Amber Ramos, Hickey win Far West bump races
Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Ryan Hickey and Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Amber Ramos each picked up wins during a two-day Far West moguls competition last weekend at Alpine Meadows.
Ramos, whose brother picked up his first World Cup win Sunday in Sunday River, Maine, was also victorious on Sunday as the South Tahoe High freshman won the women’s duals. This came a day after she finished runner-up in singles with a score of 20.57.
Hickey, a South Tahoe High senior, followed a sixth-place singles finish Saturday by triumphing in duals Sunday. Todd Disbrow of Squaw Valley was the final victim of Hickey, who thrives in the duals format.
“He’s just really good at duals, being that he’s so fast,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
Squaw Valley’s Tony Basile had the best men’s singles run, scoring 24.41.
Amber Ramos outdueled Squaw Valley’s Jessica Davis in the women’s final a day after Davis (22.18) outpointed Ramos (20.57) to win the singles competition.
Other highlights for Sierra included Jason Scott’s fourth-place J1 finish in singles (20.91) and round-of-eight exit in duals; and Luke Palmieri coming in fourth among J3s (16.25) and 31st overall.
“The conditions were tough on Saturday. The wind was blowing and you could hardly see the course,” said Sierra coach Jeff Stowell. “They are capable of doing better. Jason has been getting top 10s, and Luke is just a little bit out.”
Courtney Royce of Heavenly continued to ski above her J4 age group, finishing fifth overall in singles with a score of 16.05.
“That is real good for a J4,” Crawford said.
Royce followed her solid singles performance by taking fourth in duals. She was eliminated by McKenzy Golding.
Looking at other local singles results, Tyler Bradford of Heavenly came in eighth for J1s and 19th overall with 18.24; independent Brent Abrams, first J3 and 21st overall, 17.56; Heavenly’s Sho Kashima, fourth J3 and 30th overall, 16.28; Heavenly’s Chris Craig, fourth J4 and 37th overall, 12.77; Heavenly’s Jerel Dutton, ninth J3 and 48th overall, 9.61; Heavenly’s Eric Nageotte, 10th J3 and 50th overall, 8.35; Heavenly’s Jimmy Roberts, first J5 and 52nd overall, 6.75; Heavenly’s Scott Lusby, 12th J3 and 62nd overall, 2.27; Heavenly’s Derek Clemmenson, eighth J2 and 66th overall, .48; and Heavenly’s Jason Strull, ninth J2 and 67th overall, .42.
Also in duals, Bradford came in fifth, Abrams tied for ninth and Clemmenson and Strull tied for 33rd.
The Far West circuit continues Saturday and Sunday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Competition begins at 10:30 a.m. each day on Lower Clipper on the West Bowl.
“This weekend we’re on our home turf at Sierra,” Stowell said. “We’ve been training on this run all year, so I think we’ll do just fine.”
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