NYSEF boarders take on Copper

The New York Ski Educational Foundation was represented by five athletes at the USASA National Championships in Copper Mountain, Colorado. (Photo provided)

Five New York Ski Educational Foundation snowboarders traveled to Copper Mountain, Colorado earlier this month to compete in the 29th annual USASA National Championships. The event attracted 1,900 competitors from 32 regions across the United States.

Colin Bentley, Shannon Bentley, Kevin Xiao, Zach Sprott-Scribner and Max Smith represented NYSEF in the week-long competitions.

Colin Bentley competed in the Junior age group and finished 50th in slopestyle and 29th in rail jam. Shannon Bentley turned in a 20th-place finish in slopestyle and a seventh in rail jam in the youth age group.

Xiao took sixth in slopestyle in the Jams age group, Sprott-Scribner was 43rd in the open age group and Smith placed 50th in slopestyle in the Menehune age group.

Norah Dempsey (Photo provided)

Athlete of the month

Norah Dempsey, a 14-year-old from Saratoga Springs, was selected as NYSEF’s athlete of the month for March.

Dempsey was based at Gore Mountain in North Creek while taking part in NYSEF’s Winter Term Program, which allowed her to train throughout the winter while getting one-on-one tutoring to keep up with her curriculum at Saratoga Springs High School.

“We got so much time on snow, with excellent coaching,” she said. “I loved being in an environment where I could focus on my skiing while keeping up and having plenty of support in school.”

Dempsey ended the season racing against the top athletes in the country at U16 Junior Nationals in Washington. She competed in slalom, giant slalom and super-G.

“Norah works hard, seriously hard and has an absolute love for what she does in the sport,” head U16 coach Patrick Purcell said. “Norah is one of the most coachable athletes and 100 percent behind her teammates.”