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Dawson, Kearney put US on top of world in Japan

Toby Dawson notched his third moguls win in five meets and Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., earned her first World Cup victory last Sunday during the final day of a Far East tour. The United States team ended with a historic day in the air in Naeba, Japan, the men claiming seven of the top 10 spots, including first through fourth, and the women getting five of the top six finishes.

Following Dawson in the fifth win of his World Cup career was defending World Cup moguls champ Travis Cabral. Third place went to Jeremy Bloom and fourth to Dave Babic of Washington, Vt. Americans Nate Roberts took seventh, Ryan Riley ninth, and Luke Westerlund 10th.

Teter doesn't totter

Wet snow didn't thwart Hannah Teter's halfpipe performance Sunday in Japan as she hammered her third World Cup win. Fellow Vermonter and US Snowboard team rider Lindsey Jacobellis came in fourth behind Solo Tamaoka and Australia's Torah Bright. Up and coming Luke Mitrani, a 13-year-old from Stratton, Vt., made his first World Cup start, ending 42d in the men's halfpipe, won by Finland's Antti Autti . . . Sudbury's Michelle Gorgone finished fourth in a Japanese parallel giant slalom Friday for the snowboarder's fifth top-10 World Cup finish this season . . . Middlebury College nailed its fourth carnival victory in a squeaker over the University of Vermont at the Williams College Carnival Sunday. Behind by a point after the first day of racing at Jiminy Peak and Prospect Mountain, the Panthers ruled the freestyle sprint relays and held on to win with 663.5 points to UVM's 646.5. Garrot Kuzzy, Colin Rodgers, and Beau Baldock teamed up for a sizzling 38-second win in the men's relay with a time of 33:33.2. The Panthers finished second and third in the men's and women's slaloms. Middlebury hosts the next carnival . . . A 38-year-old Falmouth, Maine, woman died following a collision while skiing Thursday on the Tempest trail at Sunday River in Newry, Maine. Police identified the victim as Jane McCormack, a second-grade teacher. The accident involved an unidentified Massachusetts teen who was not seriously hurt. Neither skier wore a helmet.

Bikes spiked

Sunday River has decided to suspend its mountain bike operations. This summer would have marked the 15th season of The Mountain Park, which included lift service for mountain bikers. "The park never made a profit," said spokeswoman Susan Duplessis. Kayaking and canoeing might be offered. Plans call for an 18-hole golf course, with nine holes opening in July . . . Aerialist Eric Berghoust, a 1998 Olympic gold medal winner, joins high flyers such as Olympians Brit Swartley and Brian Currut during the Budweiser Aerial All-Star Show Saturday and Sunday at Attitash Bear Peak in Bartlett, N.H. . . . Ski Butternut's Cruiser Terrain Park hosts the Ice Coast Open Saturday, a slopestyle competition at the Great Barrington ski area . . . Synchronicity and speed are two elements in the New England Powder 8 Championships at Jay Peak today and tomorrow as teams try to create eights in the snow. Choose the right line and do it with style Saturday during the Castlerock Extreme Challenge at Sugarbush in Warren, Vt. . . . Love Lynx at Wildcat? Ski it 48 times for 100,000 feet of vertical in one day Monday during the 100K Day, a Make-A-Wish Foundation fund-raiser.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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