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‘Sho time’: Far West title goes to Kashima

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

It was “Sho time” on Saturday in the Far West Freestyle Championships at Heavenly Ski Resort.

Heavenly Ski Foundation 16-year-old Sho Kashima earned his first division single moguls victory. Earlier this month, Kashima posted his first duals triumph.

“I think because I’ve been to bigger competitions like junior worlds, it’s been good experience,” said Kashima, who recently came in 33rd in duals at the junior world championships in Newfoundland.

Kashima backed off his first-run trick of a 720 iron cross and executed a 360 iron cross and 180 spread 180 to pull off the victory.

“The (720) wasn’t really that good because I couldn’t land it. After that run, I was in last place so my second run is the one I won it with,” Kashima said.

Kashima scored 25.72 to edge out runner-up Jesse Jenison of Squaw Valley by 0.54.

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Six other South Shore bumpers cracked either the boys’ or girls’ top 10.

Brent Abrams, a Heavenly-sponsored skier, finished third at 23.91; Jimmy Roberts was a career-best fifth at 22.75; Eric Nageotte was sixth at 22.68; and Thomas Schwindeman came in ninth at 21.89. Courtney Royce of Heavenly was third in the female division won by McKenzy Golding of Squaw Valley, scoring 21.50, and Hanna Curtzwiler of Heavenly came in ninth at 11.63.

Roberts’ finish was particularly impressive since he is only 12 years old.

“We call him the ‘Freak of Nature,'” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford. “He’s a really good athlete who grew up skiing the face (at Heavenly). He’s really well-rounded.”

Kashima respects Roberts’ growing talents.

“I’m just glad he’s not in my age group. We’re just hoping he doesn’t embarrass us each week,” Kashima said.

Age-group champions were Royce, J3; Kashima, J2; Roberts, J4; and Marshall Curtzwiler, J5.

Other overall results were Luke Palmieri of Sierra-at-Tahoe, 15th, 21.01; Jerel Dutton of Heavenly, 20th, 20.00; Brandon Morgan of Heavenly, 34th, 15.80; Scott Lusby of Heavenly, 35th, 14.64; and Marshall Curtzwiler of Heavenly, 46th, 9.00.

Royce, Abrams and Kashima were consistently good throughout the weekend’s two remaining events.

Royce was third in Sunday’s singles (22.06) and duals, Abrams earned a fourth (23.61) and third and Kashima collected second- and fifth-place results.

Golding made it a clean sweep of the girls’ division, winning both the singles and the duals events. Jenison outscored Kashima to win the second singles contest — 26.12 to 25.41 — and captured first in duals.

Additional singles moguls results from Sunday included Dutton, sixth, 23.26; Hanna Curtzwiler, ninth, 6.10; Palmieri, 10th, 22.31; Schwindeman, 11th, 22.10; Roberts, 17th, 19.81; Morgan, 21st, 16.42; Nageotte, 23rd, 14.45; and Marshall Curtzwiler, 29th, 9.80.

In addition to Royce, Abrams and Kashima, Hanna Curtzwiler, Nageotte, Dutton and Morgan all broke into the top 10 in duals.

Next up for Far West competitors are big air and halfpipe contests Saturday and Sunday at Squaw Valley. Afterward, Heavenly’s Kashima, Nageotte, Roberts, Schwindeman and Royce will accompany Abrams and Palmieri to the Junior Nationals March 3-9 in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

“That’s going to be a lot of fun because a lot of kids from Heavenly are going, as well as a good team going from Far West. Hopefully we’ll all do pretty good,” Kashima said.