Heavenly competes in pipe event
Special to the Tribune
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The last of the pipe events took place this past weekend for USASA at Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort. It was another beautiful day and athletes showed up to earn the last of their points to get them qualified for the National Championships.
“After another week of training the team came out and really did well, I am really impressed with the conditions of the Sierra pipe and the riders who stepped up their game this week,” said Heavenly Snowboard coach Travis Chatwin.
Skier Boys always bring out some heavy competition challenging each other through to the last run. In the end, Preston Hoff from Incline Village took the gold as Trenton Leonard from the Sierra free ride team followed with silver and Sloane Niccoli walked away with the bronze.
Another tough group is Grommet boys (8-9). They are always battling and pushing each other to become better riders.
First place for this division went to Zennon Chatwin, 2nd went to Tony Piccinonno and 3rd to Noah Kulchin, all from the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation.
Other top finishers were Vincent Picinonno (Boys 7 & Under), Ethan Kulchin (Skier Boys 9 & under), Denver Orr (Boy 10-11), Lauren McCauley (Girls 12-13), Dustin Orr (Boys 12-13), Alec Bowman (Skier Boys 13-15), Taylor Chatwin (Girls 14-15), Matthew Jones (Boys 14-15), Brittany Morris (Girls 16-17), Marco Gooding (Boys 16-17), and Victoria Allende (Skier Girls 16-18) who all walked away with Gold medals.
Silvers went to Shane Aaron (Boys 10-11), Megan King (Girls 12-13), Ethan Downes (Skier Boys 13-15), Jessica Benefiel (Girls 14-15), Liam Loftis (Boys 14-15), Alexandra Morris (Girls 16-17), And Ryan Brim (Boys 16-17).
The last of the USASA events will be a double up half pipe on Sunday at Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort. For a complete list of results go to usasa.org.
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