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!
It rained, it blew, the sun shined! It rained, it blew, the sun shined! It rained, it blew, the sun shined! Every 15 minutes was a new weather front! Despite the challenging weather condition, the skiers, boat drivers, judges, and scorers prevailed with one brief delay due to electrical issues! The 69th Indiana State Water Ski Championships hosted 95 pulls for trickers, slalom skiers, and jumpers on Saturday. Julie Mishler of Camelot Lake set new records for Girls 2 in Slalom, 3 at 32off, and Overall, 2304.4.
The Hawthorn neighbors and families welcomed skiers and made the event a success. The evening banquet on Saturday evening added to the day’s festivities with good food, conversations, and some additional awards including the Rollie Williams award and the Mark Wiggins Jump Award to a Purdue University student. Sunday brought some of the same challenging weather for the 25 trick skiers. A noon time finish brought officials and skiers to the awards tent for final awards and hamburgers and hot dogs off the grill.
The Cindonway Skiers, aka Buchers + 2, dominated the Team Competition. In addition to Julie Mishler records above, two other new records were scored with Mark Schmitt Mens 6 Jump, 74 ft; and Jared Sharkey Open Men Tricks, 6380.
The "last minute registrations" resulted in a "full house" list of skiers for the Silent Shores July 14th Tournament. The day started off with glass-like waters and the first Grassroots skier for the first round. The wind came up about halfway through the second round but that didn't stop Don Bucher from scoring one of his best runs ever and event organizer Neal Clark scoring his PB of 3 at 39.5 off. The lake and weather calmed down for the third round and the trick skiers. Thanks to the Silent Shores crew for hosting a top notch event. State Championships next week.
Emerald Lake was host to Water Ski School on July 12th - 14th. Skiers from Canada, Minnesota, New York, and many locals gathered to enjoy the pristine water conditions for Noah Vieke's annual water ski school visit. Noah, who works at Chet Raley's Ski School in Florida usually visits in July of each summer and offers valuable advice to some dedicated followers. Noah's wife and 14 month old daughter also came to see Grandma and Grandpa! Numerous IWSA members participated trying to catch a coaching tip or two preparing for the Indiana State Championships which are scheduled for July 21st-22nd.
SRO (standing room only!) at last night's Monday Night Ski League hosted by Silent Shore and executed by Neal Clark and Megan Lambert. Skill levels started at first time 2 ski beginners to hot shot at 39.5 off! Silky smooth conditions and Thorntown hospitality were enjoyed by all. Several skiers were honing their skills in preparation for the Indiana State Championships to be held at Hawthorn Lake on July 21st-22nd. Special thanks to Liquid Edge of Illinois for the sparkling Mastercraft Prostar promo towboat. Next Monday Night Ski League will be August 27th, 2018.
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