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Dozens of local athletes battle it out at Northstar for Far West Freestyle Divisional Championships

Benjamin Nickel gets inverted during his run at Northstar on Sunday, Feb. 24.

The Far West Freestyle Division Championships were held last weekend, bringing the area's top skiers to Northstar California Resort for two days of moguls competition.

Dozens of youngsters attacked sections of moguls before, flipping, corking and twisting off a pair of jumps in an effort to impress the judges below.

The weekend featured two singles events and a dual competition down the course at Hornet's Nest. The highlight of the competition came down to duals on Sunday afternoon, where athletes went head to head in order to crown a champion.

Squaw Valley's Alicia Buckmaster outdueled 25 other girls to take home first place, finishing with a score of 30.0. Olympic Valley skiers Ella English and Katie Fuller were second and third, respectively, and were followed by teammates Alisha Gupta and Michelle Tam to round out the top five.

On the boys' side, Tristan Cayolle, of Olympic Valley, took the top spot, topping a field of 31 competitors.

Teammates Benjamin Nickel, Ryan Tam and Julian Cayolle took the next three spots. Squaw Valley's Elliot Deleger was fifth.

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Winners in two-run singles from Saturday included: Madeleine Lim, 9-year-old girls; Linnea Olson, 11-year-old girls; Kaya Russell, 13-year-old girls; Ella English, 15-year-old girls; August Davis, 17-year-old girls; Will Hasselman, 9-year-old boys; Hunter Panelli, 11-year-old boys; T.J. Fuller 13-year-old boys; Julian Cayolle, 15-year-old boys; Benjamin Nickel, 17-year-old boys; Ryan Chen, 19-year-old men.

Sunday's one-run singles were: Madeleine Lim, 9-year-old girls; Linnea Olson, 11-year-old girls; Kaya Russell, 13-year-old girls; Alisha Gupta, 15-year-old girls; August Davis, 17-year-old girls; Beau Rohlen, 9-year-old boys; Seamus Colborn, 11-year-old boys; Ryan Wong, 13-year-old boys; Ryan Tam, 15-year-old boys; Benjamin Nickel, 17-year-old boys; Ryan Chen, 19-year-old men; Bruce Perry.

The final Far West Freestyle event of the season will be Spring Moguls at Squaw Valley on April 6-7.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.