Jewell leads US in Austria

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U.S. Snowboarding's Tyler Jewell, of Steamboat Springs, and Chris Klug, of Aspen, led the way for U.S. athletes, finishing seventh and eighth respectively in a World Cup parallel giant slalom in Kreischberg on Tuesday.

Siegfried Grabner, of Austria, won the men's competition, followed by Switzerland's Simon Schoch in second and Meinhard Erlacher, of Italy, in third.

"Jewell hit a hole. He had a lead, hit the hole and got behind, and he couldn't make it up," U.S. Snowboarding Alpine head coach Steve Persons said. "It was about the only hole on the whole course. Other than that, the snow was perfect today."

Jewell was followed by Klug, who won the first qualifying round.

In the women's race, Doris Guenther, of Austria, won, followed by Japan's Tomoka Takeuchi in second and Austrian Claudia Riegler in third.

Michelle Gorgone, of Boston, had trouble in the same spot as Jewell and finished 13th. Erica Mueller, of Steamboat, followed Gorgone in 22nd.

The riders remain in Kreischberg for a night parallel slalom event on Wednesday.

Squirt B's place 2nd in Colorado Cup Tournament

The Steamboat Squirt B team played well in the Colorado Springs' Colorado Cup Dec. 27 to 28. The team was the only team from the mountains and faced stiff competition from Denver, Colorado Springs and Wyoming teams.

Steamboat played four qualifying games and outscored their opponents, 25-11. Jackson Draper was strong between the pipes, recording 71 saves for an 87 percent save percentage throughout the tournament.

The team's offense was led by Jack McNamara, who recorded 10 points, followed by Jordan Gorr with eight, Bryce Sullivan with five, and Joe Borgerding and Chris Kaminski with three points.

It was a total team effort as every player had at least one point in the tournament, coach Blair McNamara said.

The championship game pitted a very strong Arapahoe Warriors team against Steamboat. In the second period, Arapahoe scored first, but less than a minute later, Joe Borgerding tied it up. The game went back and forth in the third period with both teams taking the lead.

Steamboat goals in the third were from Jack McNamara and Jordan Gorr. Arapahoe scored in the final seconds to force overtime.

Arapahoe scored with 44 seconds left to claim the championship, 4-3.

Each Steamboat player put all he had into that game, proving the squad is a force to be reckoned with.

Steamboat returns to league play this weekend with an overall record of 13-1-1.

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