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MRST lands pair on elite ski squad

WENATCHEE — Mission Ridge Ski Team members Alec Jones and Austin Dean have been named to the Western Elite Ski Team, the Pacific Northwest Ski Association has announced. Joining Jones and Dean, both 17 years old, on the team are three other Northwest skiers — Anna Mounsey of Team Alpental Snoqualmie, Jordan Schweitzer of Mount Bachelor Sports Education Foundation, and Jacqueline Wiles of the White Pass Ski Club.

Ridge skiers make U.S. Team

WENATCHEE — It was expected for weeks. So it came as no great surprise when two Mission Ridge Ski Team members were officially added this week to the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team. Still, it’s quite a tip-of-the-hat to the local ski program.

Ridge coach Yamamoto chosen for top award

WENATCHEE — Longtime Mission Ridge Ski Team coach Claudia Yamamoto was named the Pacific Northwest Ski Association’s coach of the year during ceremonies Saturday evening. Yamamoto is only the second woman to win the award in the ski association’s history. The Quincy resident has served as a coach for more than 30 years at Mission Ridge, 49 Degrees North near Spokane and at Alta, Utah. During her racing days, she competed in Northwest Cups, U.S. Nationals, Can Ams, and the Western Region Elite Spring Series.
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Granstrom 2nd in giant slalom

WENATCHEE — Colby Granstrom put himself in a big hole with his first run, and could not quite climb out. On the second-to-last day of the Wester Region Elite FIS Spring Series at Mission Ridge on Tuesday, Granstrom found himself in 11th place after the first men’s giant slalom run. He made up a bunch of time on the second run — posting the fastest time of the run by more than two-tenths of a second — but only caught nine of the 10 racers who were in front of ...
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Olympian wins giant slalom at Mission

WENATCHEE — Sarah Schleper may have four Winter Olympics appearances under her belt, but the Vail, Colo., resident was still without a win in the Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series over the past two years when she took to the Mission Ridge course on Monday. At the end of the day, that was no longer the case.

Ridge team members win Sunday

WENATCHEE — Brooke Wales’ return to her home mountain just keeps getting better and better. A stellar second run led the Mission Ridge Ski Team member to a giant slalom victory Sunday in the Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort, just two days after she won the super-G and super combined races.

Nothing like the home course

WENATCHEE — Brooke Wales has not spent a lot of time on her “home” course this season, but she looked mighty comfortable there Friday as she won both the women’s super-G and super combined races on the first day of the Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series at Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort. “It’s very nice to be home. I’ve trained on the hill plenty,” said Wales, who grew up in Sammamish but spent most of her winters in Wenatchee and at Mission Ridge before embarking on an international ...
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Ridge team second in overall standings

WENATCHEE — The Mission Ridge Ski Team posted top finishes this past weekend during the Northwest Cup Finals at the ski area. The Northwest Cup, overseen by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, attracts the top junior skiers in the region.

Mission Ridge hosting nation’s top skiers again

WENATCHEE — It didn’t take long for Mission Ridge to re-establish itself as a great place to race for the best skiers around. A year after the Ridge hosted the Western Region Elite FIS Spring Series after a three-decade absence, the ski races return for a six-day encore, beginning Friday.
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U.S. title for Ridge ski racer

WINTER PARK, Colo. — Mission Ridge Ski Team member Colby Granstrom broke up Tommy Ford’s monopoly at the U.S. championships on Sunday, winning the slalom with a fast final run in snowy conditions. Julia Mancuso couldn’t add to her career mark of 13 U.S. titles, skiing off the course in whiteout conditions during the first run of the women’s race. She won the super-G and giant slalom earlier this week.

MRST skier injured

WENATCHEE — Clare Wise of the Mission Ridge Ski Team underwent surgery Saturday after breaking her tibia and fibula while training at the ski area, according to her father. Wise, the valedictorian of Wenatchee High School’s Class of 2010, is expected to be out five to six months, interrupting a successful 2010-2011 season that included a win in the first Northwest Cup super G at Schweitzer, Idaho, and podium finishes in both Northwest Cup giant slalom events and in two Big Sky super G races.
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Two Ridge skiers qualify for World Cup circuit

WHISTLER, B.C. — Having just one team member qualify for the World Cup circuit would be quite a coup. The Mission Ridge Ski Team now has two. Colby Granstrom and Brooke Wales each secured spots last weekend for next year’s World Cup tour, something Mission Ridge Ski Team program director Ryan Shorter said was a nearly unprecedented feather in the MRST’s cap.

MRST on to Jr. Olympics

WENATCHEE — The Mission Ridge Ski Team will have five skiers in the Western Region Junior Olympics from March 18-20 at Squaw Valley, Calif. Ben Holmberg of Wenatchee, Delilah Cupp of Twisp, Fred Williams of Richland, Lindsay Ahmann of Everett, and Hannah Bodily of McCall, Idaho, all qualified by skiing well in events at Mt. Spokane and Ski Bowl in Government Camp, Ore., in January, said MRST coach Ryan Shorter.

Mission Ridge skier wins first NorAm race

ASPEN, Colo. — Mission Ridge Ski Team member Brooke Wales made it to the podium in a NorAm race for the first time in her career by winning the NorAm Cup Super G in Aspen on Thursday. Wales finished with a combined time of one minute, 17.67 seconds to beat second-place finisher and fellow American Julia Ford by almost eight-tenths of a second.