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Fairview sophomore Jesse Andringa took a giant leap forward last month in his quest to become one of the top freestyle skiers in the nation.

In a competition featuring Olympians and some of the best performers in the sport, Andringa placed sixth in the U.S. Freestyle Championships in Deer Valley, Utah.

Andringa entered the competition figuring a good day might allow him to crack the top 16 and earn a berth in the finals. Andringa finished 11th, and after his early run in the finals he was on the top-three medals podium until the efforts of a few skiers later ultimately pushed Andringa into sixth-place.

Andringa’s older brother, Casey, is a Fairview senior who graduated early this past winter in order to concentrate on his skiing endeavors, but he is recovering from a compression fracture of his femur.

“He was ecstatic,” Andringa’s father, Jeff, said of his son Jesse’s effort at the U.S. Freestyle Championships. “Until you get into those competitions you don’t know how good you are, or if your best will be good for 50th or the top 10. He’s excited about where he can go from here.”


PERFECT STRIKE

Boulder’s Danielle Picard lived every golfer’s dream last week when she recorded a hole-in-one at Loveland’s Olde Course during a Front Range League meet.

Teeing off with a 9-iron at the 115-yard eighth hole, all Picard was certain about when she launched her shot was that it appeared straight and true.

After that, the ball kept rolling and fate shined upon Picard.

“When I hit the shot, I could see that it was perfectly straight and in-line with the hole,” Picard said. “When it hit the green and started rolling I just thought it would end up very close. Some of the girls I was playing with started yelling ‘Go in! Go in!’ I saw it go in and I couldn’t believe it. I cried, I was so happy.”

It was Picard’s first hole-in-one in any situation — youth tournaments, practice, you name it — and the first hole-in-one in Front Range League play this season. The shot also buoyed Picard to a career-best round of 88.


ALUMNI CORNER

Erie graduate Kaylynn Harmon was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference softball Player of the Week for Metro State. While leading the Roadrunners to three wins in four games against Colorado Mines, Harmon hit .500 while recording five extra-base hits and 11 RBIs … Centaurus alum Kirk Harvey was named the RMAC track Athlete of the Week after setting the Metro State record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:53.86).

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