That was Twin Valley Middle High School snowboard coach Scott Salway’s assessment of the team as they hit the midway mark of their season.
“We kind of had a hectic start, with a lot of meets,” said Salway. “But the team is dominating. In three out of five meets we had the highest score. One other meet we had the overall highest score, but with only three riders we couldn’t qualify for the team competition.”
Numbers have been the only down side for the snowboard team this season, as some riders have been hurt and others have missed meets for a variety of reasons. Currently four riders, sophomores Logan Boyd, Allen Cole, and Sam Fleischer, along with freshman Finn Fisher, have been steady competitors for the boys’ team. There is no girls’ team this year.
Cole and Boyd have been the team’s most consistent riders. Boyd finished second in Monday’s halfpipe at Mount Snow, while Cole came in fifth. Fischer finished 17th, while Fleischer was hurt during warmups and had to withdraw from the meet. Those results gave Twin Valley a third-place finish, behind Bellows Free Academy and Rutland High School.
In a slopestyle meet held at Mount Snow on Wednesday, January 31, Twin Valley came away with the team title and the individual glory. Cole won the meet, Fleischer finished second, Boyd was fourth, and Fisher was 14th. Those results gave Twin Valley a five-point win over Burr and Burton, 63-58.
“Allen Cole threw a huge 540 in that slopestyle,” said Salway. “Not a lot of people are putting a trick like that down. It was pretty cool.”
Twin Valley took first place in a giant slalom race at Suicide Six on February 5, edging out BFA 39-36. Cole was third, Boyd fourth, Fischer 17th, and Fleischer 31st.
The team’s strongest showing was at Okemo on February 8, as all four riders finished in the top 11. Boyd was third, Fleischer seventh, Cole 10th, and Fischer 11th.
“Sam, Allen, and Logan are in the top echelon of freestyle riders in all of Vermont,” said Salway. “Finn is not that far away. He’s doing really well, and he’s gotten exponentially better and raced really well.”
Fisher is also a member of the Twin Valley junior varsity basketball team, balancing snowboarding with pulling down boards on the hardwood.
“He’s juggling a lot, but doing really well,” added Salway.
Salway, a middle school social studies teacher at Twin Valley and a weekend snowboard instructor at Mount Snow, also has help from co-coach Brennan Cofiell.
Cofiell has a long time family connection to the valley and is a snowboard instructor, teacher at Mount Snow Academy, middle school basketball coach at Twin Valley, and a Jr. Iron Chef coach.
With a strong team of young competitors and prospects for more riders joining the team next year, the future looks bright for snowboarding at Twin Valley. So bright, in fact, that Salway has his sights set on a state title in the next few years.
“If this group doesn’t win a state championship,” he said, “you can shave my head.”
Full race results can be found at the Vermont High School Snowboard Series website at sites.google.com/site/vermonthighschoolsnowboarding/home.