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OCHS snowboarders bring home the GOLD


by: PHOTO COURTESY: KELLY CLASEN - Oregon City High School snowboarding champs Becca Houk (left) and Sierra Clasen celebrate after the Rail Jam at OCHS.The Oregon City High School girls snowboarding team won first place at the state championship this month.

Held at Mt. Bachelor from March 14 to 16, the OCHS team won the overall top prize for only the second time in the history of the Three Rivers League. The Sato Cup is given to the team that scores the highest cumulative scores for SBX, Banked Slalom, Slopestyle and Half Pipe. The girls also took home first place in Banked Slalom, and second in Slopestyle.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: KELLY CLASEN - RJ Sweet shows off her sweet tricks on the ice trucked in from Mt. Hood to build a course at the high school for its snowboarding team.Since the team is made up primarily of sophomores who plan to come back next year, they have a good chance of winning the next couple of years.

Coach Kelly Clasen was proud that her young team has been a “dominating force” all season, taking first in the league for every event.

The OCHS hosted its second-annual Rail Jam event on Feb. 24, trucking in 180 yards of snow from Mt. Hood for the fundraising event that also gives the students a chance to show off their talents. Clasen noted that main event sponsors Celorie Bros. Dump Trucking and Next Adventure “really went above and beyond” with their donations to the event. Celorie ended up having to truck another rush delivery of snow to Mt. Bachelor the morning of the event.

“This is the second year that Next Adventure has sponsored the event, and they really went all in with donations for the raffles and product tosses,” Clasen said.

In 2012, the team took home a fourth place in boys Slopestyle (out of 88 competitors) and a third place in girls Banked Slalom (37 competitors) — “not bad for our first year at state,” Clasen said at the time.by: PHOTO COURTESY: KELLY CLASEN - Celebrating with the Sato Cup from the state championship at Mt. Bachelor are Sierra Clasen (from left), coach Kelly Clasen, Becca Houk, Callie Sweet, coach Chris Clasen and Shaye Verbanac.