South battles North in USASA South Tahoe Series halfpipe at Sierra-at-Tahoe |

South battles North in USASA South Tahoe Series halfpipe at Sierra-at-Tahoe

Anthony Gentile
A snowboarder airs out of the halfpipe during the USASA South Tahoe Series event Saturday, Feb. 27, at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort.
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TWIN BRIDGES, Calif. — The USASA South Tahoe Series dropped in on the halfpipe at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort last Saturday, Feb. 27. In the series’ last halfpipe competition of the season, the format divided competitors into North and South groupings.

Saturday’s event featured 80 skiers and snowboarders from Sierra-at-Tahoe, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Heavenly Mountain Resort, Northstar California and other areas. Competitors went big on Sierra’s 18-foot halfpipe.

In the snowboard open class divisions, Deion Adams of Calgary, Alberta, and Taylor Obregon of Reno, Nevada, brought home gold. The BlackStrap best trick award for skiers went to Justin Lehr of Placerville, California, while Clements Evans of San Francisco won the Smokin snowboard.

Four South Lake Tahoe athletes finished atop the podium Saturday. Clayton Long (men’s 16-18 division) and Piper Arnold (girls’ 9-and-under) claimed gold in skiing while Cara Kellogg (girls’ 10-11) and Colton Bryan (boys’ 7-and-under) won their age groups in snowboarding.

The South Tahoe Series wraps up this weekend with a pair of events at Sierra-at-Tahoe — an evening rail jam Friday, March 4, followed by boardercross/skiercross Sunday, March 6. For more information on the series, visit

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