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Tahoans leading bumb series

Tribune Staff Report

Robin Ballachey and Jay Panther continued to win in the Coors Light Sierra Freestyle Bump Series on Sunday at Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports Resort.

Ballachey of Tahoe Paradise won the women’s amateur division while Panther claimed the junior boys division title.

Finishing behind Panther were three Sierra-at-Tahoe skiers: Travis Cabral, Jon Soper and Jimi Tomer. Jennifer Leishman of Sierra-at-Tahoe was runner-up to Ballachey.

Tahoe City’s Jarrod Semmens, a regular on the pro circuit, won the men’s pro division. Jere Crawford, the freestyle coach at Heavenly, finished second, followed by Eric Stowell of South Lake Tahoe and Tom Stehlin of Placerville.

In the men’s amateur class, Chris Robbins took top honors with Gene Isetti of Placerville, Dave Randall of Placerville and Karl Hausch of South Lake Tahoe finishing second, third and fourth, respectively.

Kyle Smaine, 5, of Tahoe Paradise won the mini kids division. Hausch and Cabral were 1-2 in the snowboard class while Soper ruled in the big feet/micro ski division.

In the March 16 event at Sierra, Jeff Stowell, the 33-year-old freestyle coach from Heavenly, took top honors in the pro division, winning $250 and cash and gift certificates from the Lakeside Inn & Casino.

Stowell also won the series’ first event. Placing second was Simon Pietri from Truckee, followed by Placerville’s Tom Stehlin and Heavenly’s Eric Stowell.

In the men’s amateur division, Travis Ramos, 18, a U.S. Ski Team member, dominated the field with triple air maneuvers and powerful skiing through the bumps. Taking second was Gene Isetti skiing out of Sierra-at-Tahoe, followed by Reilly Sweetland from Sacramento and Hausch.

Ballachey finished first in the women’s amateur division with Jennifer Stehlin of Placerville and Vanessa Smaine of Sierra taking second and third, respectively.

The junior boys division provided the most excitement as Panther was victorious over teammate Ryan Hickey. Eric Neagette placed third over Jonathan Strohm.

The junior girls division was also exciting for the many spectators who watched 10 year-old Amber Ramos execute a 360-helicopter turn off the second air jump and nail the landing to win the division over Kirsten Royce and Courtney Royce, who placed second and third, respectively.

The final event is scheduled for April 13 at Sierra. The Coors Light Sierra Freestyle Bump Series is not limited to skiers and features and open division for snowboarders, monoskiers, telemark skiers and all other types of skiing devices allowed on the slopes. Registration fees are $50 for adults 23 and older; $40 for ages 13-22 and $20 for kids 12 and under. Fees include an all-day lift ticket. Passholders can enter for only $15.


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