Merkley, Ng and Reuss win overall USASA national titles
When the USASA National Championships annually convene, competitors can count on the South Tahoe Snowboard Series producing its share of national champions.
Last week was no different at the 2010 championships at Copper Mountain, Colo.
Stone Merkley, Nancy Ng and Kelly Reuss of the South Tahoe series claimed overall titles and were three of five particpants from the series to win event gold medals as well.
South Lake Tahoe’s Merkley added a boardercross title to the slopestyle championship he won earlier to garner enough points to take home the overall title for the boys’ 10-12 skier division.
Ng concluded her dominant week in the masters women’s class, winning gold in the halfpipe and giant slalom. Previously, she collected gold medals in slalom and boardercross. Slopestyle was the only event Ng didn’t win but she still claimed silver, leaving no doubt who took the overall gold.
Meanwhile, Reuss used halfpipe and slopestyle golds to close out the overall gold for the legend women’s division.
Donna Vano, co-president of the South Tahoe series, and Dennis Weathers also earned gold medals during the final days of competition. Vano claimed first place in kahuna women’s halfpipe and slopestyle contests, while Weathers topped the podium in the methuselah men’s GS.
The local series also produced four additional medal winners in the overall standings: Sawyer Cairns, third, skier men 13-15; Tony Piccinonno, third, boys 7 and under; Vano, second, kahuna women; and Dick Schulze, second, methuselah men.
Among the other podium performances in the latter half of the competition week were Bobby Minghini’s silver medal in the men’s open boardercross event; Randy Hess, silver medal, men’s jams 18-12 slopestyle; Tony Piccinonno, silver medal; boys’ 7-and-under GS; Zennon Chatwin, bronze medal, boys’ 8-9 GS; Reuss, silver medal, legend women GS; Vano, silver medal, kahuna women GS; Amy Purdy, silver medal, adaptive women GS; and Schulze, bronze medal; methuselah men’s slopestyle.
The South Tahoe series also produced overall top-10 finishers in Sloane Niccoli, Vinny Piccinonno, Zennon Chatwin and Nora Anderson. Niccoli wound up sixth in the skier boys’ 9-and-under division, Piccinonno took seventh in the boys’ 7-and-under class, Chatwin placed fifth in the boys’ 8-9 division and Anderson claimed fourth overall in the girls’ 10-11 age group.
– Tribune correspondent Tisha Seims contributed to this story.
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