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J2 nationals to start today; J3/J4 events forthcoming

Several of the South Shore’s top skiers will be participating in a variety of prestigious events this month, starting today with the U.S. Junior Alpine J2 Nationals at Sugarloaf Ski Resort in Sugarloaf, Maine.

Downhill training for nationals was held Monday and Tuesday before the official race starts today. Kirkwood’s Bryce Wehan and Nick Cohee, along with Heavenly’s Marty Harris, all have realistic chances of making podiums this week.

A super-G race is scheduled for Thursday, the men’s giant slalom on Friday, the women’s giant slalom on Saturday and the slalom race is set for Sunday.

The Pacific Crest Cup, a Western Region FIS Series race, is being held Thursday through Sunday at Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl. Giant slalom races on Thursday and Friday are being held at Squaw, while Saturday and Sunday’s slalom races are at Sugar Bowl. Kirkwood’s Shane Collins and Errol Kerr are both scheduled to participate. Kirkwood’s Rachel Leuthold is an alternate selection for the women’s field.

On March 17-20, the Western Region J3 Junior Olympics are being held at Mount Hood, Ore. Heavenly’s Michael Radford, Robbie Souza and Derek Holmgren have been selected for the men’s field, while Heavenly’s Joelle Chevalier, Dana Nott, Christine Pulford have been selected for the women’s field.

During the same time at Mount Hood, the Western Region J4 Festival occurs. Heavenly’s Danny Souza and Luc Chevalier have already been selected to the men’s field.

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