USASA season kicks off at Sierra-at-Tahoe |

USASA season kicks off at Sierra-at-Tahoe

Tisha Seims, Special to the Tribune
Provided by Tisha SeimsMany local athletes earned medals at last weekend's USASA South Tahoe Snowboard Series opener. In the back row are, from left, Liam Loftis, Alyson Rolita, Matt Jones, Taylor Chatwin, Michael Kelly, Marco Gooding, Daniel Robinson and Garret Harley. In the second row are Denvor Orr, Shane Aaron, Dustin Orr, Emma Aaron and Tony Piccinonno. And in the front row are Vinny Piccinonno and Zennon Chatwin.

USASA’s South Shore Snowboard Series kicked off the season with two giant slaloms and two slaloms this past weekend at Sierra-at-Tahoe. 

There were 60 plus competitors who came out to race and earn their first set of points toward a possible chance to be invited to the national championships at Copper Mountain, Colo.

“Another quality event put on by the Sierra Mountain staff and USASA. It pleases me to see the turnout of medals from our athletes who train hard to be successful on their road to the national championship,” said Heavenly coach Travis Chatwin.

Sweeping the weekend and taking home four golds were Vincent Piccinonno (boys 7 & under), Zennon Chatwin (boys 8-9), Denver Orr (boys 10-11), Dustin Orr (boys 12-13) and  Matthew Jones (boys 14-15), all from the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation along with open class woman Tess Weathers of Mount Shasta.

Taylor Chatwin (girls 14-15) of the Heavenly Snowboard Foundation battled through and walked away just shy of a sweep with two golds in giant slalom and a gold and silver for slalom.

Silver finishers went to Heavenly athletes Tony Piccinonno (boys 8-9), Shane Aaron (boys 10-11) and Garret Harley (boys 12-13), while four bronzes went to Alyson Rolita (girls 14-15).

Other top finishers for giant slalom were open class woman Sage Hoffee of Placerville, who earned two silvers, while Tom Parachou (open class men) of Chico went home with two first-place results. Casey Weathers of the Mt. Shasta team took a second and third, while Dwayne Davis of South Lake Tahoe claimed a pair of fourth places. 

Earning two golds was Haley Toutolmin (girls 10-11), while brother Nate Toutolmin (boys 8-9) received two bronzes.  Lauren McCauley and Megan King (girls 12-13) were neck and neck, with each walking away with first and second places. Ivana Cruz (girls 14-15) had a great day by taking two fourth places. In the youth men 14-15 division, which is always a close race, Michael Kelly claimed a second and a fourth, Liam Loftis a third and fourth and Tyler Cordero a second and third.

Top finishers from Sunday’s slalom race were Sage Hoffee and Julianne Brackett (open class women), with each earning a second and third. From open class men, Weathers took a first and third, Cody Akana a first and second, and Davis went home with second and third. Conner Brown (boys 8-9), competing for the first time, was able to medal in both races. McCauley and King (girls 12-13) again battled back and forth with each taking a first and second. Cordero (boys 14-15) collected two silvers, while Loftis and Kelly were close throughout the day with each taking a third and a fourth. From boys 16-17 division, Daniel Robinson and Marco Gooding walked away with fourth- and fifth-place results. 

Go to for a complete list of results. 

The next USASA competition is Jan. 23 at Sierra-at-Tahoe. There will be a double competition with giant slalom and slalom.

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