USASA season kicks off at Sierra, Boreal |

USASA season kicks off at Sierra, Boreal

Veda Hallen, of South Lake Tahoe, rides a rail last year.
Provided / Liz Hallen

The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association kicked off the South Tahoe Series Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16, at Sierra at Tahoe.

There were 60 competitors each for the slalom and giant slalom races on Sunday and 70 competitors the day before for the rail jam.

Jeremy Muller, of Zephyr Cove, and Colton Bryan and Lukas Schembri, both of South Lake Tahoe, swept all three races they competed in over the weekend.

Muller won the boys’ 12-13 snowboard division, Bryan was the best 8- to 9-year-old on a snowboard and Schembri was the best snowboarder for the 14-15 boys’ division.

Other winners from South Lake Tahoe included Neveah Verduzco (snowboard 12-13) in giant slalom and she was also second in slalom, Graydon Ross (SB 10-11) in both the GS and slalom and was also second in rail jam, Dylan Parker (SB 7 and under) in both GS and slalom, Lillia Verduzco (SB 10-11) in GS, Sebastian Kilgore (freeski boys 10-13) in rail jam, Piper Arnold (FS girls 10-13), Josh Bull (FS boys 14 and over) in rail jam, Zoe Loughlin (FS girls 14 and over) in rail jam, Isa loge (FS girls 9 and under) in rail jam, Veda Hallen (SB girls 10-13) in rail jam, Lily Weitzel (SB girls 10-11) in slalom and Venture Bruner (SB girls 14 and over) in rail jam.

The North Tahoe Series kicked off Dec. 22 with the Woodward Rail Jam at Boreal Mountain.

Janet Cross, of Incline Village, took first place in a field of seven for freeski girls 14 and over.

Veda Hallen, of South Lake Tahoe, won her second rail jam in a week for girls snowboarders 10-13 and Luke Leal, from the South Shore, was second for 10-13 snowboard boys.

The next South Tahoe Series event is a rail jam on Jan. 12, at Sierra.

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