Former Grizzlies Beaver, McNamara honored

The United States Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding Association (USCSA) has named former Ashland High School snowboarders Hallie Beaver and Rob McNamara All-Americans following their performances at the national championships last week in Winter Park, Colo.

Beaver, a junior at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, was named first team in four events — giant slalom, boardercross, half pipe and combined — and second team in slopestyle.

She finished third among all women competitors in the national combined competition following her placements in the individual events: giant slalom, third; boardercross, third; half pipe, fifth; slopestyle, 10th.

McNamara, a senior at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev., was named second team in slopestyle after his sixth-place finish in the finals.

Athletes representing 68 colleges and universities competed skiing and snowboarding. The snowboarding competition included 125 athletes.

Beaver and McNamara's teams also did well.

The Westminster women's snowboard team won four of the five events, including the combined title for the national women's championship. The Westminster women's alpine ski team won both the slalom and giant slalom for the combined and national title.

The Sierra Nevada College men's snowboard team swept all the events, winning the national championship for the third year in a row.

Beaver and McNamara were each on state championship teams for Ashland. Beaver was the individual state champion in slopestyle as a junior. Injuries kept her out of major competition in her last year of high school and first year of college.

She returned to competition last season on the national professional circuit, rising to a No. 19 national ranking and a No. 99 world ranking in boardercross before turning to collegiate competition this season.

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