Mammoth athletes bring home national titles


Mammoth athletes John Teller, Tyler Wallasch, Madeline Riffel, and Trevor Jacob brought home gold and silver hardware and three national titles after competing at the 2013 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix held March 1-2 at Canyons Resort, Utah.

Jacob took the top spot in the Snowboard Cross and the U.S. Championship title after beating out the competition on a tight course with wet, rutted snow for his first career win.

“The weather was beautiful and it was a long race day,” said Jacob, “but I had the best time racing and hanging out with all the snowboardcross athletes.”

Teller defended his lead down the tight, technical course to win the USANA Skicross and the U.S. Championship title. To take the title Teller had to beat out his friend and travel teammate, Wallasch, the one other Mammoth athlete in the men’s competition. Wallasch finished second in the men’s race after a fierce battle to advance through the semi-finals.

Riffel took the hard line to capture her title by recovering after a first turn crash to snag second in the women’s race, which then gave her the U.S. title.


Mammoth Nordic Racers Take Podium Spots

Mammoth Middle School Nordic racers stormed the podium at the California/Nevada Interscholastic Ski & Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) State Championship Races held at Auburn Ski Center on Saturday, March 2.

MMST girls, led by Meghan Thompson (10th), took the podium as a team, finishing third in the team competition, with only five girls.

Other results: Sofia McKee (15th), Alexia Craven (26th), Katrionna Furness (38th) and Denise Apodaca (51st). MMS boys placed among the top 15 out of 76 racers and took Second Place in team competition.  Connor Kusumoto passed a racer from North Tahoe in the home stretch to claim the title of State Champion. Trace Calvin (4th) and Harrison Manzano (10th) also earned medals for MMS.  Jared Mahler (16th) just missed out on receiving a medal for this race, but was honored with a 12th place medal overall for the 2013 season. 

Finishes by Eddie Mathiessen (20th), Jacob Mahler (29th), Liam Bassler (39th), Dominic Manzano (56th), Tanner Bissonette (74th) and Jack Peckenpaugh (75th) contributed to the Team Silver Medal. In the 2013 final season standings, Calvin placed third and Kusumoto finished fourth overall.  Mammoth local Cameron Small finished second overall in the final standings and fifth in this race. On the Mammoth High School side, Amanda Kirkeby was seventh and Kylie LaFranboise 28th overall for the women. MHS men’s results were as follows: Jack Roten, 23rd; Carson Bold, 25th; Calvin Forsythe, 29th; and Philip Oxford, 31st. In addition to being 29th overall, Forsythe won the classic portion of the race (JV boys) and 4th overall after the skate. He placed 6th for the season. 


Local snowboarders score wins

The Recon Tour was started by Hookit and Monster Energy and is described as “an intelligence gathering mission to find the best up-and-coming athletes in the nation. Hookit and Monster Energy work closely with key partners to support the future of action sports and provide an improved platform for athletes.” At the 2013 Winter Recon Tour event held at Mammoth Mountain on March 2, participants competed against fellow peers in respective age and open categories.

After the event Ben Wisner, Mammoth Head Snowboard Coach, announced the successful results achieved by his team members saying he was very proud of,  “JJ Rayward taking first place and Matt Williams second place in the 15-17 year old Boys. Joss McAlpine placed first in the 18 and over division; Kelly Berger was $300 richer with her first place in the Women’s Open division and Jed Sky took second place in the Men’s Open. Mammoth had a podium sweep in the Boys 11 and under with Judd Henkes first, Trent Wallentine second, and Cody Beavers third. To round out the Mammoth wins, Kaili Shafer was first in the 12-14 year old girls.” Wisner also reported that two of his junior team athletes, “Danica Duffy and Chloe Kim had great success at the Burton U.S. Open held Feb. 28-March 2 at Vail, Colo. Duffy placed 14th in the Women’s Slopestyle event, while Kim took 12th place in the Women’s Halfpipe.” Mammoth Mountain’s Kelly Clark went on to take the Women’s Halfpipe title. This was Clark’s sixth title at the U.S. Open. In its 31 years, she has the most titles.


U14 race Super G at Alpine Meadows

The U14 Team headed up to Alpine Meadows on March 1 for a pair of Super G races. Mother Nature reduced that to a one-race event, with the race on Sunday, March 3, cancelled due to weather. Two Mammoth athletes made the Top 15 with James Gooch taking 15th for the men and Mack Carkeet placing 12th for the women. The U14 Team will now turn to training for the U14 Championships to be held at Sugar Bowl, April 4-7.


Tubbs podiums at High School State Championships

Six Mammoth High School snowboarders (Fleur Connolly, Sam Hein, Tyler Searles, Kenny Schreiber, Devin Tubbs and Emmett Hugelman) traveled to Mt. Shasta for the CNISSF Championships 2013. On March 4, Devin Tubbs was third after his first run of giant slalom, then Tubbs came back strong to take second in his second run to take the win by .89 seconds. Tubbs’ teammates finished as follows: Hugelman 25th, Searles 27th, Hein 33rd and Schreiber 49th. Connolly, the sole Mammoth woman to compete, took fifth place in the Women’s GS.  On March 5, Connolly came back in the slalom to take fourth place. Tubbs added another podium result by finishing third in the men’s slalom, while Seales was 23rd, Hein 31st, and Schreiber 61st. The skiers will compete in slalom and giant slalom on March 5-6.


USASA Slopestyle event held during snowstorm

The second USASA Slopestyle event was held at Mammoth Mountain March 3 under a heavy snowstorm with very limited visibility. The first place winners in their respective divisions are as follows: Open Class Women: Alexandra Morris, Danville; Open Skier Women: Carly Margulies, Mammoth; Open Class Men: Brock Crouch, Carlsbad; Open Skier Men: Graham Knot; Ruggie Boys 7 and under: John Connolly, Mammoth; Grommet Girls: Tessa Maud, Carlsbad; Grommet Boys: Dusty Henricksen, Big Bear; Menehune Girls: Skye Inn, Pacific Palisades; Menehune Boys:  Justus “Judd” Henkes V, San Diego; Skier Boys: Cody LaPlante, Reno; Breaker Girls: Kai Shafer, Trabuco Canyon; Breaker Boys: Carson Dohan, Malibu; Skier Men: Peter Hensley, Mammoth; Youth Women: Jordyn Nowakowski, San Diego; Youth Men: Jordan Rayward; Junior Men: Ashton Hammer, Murray, Utah; Men Jam: Hugh Marsden, Sydney, Australia.