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Sise Cup Champions

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Sise Cup Champions of 2014

The 2014 Sise Cup Champions of the 2014 season are Ben Green and Lisa Marien! Both had to battle to the end of the season to claim victory over their peers. 2014 GS Champion Mark George and 2014 Slalom Champion Aaron Donnan made a run for the Overall in the last few weeks, but came up short after Ben Green won the Suicide Six Slalom and Waterville Slalom to solidify his victory by 205 Sise Cup points. Meanwhile, the women’s Overall Sise Cup came down to a tie between Alex Andrews and Lisa Marien. The daughter of speedster Don Andrews, was just edged out after Marien won both the Waterville Giant Slalom and Slalom to take the trophy. This ends a great season with an amazing schedule that included many weekends of speed, steeps and spills! Congratulations to all the Sise Cup Class winners and the Overall Champions!

Meet The Winners

Lisa Marien
Lisa began her days on the long boards at Wachusett Mountain, where she first skied at age 3. She started in the mountain’s racing program at age 6 and was a natural. She continued on to Waterville Valley Academy where she graduated and then decided to take some time off from ski racing to pursue softball and ice hockey in college. After graduating from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Lisa was unable to stay away from racing long. She took on the assistant coaching position at Essex High School to give back to the sport she loved. Looking to get back into racing herself, her fellow ski coach and Masters racer, introduced her to the New England Masters circuit six years ago. She has been hooked ever since and vying for the Overall Women’s Sise Cup!

Ben Green
Ben began his racing days at King Pine ski resort in East Madison, NH. As he progressed into the USSA J3 age bracket, he transitioned to Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, NH where he qualified for the Junior Olympics. Ben continued his racing career at Clarkson University, while finishing his degree in Civil Engineering. He attended several USCSA Nationals with his team. After college Ben began racing in the New England Masters Circuit in 2007, where he caught the bug to chase victory for the Sise Cup!

Class Champions

MEN 90-99 (M14)
CALVERT, RICHARD

MEN 80-84 (M12)
SEVIGNY, ALPHONSE
MACNEIL, GEORGE
RICH, PAUL

WOMEN 75-79 (F11)
BRITTON, ROBERTA
SWEENEY, CAROL A

MEN 75-79 (M11)
WISSE, DOUGLAS
BRITTON, DAVID
BRODT, PHILIPP

WOMEN 70-74 (F10)
NORDHOY, ANNE
STEWART, CAROL

MEN 70-74 (M10)
LUSSIER, JOHN
FOLEY, STEPHEN
DE PAOLI, GUILLAUME

MEN 65-69 (M9)
MCCOLLOM, WILLIAM
NEUBAUER, PEPI
CULLMAN, DUNCAN

WOMEN 60-64 (F8)
SETTEL, BARBARA
STUART, MARSHA
BERLACK, CINDY

MEN 60-64 (M8)
TRUCKENBROD, HANS
CUTTING, ERIC
MCLUSKY, JAMIE

WOMEN 55-59 (F7)
VAUGHN, MARGARET
WESTON, STACEY
LANE, PATTI

MEN 55-59 (M7)
GEORGE, MARK
SERTL, MARK
JEFFERSON, RICHARD

WOMEN 50-54 (F6)
KNORTZ, NOREEN
SPEARS, ELIZABETH
HANRIGHT, MARTHA

MEN 50-54 (M6)
DONNAN, AARON
GRIGGS, DEREK
SEVACK, LLOYD

WOMEN 45-49 (F5)
AUDET, CINTHIA
ORSINI, GAE
GEARHEART, DAWN

MEN 45-49 (M5)
MASUR, STEVEN
HARRIS, DAVID
SPOONER, JOHN

WOMEN 40-44 (F4)
ADAMS, DEBORAH
WOLOSHIN, MICHELLE

MEN 40-44 (M4)
STEWART, SHANNON
CLANCY, JOHN
OUELLETTE, STEVE

WOMEN 35-39 (F3)
PARKER, KIRSTIE
BELTZ, SHANNAN
TEMPLE, MICHELLE

MEN 35-39 (M3)
WHEELER, SCOTT
BOURQUE, STEPHANE
ROGERS, CHRISTOPHER

WOMEN 30-34 (F2)
MARIEN, LISA
ZAMOLODCHIKOV, DARIA
BUCHHOLZ, KRISTIN

MEN 30-34 (M2)
GREEN, BENJAMIN
OCCHI, ANDREA
EGNATZ, JOSHUA

WOMEN 18-29 (F1)
ANDREWS, ALEXANDRA
LEVY, JACQUELINE
HIGHT, JENNA

MEN 18-29 (M1)
KNORTZ, CHRIS
LUK, PATRICK
KNORTZ, MATTHEW

The View from the Finish Line

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Our Very Own Bill McCollom’s New Book is Available Now!

In The View from the Finish Line you can relive highlights from Bill’s fifteen years of writing for Ski Racing magazine! Remember all the exciting ski racing moments from Bill’s perspective, including stories about everyone from Al Sise to Bode Miller. If you are quick, you can even get Bill to sign it at a Masters race!  

**Hochgebirge Challenge Cup Team Race**

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Racers get your teams set! The 2014 edition of the Hochgebirge Challenge Cup is upon us!

That’s right, think good food, awesome costumes, fast skiing, crashes & PRIZES!!  Race is a slalom (one of the most exciting on the Sise Cup tour) held at Cannon Mountain, NH on Saturday Feb 22, 2014. While this race is part of the New England Masters Sise Cup Series it is also a team race. This harkens back to the early days of alpine ski racing (the race was first run in 1931!!) when team racing was an important component of competition. 

Teams of four can be registered the morning of the event at the bottom of the race hill. Team fee is $20 and teams can be made up of any mix of ages and gender. Teams comprised of four ladies may compete for the Harding trophy…teams of four gentlemen or mixed composition can compete for the Hochgebirge Challenge Cup. There are also age group awards with teams being entered in the category of the youngest member of the team.

Awards will be presented at the Hochgebirge “Hilton”…with raffles and history/ski racing trivia by the fire. Dinner is available and refreshments offered.  Don’t forget, the best costume wins an awesome prize!!  So bring your best duds and get voted #1 by your fellow NEMSies!!  AND…There will be a pair of 192 Bomber GS Race skis with a 27m radius from Artech up for raffle as the Grand Prize!!

Additionally the Sandra Bolduc Award for Questionable Skiing Behavior will be awarded for just that. Racers may also check out the KHS Flite 720 road bike that will be raffled at the Sise Cup finals at Waterville Valley in March. Don’t miss this!!

Rockport GS Series Update: Stratton

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The Stratton GS this past weekend included thrills and spills on the world famous North American
venue! The race included a living legend, local heroes, nationally ranked competitors, and a whole lot of
folks that just wanted to go fast and have fun! The field was faced with a combination of hard packed
conditions and powder that accumulated as quickly as it fell. The first set was tight and required each
racer to fight the grueling fall line while the second course allowed racers to let their hair down and take
advantage of their long boards!

Women
Killington raised racer Alex Andrews took the lead after the first run for the women with Lauren Bennett,
Lisa Marien, Cinthia Audet, and Jackie Levy on her heels. In the second run, Audet found her groove for
the come behind win, continuing her ascent through the rankings and taking possession of the coveted
Janeway Cup, leaving Alex and Lauren settling for second and third respectively, hockey enforcer and GS
guru Lisa Marien in fourth and Jackie in fifth when the dust settled. Clarkson University grad Emma
Masur spanked her first run, while Ms. Consistency Daria Zamolodchikov laid down a fantastic second
run in an attempt to catch Emma, but was left separated by one hundredth with Emma taking sixth
overall and Daria in seventh. Next came Sally White who strutted into eighth ahead of both Noreen
Knortz and Margaret Vaughn. Hot off her Middlebury domination, Noreen went for a repeat, but
Vaughn responded to squeak in front of her with a smoking second run taking ninth and leaving Noreen
to round out the top ten.

Other notables included Class 2 welcoming back fire fighter Christy Humason after a year’s recovery!
Also noteworthy was the three-way match between Sarah Wilson, Elizabeth Spears and Valerie Nealon!
The three began the day with Sarah and Valerie separated by five hundredths, but Elizabeth kicked the
second run and was able to take the lead over Valerie while Sarah improved her position to beat them
both. It will be a trio to watch in the next GS series! Also, notable on the second run and proving the
Knortz women are just as fast as their men, Taylor Knortz blitzed the course winning the second run
after pre-releasing in run one. Call me crazy, but I think she was gunning for big brothers Chris and
Matt!

Men
The overall men’s title went to Stratton coach and St. Michael’s alumni Andrew Nault who took the field
by just over a second. Following in hot pursuit and making his annual NEMS appearance was Plymouth
State College Hall of Fame Inductee and Stratton local Patrick McNamara, who won the Janeway Cup.
Nault and McNamara would significantly gap the field with a stout display of home hill dominance.

Early on, it appeared Chris Knortz would challenge the Stratton boys, but a second run DNF left older
brother Matt to take the mantle as he skied past the reigning Sise Cup champion Ben Green and into
third overall, with Ben in fourth. Pepi “flash” Neubauer continued on his lightening streak that began at
Middlebury when he laid down two amazing runs that almost closed the gap on Green to take fifth
overall! Dave Harris proved all his Okemo training is paying off by taking sixth. A three way battle for
seventh opened up across three class 7’s after the first run with Scott Reichhelm taking the lead, Mark
George in hot pursuit and Chris Wilcox within striking distance. The second run only made things tighter
as in his usual form, Mark pulled out a stellar second run with Chris only hundredths behind.
Unfortunately for them, Scott’s first run proved too much to overcome and he took seventh with Mark
and Chris in eighth and ninth respectively. To round out the top ten was farm tough Aaron Donnan, who
returned for a sophomore effort after his debut at Middlebury!

As usual there were tight battles all over, but noteworthy ones follow. Italian convert Andrea Occhi,
World Cupper Bob Hill, and Eric Stearns competed within the top fifteen with Eric toping Bob by one
hundredth in the first run and Andrea trailing. In a twist, Andrea dominated in the second run to close
the gap and take the win over Bob who trailed overall by a few hundredths and Eric followed in
fourteenth by a few tenths. Meanwhile, Hill’s son Jeremy put down his basketball to challenge Mike
Carreira and James Russell for top 20 over the two runs.

Another nugget included fine skiing by young buck and legendary 10th Mountain Division Veteran Dick
Calvert in class fourteen!! He dominated his class and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the class 12 men
for rank all day!

The biggest class of the day was Class 6 men, who claimed among them second place finisher
McNamara! Other notable happenings in Class 6 include the battle to be in the top twenty between
Spencer Sprecker, Peter Johnson, Klas Holm and Jim Tomassetti . While Tomassetti would take the early
lead with his tactical style, it would be Spencer that would reign supreme when the day was done.

The Class 7’s saw a Rooney vs Mooney duel, with Dave Mooney leading after the first run, but Mike
turned on the after burners to overtake him in the second run with a finish divided by just tenths! Never
to be outdone the class ten men saw Ted Bidwell and Ken Lozeau duke it out again this weekend. Ken
took revenge the first run after Ted got the better of him at Middlebury. However, in the second run
Ted proved he can ride the fast flat ski and nuked the bottom section to overcome Ken’s lead and take
the third in Class ten behind class leader John Lussier and Canadian ace Guillaume De Paoli, respectively.

Also of note, US Telemark Team Representative and all around badass Mark Haberle made his second
appearance in Masters racing this year. The Waitsfield, Vermont native is nationally ranked and sported
perfect “drop-a-knee” form down the entire course. You think Stratton’s North American is a challenging
hill, try it with a free heel!

Yard Sale of the Day Award
Goes to Chris Knortz, who got an ice cream headache when he caught an
edge and launched himself through a gate into fresh powder that decidedly filled his GS suit on run 2.
We’re looking forward to a rematch between he and brother Matt next weekend!

And that rounds out the Stratton GS races this weekend! Check out Whiteface this coming weekend for
more racing and speed!!

Rockport GS Series Update: Middlebury

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The Middlebury GS this weekend was a ripping three runs down the face of Allen! The field was left to ski on fast, hard packed conditions after torrential rains in VT all week left the hill with many terrain changes and challenges.

Women
MIT graduate student Alex Andrews took the overall win for the women combining three ripping fast runs! Class 2 entrants Daria Zamolodchikov and Essex high school ski coach Lisa Marien were left skiing for second place, with Daria taking the early lead but Lisa earning the win after two electric runs to end the day! Canadian sweetheart Cynthia Audet turned on the after burners for her second and third runs to try to steal third from Daria, but was just edged out by a few tenths to finish fourth. Jackie Levy consistently improved each run to take fifth. Noreen Knortz took sixth place and more interestingly took her husband to the woodshed for the marital win! El Presidente Nadine Price, Cindy Berlack and Barb Settel were in a three way race for seventh. Nadine took an early lead and was able to hold on, while Cindy’s aggressive skiing, reminiscent of her 3rd place finish in the NCAA Carnival while at Middlebury, helped her edge out Barb on run two for eighth, with Barb finishing ninth. Patti Lane and Barb Brumbaugh went toe to toe to lay claim to the final spot in the women’s top ten, with Patti winning the first frame and Barb digging deep to complete the comeback.

Men
The overall men’s title was a battle across all ages, where attrition forced the Class I slalom winner from the previous day, Timothy Northrup, and Farm Tough fast guy, Aaron Donnan, to fail to cross the finish line on run one. Both men laid down great second and third runs, where Timothy proved he’s a force to be reckoned with decisively winning run 3! Delaware’s own Chris Knortz took the first run over Ben Green, who chipped away at the Knortz family Class 1 representative on runs two and three to come up short by four hundredths!! Manhattenite Andy Barnett took the early lead and held on against nationally ranked water skier Terence Fogarty for third, while Terence fended off perennial master racer pound for pound entrant Mark George by three hundredths to take forth with George in fifth. The ageless speed demon Pepi Neubauer showed he can still crush it after a fourth and fifth place in the first two runs; however, he was unable to edge out Mark and Terence finishing sixth. Doug Carpenter skied fast all day, and ended up in seventh, edging out the Sunapee GS race winner Peter Fuller and Okemo’s David Harris, who tied down to the hundredth for eighth. Chasing them all day was Andrea Occhi who took 10th after a screaming first run, sneaking by the nimble, St. Lawrence alum, Mark Sertl, who returned to Middlebury for the first time since his carnival skiing days. Others vying for the top ten included the battle of the doctors, Alex Gadbois and Mike Fuller!

Other notable class battles were many, but none more so than class twelve men! Alphonse Sevigny took the early lead with a dashing first run. But in the second run Paul Rich took advantage of a bobble by Al and skied past George MacNeil who had taken an early lead. Coming down to the third run Paul Rich left nothing on the hill to take the win in class and edge out George, while Al took third. Meanwhile, newcomer Bernard Pistilli showed he can bend em’ laying down a fast upper section on his second run but to be undone on the pitch by a tricky transition gate. Also to note, there was some tight racing in class 10! Car racing extraordinaire John Lussier took the win, but was chased each run by Steve Foley & Guillaume De Paoli! Ted Bidwell and Ken Lozeau didn’t give in easily either, with each battling for fourth. Look out Ted, Ken won a pair or Head GS skis from Artech at the social and is sure to come back for revenge in the next GS! Also worth noting is the battle in class eight where Eric Cutting squeaked by Hans Truckenbrod after the two battled hard in the first two runs, only to be split by tenths in the end! Last of the class battles was Duncan Cullman and Pierre Paquette in class nine. The two were bidding for third, where Duncan, citing a mid-week training session at Loon, edged out Pierre.

The yard sale of the day award went to Greg Gill, whose double heel ejection on run 2 earned him a face first trip through a panel into a barrel roll down the steeps, only to climb to his feet and leap up hands raised. Gill would go on to post a solid third run. People may question master racers sanity, but they sure can’t question their toughness!
And that rounds out the Middlebury GS races this weekend! Check out Stratton and Bromley this coming weekend for more racing!!

Bright Award Goes to Ben & Katie Green

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Alex Bright Award & Clarita Heath Bright award for fastest man & woman go to Ben & Katie Green

Ben Green won the Alex Bright Award for being the fastest man down the hill at the Hochebirge race at Cannon.  Ben’s wife Katie Green won the Clarita Heath Bright award for being the fastest lady on the hill!

4Gs win the Hochebirge Cup

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4Gs Team wins the Hochebirge Challenge Cup for a 3rd Straight Year!!

For a 3rd straight year the 4Gs team has taken the Hochebirge Challenge Cup after a valiant effort by opposing teams.  Mark George, Ben Green, Derek Griggs and Katie Green were able to put together the three fastest combined times to get their name on the gigantic trophy this year!  This marks the first time teammate Derek Griggs will be on the trophy after several thwarted past attempts since 1985!

Michelle wins the Hoch Costume Race

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Michelle won the nordic ski prize for best costume at the Hochebirge race at Cannon on February 23rd!  Her St. Pauli Girl costume beat out a butterfly, wrestlers, onesies, gorillas and a little ‘Ye Old German Man for the win!  Proving you can be festive and fast!!

Steve Masur Wins World Cup Race Skis

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Thanks to our sponsor Artech, NEMS raffled off a pair of Bomber World Cup race skis at the Cannon awards.  Steve “Big Red” Masur was the winner, proving again this year he’s not only smoking fast, but he’s also lucky!!

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