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Tigers take the top spots in snowboarding meet

by: submitted photo, WINNERS — The Tigard snowboarding team of (from left) Adrian Roberts, Erik Nelson, Ian O'Gorman and Scott Bankhead took first in Sunday’s meet.

The Tigard High School snowboarding teams turned in a clean sweep in the final Sunset League meet of the season, a slope style competition held Sunday at Mt. Hood Meadows.

The Tigers placed first in team and individual standings for both the boys and the girls at Sunday's event.

The boys team standings saw the Tiger squad of Ian O'Gorman, Erik Nelson, Scott Bankhead and Adrian Roberts take first place with a score of 266 points.

The Tualatin varsity 1 team of Kevin Able, Jordan Doan, Zach Krahmer and Conner Mannie was second with a score of 255 and the Tualatin varsity 2 team of Grant Chizum, Zach Savasta, Drew Campbell and Max Marlett was third with a mark of 203.

Bankhead was the boys individual winner with a score of 82 points. Able was second with a mark of 76, Nelson was third with a score of 70 and Tyler Holstrom of Sherwood was fourth with a 69.

On the girls side, Becky Robinson of Tigard placed first at Sunday's meet with a score of 71. Hannah Turner of Tigard was fourth with a mark of 51 and Cassie Carter was fifth with a mark of 50.

The Tiger girls team, which also included Kelsey Culbertson, Heather Liebman and Jordan Teach, took first place with a score of 177.

The Sunset League also handed out its league awards, which went to the teams and individuals with the highest cumulative scores for banked slalom, slope style, halfpipe and snowboarder cross for the season.

For the boys, Holstrom placed first in the Sunset League season standings. Able was second and Nelson third.

For the girls, Annemiek Wilson of Forest Grove took first place. Culbertson was second and Nickie Crounauer of Westview was third.

In the team awards, which included both boys and girls teams, Tigard was first, Tualatin second and Sherwood third.

Prior to the Sunset League season finale, some area competitors also raced at the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboarding Association state championhips, held March 6-8 at Timberline.

Able led the way for the local competitors at the state meet as he placed second in the boys slope style event with a score of 286. Nelson was 18th in that event with a mark of 192.

Culbertson was 14th in the girls slope style event with a score of 129 and Liebman tied for 18th with a mark of 119.

Able was fourth in the boys half pipe competition with a score of 180. Nelson was 10th with a mark of 161.

Culbertson tied for 10th in the girls half pipe with a score of 114. Liebman was 17th with a 164.

Mark Schroeder of Sherwood raced to 16th in the boys banked slalom with a best-run time of 44.81 seconds. Holstrom was right behind him in 17th with a mark of 44.84.

Liebman was 21st in the girls banked slalom at 50.81.