A first: Heavenly sweeps Far West Division events
Heavenly Foundation freestyle skiers did something last weekend at Squaw Valley that they had never done before under the direction of coach Jere Crawford: They made a clean sweep of first place in every possible Far West Division event.
Hannah Curtzwiler won all three female moguls events, while Heavenly teammates Jake Hickman and Marshall Curtzwiler split up first place on the guys’ side. Hickman won singles and duals titles, while Marshall Curtzwiler claimed first in singles and was runner-up in the other two events on the Lower Red Dog course.
“It was pretty exciting,” Crawford said.
Hannah Curtzwiler’s top run of the weekend was given a score of 18.91, while Hickman and Marshall Curtzwiler topped out with scores of 22.99 and 21.85, respectively.
Anna Park of Heavenly also carved out a big weekend, scoring a second and fourth in singles and a runner-up finish in duals. Her singles scores were 17.53 and 16.07 as the J4 skier dominated her classification.
Other team highlights included Sage Wright winning both J5 events and posting his best score ever (13.27), Brandon Hartstein collecting a fourth place and two seventh-place finishes, Zach Shearer taking ninth place twice in his first competitions, Taryn Baker earning a second-place J4 medal and fifth overall placing in duals, Lynne Hickman scoring a third-place J3 medal, Lakota Wright claiming runner-up in his J4 division, Shanti Koskinen parlaying his technical turns into a top-16 showing in duals, Richard Park seizing both veteran singles titles and Ken Curtzwiler pulling off a runner-up finish.
The Far West Division returns to Squaw Valley for singles and duals events Sunday and Monday.
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