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Diamond Peak skiers fare well at Squaw Valley

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Diamond Peak Ski Team racer Matthew Smallhouse shows off his first-place medal from the Far West U14 opener at Squaw Valley.
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The region’s U14 Far West alpine skiers converged on Squaw Valley on Jan. 3-4 for two days of parallel slalom racing on Mott’s Madness off the upper mountain Siberia Express chairlift.

The racers faced challenging courses both days with varying terrain and conditions.

Diamond Peak Ski Team (DPST) racer Matthew Smallhouse put together two aggressive but skillful runs to win the boys opener on Saturday, with a blistering two-run total time of 1:01.87.

He was followed by the Squaw Valley Ski Team’s (SVST) Ethan Maiden in second (1:02.50) and SVST’s Cameron Smith (1:02.64) in third.

Other Diamond Peak U14 racers posted competitive results, including Brent Wolf (18th), Marek Hlubucek (24th), Satchel Hirsh (27th), Conner Funke (28th), Kobe Robinson (35th), Ethan Chen (43rd) and Sean Busse (56th).

On the first day, Sugar Bowl’s Alexandra Hull took first place with a combined time of 1:01.95, followed by her teammate Dannah Fournier (1:03.42) and SVST’s Aliza Neu (1:03.51).

Diamond Peak’s Julia Holm came in 13th, followed by Julia Capaldi (38th), Brooke Michael (52), Mia Mercogliano (57), Taylor Michael (59), Fiona Ritchie (60), Megan Smallhouse (69), Jennifer Thompson (70) and Ainsley Hickenbottom (78).

The second day of racing presented no less of a challenge with another rough course and variable light conditions.

On the boys’ side, the Squaw Valley Ski Team cleaned house, sweeping the podium with Ethan Maiden (1:07.93), Drew Wingard (1:08.04 ) and Isaac Mozen (1:08.94) going 1-2-3.

Diamond Peak’s U14 boys turned in the following results on Day 2: Matthew Smallhouse (14th), Brent Wolf (15th), Satchel Hirsh (26th), Marek Hlubucek (34th), Conner Funke (36th) and Kobe Robinson (41).

The Far West U14 girls displayed some incredible skill on Day 2. Sugar Bowl’s Alexandra Hull turned in another winning performance (1:08.66) and was followed by Northstar’s Jessica Liu (1:09.19) and SVST’s Aliza Neu (1:09.32).

Diamond Peak’s Julia Capaldi came in 38th, followed by Julia Holm (51), Taylor Michael (55), Brooke Michael (56), Mia Mercogliano (58), Ainsley Hickenbottom (75) and Jennifer Thompson (76).

The next stop for the Far West’s U14 North Series will be at Diamond Peak on Jan. 24-25, which coincides with the team’s annual UllrFest community events. Go to DPSEF.org for details.

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