The Truckee High snowboard team was not to be denied victory at the CNISSF state high school snowboard championships at Mount Shasta this week.
The Wolverines arose victorious over 28 high schools in the championship races Monday and Tuesday, returning triumphant with four banners and 10 individual medals and plaques.
“I was extremely proud of the way our team rode,” said Truckee head coach Aniko Kuch. “It was a great representation of the hard work they have been putting in and the dedication they have shown.”
On the opening day of competition in giant slalom, the Truckee girls led the charge with senior veteran Ruby Wood capturing bronze in a field of 63 girls. Sophomore Sofie Maciel captured the 10th-place medal and junior Claire Roberts broke into the top 20, finishing 18th. Sophomores Nichole Graham and Winter Lim were in pursuit, finishing 34th and 40th, respectively.
Roxy Schumann led the North Tahoe girls with a 14th-place finish, while teammate Courtney Peters was 26th.
The Truckee boys then took care of business, as freshman Ryan Murphy finished sixth, Casey Curtis was ninth and Quinntin Butler 13th. North Tahoe’s Konrad Przybyslawski placed 29th and Nash Baehr was 30th.
Day 2 of the competition started on a high note for the Wolverines as Wood captured silver in the slalom while other strong finishes were put in by Roberts (19th), Maciel (21st), Graham (22nd) and Lim (48th) in the field of 68. Schumann finished 14th for the Lakers and Peters was 26th.
Przybyslawski led the way in the boys slalom, recording a ninth-place finish, while Butler was 10th, Curtis 11th and Murphy 18th for the Wolverines. Baehr was 33rd.
The Wolverines cleaned up at the awards ceremony. Wood was awarded third place in the girls combined — aka, the All-State team — while Curtis, Butler and Murphy finished seventh, eighth and nine, respectively.
Truckee’s boys and girls teams finished second, which gave the Wolverines the combined state championship with 1,312 points to runner-up Shasta’s 1,204. Foothill was third with 1,199 points, and North Tahoe was 13th out of the 28 schools, with 937 points.
“This varsity team is young and strong and the future is bright,” Kuch said of her Truckee team. “With our super talented new freshman and returning members, the Wolverines are a force that will be next to impossible to stop.”
Added Wood: “Leading the Wolverines to the high school state championship title is the icing on the cake of my snowboard racing career. Leaving my team as state champions is better than I could have ever dreamed.”
— Sierra Sun sports editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.