Royce, Kashima grind out first bump victories |

Royce, Kashima grind out first bump victories

Tribune Staff Report

The results keep getting better and better for the Heavenly Ski Foundation freestyle team.

Last weekend in three events at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Sho Kashima and Courtney Royce of Heavenly realized their first overall triumphs.

Kashima won Sunday’s duals, while Royce was the top female in Saturday’s singles format with a score of 21.94.

Royce nearly won two other events, finishing second in both the singles and duals on Sunday on a firm course built by former pro mogul skier Jeff Stowell. She was upstaged by McKenzy Golding of Squaw Valley both times.

Kashima was fourth on Saturday and second among J2s with his effort of 24.23, which was nearly two points behind winner Kevin Gagne of Squaw Valley. His score rose to 25.05 in Sunday’s singles, good for second overall and first J2.

Heavenly’s Jerel Dutton also enjoyed a big weekend with three top-5 performances. Dutton was fifth overall in Saturday’s singles (23.67), fourth in Sunday’s singles (24.18) and runner-up in Sunday’s duals.

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Other results from Saturday included Thomas Schwindeman of Heavenly, sixth overall and fourth J2, 23.49; Jimmy Roberts of Heavenly, 11th overall and first J4, 22.10; Luke Palmieri of Sierra, 17th overall and sixth J2, 20.92; Eric Nageotte of Heavenly, 19th overall and eighth J2, 20.82; Scott Lusby of Heavenly, 33rd overall and 13th J2, 17.29; Brandon Morgan of Heavenly, 36th overall and third J4, 16.16; Corey Noreikat of Heavenly, 41st overall and sixth J4, 13.89; and Marshall Curtzwiler of Heavenly, 42nd overall and first J5, 13.41.

Winning scores from Sunday’s singles contests were a 25.01 by Golding and 25.24 by Bahrke.

Additional results from Sunday’s singles included Schwindeman, seventh overall and third J2, 23.11; Roberts, 10th overall and first J4, 22.60; Palmieri, 13th overall and fourth J2, 21.60; Nageotte, 23rd overall and eighth J2, 17.60; Morgan, 25th overall and second J4, 17.19; and Marshall Curtzwiler, 36th overall and first J5, 6.21.

In Sunday’s duals, Schwindeman was fifth, Hanna Curtzwiler eighth and Palmieri and Roberts tied for ninth. Marshall Curtzwiler was fifth in the youth division.