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PICNIC TABLE JUMP: Kerry Gleasman of Joseph competes in a jump at the U.S.A. Snowboard Association's national finals in California last month. (Photo by Tom Gleasman.).
PICNIC TABLE JUMP: Kerry Gleasman of Joseph competes in a jump at the U.S.A. Snowboard Association's national finals in California last month. (Photo by Tom Gleasman.).

By Gary Fletcher

Observer Staff Writer

JOSEPH A 12-year-old Joseph girl, in her first season of competition, took fourth place last month in the national snowboard slope style.

Joseph Elementary School sixth-grader Kerry Gleasman finished fourth in her age class March 21 in the U.S.A. Snowboard Associations national finals at Mammoth Mountain, a California ski area near Yosemite National Park.

Gleasman also placed 14th in the halfpipe competition.

The competition also featured boardercross, slalom and giant slalom for more than 1,000 competitors in 13 age divisions.

The USASA is a collection of 35 independent local snowboard series from across the nation.

Gleasman qualified for the national event after winning her age group in the two events in the Enter the Dragon competition at Mount Bachelor near Bend.

She competed in California as part of the team of the High Cascades Snowboarding Camp, which sponsored the Bend event.

Though an avid snowboarder for six years, Kerry never took part in any sanctioned competition until she entered and won a slalom race at the Spout Springs ski area near Tollgate at the end of February, her parents Tom and Jodi Gleasman said.

La Grandes One Track Mind snowboard shop sponsored her the next week at the Bend competition.

Gleasman has done most of her snowboarding at Ferguson Ridge, the small slope not far the Gleasmans home six miles east of Joseph.

The March trip to Bend was the first time on Mount Bachelor for Gleasman, her brother Wade and Christopher Lozier of Enterprise. Wade Gleasman and Lozier placed 11th and 16th respectively in the age 14 class.

In early March an Enterprise girl qualified for a large winter sports competition.

Nicole Santiago, 12, competed in the Buddy Warner Pacific Northwest championships on Mount Hood.

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