Sierra, Heavenly fare well at third Tahoe League ski race
The third Tahoe League ski race of the season was held last weekend at Sierra-at-Tahoe, with several athletes from both Heavenly and Sierra representing the South Shore well. More than 250 athletes competed in the dual giant slalom format. The 10 and under athletes raced on Saturday and the 11 and over athletes raced on Sunday.
On Saturday, Diamond Peak’s Harrison Holetz won the boys’ 7/8 year-old division, with Heavenly’s Connor Novak and Austin Allen placing seventh and 17th, respectively. In the girls’ 7/8 year-old division, Heavenly’s Brooke Norton won the race and was followed by teammates Mikeala Clothier (third), Michael Gardner (fifth) and Natalie Williams (14th).
There were no Sierra athletes in the 7/8 year old divisions.
Squaw Valley’s Garret Driller won the boys’ 9/10 year-old division, while Sierra’s Jared Lindner grabbed a podium with his third-place finish. Sierra’s Connor Henderson, Alec Bowman and Jake Krazcek placed fifth, ninth and 13th, respectively.
Diamond Peak’s Julia Bjorkman won the girls’ 9/10 year-old race. Heavenly’s Morgan Idso placed 12th and Riley Chapman 17th.
On Sunday, Squaw Valley’s Will Lavis won the boys’ 11/12 year-old division. Sierra’s Nolan Leupp was the first South Shore finisher, placing 10th. Heavenly’s Nicholas Lackey was next at 16th.
Heavenly’s Kimberly Harding won the girls’ 11/12 year-old division and was followed by Sierra skier Maddie Bowman’s second-place finish. Sierra’s Naomi Kelley placed fourth and teammate Allie Chapman came in 12th.
Alpine Meadows’ Matt Theis won the boys’ 13/14 year-old division and was followed on the podium by Sierra’s Mark Berghson and Jake Daum, who placed second and third, respectively. Sierra’s Tim Kelley and Frances Columna also posted top-10 finishes.
In the girls’ 13/14 year-old division, Alpine Meadows’ Jessie Eiting finished in first place and was followed by Sierra’s Crystal Rutledge, who placed second. Aimee Pitcher represented the South Shore in the race and finished ninth overall.
In the 15-and-over boys’ race, Edelweiss’ Rory Ferguson won the race and Sierra’s Kevin Columna took fifth. Sierra’s Kim Smith continued her strong season by winning the 15-and-over girls’ division, her second win of the season.
Only those athletes listed in the top 20 in their respective divisions were listed. The next Tahoe League race is a giant slalom on Sunday at Homewood Mountain Resort.
Smaine, Fuller grab Far West podiums
Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation’s Justin Smaine took second in the J4 boys’ giant slalom race and Jordan Fuller placed third in the J5 boys’ race during a Far West event on Sunday at Squaw Valley.
More than 300 skiers from California and Nevada participated in the event, with the Monforte brothers out of Squaw Valley stealing the show.
Salvatore Monforte won the J4 boys’ race, with Smaine placing second in the race. Nicolo Monforte won the J5 boys’ race, with Fuller coming in third and Heavenly’s Hughston Norton and Wyatt Denny placing fourth and 10th, respectively.
Mount Rose’s Lyndsay Slocumb won the J4 girls’ giant slalom, with Heavenly’s Courtney Norton and Whitney Gardner placing ninth and 13th, respectively. In the J5 girls’ race, Diamond Peak’s Elizabeth won, while Heavenly’s Brooke Norton took ninth.
Heavenly’s Far West athletes will travel to Mammoth Mountain for a pair of super-G races on March 11-12.
Smaine makes all-star team
Heavenly’s Kyle Smaine was one of 12 skiers and snowboarders to be named last weekend to the 2006 Sports Illustrated For Kids Next Snow All-Star Team in Keystone, Colo.
Smaine, 15, emerged from a field of 65 quality athletes that also included Heavenly’s Chris Whatford. The skiers and snowboarders participated in several disciplines, including big air, slopestyle, superpipe and big mountain cross.
Smaine was one of 12 riders representing 11 different resorts on the all-star team. A one-hour show featuring the all-stars and last weekend’s competition will air on NBC on Saturday starting at 11 a.m., coinciding with the first day of competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
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