Tahoe skiers go down hill
Local racers ushered in the holiday season with a pair of pre-Christmas races at area ski resorts.
The most recent event took place on a pair of North Shore venues, where Sierra’s ski team participated in a United States Ski Association Far West Series event. Boreal hosted last Monday’s slalom competition, while Northstar hosted Tuesday’s giant slalom as the races attracted over 225 youth skiers from around the region.
Racers Kimberly Hawk (ages 17-19, J1 Division) and Amelia Edwards (ages 13-14/J3 Division) respresented Sierra well in the slalom competition as both finished sixth. In the boys competition, Sierra’s Danny Lear and Chris Little finished eighth and ninth in the ages 13-14/J-3 division. Other top local finishers included: Kyle Waters (17th) and Morgan Housel (29th) in the ages 15-16/J2 division; Cory Waters (20th) and Nick Stoddart (26th) in the ages 17-19/J1 division.
At Tuesday’s giant slalom event, Little finished highest among Sierra racers with a second-place finish in the J3 division. Waters and Housel added 15th and 34th-place finishes in the J2 division; Waters and Stoddard finished 11th and 12th in the J1 division races. In the girls competition, Edwards garnered the only top finish for Sierra, earning seventh place in the J1 division.
Tahoe Basin skiers competed in th Jeff Walters Warm Up Race Dec. 19 at Kirkwood, the first race of the season for the under-12 division. The long series events begin in earnest in early January.
In the J-5 age group, Kirkwood’s Shelby Hawthorne and Brittany Cotter finished fourth and eighth, respectively. Park City, Utah skier Sierra Quitquit placed first in the J-5 group and first overall in the race.
In the J-4 division, Heavenly Ski Team member Kindall Northrup placed second, with Kirkwood’s Katie Sawaya in third. Courtney Carmichael (Heavenly) earned fifth place, while Casey Rice (Kirkwood) rounded out local racers in the top 15.
In the boys J-5 division, Kirkwood’s Bryce Wehan and Nick Cohee finished 1-2, respectively. Heavenly racers Marty Harris and P.J. Bacon rounded out the top four. Other top 10 finishers were Holden Sapp (Kirkwood) in ninth place and R.J. Gardner (Heavenly) at 10th.
In the J-4 bracket, Heavenly skier Kyle Kracht placed highest among local racers with a fourth-place finish. Kirkwood racers Parker Cushing and Chasen Cohee also had good showings, ranking 15th and 16th, respectively.
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