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Lakeridge student places in state snowboarding


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Graham Leib placed fourth in the state snowboarding championships.Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schoolers were among the many participants who shredded snow earlier this month at Mount Bachelor for the Banked Slalom event of the Oregon Interscholastic Snowboard Association’s championships.

The top five out of 86 competitors in the state competition received medals, including fourth-place winner Graham Leib, a Lakeridge junior who has coasted on the slopes since he was 5. Leib took home third place last year in the event, and he bested his 2013 time of 35.17 seconds with a time of 34.63 seconds. Leib landed the top spot in the boys varsity Three Rivers League Banked Slalom event on Feb. 23.

Other locals also qualified to participate in the event at the state championships, held March 13, many of them making the top 40, including: Eli Park of Riverdale, 15th; Evan Watson of Lake Oswego High, 21st; Ian Lester of Lake Oswego High, 23rd; Daniel Matallana of Lakeridge, 31st; Justin LeBuhn of Lakeridge, 36th; and Alex Moretz of Lake Oswego High, 40th.