School News: From Skiing to Smooth Jazz
Re-Scheduled CMC JaZz Project Winter Concert
It’s time to strike up the band and shake off those winter doldrums!
The Colorado Mountain College (CMC) JaZz Project begins its 11th Season in 2016 with a special Winter performance in Leadville on Friday, Jan. 15 at the Lake County High School Auditorium, 1000 W. 4th Street in Leadville. This concert was originally scheduled for December, but events forced a last minute cancellation and change to this date in January.
The concert will feature the CMC Jazz Project as well as The Cloud City Jazz Band from Lake County High School. Concert will begin at 7 p.m. The CMC JaZz Project will be featuring music from the library of the great Buddy Rich Big Band, The Count Basie Orchestra, Henry Mancini, Edgar Winter as well as many other original works to include Latin, Swing and a little Funk.
Concerts are free and open to the public but donations are accepted, all which go directly to support this performance group. Start the year off with some great music and shake those winter blues. Don’t miss the chance to hear great Big Bands, playing great Jazz, Live.
Nordic Season Kicks Off Without A Minute to Spare
On January 9, the Lake County High School Nordic team traveled to the Gold Rush Nordic Festival for their first skating race of the season. The team, made up of skiers from Lake County, Buena Vista, and Salida High Schools, excitedly boarded the bus in the morning to drive over Fremont Pass, but they soon found themselves watching the Colorado Department of Transportation pull out an overturned plow truck. As the minutes ticked by with the bus unable to continue, the racers realized that they would not arrive in time for a proper warm up, and they feared that they might not arrive on time at all.
Eventually, the plow was pulled back onto the road, and the bus was able to continue. The team arrived at the race site with a few minutes to spare, the boys jumped out, grabbed their skis and bibs, and ran over to the start. Next thing that they knew, they were battling one hundred other skiers from around the state on the rolling five kilometer course.
“I didn’t think we were going to make it, but they delayed the boys start for us,” noted coach Karl Remsen. “I was so impressed that our team was able to roll with the punches today and just focus on racing once we got there.
Despite the tough start, the team had excellent results. Taylor Stack led the team with a fantastic 5th place finish. Joe Koch had his best finish ever to place 26th. Taylor and Joe both notched a qualification for the state meet with their finishes.
Zayden Tufte was the next Panther across the line in 62nd place. Charlie Koch was close behind despite skiing in the classic style to avoid injury from the skating technique. Andrew Gardner was 97th in his first ever ski race. The team ended up 7th out of thirteen teams.
Due to the late arrival, the girls were unable to preview the course as well, but that did not deter them. Caroline Benney led the team with a 14th place finish, and Phoebe Powell was right behind her in 17th place. Whitney White and Harper Powell skied within sight of one another the whole time and were 37th and 38th place, respectively. All four girls qualified for the state meet with their placing.
Molly Lenhard was next across the line in 50th place. Ariel Benney was close behind in 61st, completing her first ever ski race. Also a first time racer, Anna Schehrer placed 78th. The girls were 5th as a team, only one point out of 4th place.
The team was excited with its results and looks forward to the rest of the season. They will be traveling to Minturn this weekend for the first classic race of the season. Go Panthers!
Middle School Nordic Report: Panther Pride
By Lake County Middle School Nordic Team Coach Jeff Spencer
The Lake County Middle School Boys and Girls Nordic teams had their first competition on January 9. The race format for this first race was skate skiing with a mass start on a 3 km course at the Frisco Nordic Center. In the MS boys’ race, the first panther finisher was Reilly Stack followed not too far behind by panthers’ Matt Koch, Sam Frykholm, and Jace Peters (respectively).
Panther Parent Jamie Peters (father of skier Jace Peters) said “It was exhilarating to see our top boys pushing each other and finishing so closely together.” These first four panther skiers all finished in the top 50% of a field that boasted skiers from Aspen, Summit County, Eagle County, Vail Mountain School, Steamboat, Middle Park, and others. Finishing closely behind his other teammates was Julian Cannell who also had a great first race.
The Lake County Middle School girls’ team also had a great first race. The top panther finisher for the girls was 6th grader Morgan Holm. In her first Nordic competition ever, Morgan finished in the top 50% of the field. Following closely behind Morgan and having great races were Lake County’s Elona Green, Abby Holm, Mitchek Colley, and Hannah Holm. All of these skiers showed great improvement with their skate skiing form in Saturday’s race.
The next competition will be a classic ski race at Vail Mountain School in Minturn on January 16.