The twice post-poned Silent Shores Tournament featured calm conditions and lots of happy faces. The perfect September summer temperatures made the day enjoyable for both participants and spectators. Champion Lake skiers comprised the largest contingency followed by the host Silent Shores group. The youngest skier Evan from Illinois enjoyed the grassroots advantage as the older skiers enjoyed the prime skiing conditions. One more tournament for the 2018 schedule will occur next Saturday, September 22nd at Sawmill Lake near Columbus, Indiana. As the tournament season wraps up, nominations for the November 3rd IWSA Banquet/Awards dinner are being taken.
Even though we still have 2 more tournaments to go, it's time to start making nominations for the fall banquet/awards event scheduled for November 3rd at the White River Yacht Club in Indianapolis. More about the event to come later. Attached is a Nominations Award Form to be submitted to me. Please do include a write-up/facts/ information backing your nominations. There are some suggested categories but other categories can be added. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE as the actual plaques must be made prior to the event.
The Labor Day Holiday marks the unofficial end of summer. Traditionally, two Indiana Water Ski Lakes host a Labor Day event. Cindonway Shores near Warsaw and Timberlake near Mt. Vernon hosted events on both Sunday and Monday of this Labor Day weekend. Both were pleased to announce that they were "overbooked" and had to include skier events on Monday. Isn't it great to see this resurgence in our sport and increased participation. Do be reminded that the tournament season is not over yet! We have a September 8th event scheduled at Silent Shores and the annual fall tournament at Sawmill Lake on September 22nd. It's also time for board members and IWSA members to start reviewing the past season and put together nominations for skiers awards at our fall banquet scheduled for November 3rd at the White River Yacht Club.
The final Liquid Edge Monday Night Ski League of 2018 took place on August 27th, 2018. Mother Nature supplied a fair amount of wind but that didn't stop a group of Purdue skiers and several other skiers from enjoying the hospitality of Boonedocks Lake near Kirklin, Indiana. It was a "full house" until darkness arrived and forced the end of the event. Mucho thanks to Neal Clark and Megan Lambert for donating their time and expertise.
Hey Skiers! The final Liquid Edge Monday Night Ski League is set for Monday evening, August 27th, 2018 at Boonedocks Lake near Kirkland, Indiana. Not only will we receive professional instruction from Megan Lambert (USA Water Skier Contributer) but also get to ski behind Neal Clark's new 2018 Mastercraft. If you've never been to Boonedocks Lake, you'll be impressed by this awesome ski site. Call Neal Clark for directions to Boonedocks Lake at 765-894-0836.
Thirty-six Indiana skiers made the trip to Maize, Kansas to participate in the 2018 National Championships. Five of those skiers claimed National Championship titles. Casey Contos claimed his 4th National Title by winning the M2 competition with 4 buoys at 38 off. Casey was able to top his competitors while being the “old man” of the division – this is his last year in M2. Nate Smith retained his Open Mens National Championship by beating his former fellow Champion Lake skier Cale Burdick by 1 buoy (4 at 41 off). Cody Sharkey won his first National Championship by winning M3 Tricks. Andrew Schmitt also won his first National Championship in M1 Jump. Prissy Edwards added to her list of National Championships by winning W7 Jump by besting her nearest competitor by 4 inches.
Neal Clark skied to his first Nationals podium finish in the very competitive M3 Slalom division with a 4th place finish. Other podium finishes were claimed by Alex Mishler G2 Slalom (3rd); Julie Mishler G2 Slalom (4th), G2 Tricks (3rd), and G2 Overall (5th); Andrew Schmitt M1 Tricks (4th) and Overall (4th); Chris Clark M4 Slalom (4th); Paul Manning M7 Tricks (5th); Don Bucher M8 Slalom (5th), M8 Jump (3rd), M8 Overall (M3); Michelle Bucher W3 Jump (4th) and W3 Overall (4th); Jill Smith W3 Tricks (2nd); Rhonda Schmitt W5 Tricks (5th); Cheryl Schmitt W6 Jump (5th) and W6 Overall (5th); and Prissy Edwards W7 Tricks (4th) and W7 Overall (3rd).
Indiana Skiers dominated the Slalom Competition at the 2018 Midwest Regional Championships claiming championships in Girls 2 (Alexis Mishler), Men 2 (Casey Contos), Men 3 (Neal Clark), Men 4 (Chris Clark), Men 8 (Dave Jarrett), Women 1 (Megan Lambert), and Women 3 (Michelle Bucher). Further dominance was demonstrated in the Open Mens division with two skiers whose skills were born on Champion Lake (McCordsville, IN) with Nate Smith and Cale Burdick. The two former Indiana Skiers tied at 3 at 41 off with Cale winning the runoff.
Other champions were claimed by Julie Mishler (G2 Tricks and Overall), Cody Sharkey (M3 Tricks), Paul Manning (M7 Tricks), Don Bucher (M8 Jump and Overall), Michelle Bucher (W3 Jump and Overall), Jill Smith (W3 Tricks), and Prissy Edwards (W7 Jump and Overall).
When talking sheer numbers, the Bucher clan dominated the tournament with six competitors headed up by ‘Granddaddy Don’. But by the looks of things on the shores there may be more Buchers competing in the future. In addition to the Buchers the future of Indiana skiing looks promising with the Hoops, Mishlers, and Cross kids.
Congratulations to all 46 Indiana Skiers who skied in the Midwest Regionals.
Each year at the Indiana State Water Ski Championships, an "Indiana State Ski Team Award" is given to the team/club with the most points/participants. Points are given for each skier in each event so.....one skier who enters 3 events can receive 3 points. It's been known that some clubs draft family members who se!ldom water ski to participate in the State event to help accumulate points! I've been witness to a certain Silent Shores trick skier whom I never knew could slalom ski, entered and skied in the slalom section just to earn extra points! This year's Team Award went to WSI Cindonway from Syracuse, Indiana. It was a "slam dunk!" When grandpa Don Bucher with sons, daughters in law, and numerous grand children showed up in a caravan of campers and motor home, the contest was all but over! Congratulations to the Buchers and Cindonway Shores!
The Indiana State Team was selected over this last weekend at the 69th Indiana State Championships. The team consists of the top four ranking performers from the 2018 ski season and one state tournament ski-in that had registered for the Midwest Regionals Championship in Wilmington Il prior to July 1st. The junior team (17U) includes of Alexis and Julie Mishler from Milford, Samantha Hoops from Coatesville, Charlie Cross from McCordsville, and Coltin, Wyatt and Rhett Bucher from Milford.
The Indiana male team comprises of Nate Smith and Jeff Cross from McCordsville, Casey Contos from Anderson, Kim Contos from Fisher, Neal Clark from Frankfort, Jared Sharkey and Cody Sharkey from Mishawaka, Shane Bucher and Don Bucher from Milford, Stephen Cecil from Bedford, Paul Manning from Bringhurst, and James Tranchita, Andy Schmitt, Clay Schmitt and Mark Schmitt from Evansville.
The Indiana female team includes Megan Lambert from Brownsburg, Camille Clark from Laotto, Paige Ruddick from McCordsville, Prissy Edwards from Alexandria, and Abby Tranchitta, Cheryl Schmitt, and Rhonda Schmitt from Evansville.
The team will compete at the Ski Nautique Midwest Regional Championship on July 27th through July 29th 2018 for the opportunity for the top two placements, which move forward to compete at the 2018 76th Goode Water ski Nationals Championships in Maize Kansas.
The Rollie Williams Memorial Award is occasional awarded at the Indiana State Water Ski Championship event each summer. This award goes to an outstanding member of the Indiana Water Ski Association who through his/her display of sportsmanship and leadership promoted the sport of water skiing in the state of Indiana. (A complete list of past recipients is on the IWSA website) Our own Prissy Edwards was awarded this cherished award at the State Championships Banquet on Saturday evening. Prissy is at nearly every Indiana water ski tournament serving as judge, safety, spotter, golf cart driver, etc. At her home Kokomo club she works on the course, maintains the jump, drives and coaches fellow members and grandson. This past winter she took husband Elmer and headed for Eden Ski Lake in Florida working every day and organizing Eden's first water ski tournament. A well deserved award!
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