Banquet honors AVSC skiers, snowboarders
Aspen Valley Ski/Snowboard Club teammates Cooper Hall and Christian Mosiman, each of whom won national snowboarding titles this winter, headlined the award recipients at AVSC’s end-of-season banquet on April 20.
Hall and Mosiman shared the Andy Mill Award in recognition of outstanding national and/or international results and the AVSC snowboarding Overall Combined Performance Award.
Two AVSC nordic team members, Nathan Waldron and Travis Mohrman, picked up awards for high school seniors.
Waldron received the Willoughby Award for dedication to atheltics and academics, and Mohrman took home the Bob Oden Sportsmanship Award for outstanding sportsmanship and citizenship.
In the coaching ranks, Ruthie Brown of the AVSC nordic team and Dave Hjerleid of the alpine team were recognized for their excellence and dedication to coaching with the Gale Spence Award.
Robin Caudill of the alpine team was honored with the Henry Filip award for excellence and dedication to volunteer coaching.
Fritz Ernemann stole the show for the alpine skiers, garnering four awards.
Ernemann won the Tage Peterson Award for fitness, the Tom Weld Award as the top alpine racer, the Markus Skeringsson Award for downhill racing and the Chapin Wright Award for excellence in academics/athletics.
Other award winners from the AVSC alpine program included Jasper Hilts, Buzz Poe Award for courage; Patrick Sewell, Fred Iselin Wonder of Life Award; Anton Sponar, Spyder Sabich Award for excellence through hard work; Ashley Cantrell, Robert Holt Award for the most improved skier; Ryan Potvin, Robert Adams Award for desire and determination; Matt Fox, age-class award for most improved alpine skier; and Ali Wade, age-class award for sportsmanship.
Spencer Cleveland won the coaches award for the alpine team.
In snowboarding, silver plates were given out to all the athletes who qualified and competed in either the USASA or USSA nationals.
They were: Gordon Altmaier, Erik Angus, Zak Ferrara, Wyatt Stasinos, Nina Clark, Elissa Rodman, Scott Angus, Mike Emerson, Will Laemmel, Laura Hadar, David Rodman, Hillary Klug, Lera Nichols, Molly Purnell, Cooper Hall, Christian Mosiman, Chris Patterson, Jason Smith, Kathy Lemieux-Rodman and Fred Wilson.
Clark was chosen as the most successful newcomer. Wilson, Mosiman and Hall all took home national champion awards, and Sam Horwitz won the Multi-Talented Award.
In freestyle skiing, Matt Hecht was named the most improved skier, and Steele Spence, Dusty Spence and Travis Redd were honored as Junior Olympians.
In nordic skiing, Travis Mohrman was named most dedicated, Will Otte and Brandon Cooper shared the award for most improved male, and Maile Wade won the award for the most improved female.
Simi Hamilton was the top male point scorer in Colorado Cup races, and Jenny Hamilton was the top female point scorer.
In addition, one athlete from each discipline was honored with a Stirling Cooper Scholarship, given in recognition of love and dedication to alpine, freestyle, nordic skiing and snowboarding.
Jesse Durrance was selected from the alpine team.
Jason Smith won the honor for the snowboard team, Steele Spence was chosen from the freestyle team, and R.C. Walker was the recipient for the nordic team.
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