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Six-year-old Matthew Laboda carves a path as he attacks the gates on the slalom course at the national finals. He earned a seventh place national ranking for his efforts during the April competition.

Two Chester snowboarders land in top 10 at Nationals

Nine-year-old Adam Laboda gets some major air as he competes in the United States of America Snowboard & Freeski Association National Finals in Copper Mountain, Colo. He ranks fifth in his age group in the national standings. Photos submitted

Two Chester Elementary School students traveled to Copper Mountain, Colo., to compete in the National Finals Competitions for the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association in April.

Nine-year-old Adam Laboda and his younger brother, 6-year-old Matthew Laboda, have been snow boarding since each was about 2 years old.

Their skill levels have increased over the years until they are now competing in the top levels of their age groups.

This season they both earned  a trip to the regional championships in their age group at the North Tahoe USASA series, which qualified them for the national championships.

Both boys chose to compete in all of the freestyle events, slopestyle, halfpipe and railjam, as well as alpine events,slalom, giant slalom and boardercross.

When the overall standings were tallied, Adam Laboda had earned fifth place in the National standings for his age group and Matthew Laboda took seventh place nationally in his.

The boys are the sons of Filip Laboda of Chester and are being coached by Scott Harris, Ally Carroll and Colin Darcy, who are affiliated with the Tahoe Select Snowboard Team.

Adam Laboda’s sponsors this year were Neff Outerwear and Bern Unlimited (helmets and goggles).   

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