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Summit Snowboarding launches into season

January 11, 2006

In near-blizzard conditions at Mt. Hood Meadows Saturday morning, Hood River Summit Snowboard Team hit the Easy Rider slopestyle course for the Gorge League’s first competition of the season. In attendance were the league’s four teams: Summit, Barlow, Sandy and Centennial. After two runs each down the course of rails and tabletops, the Summit boys’ team took first place and the girls’ team took second.

The Gorge League is part of the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association (OISA), which consists of five individual leagues, namely Three Rivers, Southern, Sunset, Gorge and Metro. Summit represents high school riders from all of Hood River County, including home schooled students, HRVHS Eagles, Horizon Hawks and Cascade Locks Pirates. This season marks the team’s eighth year in existence.

The schedule this season consists of six events in the months of January and February: two slopestyle, two halfpipe and two boardercross.

At the top of Saturday’s competition were the Summit boys, who finished with four riders in the top ten. Leading the way was David Rovianek in second place overall and Jeremy Page and Ian Daly tied for third place. Chris Barber rounded out the top four for Summit in seventh overall.

For the girls, Summit’s Kelsey Griffith took the field with a first place finish overall. Nichole Richards was fourth and Tori Ratcliff rounded out the girls in ninth place.

This season marks Summit’s eighth year of competition. In its first six years, the team finished as state champions. Last season — due to lack of snow and team members — Summit did not participate in state.

Coaching the team this season are four-year Summit alumni riders Paul Rovianek and Holly Low.

“The team looks really good this year,” Rovianek said. “What separates us from the other teams is that we have a full team of excellent riders. That is where we will excel … I also think we have a close team compared to others. We are all friends and we work together well, which is good because it’s a team sport as much as it is an individual one.”

According to Rovianek, the team’s number-one goal this winter is to bring the state championship SATO Cup back to Hood River.

Summit schedule

(9 a.m. - noon at Meadows):

Jan. 21 — Boardercross

Jan. 28 — Half pipe

Feb. 4 — Slopestyle

Feb. 11 — Half pipe

Feb. 25 — Boardercross

TBA — SATO Cup

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