Heavenly girls fly high in Far West races
Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation team members Brook Norton, Michael Gardner and Maia Bickert posted two top 10 finishes during a pair of J4 (11 and 12 year olds) Far West giant slalom races last weekend at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Norton stood on the podium twice with a second and third, while Gardner placed fifth and 10th and Bickert seventh and eighth. Mikaela Clothier (sixth and 14th), Natalie Williams (12th and 13th), Abigail Killebrew (21st) and Madison Idso also had solid performances.
“These girls have been working hard and having fun on the hill for several years and it shows,” said coach Mart Norton.
For the boys, Heavenly J4 skier Hughston Norton placed second in Sunday’s race behind Stateline resident and Diamond Peak skier Ty Sprock.
South Lake Tahoe’s Connor McKeen, who also skis for Diampnd Peak, placed 11th both days.
Chad Kaassamani (24th and 25th) and Grant Dunkleman (28th) rounded out the Heavenly J4 skiers, while J5 skier Tristan Deathridge (24th) and Griffin Hobson (25th) also showed some promise in their races. Far West Alpine races continue later this month with a pair of slaloms scheduled for Jan. 27-28 at Diamond Peak.
Locals shine at TL race
Heavenly’s Payton Norton edged Sugar Bowl’s Gordon Critz for the top spot on the podium after winning the boys’ 7-8 year-old division in a Tahoe League slalom on Saturday at Sugar Bowl.
In the girls’ 9-10 year-old division, Heavenly’s Abigail Killebrew placed second and landed on the podium. In the boys’ 9-10, Heavenly’s Tristan Deathrage finished seventh, with teammate J.D. Buchholz placed 15th.
On Sunday, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Connor Henderson won the boys’ slalom race in the 11-12 boys’ division. He was followed in the top 11 by Sierra teammates Jared Lindner (third), Sawyer Cairns (fifth), Jake Krzaczek (ninth) and Alec Bowman (11th).
Sierra’s Noah Palmieri (14th), Tyler Cottrill (17th) and Alec Lambres (20th) rounded out the team’s solid showing in the race. In the girls’ 11-12 race, Sierra’ Katie Sears placed 10th.
In the girls’ 13-14 division, Sierra’s Sasha Smolgovsky was seventh, while Sierra’s Reid Lambres (fifth), Ben Prager (eighth) and Matt Murray (21st) did well in the boys’ 13-14 division.
Sierra’s Crystal Rutledge won the girls’ 15 and over division, while teammate Jake Daum placed fourth in the boy’ 15 and over group.
Only those skiers who finished in the top 25 are mentioned.
The next Tahoe League race is scheduled for Jan. 27 at Heavenly.
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