South Shore boarders mining gold again at nationals |

South Shore boarders mining gold again at nationals

Steve Yingling, Tribune Sports Editor

They’re back. Picking up where they left off last year, South Shore snowboarders are mining medals at a frenetic pace as the USASA National Snowboard Championships opened Sunday in Telluride, Colo.

Elena Hight of Zephyr Cove and Coral Warren of South Lake Tahoe continued to push each other to be the best that they can be. Hight, skiing for Heavenly Foundation, cruised to slalom gold – the first of four claimed by South Shore boarders – with her exceptional two-run time of 79.92 seconds. Warren of Sierra-at-Tahoe won silver with a combined time of 84.21.

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Stacie Anderson, who earned five gold medals a year ago, also kicked off her nationals with gold, winning the menehune girls slalom in 79.20 seconds. Hayley Howell of Truckee was fourth in 10.8.44.

Demonstrating that the kids on the South Shore aren’t the only riders ripping it up, Travis Chatwin of South Lake Tahoe won the senior men’s halfpipe with a combined two-run halfpipe score of 39.60. Aaron Johnson of Truckee and Incline Village’s Jaime Vanlanen were fifth and seventh, respectively, in the same division.

Stephanie Warren of Sierra-at-Tahoe blistered the field to win the senior women’s GS by nearly 3 seconds over two runs.

Also, Placerville’s Roger Carver, who participates in the South Shore Snowboard Series, snapped up gold in the grommet boys slalom finals. His two-run time of 73.14 seconds bested Sam Luebke of the North Tahoe Series by more than 4.5 seconds. Bobby Witty of Truckee was eighth in 90.60.

Tearing it up in the breaker girls giant slalom was Joanie Anderson of Sierra-at-Tahoe. Anderson claimed silver with her combined time of 139.55. Lindsay Jacobellis of Vermont won with a tidy 120.89.

Scott Johnansen missed gold by only 2 seconds and settled for bronze in the master men’s slalom.

Aaron Hernandez, brother of U.S. Freestyle Team member Chris, just missed a medal with his fourth-place performance in the junior men’s slopestyle event. Hernandez was fourth with his best of two runs being 24.7 seconds. Dustin Singler, also of South Lake Tahoe, also cracked the top 10 with Hernandez, placing ninth.

Sarah Myers gave the North Shore its first gold by winning the junior women’s slopestyle with a best time of 20.4 seconds.

Other GS results included: Michelle Rambo, sixth, women’s jams, 139.19; Heidi LaPointe, seventh, women’s jams, 142.05; William Goldenberg, 19th, breaker boys, 135.95; Michael Chilton, 23rd, breaker boys, 137.76; Sophie Karadanis, 14th, youth women, 145.22.

Local halfpipe results were: Brady Gunsch, ninth (field of 50), men’s jams, 37.70; Jeff Speed, 10th, men’s jams, 36.30; Jim Tomer, 12th, youth men, 36.50; Ryan Kronenberg, 22nd, men’s jams, 30.70.

Additional slopestyle results were: Melissa Thaw, 13th, junior women; Jared Palant, 36th, junior men.

Rounding out the area slalom results, 1998 six-time gold medalist Donna Vano, fourth, legend women.

South Shore snowboarders brought home 43 medals in last year’s championships.

The nationals continue through today.

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