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Bell takes Pro Series

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Tuesday’s Vail Instructors Pro Series had an Olympic ring to it as four-time Olympic downhiller Martin Bell took top honors in the slalom.”Last week I was skiing with too much excess up and down movements which dates back to my having learned to ski slalom in the 1970’s,” Bell said. “Today I tried to ski with something a bit more approximating a smoother, more modern technique and try to ski the gates more like mini GS gates and making rounder turns rather than sharper edge sets.In second place was last week’s winner, Franz Fuchsberger.Winning the women’s division was World Powder 8 Champion Nina Oqvist. The powder perfect female did not have time to comment on her win as she was off to a party.See results, page A23.SOS Boardercross at Beaver CreekGet ready to rub shoulders with competitors from all over Colorado this weekend. Snowboard Cross events will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Beaver Creek. The fourth and fifth events in the Rocky Mountains’ largest amateur snowboard series will continue on Beaver Creek’s Zoom Room Terrain Park. The 17-event United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA) series travels to Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.Competitors can register online at, or register Saturday or Sunday morning at The Coyote Cafe from 8-9:30am. There is a $25 competition fee, and a one-time annual USASA membership fee of $60. One-day lift tickets will be available for those competitors without season passes for $35 at Beaver Creek.Boarders can compete in slalom, giant slalom, halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboard-cross events. Skiers can also compete in halfpipe and slopestyle events. Competition winners will be on their way to qualifying for the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain, April 2-9, 2005. Bantam A’s go 1-1-2The Vail Bantam A’s traveled to Colorado Springs to play in the Colorado Cup Hockey Tournament last weekend, but managed only a 1-1-2 pool play record and did not qualify for the playoff round.The Mountaineers started vs. the Littleton Hawks Friday evening and found themselves down 30 after two periods. Ryan Maddux started picked up his own rebound in front and put it in the back of the net in the third. That was all Vail could muster, falling 3-1.Vail next played Northern Alliance Saturday. Once again the team started out slow and trailed 20 towards the end of the first when J.R. Melzer got Vail on the board on assists from Taylor Beairsto and Geoffrey Funk. Down 41, defenseman Niklas Porter got Vail rolling, taking the puck in deep with a strong move to the net and powered it past the goalie. Midway through the third,, Beairsto and Ryan Barry pulled Vail within a goal. Kodi Wyatt then knotted the score with two minutes to play, burying a laser from inside the faceoff circle for the 4-4 tie.Vail traveled to Pueblo Sunday morning to play the Panthers on their home Ice. The only bright spot in the 51 loss was Funk scoring on a bullet he shot from outside the faceoff circle.The Mountaineers then closed out their tournament with a 61 victory over Boulder Sunday evening. The line of Wyatt, Beairsto and Funk dominated play in the first period, scoring three goals. Maddux added a goal in the second thanks to a mishandled dump in shot by the Boulder goalie. In the third Vail added two more scores. The first was a wrister from Beairsto in the middle, thanks to a slick feed from Melzer. And Maddux scored again on a pretty pass from Funk. Goalie Kalen Burnett was a stonewall in net, allowing only one goal. The team is coached by Eric Lickteig and next play at Summit Saturday.Vail Colorado

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