Lakers carve out a win |

Lakers carve out a win

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe senior Gavin Lura, shown competing in the opening CNISSF race of the season on Jan. 14, took first place individually in Monday's slalom at Northstar-at-Tahoe. The Lakers placed first overall in the race.

The North Tahoe snowboard team captured first place during whiteout conditions in a CNISSF slalom race at Alpine Meadows on Monday.

The Lakers took the top spot with 399 points between their boys and girls teams. Colfax placed second with a distant 350 points, followed by Placer in third (343), Nevada Union fourth (322) and Davis fifth (284).

“It was good. We rode well and won by 50 points, so that’s good for the team,” said North Tahoe head coach Mort Nyberg. “They finally are starting to put it together.”

The newly formed Truckee squad, which Nyberg also helps coach, placed sixth with 261 points in only its second race ever. Bear River was seventh with 191 points.

North Tahoe’s boys carried the Lakers to victory, sweeping the podium spots with a one-two-three punch.

Senior Gavin Lura took first with a combined time of 89.30 between the two runs.

Teammate Ben Reilly was second with a time of 92.99 and Tyler Turpin third in 93.59. The Lakers’ Clayton Doyle finished 16th (102.21) in the field of 56 riders.

Nyberg was not surpirsed by the boys’ dominating performace.

“I expected it from them because they do well. If they all ride well, they’ll win the whole thing,” he said. “The girls are pulling it together, too, so that’s nice to see.”

The Cowie brothers led the way for the Truckee boys, finishing back to back in 17th and 18th place.

On the girls’ side, Truckee’s Kristen Harvey placed third with a combined time of 98.24 ” trailing only Placer’s Caty O’Connor (88.52) and Nicole Porata (96.19) ” while Jen Bohlman finished 11th in 113.34.

North Tahoe senior Heather McKenney led the Laker girls with a fourth-place finish in 103.39. She was followed by teammates Justine Multon in sixth (108.22), Jenna Burnside 12th (113.74), Jamie Gross 13th (113.76) and Tara Turpin 14th (114.05) out of 42 riders.

Despite the stormy conditions, which limited visibility and made for challenging carving on ruts, Nyberg said the young snowboarders made the most of the race day.

“It was pretty miserable,” the coach said. “There were ruts (on the course) like it was a mini boardercross. But the kids had fun.”

Place School Boys Girls Combined

1 North Tahoe 206 193 399

2 Colfax 194 156 350

3 Placer 136 207 343

4 Nevada Union 169 153 322

5 Davis 144 140 284

6 Truckee 116 145 261

7 Bear River 148 43 191

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