Over 50 young skiers and snowboarders from 8 area schools participated in this year’s race.
March 4, 2015 – PINECREST, Calif – Soulsbyville Elementary captured the team championships in the annual Dodge Ridge Invitational ski and snowboard races at Dodge Ridge on Friday, March 4, 2015. Over 50 young skiers and riders participated in this year’s Dodge Ridge Invitational which is a community fundraiser that raised just under $300 for the benefit of the winning school’s ski and snowboard program .
Victoria Gast, racing for Twain Harte Elementary, was the fastest female skier of the day, followed by Rylie Booth of Soulsbyville Elementary and Tyler Utterback of Sonora Elementary. In the boys ski race Evan Lear of Soulsbyville was the winner, with Owen Bartholow of Belleview Elementary in second and Silas Booth of Soulsbyville in third.
Jaden Brocchini of Summerville was the boys snowboard winner, with Christian Stokes of Soulsbyville in second and Shea Firth of Curtis Creek in third. Kami Pitcher of Soulsbyville was the fastest snowboarding girl followed by Ashley Salas-Sonsteng in second and Daniell Salas-Sonsteng in third.
Led by the wins from Lear and Pitcher, Soulsbyville Elementary captured the team championship, with Curtis Creek in second and Summerville in third. The team title is based upon the aggregate time of the four fastest racers, ski or snowboard, from each school.
The Dodge Ridge Invitational was a huge success for all involved with over 50 racers enjoying a day on the mountain with complimentary athlete and coach lift tickets as well as ski or snowboard gear provided by Dodge Ridge. Next year’s race is scheduled for March 14, 2017 and organizers are all ready talking about expanding next year’s race by inviting students from schools in neighboring counties to come on up to Dodge Ridge and see if they can beat the local talent on their home mountain.