USASA South Tahoe Series drops in on halfpipe at Sierra-at-Tahoe
TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — The USASA South Tahoe Series resumed at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort last weekend, and saw competitors drop in on the halfpipe for the first time this season. Sierra-at-Tahoe hosted slalom and giant slalom races on Saturday, Feb. 20, and a pair of halfpipe events the following day.
Twenty-two boarders took the course at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Saturday for slalom and giant slalom, including competitors from New South Wales, Australia. Lauren McCauley of Novato, California (1:32.88 slalom, 1:26.66 GS), and Megan King of Folsom, California (1:42.88, 1:33:52), turned in the top times at the event.
Five South Lake Tahoe boarders claimed gold Saturday, including sweeps from Leif Ferrier (boys’ 12-13 division) and Cara Kellogg (girls’ 10-11). Makayla Kellogg finished fastest in the girls 12-13 slalom, while Graydon Ross (boys’ 8-9) and Colton Bryan (7-and-under) each took first in giant slalom.
On Sunday, Feb. 21, 63 skiers and snowboarders took to the recently completed halfpipe at Sierra-at-Tahoe for the series’ first two halfpipe competitions of the season. In both events, Meyers’ Denver Orr and Taylor Obregon of Minnetonka, Minnesota, took home gold in the snowboard open class divisions.
In snowboarding, South Lake Tahoe’s Marisa Hasslinger (women’s 16-17), Makayla Kellogg (girls’ 12-13) and Cara Kellogg (girls’ 10-11) swept Sunday’s events. The younger Kellogg also won a snowboard donated by Coalition Snow. Shane Aaron (men’s 14-15) and Anthony Piccinonno (boys’ 12-13) of South Lake Tahoe delivered local gold as well.
In skiing, South Lake Tahoe’s Clayton Long and Logan Taylor won gold in the men’s 16-18 division — the oldest age class Sunday. Tahoe Paradise’s Rose McDonough (women’s 16-18) swept the events along with South Lake Tahoe product Piper Arnold (9-and-under). In the first event, local Marley Befu claimed gold in the girls’ 10-12 division.
The South Shore Series resumes Saturday, Feb. 27, with the third halfpipe event of the season at Northstar California. Sierra-at-Tahoe will host an evening rail jam Friday, March 4.
For more information on the series and a schedule, visit bridjetorr.wix.com/usasasouthtahoe.
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