West Linn girls snowboarders notch runner-up finish
The West Linn girls were few in number, but their impact was great.
With their team shorthanded due to injuries, West Linn snowboarders Ava Paul and Kyli Miller stepped up big-time on Saturday, Jan. 25, taking first and fourth as individuals and lifting the Lions to second in the team standings at Mt. Hood Meadows.
The West Linn boys were tough, too, placing third thanks to the efforts of Ashton Bowerly and Stephen Whittington.
Next up, the Lions will compete in banked slalom and boardercross at Mt. Hood Meadows on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Competing under sunny skies in perfect snow conditions, Paul and Miller made the most of their opportunities, with Paul taking first place among 14 riders with a score of 197 points for her first run. Paul was stellar on her second run, too, racking up 175 points for the second-best score of the day.
Miller came through with 90 points on her first run, then was even better on her second, scoring 97 points to take fourth overall.
Together, their efforts helped the Lions take second place with 294 points, trailing only Lake Oswego's 355 points in the team standings.
The compete team scores were: Lake Oswego 355, West Linn 297, Oregon City 179, Lakeridge 167 and Wilsonville 164.
In boys action, the Lions landed two riders among the day's top 10 and five among the top 20 to forge their third-place team finish.
Bowerly and Whittington led the way there, with Bowerly fifth among 59 riders with 202 points, while Whittington took ninth at 153. Also competing for the Lions were Lucas O'Doud-Vega (16th with 138 points), Peter Moller (17th with 151) and Seth Sorenson (18th with 146).
Lake Oswego's Josh Lucas won the individual title with 350 points.
The compete team scores were: Canby 888, Oregon City 835, West Linn 704, Lake Oswego 695 and Wilsonville 595.
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