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Holiday Valley Freestyle Update DiDonatos and Hutchings Head to Jr. Nationals

NickBy Stan Pawlik

It has been an exciting week for the Holiday Valley Freestyle Team. Twenty-seven team members made the trip to Seven Springs, Pa., to compete in the New York–Pennsylvania State Championships. To go with this, eight team members received invitations to Junior Nationals.

Junior Nationals will take place at Park City, Utah, March 11-16, and Matt and Nick DiDonato and Emily Hutchings will make the trip to compete in the mogul event. Nick also earned a spot to compete in the dual mogul event. HVFT will be sending Morghan Socha, Sage Rifkin and Emily Pawlik to compete in both the aerial and big air events. Also receiving invitations for moguls were Rylan Evans and Macy Putman. Unfortunately, Macy will not be able to go due to a knee injury and Rylan is unable to make the trip. Congratulations to all and good luck at Juniors!

Once again, HVFT had a great weekend of competition at Seven Springs. Slopestyle and aerial events were held on Saturday, while a mogul event was held on Sunday. The slopestyle event was highlighted by an overall win from Haley Saunders (F2), with Jordana Parliament in 5th, Morghan Socha 6th, Lauryn Socha 7th, and Brooke Butler 9th. In their age groups, Jordana (F5) and Morghan (F4) took the wins, while Lauryn (F5) and Brooke (F6) were second. Leading the way for the boys were Quinn Rifkin, Sam Capizzi, Bryce Butler and Bennett Socha. Bennett won the M6 division, while Bryce took 3rd for M4. Cracking the overall top 10 were Quinn in 7th and Sam in 10th.

Aerials proved to be exciting, with Bryce Butler coming away with the overall win for the boys and the win in the M4 division. The top girl was Haley Saunders, who won the F2 division and finished 3rd overall. Also bringing home victories in their age groups were Jordana Parliament (F5), Brooke Butler (F6), and Bennett Socha (M6). Second place finishes went to Lauryn Socha (F5), Morghan Socha (F4) and Sam Capizzi (M3). Jenna Bennett (F4) and Quinn Rifkin (M3) both came away with third place.

The mogul event saw 26 team members compete for HVFT. Top 10 overall results came from Bryce Butler 2nd, Quinn Rifkin 3rd, Morghan Socha and Sam Capizzi 5th, and Jed Rifkin 9th. Holiday Valley was well represented throughout each age group with several team members finishing in the top three. Quinn (M3), Rick Oberholzer (M5), and Bennett Socha (M6) all took the win in their age groups, while Lauryn Socha (F5) and Bryce (M4) had second place results. Finishing the day with third place finishes were Haley Saunders (F2), Jocelyn Wyatt (F5), Summer Celani (F6), Sam (M3) and Matt LaRusch (M6).

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