Sectionals, November 17-18 2017
Last week four skaters from the Fox Valley Ice Arena laced up their skates and competed in the US Sectionals competition in Bloomington, Minnesota. Traveling with coach, Rockne Brubaker, the two pairs prepared to compete for their mutual goals: to qualify for the National Championships in their respective categories.
In the Junior Category:
Laiken Lockley (15) and Keenan Prochnow (19) have been training with Stefania Berton and Rockne Brubaker at the Fox Valley Ice Arena since 2015. Lockley and Prochnow work hard to find time to practice in their busy schedule. Lockley juggles school work and training for pairs skating with Prochnow and single skating. Prochnow, a dedicated skater, works three jobs to help his mom pay for expenses and skating while training in Geneva.
For Sectionals they prepared two programs; a short program to Claire de Lune by Deboussi and a long program to Les Retrouvailles by Yann Tiersen. Both were choreographed by coaches Stefania and Rockne.
Lockley and Prochnow earned a silver medal and qualified for the National Championships where they will have a chance to fight for their spot in the Junior World US Team.
In the Novice Category:
Isabelle Martins (11) and Ryan Bedard (16) have been training with Stefania Berton and Rockne Brubaker since 2015 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena.
In order to build the necessary muscle mass to perform considerably harder lifts than they had previously performed, Bedard worked with Nick Petrovic, our Fox Valley Fitness Director. Together they trained to prepare Bedard to perform the lifts and ensure the safety of himself and his partner. Meanwhile, Isabelle juggles her time between school and training for both single and pair skating.
At Sectionals they performed a short program to a Michael Jackson medley of ‘Beat It’ and ‘Thriller.’ Their long program was choreographed to the La La Land soundtrack by Justin Juritz.
Martins and Bedard earned a bronze medal at Sectionals and will compete at the National Championships where they will fight for a National Medal.
We at Fox Valley Ice Area are proud of the work both pairs have put in over the past year and are excited to watch them continue to grow as competitors.