Hal High Snowboarders shred their way to OFSAA’s

By Terrance Gavan

Call it retribution for a somewhat disappointing crank at the Kawartha snowboard championships.

Or call it stepping up to the plate.

Whatever you call it, Hal High Red Hawk snowboarders certainly made all the right – and left – moves last Friday (Feb. 18) at the COSSA snowboard championships hosted by Sir Sam’s Ski and Summer Resort.

The Red Hawks will be well-represented at the annual Provincial Finals. They are sending a guys’ squad and two girls’ teams to OFSAA, which this year is being hosted at my old stomping grounds, Camp Fortune. (Meet is slated for March 4.)

Fortune is located in Quebec, which is a bit of an anomaly. It also happens to be where a certain Olympic champion Nancy Greene got her start.

Hal High’s Jessica Bishop and Mackenzie Robinson finished golden in girls and boys Giant Slalom to earn individual berths in the provincials.

Bishop clocked 54.29 in twin runs to win gold. Robinson absolutely nailed his runs in 52.combined.

The two Red Hawk girls teams that qualified included Silver medalists: Bishop, Tiffany vanLieshout, Shelby Elstone, Casey Pringle and Kate Denniston; and Bronze medal winners: Maia O’Sullivan, Holly Wu, Kayla Gardiner, Michah Wilson and Nicole Jennings.

Silver winning Hawks boys will also travel to Fortune. They include Greg Foster, Justin vanLieshout, Spencer Hicks, Bradley Wood and Robinson.

Shred well… young Jedis.