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Class of the field

Pioneers repeat as state snowboard champs


by: JOHN BRAWN - Oregon City High School junior Sierra Clasen wows the judge with her execution of a stunt called the method during slopestyle compettion at Timberline in mid-January. Clasen won first place in three events to lead Oregon City to the state title at this years Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association State Championships, held at Mt. Bachelor March 13-15.Oregon City High School’s girls snowboard club continued as the class of the field at the 2014 Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association State Championships, as the Pioneers successfully defended their state team title.

Oregon City girls scored 2,550 points, beating out Sandy (2,250) by 300 points for top honors. Rounding out the top five in the 18-team state meet field were: Grant (1,850), South Medford (1,525) and West Linn (1,500).

The competition was held at Mt. Bachelor March 13-15.

The Pioneers won first place as a team in slopestyle and half pipe. And junior Sierra Clasen excelled as an individual, winning first place in banked slalom, first place in snowboard-cross, first place in slopestyle, and second place in half pipe.

The team of Clasen, juniors Callie Sweet and Shaye Verbanac and freshman Megan Brawn successfully defended Oregon City’s state championship in team slopestyle. Clasen was a repeat champion in banked slalom and snowboard-cross.

by: SUBMITTED - Members of Oregon City High Schools state championship snowboarding team pose proudly with their hardware from the 2014 state championships. Pictured are (from left) coach Kelly Clasen, Callie Sweet, Megan Brawn, Sierra Clasen, Shaye Verbanac and coach Chris Clasen.“I couldn’t be happier as a coach and as a parent,” said Oregon City head coach Chris Clasen. “The girls came to us with goals and they’ve been committed since the beginning of the season. They wanted to go after a repeat title and they put in the time — practicing sometimes two or three times a week, in all kinds of weather. And the conditions were not the best this season. Rain, sleet, snow, wind, we saw it all. But no matter the conditions, the girls got up on the mountain and they stuck with it.”

“I’m really proud of the girls because they worked really hard,” said Oregon City girls coach Kelly Clasen. “They got a lot of bumps and bruises, but they put in the work. They didn’t just go up their to have fun, they wanted to excel, and win. They pushed themselves and were always wanting to learn new tricks. They listened and were receptive to what we had to say. I am just really proud of them. They worked so hard.”

Kelly Clasen said that a big reason the team was successful was that her Pioneers displayed a great variety of tricks in their performances.

And she said that her daughter Sierra’s success was no accident.

“We ride a lot,” Kelly Clasen said. “We’re up there every weekend. We’ve been going up their since Sierra was 5. She’s up there a lot, and she works really, really hard, always pushing herself to learn new things.”

Kelly Clasen extended thanks to team sponsors, Oregon City Lithia Subaru and Next Adventure in Portland.

“We’re a nonfunded sport and our sponsors have been so supportive of our team over the last couple of years,” she said. “They’ve been so generous, with donations of money and equipment. I can’t thank them enough for their support.”




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