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Tahoe freeride athletes crowned in Snowbird

Tahoe athletes Sam Beilman, Zach Williams, Jordy Guldman and Cooper Davis take time out for a photo at the bottom of the Silver Fox venue at the North American Junior Freeskiing and Snowboarding Championships at Snowbird, Utah.

Tahoe athletes Sam Beilman, Zach Williams, Jordy Guldman and Cooper Davis take time out for a photo at the bottom of the Silver Fox venue at the North American Junior Freeskiing and Snowboarding Championships at Snowbird, Utah.

Tahoe top-10 finishers

North American Junior Freeskiing and Snowboarding Championships

12-14 male ski

5th Eric Bourke

6th Cody Atwood

7th Ryan Zellers

9th Jordy Guldman

12-14 female ski

1st Mia Winans

4th Sydney Gradeff

6th Heidi Shimek

8th Elena Silverman

9th Andrea Avillez

10th Jane Nall

15-18 male ski

2nd Xander Guldman

5th Wildon DesLauriers

8th Isaac Farrell

12-14 male snowboard

1st Jesse Aves

6th Andrew Kraatz

15-18 male snowboard

2nd Dylan Zellers

4th Corey Walewski

Overall 2014 IFSA rankings

12-14 female ski (72 competitors)

2nd Mia Winans

4th Ava Seelenfreund

5th Sydney Gradeff

7th Carly Gradeff

8th Chloe Nicolaou

12-14 male ski (273 competitors)

2nd Cody Atwood

4th Ross Tester

6th Louis Norris

9th Cole Harrity

15-18 female ski (83 competitors)

3rd Erika Klenk

8th Annika Winans

11th Emma Deslauriers

15-18 male ski (308 competitors)

5th Wildon Deslauriers

7th Xander Guldman

12-14 male snowboard (15 competitors)

1st Andrew Kraatz

3rd Jesse Aves

9th Benoit Rouchy

15-18 male snowboard (23 competitors)

1st Dylan Zellers

6th Corey Walewski

Young Tahoe-area skiers and snowboarders more than held their own at the North American Junior Freeskiing and Snowboarding Championships at Snowbird, Utah, last week.

The big-mountain event, held on the world-class Silver Fox venue, featured 231 junior athletes between the ages of 12 to 18 from 26 U.S. and Canadian freeride teams.

Among the highlight performances from Tahoe athletes, Mia Winans of Squaw Free placed first in the 12-14 female ski division, Sugar Bowl’s Jesse Aves placed first in the 12-14 male snowboard division, and Cooper Davis of the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team was awarded the Flyin’ Ryan Hawks Foundation Scholarship.

Xander Guldman of the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team finished second in the 15-18 male ski division, and Dylan Zellers and Corey Walewski of the Squaw Alpine Snowboard Team were second and fourth, respectively, in the 15-18 male snowboard division. Sydney Gradeff of the Sugar Bowl Freeride Team also was fourth in the 12-14 female ski division.

Wildon DesLauriers (15-18 male ski) of the Squaw Valley Big Mountain Team and Eric Bourke (12-14 male ski) of Alpine Meadows Freeride recorded fifth-place finishes.

In the overall season rankings, Zellers earned the title in his 15-18 male snowboard division, and Squaw Alpine teammate Andrew Kraatz was awarded the title in the 12-14 male snowboard division.

The event concluded Saturday night when the athletes, parents, coaches and judges gathered at the Cliff Lodge for an awards ceremony, where Stohke Productions provided $2,000 in scholarships to the winners in each overall category, and nine additional sponsors provided prizes for the top five finishers.