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Far West athletes clean up at U16 Western Regions

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U16 Western Region Junior Championships

Far West results (top 10)

Girls super G: 1. Maureen Lebel, Lake Tahoe Racing; 4. Annika Hansen, Diamond Peak; 7. Keely Cashman, Squaw Valley; 9. Becka Padgett, Sugar Bowl; 14. Haley Louis, Sugar Bowl; 26. Cheyenne Brown, Squaw Valley; 27. Amanda Pretti, Lake Tahoe Racing.

Boys super G: 3. Luke Rodarte, Sugar Bowl; 6. Spencer Crist, Sugar Bowl; 7. Karl Arvidsson, Squaw Valley; 9. JP Fourie, Sugar Bowl; 27. Brett Hurt, Squaw Valley; 31. Quinn Earley, Squaw Valley.

Girls GS: 1. Kathleen Smith, Sugar Bowl; 2. Keely Cashman, Squaw Valley; 4. Annika Hansen, Diamond Peak; Amanda Pretti, Lake Tahoe Racing.

Boys GS: 8. Griffin Knorpp, Sugar Bowl; 9. JP Fourie, Sugar Bow; 30. Max Wingard, Squaw Valley; 35. Brett Hurt, Squaw Valley.

Girls slalom: 1. Maureen Lebel, Lake Tahoe Racing; 5. Amanda Pretti, Lake Tahoe Racing; 6. Keely Cashman, Squaw Valley; 16. Julia Puchkov, Sugar Bowl.

Boys slalom: 2. Griffin Knorpp, Sugar Bowl; 4. JP Fourie, Sugar Bowl; 5. Cody Underkoffler, Mammoth Mountain; 19. Max Wingard, Squaw Valley.

A large handful of Tahoe-area alpine ski racers represented the Far West Division at the U16 Western Regional Junior Championships in Jackson, Wyo., last Wednesday through Sunday.

The event featured 90 boys and 80 girls from the five Western regions — West, Alaska, Northern, Intermountain, Pacific Northwest and Far West. Championship races were held in super G, giant slalom and slalom.

The following Far West athletes qualified for the U16 National Championships in Park City, Utah, from March 29-April 3 and will compete against the top athletes from the Eastern Region and Rocky/Central Region: Kathleen Smith (Sugar Bowl), Maureen Lebel (Lake Tahoe Racing), Annika Hansen (Diamond Peak), Griffin Knorpp (Sugar Bowl), Luke Rodarte (Sugar Bowl), JP Fourie (Sugar Bowl), Keely Cashman (Squaw Valley), Brett Hurt (Squaw Valley), AJ Hurt (Squaw Valley), Payton Norton (Diamond Peak), and Amanda Pretti (Lake Tahoe Racing).

Dan Loman from Sugar Bowl and Lee Schmidt from Squaw Valley will represent the Far West Division as coaches at the U16 National Championships. The event will include freeskiing testing at Snowbird, Utah, skill quest, parallel slalom, GS and slalom races at Park City, Utah, and physical testing, recovery and education forums at the USST Center of Excellence.  

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