Curtzwilers pull off brother-sister singles sweep at Squaw Valley |

Curtzwilers pull off brother-sister singles sweep at Squaw Valley

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

The Far West Freestyle Division wasn’t about to let the U.S. Freestyle Championships course on Red Dog run melt away without utilizing it.

As a result, Far West held postseason races last weekend at Squaw Valley. Heavenly’s Marshall and Hannah Curtzwiler capitalized on the extra events, delivering a rare brother-sister sweep.

Marshall won his first Far West singles event, scoring 21.18 on his winning run. He finished third in duals that afternoon and third in singles Sunday.

Hannah topped all female competitors with a score of 19.99, and she won the duals later in the day. A neck injury prevented her from competing in the final event Sunday.

The Curtzwilers benefited from having competed against the U.S. Ski Team members last month on the same course.

“Marshall is at a new level. It’s helped him out big-time, competing against all those guys,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford. “His speed has improved more than anything else, and he has more confidence.”

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Hannah, 17, has had her share of Far West victories in the past, but Crawford saw his top female take it to another level.

“She was just on a mission that day. I don’t know what got into her,” Crawford said. “She was skiing like a mad dog.”

Hannah tore through her run about three seconds faster than her nearest competitor, Crawford said.

Crawford was pleased with his younger team members as well.

“Shanti Koskinen has been training hard to become one of our top skiers. Up-and-comers Shanti and Sage and Lakota Wright were all busting out 360s,” said Crawford, who is assisted by Lee and Rick Wright, Eric Martin and Ken Curtzwiler. “A new-and-improved Jeff Mar showed off some great turns. Yamato Kashima threw some big 720s and just missed a 1080. Robby Tong skis fast and throws big 360s.”

Some other Heavenly highlights in the two-day event included Kashima taking eighth in Sunday’s singles, Sage Wright winning his J5 class in the opening singles event and claiming 16th in Saturday’s duals, Lakota Wright finishing 15th in Saturday’s duals and Koskinen placing 16th overall in Sunday’s singles.