SI For Kids honors local athletes
Tribune staff reports
Three South Shore snowboarders received honors at the Sports Illustrated For Kids Next Snow Search in Keystone, Colo., last weekend.
Jamie Anderson was named to the Next Snow Team and also received the Best Female Snowboarder award. Kyle Smaine was named to the Next Snow Team as well, while Natasha Sagucka received the Female Judges’ Favorite award.
The finals of the Next Snow Search will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday at 10 a.m. More than 130 skiers and snowboarders competed at the event.
Marin wins 10 swimming events
Eight-year-old Cassandra Marin turned in an outstanding performance at the Spring Fling Invitational in Reno on March 21, taking first place in each of her 10 events.
Other first-place finishers for the Tahoe Swim Club at the event were Casey Willets, 9, in the 50-yard backstroke; Zachary Powers, 18, in the 50 and 200 breaststroke; Tyler Fairbank, 13, in the 50 backstroke; and Allison Churchill, 9, in the 100 butterfly.
Heavenly wins first team J4/5 team title
The Heavenly Foundation J4/J5 (12 and under) team took home its first-ever win from the Far West Championships at Mammoth Mountain last weekend.
The Heavenly team won seven of the nine FarWest events during the season and continued to dominate at the championships, taking 10 of the top 12 places between three J5 events. Justin Smaine swept all three gold medals, while Mikey Suglian took two seconds and a third. Ty Sprock and Luca Genasci also hit the podium for Heavenly. Robert Pulford took home two golds in the J4 competition, winning the slalom and giant slalom.
Things were a little more even on the girls’ side as Courtney Norton took home Heavenly’s best finish with a second in slalom, while Whitney Elder took third in giant slalom.
The Heavenly team won the Maury Rasmussen Award as the best team in its division, edging second-place Squaw Valley.
“It is a huge honor and acheivement to beat Squaw Valley,” Heavenly coach Mark Norton said. “They are not just perceived as the best teamin the Far West, but one of the best in the nation. We are in great company.”