Heavenly rules duals
It must have something to do with skiing Gunbarrel Run on a regular basis.
Year after year it seems that Heavenly Ski Foundation bumpers win their share of Far West Division dual races.
In the past, Chris Hernandez, Cristie Tibbetts and Ryan Hickey ruled the moguls when the format put racers alongside them.
Thomas Schwindeman kept the trend going Sunday as he won a FWD duals event at his home terrain at Heavenly Ski Resort. Tibbetts made it a clean sweep for Heavenly by winning the women’s duals.
Tyler Bradford and Scott Lusby provided two additional top-10 duals finishes with their sixth- and seventh-place performances. Teammates Sho Kashima, Jerel Dutton, Jason Strull, Jimmy Roberts and Derek Clemmensen made the round of 16.
Squaw Valley’s Scott Fitzmorris and Shelley Robertson claimed the singles titles on Saturday. Fitzmorris topped the men with a score of 25.30, while Robertson received a 24.30 from the judges.
Hickey (24.70) was runner-up on the men’s side, while Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Amber Ramos (23.68) and Heavenly’s Tibbetts (23.11) were third and fourth for the women.
Heavenly’s Courtney Royce (18.35) and Tamara Sharkey (12.01) were sixth and 10th overall, respectively. Royce also was second among J3s, while Sharkey was the fifth-best J3.
Other Heavenly singles results included: Kashima, sixth overall, first J2, 22.05; Schwindeman, eighth overall, second J2, 20.70; Dutton, 14th overall, first J3, 18.97; Strull, 17th overall, sixth J2, 18.37; Tyler Bradford, 18th, third J1, 18.35; Kyle Hernandez, 19th overall, seventh J2, 18.33; Eric Nageotte, 22nd overall, eighth J2, 17.56; Roberts, 25th overall, first J4, 17.12; Clemmensen, 36th overall, 10th J2, 15.02; Lusby, 39th overall, 11th J3, 13.71; Bradley Scott, 43rd overall, 12th J3, 11.98; Brandon Morgan, 44th overall, third J4, 11.86; and Chris Craig, 48th overall, 13th J3, 7.2
Luke Palmieri of Sierra was 16th overall and the second J3 with his run of 18.40. Palmieri was even more impressive in Sunday’s duals as he finished third.
FWD competition continues Saturday at Sunday on Clipper in the West Bowl at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Competition starts at 10 a.m. each day.
“My kids are really fired up,” said Sierra coach Jeff Stowell. “(Where the course is) is the line they’ve been training on all year. Hopefully being at home won’t put too much pressure on them.”