Heavenly boarders dominate South Shore series opener
Extra time in the gates paid off for Heavenly snowboarders in the opener of the South Tahoe Snowboard Series on Saturday and Sunday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Heavenly Snowboard Foundation claimed 14 medals in Saturday’s slalom and 15 more medals in Sunday’s giant slalom as local boarders started the two-month-long series.
“We had some excellent training with the snowmaking at Heavenly. It’s rough for some of the other guys to get time in the gates,” said Heavenly coach Ed McClain.
Capturing age-group titles in slalom for Heavenly were Mika Hight, ruggie boys 7 and under; Nicholas Poohachoff, menehune boys 10-11; Elena Hight, breaker girls 12-13; Ari Giovenco, junior men 16-17; and Katie Sheehan, youth women 14-15. Winning slalom titles for Sierra’s program were coach Brady Gunsch, open class; Harrison Kramer, grommet boys 8-9; Keelan Gardiner, breaker boys 12-13; and Joanie Anderson, youth women 14-15.
Heavenly GS titles were garnered by Jonathan Hirschfield, senior men 23-29;
Jeff Kaczmar, youth men 14-15; Wesley Klahn, junior men 16-17; Sammy Mason, ruggie boys 7 and under; Poohachoff, menehune boys 10-11; Hight, menehune girls 10-11; and Colleen Sheehan, breaker girls 12-13;
GS titlists for Sierra were Gunsch, pro am men; Joanie Anderson, youth women 14-15; Kramer, grommet boys 8-9; and Gardiner, breaker boys 12-13.
Elena Hight, 11, had the fastest female time in both disciplines.
“She’s just an awesome athlete,” McClain said.
The series resumes Jan. 20-21 with slopestyle and halfpipe events at Sierra.
For a complete list of finishers, see Scoreboard on Page 2B.
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