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Pettit adds 'Cold Rush' to Linecatchers title

Local freeskier Sean Pettit, 18, added another title to his growing collection last week with a win at the Red Bull Cold Rush competition at Silverton, Colorado.

Like Red Bull Linecatchers in Europe, Cold Rush is a big mountain competition with a freeskiing bent, as riders take park moves to the natural terrain, and a few park stunts are added as well for good measure.

Pettit skied well all three days, but set himself apart with a 360-spin off a 70-foot drop. "That might have been the biggest I've ever gone off a cliff," Pettit told Newschoolers ( after his run.

Whistler's Alex Prochazka also took part in the event to rave reviews. He also had the scariest moment on day three when he launched a backflip of an 80-footer and snagged his ski on a tree 60-feet up. His ski popped off and he dropped head-first into the powder below, but he was okay.

Joining Pettit on the podium were Sage Cattabriga-Alosa and Dane Tudor. Local skier Dave Treadway placed fourth, Alex Prochazka was 13th and Pemberton's Logan Pehota 14th.

Grete Eliassen was the top female, followed by Shelly Robertson and Michelle Parker.


Slo-pitch umpire workshop scheduled

If you like being outside and the game of baseball, the Whistler Slo-Pitch League is looking for some new umpires to step up this year.

Richard Mingotti, umpire-in-chief for the league, expects 10 to 12 umpires to return from last season, but thinks he'll need up to four more umpires for this season.

A knowledge of the game is essential, and all umpires - including the current group - are taking a refresher course on April 16, led by the deputy umpire in chief for British Columbia. The course is from 9 a.m. to the early afternoon at the Chamois le Boutique Hotel at the base of Blackcomb. The cost is $75 per person, but the league is covering the cost.

A league umpire can make $29 per game. Thick skin is an asset, and so is knowing the rules of the game.

"Umpiring is fun until something happens," said Mingotti. "That's when a knowledge of the rules of baseball really helps you."

There will be at least five slo-pitch leagues this season, and most likely a sixth as well. There's been some talk, said Mingotti, about getting rid of the sixth league this year and hosting separate men's and women's leagues, although he doesn't know if that will happen.

Mingotti said new umpires generally start in the entry leagues, E and F, and work their way up to the more competitive A and B games.

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