Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School (KWSC/KMS)
continued its season’s success story this week as snowboarders won
gold, silver and bronze in Monday’s USASA Southern Vermont Series
snowboard event at Bromley Mountain. The series is one of the most
highly competitive series in the country. “Under bluebird skies and
cold temperatures, KWSC/KMS snowboarders shut down the competition
on Monday,” said Kevin “KC” Gandee, head snowboard coach at
KWSC/KMS and snowboard program director. “Despite a crowded roster
and tough competition, the riders raced through time trials and
several heats to bring it home.”
For the girls, Shaelyn Humora, 12 from Morrisville, Penn., took second in the Girls’ Breaker (12-13) division and was the third-fastest girl regardless of age.
For the boys, in his first season on a competitive snowboard team, KMS student-athlete Conner Phillips, 14, from Fair Haven, N.J. (photo attached), took second in the Boys’ Youth (14-15) division, just behind the 2010 USASA National Champion in that age division. Phillips started snowboarding in Keystone, Colo. with his cousins and is focused on becoming a better athlete—and student—this season.
Also, Tin Skoric, just seven-years-old, of Rutland, took first place in the Boys’ Ruggie (7 and under) division. “Watch for him in the Olympics some day, he’s quite an athlete and a character,” said Gandee.
Under heavy snow and wind, day two of the Boardercross saw KWSC/KMS again with a strong showing. Humora had a repeat of day one, with a second-place finish and took third overall. Phillips landed in third as well. Jesse Kunkowski stepped up his game with a second place showing in the Boys’ Menehune (10-11) division.
Over the weekend, the KWSC/KMS athletes landed on the podium at Killington’s K-Town Showdown event. Peter Cimmino, 17, of Middlebury, Conn., placed third in the Open Men Snowboard division. Maggie Leon, 13, of West Simsbury, Conn., also took home bronze in the Open Women Snowboard division. Joey Leon, 11, also of West Simsbury, won the Grom Snowboard division, and Will Stellar, 14, of Killington, finished second.
The Killington Winter Sports Club/Killington Mountain School Competition Programs are the primary development pipeline for the Killington Mountain School. These programs are administered by KMS in conjunction with the Killington Winter Sports Club and aim to create an appropriate environment for the development of competitive athletes who are shaped by the ideals of athleticism and who are inspired by a lifelong love of their sport.