Thursday February 21, 2013
The South Burlington snowboarding team has had a busy winter, but we caught up with Head Coach Carl Backman as he broke down who has been tearing it up on the slopes this season. The team has competed in five competitions this year, four Giant Slalom races and one Rail-Jam. In the four Giant Slalom races, the Rebels have posted a stellar record of three, first place finishes, with one second place finish. In the Rail Jam, where the top four placing racers attempt to combine for the lowest team score, South Burlington scored an 11, when the lowest possible score in the event is a 10.
The South Burlington giant slalom team is anchored by Captain Kyle Kaseta and senior Alejandro Vinals. The team rounds out with Devin Capen and Quentin Heizner. Heizner was third in last year’s state giant slalom race, and Coach Backman predicts that the junior will be back to contend for the crown once again this season.
The Rebels are returning with a championship-caliber Slopestyle team, where Capen Heinzer and Kaseta are joined by senior co-captains Aaron Shapiro and Nick Plumeau. The team’s most surprising result from the season so far, according to Coach Backman, was a second place finish at the storied Suicide Six Giant Slalom race at Woodstock High School. Freshmen Trevor Daniels and Kendrick Brayman were able to brave some icy conditions to post respectable scores. But the standout performance of the day went to junior Moritz Thali, who finished eighth overall in the competition, and first-time racer Keegan Black. The event also saw the competitive debut of freshman Emma Sheffield, who had a solid showing in the women’s competition.
Coach Backman is excited not only about his team’s performance this season, but about their prospects for the future and their contention chances for this season’s state title. The event will be hosted at Stowe, South Burlington’s home mountain, on March 7th and 8th.