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HSF takes top honors at USASA event

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Area snowboarders took to the slopes at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Saturday for a giant slalom in the final event of the regular season before some athletes will begin training for nationals later this month.

In all, 54 competitors raced in this United States of America Snowboarder Association-sponsored event and as always a raffle ended the day, with more than $5,000 worth of prizes awarded to competitors.

“We work all year long proposing to different companies (and) we raffle off anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 per event,” said USASA South Tahoe Series Director Donna Vano. Prizes for this event included tickets to Windell and High Cascade snowboarding camps. “We also give away a snowboard at every event.”

The action got started with some morning snow.

“The day started off snowy, but we ended up with clear weather,” said Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation coach Ed McClain. “We had great results with a sweep of youth men.”

HSF took home top honors in the youth men division (ages 14-15) with Ben Goldenberg in first with a total time of 86.49 seconds, followed in second by Abe Greenspan at 86.75 and Kevin Cain in third at 87.97. HSF took seven of eight spots in the finals of the division, with Greg Dupree in fourth at 88.57, Ryan Bosson fifth at 89.02, Brian Galea sixth at 90.65, John Retta in seventh at 92.43 and Russell Kaczmar in ninth at 96.96. Casey Weathers of Mount Shasta placed eighth at 93.66.

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HSF’s Tanner Hart won the menehune boys division (ages 10-11) with a time of 107.9, followed by Matt Stuck of Tahoe Paradise at 110.25. John Lazzareschi of Tahoe Vista placed third at 112.44 and Cody Horan of Placerville was fourth with a time of 135.87.

In breaker boys (age 12-13), HSF’s Roger Carver placed first at 86.82, followed by Sierra’s Chad Cooney in second at 98.97, HSF’s Nicholas Poohachoff in third at 98.99, HSF’s Chase Hart in fourth at 113.66 and Jack Lyle of South Lake Tahoe in fifth at 123.19.

In the junior men division (ages 16-17), HSF’s Jeff Kaczmar was first with a time of 86.34, Jesse Hall of Mount Shasta was second with 86.71 and Gary Estenson of Sierra was third at 101.8.

In the junior women division (ages 16-17), Sierra’s Jacqueline Smith took first place at 95.4 and HSF’s Melissa Anino was second at 104.82.

Full race results appear in today’s Scoreboard.

Vano, who along with her husband helps organize USASA events, said this season has seen increased cohesion between area coaches, which will only increase as nationals draw near.

“This is a very exciting time,” she said. “We’ve got some great athletes going to national championships. We want to take it by storm again. Now it isn’t HSF or Sierra, but South Tahoe Snowboard Series. We go there as one group. All the coaches bond together.

“This year seemed to be a lot more fun. I just want to thank the volunteer parents and staff, because without them we could not do this. They are just amazing and every year it gets better.”

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