By BEN MCCARTY
News staff writer
March 14, 2007
After many treacherous drives to the mountain, endless meals of “cup o noodles” and countless hours of practice, the Summit Snowboarders garnered the strength to reach the top spot at Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association state championships and be crowned state champs.
The Summit team out-performed more than 250 of the state’s top high school snowboarders who had flocked to Mt. Hood Meadows for the competition.
With the victory, Summit continued its dominance of the Oregon high school snowboarding scene, with its seventh championship in the last eight years.
For the Summit girls, senior Kelsey Griffith blew away the competition and was crowned the fastest high school woman rider in the state, taking first in both the banked slalom and the boarder cross events.
The Summit boys started strong and never let up, behind stellar performances by the two leading riders, Jeremy Page and David Rovianek.
The Summit team placed five riders in the top 20 spots in the banked slalom.
The varsity team consisted of seniors Page, Rovianek, Ian Daly, Hampus Nordenson, Stephen Stenberg and freshman standout Elliott Tauscher. The boys then went on to take first in both the half pipe and the slope style, beating the second-place Ashland team by over 100 points.
It was an especially sweet victory for Page as he had to ride with a separated shoulder after taking a very hard fall on his second run in the half pipe.
Page came back the next day to tough out a first place finish in the slope style while his teammate Rovianek placed second and wowed the crowd with a huge, front side 540 flying high off the 45-foot table.
Another standout performance came from Stephen Stenberg, riding in his first year of competitive snowboarding. Stenberg placed third in the half pipe.