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Royce podiums three times in Far West action

Steve Yingling

Heavenly Ski AND Snowboard Foundation’s Courtney Royce grabbed three top-3 finishes and Ryan Hickey won Saturday’s singles event during Far West Division moguls competition last weekend at Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Royce, a J3, was able to compete with older athletes as she finished third in two moguls singles events and runner-up in Sunday’s duals. Her singles scores were 20.85 and 19.34.

Hickey stomped the men’s field on Saturday with the day’s best run — 26.38.

Like Royce, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Amber Ramos did everything but win. Ramos, a J2, was second in Sunday’s singles (20.15) and fifth Saturday (16.10). The South Tahoe High sophomore also placed fourth in Sunday’s duals.

Squaw Valley’s McKenzy Golding swept all three women’s titles.

Heavenly’s longtime bump coach Jere Crawford came away from the two-day event impressed with the level of competition he witnessed.

“Maybe the best overall performance by athletes I’ve ever seen in Far West,” Crawford said.

Saturday’s singles event also saw Brent Abrams, an independent, and Tamara Sharkey of Heavenly score eighth-place overall finishes. Abrams also was the third J2 with his run of 23.25. Sharkey came in fourth among J4s with her score of 12.25.

Also on Saturday, Tamara Stamey, Heavenly, 12th overall and fourth J2, 7.00; Jason Strull, Heavenly, 12th overall and fourth J2, 22.44; Sho Kashima, Heavenly, 13th overall and fifth J2, 22.42; Thomas Schwindeman, Heavenly, 14th overall and sixth J2, 22.32; Chris Stamey, Sierra, 15th overall and sixth senior, 22.3; Luke Palmieri, Sierra, 19th overall and second J3, 21.75; Jerel Dutton, Heavenly, 22nd overall and fifth J3, 20.92; Tyler Bradford, Heavenly, 24th overall and third J1, 20.44; Kyle Hernandez, independent, 25th overall and ninth J2, 20.34; Jimmy Roberts, Heavenly, 31st overall and first J4, 18.74; Bradley Scott, independent, 40th overall and 14th J3, 17.14; and Scott Lusby, Heavenly, 44th overall and 15th J3, 15.96.

On Sunday, Tamara Stamey, eighth overall and fourth J2, 12.01; Hickey, fourth overall and first J1, 24.31; Abrams, eighth overall and first J2, 22.32; Kashima, 11th overall and third J2, 22.14; Chris Stamey, 14th overall and sixth senior, 21.42; Palmieri, 15th overall and third J3, 21.14; Dutton, 16th overall and fourth J3, 21.10; Strull, 18th overall and sixth J2, 20.6; Schwindeman, 19th overall and seventh J2, 20.47; Hernandez, 20th overall and eighth J2, 20.2; Roberts, 22nd overall and first J4, 19.8; Scott, 26th overall and eighth J3, 19.8; Bradford, 29th overall and third J1, 18.52; Eric Nageotte, Heavenly, 30th overall and 10th J2, 18.25; and Lusby, 36th overall and 13th J3, 14.59.

Squaw Valley’s Tony Basile won the men’s duals on Sunday. Schwindeman was third to lead Heavenly. Kashima, Strull, Dutton and Nageotte each made the round of 16, while Roberts was runner-up and Lubsy fourth in the junior division duals.


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