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Youth Ski League champions at Big Sky

by Whitefish Pilot
| March 22, 2023 1:00 AM

Young Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation (FVSEF) athletes finished out their ski racing season last weekend at the Youth Ski League (YSL) Championships in Big Sky, Montana.

The race series included a giant slalom (GS), slalom (SL), and kombi event, which is a one-run race that combines elements of both the GS and SL. FVSEF athletes found the podium several times and ended up as the third-place Youth Ski League team in the Northern Division.

In Friday’s GS race, Lucy Love (Polson) finished third for the U10 girls, Henryk Hadidi (Whitefish) was second in the U8 boys, and Colter Bengtson (West Glacier) was second in the U12 boys. On Saturday, Henryk Hadidi finished second again for U8 boys in the SL, while older brother Stephan Hadidi was second for the U10 boys. In Sunday’s kombi race, Henryk Hadidi won for the U8 boys and Colter Bengtson was second for the U12 boys.

Several other team members had strong top-five and top-10 results; complete race results are listed below. The YSL athletes have been training together at Whitefish Mountain Resort since the resort’s opening in December and will ski together one last weekend, March 25-26, before breaking for the summer.

Giant Slalom

U10 Girls

Lucy Love 3rd

Cadence Ackerschott 12th

U12 Girls

Ella Elliott 21st

Kessa Drendel 27th

U14 Girls

Lillie Groom 11th

U8 Boys

Henryk Hadidi 2nd

U10 Boys

Theo Elliott 5th

U12 Boys

Colter Bengston 2nd

Nolan Shaw 6th

Louis Groom 17th

Luke Rothfuss 22nd

U14 Boys

Cristiano Wright 10th

Slalom

U10 Girls

Lucy Love 9th

Cadence Ackerschott 14th

U12 Girls

Ella Elliott 18th

Kessa Drendel 22nd

U14 Girls

Lillie Groom 12th

U8 Boys

Henryk Hadidi 2nd

U10 Boys

Stephan Hadidi 2nd

Theo Elliott 9th

Jude Petro 16th

U12 Boys

Louis Groom 4th

Nolan Shaw 13th

Luke Rothfuss 17th

U14 Boys

Cristiano Wright 10th

Kombi

U10 Girls

Lucy Love 7th

Cadence Ackerschott 10th

U12 Girls

Ella Elliott 8th

Kessa Drendel 21st

U14 Girls

Lillie Groom 12th

U8 Boys

Henryk Hadidi 1st

U10 Boys

Theo Elliott 4th

Stephan Hadidi 6th

Jude Petro 12th

U12 Boys

Colter Bengston 2nd

Louis Groom 6th

Nolan Shaw 10th

Luke Rothfuss 20th

photo

Colter Bengtson from West Glacier competes in the slalom on Saturday at the YSL Championships in Big Sky. (Photo by Paul Bussi-idealphotography.com)