski race teams hit the snowy, treacherous highways of Ontario’s snowbelt regions to race this past weekend, with one team having made the trek to Barrie only to find there was too much snow to race.
In their first match of the season Sunday, the Batawa Red Rockets, competing in the§ J Miele League for 15-18 year old racers, started things on a winning note with a decisive 271-257 win over the London Vapour. The giant slalom course was set at Horseshoe Valley in bitterly cold winds.
For the girls, Midori Thomlinson started her season with a bronze medal. In the boys’ group, Joe Swallow took silver and Emerson Krock won gold. Krock had the best combined time of all racers from the six teams at the meet.
The team’s victory was a true team effort, said coach Rob Scott, with valuable points coming from strong finishes by David Weatherall, Millie Schneider, Alex Swartman and Lindsay Little. Coach Scott, who had been a racer for Batawa in recent years, said “this team is motivated and we saw that today. Everyone is looking forward to next week’s race at Mansfield Ski Club north of Alliston.”
The Batawa K2 Bandits raced to a tie for top spot in a slalom event Sunday at Chicopee Ski Hill, in Kitchener. The Bandits, led by coach Jeff Durish, were racing against two home teams from Chicopee in the slalom competition. The Bandits battled the bitterly cold temperatures and a technically challenging slalom course and, at the end of the day, Bandits shared the lead, tying the race with the very experienced home-hill Chicopee Brown Bears. Final points tally was Batawa Bandits and Chicopee Brown Bears both with 243 points and the Chicopee Spirit Bears third with 178 points.
Kevin Romanick and Connor Steers of Batawa took the gold and silver medals for the boys while Tori Hollett won bronze for the girls. Also scoring points for the Bandits were Emily Fryer, Nic Durish, Vanessa Watts, and Nathan Jianopolous.
Next week, the Bandits are off the Mount St. Louis-Moonstone in Barrie.
K1 Dragons were to race at Mt St.Louis-Moonstone on the weekend, but their event was cancelled due to too much snow on the course.
Batawa’s two Nancy Greene development teams – Predators and Wildcats – were at Snow Valley on Saturday for the first race of the season. This is a group of seven-to-10 year old racers coached by Mike Thompson, Pat Burchat and Rob Lamoureux.
The ’stubbie’ slalom course was icy, but the Wildcats dug in and stole seven out of the top eight finishing positions against their opponent, Skyloft. Wildcats won with score of 247-144. Earning points for Batawa were Brian Weatherall, Amy Park, Renee Lamoureux, Ethan Thompson and first-year racer Hannah Pick.
The Batawa Nancy Greene Predators showed grit Saturday competing at what was the first race ever for almost all of the young racers. The young Nancy Greene team, including first-year racers Daniel Hall, Caroline Burchat, Megan McLean and Shawn McMurter, put up a valiant effort, but could not beat the powerful team from Heights of Horseshoe.
Week 1: Jan 12 – 13, 2008
The Batawa Ski Racing Club has finally moved off the practice slopes and onto the race course.And the result was some impressive performances in the club’s first weekend of racing.It was a banner day for Batawa natives David and Kevin Romanick, both winning medals on their first races of the season.
The Batawa K1 Dragons, a group of 11 and 12-year-old athletes, participated in their first race of the season this past Saturday at Heights of Horseshoe in Barrie. Coached by Austin Watts, the Dragons showed no mercy in tearing up the very icy and difficult stubbie slalom course. Competing against Heights of Horseshoe and Caledon, the K1 Dragons placed second overall. On the podium for the males were Michael Rae with the gold medal and Jake Hollett with the silver.
For the females, Laura Watts was awarded the bronze medal. Michael Rae also clocked the male’s fastest individual run out of all five teams racing.
Also scoring points for their team with very impressive runs were Hayden Deacon, Caity Fisher and Amy Yuan.
Next weekend, the K1 Dragons will be racing at Mt. St. Louis-Moonstone.
On Sunday, the Batawa K2 Bandits travelled to Mansfield for their first race of the season. There, the 13 and 14-year-olds, stole the podium in a landslide victory in giant slalom competition against the Chicopee Spirit Bears. For the boys, Kevin Romanick, Connor Steers and Nic Durish, all from Batawa, took gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
On the girls side, Batawa racers Elizabeth Krock, Tori Hollett and Vanessa Watts swept the podium. Of special note, in the field of 60 racers, Kevin Romanick earned the fastest combined time for the boys and Elizabeth Krock earned top spot for the girls.
Elizabeth Krock also demonstrated her skill by clocking the single fastest time of the day.
In the Miele Race league for ski racers 15 and older, formerly known as J Class or Hershey Race League, skiers travelled to Glacier Ski Club, at Moonstonenear Barrie for a race that saw Batawa’s Team White finish second in overall team points to Heights of Horseshoe. Batawa’s Whites had a team score of 248 while winner Heights of Horsehoe had a score of 270.
For the male racers, David Romanick took silver with team members Mark Weatherall, Blaine Warren and Scott Villemaire contributing points.
For the girls, Marisa Mulder won silver, Annemieke Little had bronze and Ashley Obrien finished a strong fourth. Team White racer Samantha Warren also posted a strong top 10 finish. Next race for Batawa’s Miele Whites is Jan. 27 at Hockley Valley.