More good Far West results for Kashima, Royce
Older and more experienced Far West freestyle skiers have claimed most of the division’s bump contests this winter.
However, Heavenly’s Courtney Royce and Sho Kashima are leaving few second- and third-place finishes for the opposition. Kashima finished second and third and Royce placed third and 11th in a pair of Far West singles competitions Saturday and Sunday at Heavenly Ski Resort.
Kashima was the J2 division winner each day along with his impressive runner-up finish to winner Jesse Jenison of Squaw Valley on Saturday and third-place effort in Sunday’s competition won by Kevin Gagne of Squaw Valley.
Royce was third in Saturday’s competition, which was won by McKenzy Golding of Squaw Valley. Golding also was No. 1 on Sunday.
Jerel Dutton and Thomas Schwindeman were consistently good as well. Dutton was fourth overall Saturday and fifth Sunday and runner-up in the J2 class on both days. Meanwhile, Schwindeman was seventh overall and the third J2 on each day.
“Dutton, Kashima, Nageote and Schwindeman are contenders now,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford.
Other results by area athletes on Saturday included: Ryan Hickey, Heavenly, fifth overall and third senior; Luke Palmieri, Sierra-at-Tahoe, 10th overall and fourth J2; Eric Nageotte, Heavenly, 13th overall and fifth J2; Jimmy Roberts, Heavenly, 19th overall and first J4; Brandon Morgan, Heavenly, 35th overall and third J4; Scott Lusby, Heavenly, 41st overall and 12th J2; Corey Noreikat, Heavenly, 48th overall and fifth J4; Marshall Curtzweiler, independent, 49th overall and second J5; and Mac Cerceo, Heavenly, 55th overall and 12th J3.
“Marshall and Hannah Curtzweiler, Corey Noreikat and Mac Cerceo all looked good for their first time competing,” Crawford said.
Sunday’s results were: Hickey, ninth overall and third senior; Nageotte, 10th overall and fourth J2; Roberts, 12th overall and first J4; Palmieri, 13th overall and fifth J2; Morgan, 36th overall and fifth J4; and Cerceo, 40th overall and eighth J3.
In Sunday’s duals competition, Golding made it a clean sweep of the weekend events in the women’s division. Royce tied for ninth.
Nick Hansom of Sun Valley, Idaho, won the men’s duals. Heavenly and Sierra-at-Tahoe produced the next three finishes, with Dutton, Schwindeman and Palmieir placing second through fourth. Roberts and Nageotte tied for ninth, while Kashima struggled to a tie for 17th.
Far West action continues Saturday and Sunday at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
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