MSA skiers, riders start season strong
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DOVER- The Mount Snow Academy snowboard and free ski teams got their competition season off to a flying start at a pair of USASA Southern Vermont Series rail jams at Stratton on December 29 and January 4.

Leading the snowboard team, senior Max Lyons (Marlboro) took first place in the Men’s Open Class in both jams. Among snowboard men (age 14 and over), Bradley Harper (W. Simsbury, CT) took a second and a first, while teammate David McCarthy (Pawling, NY) took fourth on December 29, and Ryan Gormley (Wyckoff, NJ) took fourth on January 4. In the same age group, Ali Hsueh (Closter, NJ) brought home the gold among women both weekends. Alex Atno (Lavallette, NJ) racked up fourth- and sixth-place finishes among snowboard boys (ages 10 to 13).

In the open skier men’s division, MSA athletes swept the podium spots December 29, with Connor Clayton, Kirk Scully, and Chris Frulla (all of West Simsbury, CT) taking the gold, silver, and bronze, respectively. Scully returned the following weekend to collect another second-place finish. In the next group, skier men (14 and over), Calvin Lyons (Marlboro) took a second on December 29, and a first the following weekend, while teammates River Kerns (Saratoga Springs, NY), Mitchell Rothstein (Haddonfield, NJ) and Thomas Neal (Wallingford, CT) placed seventh, ninth, and 10th at the first jam. Skier women (ages 14 and over) Ali Perotti (Canaan, CT) took the gold on week one, and Monica Frulla (W. Simsbury, CT) snagged the silver on week two. Caroline Claire (Wilmington) placed second among skier girls (ages 10-13) on the December 29, and returned to her usual first-place slot on January 4.

Alpine racer Alex Welter (Babylon, NY) was at Bromley on January 4 for a U16 slalom race in which she placed fourth, and at Okemo on the fifth for a giant slalom, where she came in eighth.

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