USSA/Far West Division names J3 Junior Championship team
LAKE TAHOE – The Far West division recently announced its athletes who qualified to compete in the Western Region Marriott J3 Junior Championships, scheduled for March 17-20 at Squaw Valley USA.
Each skier participated in three Far West divisional qualifier races – three slalom races at Snow Summit from Jan. 14-16, three giant slalom races at Northstar-at-Tahoe from Feb. 4-6, and three super G races at Squaw Valley on Feb. 26-27.
These J3 athletes, ages 13 and 14, take their best five of nine race results to qualify for the team.
The Western Region is made up of five divisions – Alaska, Northern (Wyoming and Montana), Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon), Intermountain (Idaho and Utah) and Far West (California and Nevada).
There will be 90 boys and 75 girls attending the championship race series, which will include super G, GS and slalom races. The winner of each discipline will represent the Western Region as part of team USA (also including Rocky/Central and East) at the 23rd Whistler Cup in British Columbia from April 4-12.
“This is a very strong and deep Far West J3 men’s and women’s team,” said Lee Schmidt, head coach of the Squaw Valley Ski Team. “Any one of the top eight boys or girls could win a race at this event. There were five different boys who won different qualifier races this season.”
Included on that list of top boys is James “Scotty” Lebel of Sugar Bowl, who represented the Western Region at this year’s Topolino International Children’s races in Slovenia in February.
And the girls are just as stacked, with six different athletes who won events at the qualifier races this season.
“It is a very talented field,” Schmidt said. “The race venue sites at Squaw Valley will be very difficult and challenging for this age group. The SG and GS races will be run off the east bowl of KT-22 into Exhibition, which is very steep. The slalom races will be held on lower Red Dog face, which is also very steep and challenging.
“These J3 athletes will be tested.”
The Far West J3 coaching staff includes Greg Jones, Tom Arnstein and Lee Schmidt from Squaw Valley, Luke Patterson and Lesley LeMasurier from Sugar Bowl, Noel Dufty from Heavenly, Eric Garrayoa from Diamond Peak, Bronko Malik from Northstar, Kerry Brownlie from Mammoth, Thad Epting from Snow Summit, and Robert Baker from Mt. Shasta.
1. Audrey O’Brien, Squaw Valley
2. Julia Cashell, Squaw Valley
3. Marie Johnson, Squaw Valley
4. Diana Abbott, Squaw Valley
5. Hannah Johnson, Diamond Peak
6. Stephanie Lebby, Squaw Valley
7. Tenaya Standteiner, Squaw Valley
8. Sierra Ryder, Squaw Valley
9. Danica Hagen, Mammoth
10. Nina O’Brien, Squaw Valley
11. Maia Beckert, Heavenly
12. Daisy Schadlich, Sugar Bowl
13. Perry Schaffner, Sugar Bowl
14. Natalie Riffel, Mammoth
15. Lauren Keller, Diamond Peak
16. Johanna Gur, Squaw Valley
17. Remi Wolf, Sugar Bowl
18. Natalie Williams, Heavenly
19. Bozhie Pokorny, Squaw Valley
20. Lauren Maymar, Squaw Valley
21. Claudia Frankel, Squaw Valley
22. Francesca English, Squaw Valley
1. Erik Arvidsson, Squaw Valley
2. Garrett Driller, Squaw Valley
3. Addison Dvoracek, Squaw Valley
4. Cody Wilson, Squaw Valley
5. James Lebel, Sugar Bowl
6. Lucas Underkoffler, Mammoth
7. Peter Weemass, Sugar Bowl
8. Kye Moffat, Squaw Valley
9. Fraser Hannon, Sugar Bowl
10. Wesley Harrington, Northstar
11. Gavin Chen, Diamond Peak
12. Zane Bensing, Diamond Peak
13. John Fabrizi, Snow Summit
14. Michael Proper, Sugar Bowl
15. Lucas Earley, Squaw Valley
16. Michael Cooper, Sugar Bowl
17. Michael Beutner, Mammoth
18. Campbell Baster, Mammoth
19. Kalie Wagner, Squaw Valley
20. Zac Kelly, Mammoth
21. Jack Richardson, Squaw Valley
22. Taylor Garcia, Mammoth
23. Nathan Everson, Mammoth
24. Jordan Cashman, Squaw Valley
25. Benjemin Farrar, Diamond Peak
26. Ian Reeves, Diamond Peak
27. Dexter Bosley, Sugar Bowl
28. Trenton Powell, Dodge Ridge
29. Will Leonard, Squaw Valley
30. Tanner Luijan, Mt. Shasta
31. Mathew Hourigan, Sugar Bowl
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