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Higman opens ski season with top-notch runs

Heavenly Foundation’s Christie Higman opened the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Far West season with first-place and runner-up finishes Nov. 18-19 at Mammoth Mountain.

Higman won the opening giant slalom with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 11.17 seconds, .50 better than Pavla Raclavska of Czechoslovakia.

Heavenly teammates Jamie Hansen, Diana Higman and Courtney Carmichael also performed well in the opener. Hansen came in seventh, 1:13.08; Diana Higman 14th, 1:16.71; and Carmichael 17th, 1:18.02.

Christie Higman and Hansen were second and fourth, respectively, in the second GS Nov. 19, trailing Quincy Young’s winning time of 1:10.57. In fact, Christie Higman was a scant .01 behind the winner. Hansen also wasn’t far back, coming in at 1:11.23.

Carmichael moved up six places in the second GS, finishing 11th in 1:15.55.

“That was really good for Courtney to be the first J3 the first day and the second J3 the second day,” said Heavenly ski director Noel Dufty.

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Kylese Zaiger scored a pair of top-25 performances, finishing 23rd in the first race and 16th in the second one.

Kirkwood’s Alexis Rudd was consistent each day, finishing 49th.

Other Heavenly finishes included Kendall Northrup, 38th and 32nd; Grace Harding, 55th and 48th; Katie Harding, 58th and 51st; and Lily Palmieri, 43rd and 38th.

South Tahoe Middle School’s eighth-grade boys basketball team enjoyed a successful road trip last week, splitting a pair of games with Eagle Valley and Carson Valley.

Mikey VanGorden drained 14 points and Bryan Finkel and Eric Domingo scored eight as the Timberwolves downed Eagle Valley 38-32. Kyle Churchill contributed six points and Alex Urreaga two for the Timberwolves.

Finkel and VanGorden also delivered strong defense and rebounding, according to coach Larry Finkel.

The Timberwolves weren’t as successful at Carson Valley, struggling with their shooting in a 29-19 defeat.

Bryan Finkel led the T-Wolves with six points, while Churchill tossed in five. Domingo added three points, Eric Pacheco and Daniel McCullough two apiece and VanGorden one.

Pacheco also was a force on the boards, grabbing six rebounds.

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