Photos by Rick Lewis Stella Scholz got a cooling rinse at the end of lap 2 on the way to another state title. Methow Composite cyclists excel on their home course
Defending varsity girls champion Stella Scholz led multiple racers from Methow Composite, the local youth mountain biking team, to the top of the podium in the 2023 Washington Student Cycling League season championships at the Liberty Bell High School campus on Sunday (June 4).
Scholz, a senior at Liberty Bell, won her second straight state championship in dominant fashion, outpacing the field in the 15-mile race on a dry, warm and dusty day on the home course.
It was a blue-ribbon day for Methow Composite. Quin Smith took 1st place in the advanced middle school boys’ division for the local club, Tea Hoffman was the first eighth-grade girl to cross the finish line, and Sisu Clark won the seventh-grade girls’ division.
Other top-five finishers for Methow Composite included Graham Sheley (varsity boys, 5th place), Ila Newman (JV girls, 2nd place), Josie Bolinger (intermediate girls, 2nd place), Wylie Smith (advanced middle school girls, 2nd place), Logan Hughes (eighth-grade boys, 2nd place), Sammy DeSalvo (seventh-grade girls, 3rd place), Ava Burrington (seventh-grade girls, 5th place), and Cicely Newman (sixth-grade girls, 2nd place). Quin Smith took 1st place in the advanced middle school boys race. Challenging course
The single-track course winds, climbs, and dives its way around the northwest corner of the Liberty Bell campus with long hills, sharp drops and a few flat spots. […]