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Norton sisters win Tahoe League races

Courtney Norton and Kim Smith were stars of their respective ski teams Feb. 11 at different Tahoe League races.

Norton of Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation won the giant slalom in the girls’ 11-12 class at Alpine Meadows.

“Courtney pointed out that she and a couple of other girls had some of the fastest times on the course … even out of the boys’ field,” chuckled Heavenly coach John Allen. “I think she wanted the boys to know.”



Besides Heavenly, there were competitors from Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Mount Rose, Squaw Valley and Truckee.

Norton had a combined time of 1 minute, 6.92 seconds, with Diamond Peak’s Grace Dolan second at 1:08.70 and Squaw Valley’s Zoe Arthur third at 1:10.69. Rachel Laub of Heavenly was fifth.




Meanwhile, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Kim Smith tore it up again, winning the 15-and-older class at a Tahoe League race at Homewood.

Back at Alpine Meadows, Heavenly didn’t have anyone finish outside the top 10 in the girls’ 7-8 class. Brooke Norton ran away with first place with a combined time of 53.59 seconds. Teammate Maia Bickert was runner-up at 56.26, Diamond Peak’s Lauren Keller placed third (59.28) and Squaw Valley’s Lauren Maymar fourth. Heavenly’s Michael Gardner, Mikeala Clothier and Natalie Williams finished fifth through seventh.

Heavenly’s Areina Thomas won the girls’ 15-and-up division with a combined time of 1:09.71.

Diamond Peak’s Julia Bjorkman, Marie Johnson and Kayla Goldberg made a 1-2-3 sweep in the girls’ 9-10 division, while teammate Alex Turner claimed first in the boys’ 11-12 class.

Conor Novak cracked the top 10 for Heavenly’s boys with a fourth-place result in a boys’ 7-8 division won by Harrison Holetz of Diamond Peak. The boys’ 9-10 class was won by Squaw Valley’s Garret Driller.

“There are a lot of good athletes in this league … a lot of depth,” said Heavenly coach Sean Weatherston.

In the Homewood GS, Sierra’s Jared Lindner was runner-up in the boys’ 9-10 division. Teammate Connor Henderson finished ninth.

Sugar Bowl produced both of the 9-10 winners. Lynde Tucker win the girls’ race, while Thomas Arnstein took the boys’ honors.

Sierra put three racers in the top 10 in the 11-12 girls’ race. Edelweiss’s Mackenzie Spaich won the GS, but Sierra’s Naomi Kelley, Maddie Bowman and Allie Chapman were in hot pursuit in fourth, sixth and ninth places, respectively.

Sugar Bowl’s Jack Knorpp won the 11-12 boys’ race with Sierra’s Nolan Leupp eighth and Matthew Murray 18th.

Sierra’s Ashley Killeen finished runner-up to Auburn’s Paige Rothe in the girls’ 13-14 division. Sierra showed depth in the division with Crystal Rutledge placing third and Aimee Pitcher eighth.

Northstar’s Andrew Straw won the 13/14 boys and was followed by a slew of Sierra skiers led by Erich Baumann in third place. Mark Berghson was fifth, Jake Daum sixth, Tim Kelley eighth and Frances Columna 12th.

After a short break, the Tahoe League resumes next month at Northstar for the “Big G.”

Palmieri notches historic win

Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation freestyle team member Marina Palmieri won her first ever dual moguls race on Feb. 11 at Far West event at Squaw Valley.

Hannah Curtzwiler and Savannah Amos placed fifth and ninth, respectively, in the girls’ race. In the boys’ duals race on Feb. 11, Marshall Curtzwiler placed seventh overall and Cory Noreikat tied for ninth.

In singles action, Hannah Curtzwiler placed second overall and was the top J-3 skier with a score of 17.19. Palmieri took sixth overall and Amos 11th. In boys’ singles, Marshall Curtzwiler placed sixth and Noreikat 22nd.

On Sunday, Feb., 12, Hannah Curtzwiler won the single competition after scoring 17.89, while Palmieri placed third (14.35) and Amos sixth (10.37). In the boys’ singles race, Marshall Curtzwiler placed fourth (15.63) and was the top J-4 skier and Noreikat placed seventh (13.48) and was the second J-3 skier in the competition.


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