Curtzwilers bump to Far West Freestyle titles
Siblings Hannah and Marshall Curtzwiler of Heavenly each won Far West Freestyle Division skiing championships last weekend at Homewood.
Hannah won the single moguls title for females on Saturday, posting a top score of 19.89. She was second in Sunday’s singles moguls and runner-up in Sunday’s duals. K.C. Oakley was the only competitor keeping Hannah from a three-event sweep.
Marshall was third (21.14) and second in singles (20.21) but was unbeatable in duals in taking the title. Nathan Park of Olympic Valley put down a run of 22.31 to win the first singles contest, while Kyle Jordan of Olympic Valley won the second with a score of 21.19.
“Marshall has recently come into his own with very consistent skiing,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
Other highlights for Heavenly during the two days of competition were Taryn Baker, a J4, finishing fifth overall three times; first-year competitor Mikela Mangiarancina collecting three sevenths overall; and Yamato Kashima placing eighth in the first singles contest before injuring a rib on day two.
Also, Lakota and Sage Wright notched age-group podiums, with Sage winning both J5 title. Veterans Jeff Mar and Ken Curtzwiler scored age-group podiums.
Some of the competitors can now look forward to the Junior Olympics on March 13-15 at Waterville Valley, N.H. Qualified Heavenly athletes are Hannah Curtzwiler, Marshall Curtzwiler, Yamato Kashima, Brandon Hartstein and Kyle Smaine.
Heavenly racers get Northern exposure
Heavenly sent a group of athletes on a road trip to compete in the Mount Shasta Open Series last weekend.
Heavenly’s nine athletes were only able to compete in the giant slalom race, as the slalom race was cancelled because of poor visibility and deteriorating hill conditions from rain.
Despite their small numbers, Heavenly athletes were able to earn three top-five results. Connor Novak led the way with a third-place podium finish for the J4 boys.
Chase Ganim of Medford, Ore., won the J4 (ages 11 and 12) boys’ class with a combined time of 2 minutes, 19.26 seconds. Ian Reeves of Diamond Peak was second (2:20.80), followed by Novak’s 2:24.07.
“I was very pleased with our kids’ skiing for the second run,” said Heavenly coach Raquel Norton, “Connor, for example, went from being four seconds out after his first run to placing seconds on the second run and being just one second off the leader. That’s pretty much how the day went for the entire team.”
Novak’s teammate Grant Dunkelman placed ninth in the same class, followed by Moshe Helman in 12th and Griffin Hobson in 14th.
Heavenly’s lone J5 competitor, Tristan Deatherage, placed fifth.
The girls had a strong showing as well. Natalie Williams was Heavenly’s top female finisher, placing fifth in the J4 girls’ division, with Maia Bickert close behind in seventh, Mikaela Clothier in 10th and Michael Gardner in 12th. Nikita Norton of Medford was the girls’ winner.
“Our athletes did pretty well; almost all of them were in the top 10,” said Heavenly coach Christie Rassuchine.
Heavenly athletes will compete in super-G March 14 and 15 at the next scheduled Far West race at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Grizzlies rout Bears in final home games
The Tahoe Grizzlies squirt (ages 9 and 10) youth ice hockey team swept their final home games last weekend at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena.
The Grizzlies offense was on display as they routed the Oakland Bears 7-2 on Saturday and 10-0 on Sunday. On Saturday, the Grizzlies scored early, with Carson Bailey netting the opening goal just 20 seconds into the game, and often as four different players scored in the opening period. A well-balanced attack saw six different goal scorers for the Grizzlies, with Ryan Brown, Nick Cefalu, Spencer Lloyd, Matt Newberger and Noah Paul also delivering goals.
On Sunday, it was more of the same. The Grizzlies started a little slower, as it took just more than 10 minutes before Lloyd scored. Just 10 seconds later, Newberger gave the Grizzlies a two-goal lead. In the second period, the offense exploded with Brown scoring just 8 seconds into the period, followed by a flurry of four mor goals. The balanced attack saw seven different goal scorers with Bailey, Noah Paul, Cefalu and Reiss Jensen scoring.
Goalie Paul Astles turned away all 20 shots he faced for the shutout.
The Grizzlies finish the regular season with two road games this weekend. They are battling for the final playoff spot in a competitive NORCAL B division.
Youth softball sign-ups March 19
High Sierra American Softball Association sign-ups are scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m March 19 at the Recreation Center.
The cost is $80 per player, $120 for two players and $150 for three players in the same family. Girls ages 5 to 16 are eligible. The season runs from May through June.
For more information, call Carry Loomis at (530) 416-8519.