Ramos, Hickey lead Sierra, Heavenly bumps teams
Area bumpers placed first, second and third in a USSA Far West Division moguls skiing competition Saturday on Heavenly Ski Resort’s famed Gunbarrel run.
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Amber Ramos overcame a first-run spill to win the female division. Meanwhile, Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Ryan Hickey was runner-up in the male division and Courtney Royce was third among girls.
Hickey, a South Tahoe High junior who spends his autumns playing football, is fearlessly tackling the bumps. He scored a season-best 24.50 points to post his season-best runner-up result and J2 division title.
“It could have gone to Ryan more than the other guy who won it,” said Heavenly coach Jere Crawford, referring to Squaw Valley bumper Justin Self’s winning score of 24.96. “It looked pretty even from the top of the hill.”
Crawford said that Hickey benefits from playing a rough sport like football in the offseason.
“That makes him kind of tough, and he’s getting bigger and stronger,” Crawford said. “He’s always had good technique, and he’s getting to where he can land those big jumps and keep going.”
Sierra’s Jeff Stowell is pleased with the progress of his first-year bumps team.
“We actually had three of our kids among the top 20 skiers, which is a big improvement from the past couple of weeks,” Stowell said. “Overall, I think the new snowfall has really helped us out.”
Jason Scott, second to Hickey among J2s, finished sixth overall to lead Sierra.
“He has some promise,” Stowell said.
Joining Ramos and Scott in the top 20 was Sierra’s Chris Stamey, who was fifth in the J1 pool and 20th overall. Also scoring points for Sierra were Deven Wallace, sixth J1, 34th overall; Jon Soper, seventh J2; Ryan Kraw, fifth J3; Tyler Muntz, 18th J3; and Luke Palmieri, seventh J4.
Royce’s improvement translated into a third-place overall showing. She scored 16.18 points to Ramos’ 19.21.
Heavenly also received solid efforts from Tyler Bradford, Derek Dimitri and Jerel Dutton. Bradford was 10th overall and the fourth J2 with his point tally of 17.48, Dimitri was 11th overall and fifth J2 with 17.30 and Dutton nailed down 12th place and first J4 for the third straight time with his output of 17.15.
“It was Jerel’s highest score ever,” Crawford said. “He’s just working really hard. I think he does more practice runs than anybody. He’s really serious about the sport for such a young guy of 12.”
Other Heavenly results were: Thomas Schwindeman, 23rd overall, sixth J3, 14.46 points; Derek Clemmensen, 37th, 12th J3, 11.42; Sho Kashima, 41st, 13th J3, 9.55; and Jason Strull, 45th and 14th J3, 7.53.
Sunday’s aerials were canceled.
Far West freestyle skiers will resume their winter schedule with aerials Saturday and moguls Sunday at Alpine Meadows.
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