Plenty of snow action closes out Winter Carnival
|DAN NUNNALLY soars through the air during Saturday night’s Big Air competition at Abenaki Ski Area. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)|
February 28, 2011WOLFEBORO — There was plenty of action on the snow of Abenaki Ski Area during Wolfeboro's Winter Carnival last week.
The annual festival finished up on Saturday with the traditional Big Air and Little Air contests as well as a bonfire at the base of the ski area, a snowsnake torchlight parade and fireworks.
In the Big Air competition, skiers and snowboarders were judged on their distance as well as the difficulty of their jump and the amplitude. Each competitor got two jumps.
In the 6-8 age bracket for the boys, Elias Hastings of Tuftonboro took first place with a best score of 9.79. Davis Ekstrom of Wolfeboro finished second at 9.17 and Gavin Goodwin, also of Wolfeboro, finished third at 6.67.
In the same age group for the girls, Carolyn Fernandes of Upton, Mass. was the winner with a total of 9.53, followed by Tasha Hipple of Tuftonboro at 8.07. Erin Meyer of Wolfeboro finished third at 6.40.
For the 9-10 age bracket for the boys, William McNamara of Tuftonboro took first place with a 9.90, while Jack Zarse of Wolfeboro took second at 9.79. Wolfeboro's Owen Best also finished with a 9.79 for third place, with Dan Dougherty of Sanbornville taking fourth at 8.29. Brett Conley of Wolfeboro was fifth at 8.07 and Sam deBeer of Wolfeboro rounded out the field at 6.67.
For the boys in the 11-12 age group, Luke O'Brien took the top spot with a 15.08, followed by Joe Moore at 9.79 and Daniel deBeer at 9.71. All three are from Wolfeboro. Daniel Balentine of Newburyport, Mass. tied deBeer with a 9.71 for fourth place, while Matthew Dougherty of Sanbornville was next at 9.42. Sean Harrington of Tuftonboro followed, also with a 9.42 and Kyle Rourke of Wolfeboro finished with a 9.17. Dylan Sandoval of Wolfeboro took a 9.04, Casey Glidden of Wolfeboro put up a 7.91 and Paydyn Rowley of Wolfeboro finished with a 7.16.
For the 11-12 age group among girls, Elizabeth McNamara was tops with an 8.43.
Colm Lennon won the 13-14 boys' age bracket with a score of 9.42. Thomas Dougherty of Sanbornville was second at 9.17 and Matt Harrington of Tuftonboro was third at 5.32.
For the 15-19 boys' age bracket, Timothy Folsom of Wolfeboro won at 11.31, with Dan Nunnally of Wolfeboro taking second at 10.92. Casey Lush of Wolfeboro finished third at 9.94 and Austin Beveridge of Tuftonboro was fourth at 9.42. Anthony Swanick of Wolfeboro finished with a 6.40.
For the 20 and older group, Jacob Dube of Wolfeboro finished with a 13.00, followed by Steven Chick of Ossipee at 9.42 and Rob Dungan of Concord at 9.39.
The Little Air competition was judged on the same criteria, but was held on a smaller jump.
In the 3-5 age group for girls, Tessa Demain took first place with a 7.33.
For the 6-8 age division for boys, Robert Doherty of Wolfeboro was tops at 10.26, with Mitchell Coope of Wolfeboro second at 9.53. Josh deBeer, also of Woflebor finished third at 8.67, followed by Wolfeboro's Reid Demain at 8.21. Ryan Harrington of Tuftonboro was next at 7.67, followed by Cole Sauder of Gloucester, Mass. at 6.46 and James Yarling of Wolfeboro at 6.33.
In the 6-8 age group for girls, Paige Moore of Wolfeboro was tops at 8.67, followed by Sarah Bellefleur, also of Wolfeboro at 8.66. Wolfeboro's Ana Ekstrom was third at 8.07. Olive Sauder of Gloucester, Mass. was fourth at 7.67 and Cassie Rourke of Wolfeboro finished fifth at 7.33.
In the 9-10 age group for the boys, Quinn Demain came out on top with an 8.80. Jack Dales of Tuftonboro also clocked on 8.80 for second. Charlie Arinello of Wolfeboro was third at 8.07, a score matched by Eric Thor of Wolfeboro. Sam Varney of Tuftonboro was next at 7.00.
For the girls in the age 9-10 bracket, Kazmira Doust of Tuftonboro was first at 9.00, followed by Kristy Meyer of Wolfeboro and Mariah Craigue of Tuftonboro, both of whom picked up an 8.00. Alissa Baldwin was next at 7.00.
In the 11-12 bracket for the boys, Erik Madden of Wofleboro was tops at 9.90, followed by Robbie Enos of Wolfeboro with an 8.33.
For the 11-12 girls, Emma Bellefleur was tops at 10.92, followed by Hannah Demain of Wolfeboro at 9.42 and Mary Kretchmer of Wolfeboro at 9.00.
Ski and snowboard races
On Friday, Feb. 25, Abenaki Ski Area hosted ski and snowboard races for competitors of all ages. Each competitor got two runs.
In the 3-5 age bracket for the boys, Brodey McNeil of Alton finished with a top run of 41.87.
In the same age bracket for the girls, Wolfeboro's Tessa Demain finished with a 39.08.
In the 6-8 age bracket for the boys, Davis Ekstrom of Wolfeboro put up the top time at 26.36, followed by Kaiden McNeil of Alton at 27.47. Mitchell Coope was next at 28.36, with Cole Sauder of Gloucester, Mass. in fourth at 29.88. Wolfeboro's Reid Demain posted a 29.89, with Josh deBeer of Wolfeboro finishing at 32.56. Gavin Goodwin of Wolfeboro clocked in at 32.95, followed by Sam Millay of Needham, Mass. at 33.33 and Ryan Harrington of Tuftonboro a 34.48.
For the girls in the 6-8 bracket, Wolfeboro's Erin Meyer was tops at 33.14 and Ana Ekstrom of Wolfeboro was second at 33.82. Olive Sauder of Gloucester, Mass. took third at 34.29.
In the 9-10 age group for boys, Brett Conley was tops at 26.99. Quinn Demain took second at 28.91 and Patrick Doherty was third at 30.82. All three are from Wolfeboro. Christopher Millay of Needham, Mass. took fourth at 31.84, with Eric Thor of Wolfeboro next at 32.58 and Sam deBeer of Wolfeboro rounding out the field at 33.59.
In the 9-10 girls' age group, Wolfeboro's Kristy Meyer was tops at 28.36.
In the 11-12 age group for boys, Daniel deBeer was first at 27.09 and Sean Harrington of Tuftonboro was second at 31.75.
In the same age group for the girls, Ashley Ginter of Wolfeboro was first at 26.45, with Wolfeboro's Hannah Demain in second at 27.13 and Sophie Millay of Needham, Mass. in third at 27.91.
Matt Harrington of Tuftonboro was tops in the 13-14 age group in 28.00.
In the 15-19 age group for boys, Dan Nunnally of Wolfeboro was first at 29.85.
Wolfeboro's Tessa deBeer posted the day's second-fastest time with a 24.19.
Wolfeboro's Herb Vinnicombe won the 20+ age group with the day's fastest time at 22.12. Paul McNeil, also of Wolfeboro, was second at 24.23, followed by Todd Millay of Needham, Mass. at 24.79. Rudy Meyer of Wolfeboro was next at 25.10 and Matthew Kust of Wolfeboro finished at 26.99.
Baby Boomer race
On Thursday, Feb. 24, Abenaki played host to the Baby Boomer race.
Herb Vinnicombe was the top competitor at 20.56, while fellow Wolfeboro resident Phil Heath took second at 21.16. James Harrington of Tuftonboro was third at 26.46 and Steve Goodwin of Wolfeboro took fourth at 27.23.