Laker snowboarders narrowly miss first win
The North Tahoe snowboard team came up two point shy of victory in the opening CNISSF snowboard race of the season Monday at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Placer High of Auburn edged the Lakers in the giant slalom race by a score of 373 to North Tahoe’s 371. Nevada Union placed third with 344 points, Davis fourth with 338 and Colfax fifth with 322.
Truckee, a newly formed team competing in its first-ever snowboard race, finished sixth with 249 points, followed by Bear River with 201.
Three Lakers in both the boys and girls competition placed in the top 10, while two Truckee girls raced to top-10 finishes.
In the girls’ race, Truckee’s Kristen Harvey placed third, while North Tahoe’s Justine Multon finished fourth, Heather McKenney sixth and Jenna Burnside 10th. Truckee’s Jen Bohlman was eighth. Also posting quality finishes were Lakers Emily Ashbaugh, Jamie Gross and Tara Turpin, coming in 15th, 16th and 17th, respectively.
On the boys’ side, North Tahoe senior Gavin Lura led the way with a second-place finish behind Marco Maynard of Nevada Union. The Lakers’ Tyler Turpin placed fourth and Ben Reilly 10th. Truckee’s Ryan Cowie led the Wolverines with a 15th-place finish, and brother Kevin Cowie came in 32nd.
One of the Lakers’ top boys, Charlie Bauder, was out with the flu.
Truckee team manager and district representative Corine Harvey said the race went smoothly, even though the Wolverines had a few minor “team issues,” including having to wear paper bibs because their official bibs had not arrived.
At one point, she said, Kevin Cowie’s elastic strap securing his bib snapped and smacked him in the face during one of his two runs.
But with the Cowie brothers and Kristen Harvey boasting the only racing experience on the Truckee team, Corine Harvey was pleased with the results.
“The fact that they all made it down and didn’t DQ is a testament to their potential,” she said.
The next CNISSF snowboard race, a slalom at Alpine Meadows, will be held Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.
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