Snowboarders plan ‘Haunted Maze’ fundraiser

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Snowboarders plan ‘Haunted Maze’ fundraiser

Returning senior Charlie Arnell performs an indy grab.

Returning senior Charlie Arnell performs an indy grab.

Returning senior Charlie Arnell performs an indy grab.

Returning senior Charlie Arnell performs an indy grab.

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Several changes are in store for snowboarders as the riders prepare for the upcoming season. The two parent organizers, Mona Hart and Laura “Jules” Angyus, held a meeting on Oct. 14. to discuss the team’s alterations. The meeting also introduced a new fundraiser being held by Angyus. The “Haunted Maze Night” will be at the Sauvie Island pumpkin patch on Oct. 26. Angyus encouraged snowboarders to participate by either selling concessions, tickets, or dressing up as one of the monsters in the maze.

Last year, both the boys and girls sent nine people to state competition at Mt. Bachelor. The boys won three overall events and the girls won four. Senior James Mitchell is excited about returning to the team as a three-year veteran. He claimed league championships in two events (boardercross and slopestyle) and went to state to compete in both. “Even though this is my last year, I’m still really hyped for the new season,” Mitchell said. “I really want to try my hardest so that I can end on a good note.”

 One of the main changes this year is a new form of transportation to the mountain. In previous years, the snowboard and ski teams sourced their transportation from Raz Coaches. Since the company’s bankruptcy, however, the ski team has switched to Northwest Navigator Luxury Coaches. During the meeting, Hart explained how snowboarders will be driven to the mountain by First Student®. “Unfortunately, we will have to use yellow school buses for practice this year,” she said. “Though despite the lack of luxury, we will be able to go up to the mountain 13 times instead of eight.”