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Kashima grabs two first-place finishes

Like most Lake Tahoe ski resorts, Heavenly Mountain Resort may have been slow to open this winter. But its freestyle team has wasted no time getting in mid-season form.

Sho Kashima won both single mogul events last weekend at a Far West freestyle meet at Alpine Meadows, while Jimmy Roberts also appears to rounding into form with a pair of third-place overall finishes.

“Sho Kashima continued his dominance of Far West with two wins,” said Heavenly Ski Foundation Jere Crawford. “And a bigger, stronger Jimmy Roberts is getting closer to the top.”

Kashima scored a 23.78 for his run on Saturday, then came back and put up a 25.42 on Sunday. Roberts’ scores of 22.68 on Saturday and 24.39 on Sunday were the second best of any J2 skier.

Hannah Curtzwiler was the highest J3 girls’ skier on Sunday, posting a score of 19.09 and earned a fourth-place finish. On Saturday, she was fifth overall and second J3 skier with her score of 14.17. Marina Palmieri finished sixth overall and was third among J3 skiers in both races.

“Hannah landed her first 360 in a competition,” Crawford said. “Teammate Marina Palmieri was right behind her.”

Heavenly’s Rebecca Roberts was the top J4 skier on both days. She finished seventh overall on Sunday with a score of 14.27. As a J3 skier, Savannah Amos recorded fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively. Brandon Hartstein’s score of 11.11 on Sunday was good for 29th overall and fourth best among J2 skiers.

Marshall Curtzwiler finished eighth overall on Sunday and was the top J4 skier with his score of 14.24. He placed 13th overall and was the second among J4 skiers on Saturday. Cory Noreikat collected a pair of top eight finishes among J3 skiers over the weekend.

“Rebecca displayed some very technical turns, winning both J4s both days,” Crawford said. “Brandon and Cory both landed 360s. The skiers battled brutal weather and flat light on Saturday.”

The next Far West freestyle race is this weekend at Squaw Valley.

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