Kashima leads local sweep in final bump contest
Tribune staff reports
Local freestyle skiers swept the top three spots in the final Far West Division competition of the season Saturday at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Sho Kashima won the male single moguls with a scored run of 25.16. His run included a heli X and D spin. Heavenly teammate Jay Panther was next at 23.91 and was followed by Eric Nageotte at 23.27.
“It was pretty cool,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford of the surprising season-ending podium sweep. “It was a good year; a lot of guys are blossoming and coming into their primes.”
Although the Far West championships were held last month, the division decided to add an extra event to allow participants to compete on the Gunbarrel course that national competitors used the previous weekend.
“It was probably even better than it was for nationals, because the course had a chance to develop longer and some of the kinks came out,” Crawford said.
Courtney Royce and Hannah Curtzwiler of the South Shore were third and fourth, respectively in the female division. Royce scored 19.81, while Curtzwiler won the J4 division with 16.81.
North Shore’s Alexandra Teng, who was eighth at nationals, was the top female.
Royce’s successful final weekend also included runner-up in halfpipe at Alpine Meadows. K.C. Oakley won the event.
Other local results were Luke Palmieri, seventh overall, 21.48; Jimmy Roberts, eighth and top J3, 21.28; Brandon Morgan, 12th and second J3, 18.19; and Marshall Curtzwiler, 15th overall and first J5, 15.60.
The latter result impressed Crawford.
“That’s good for a J5 to get into the top 15. He’s 10 years old,” Crawford said.