Lakers rip to snowboard title
Consistency paid off in the long run for the newly crowned North Tahoe High snowboard team. After winning four of six races during the Central II Division season, the Lakers used a balanced effort from their boys and girls teams to capture the grand prize on Thursday ” the CNISSF Championship.
North Tahoe senior Gavin Lura placed sixth in Wednesday’s giant slalom and sixth in Thursday’s slalom ” both held at Northstar ” to help lead the Lakers to a close first-place finish over El Dorado, 1,363-1,359.
According to race organizers, the four points separating the two top teams was the narrowest margin of victory in any CNISSF Championship.
Competing against 34 teams from across the state, North Tahoe’s boys (672 points) finished third behind El Dorado (703) and Colfax (672.1), while the Laker girls (691) also placed third, trailing only Placer (756) and Mount Shasta (702). The boys’ and girls’ point totals were combined to give the Lakers the overall team title.
Mount Shasta was third overall with 1,297 points, followed by Colfax (1,261) and Shasta (1,254) rounding out the top-5. Chico (1,241) was sixth, followed by Yreka (1,188), Foothill (1,169), Placer (1,147) and Mammoth Lakes (1,081) rounding out the top-10.
Truckee, which is in its first year of competition, finished 12th on the boys’ side and 13th on the girls’ side for a 12th-place finish overall.
Of the 23 members on the North Tahoe team, nine individuals qualified to compete in the CNISSF Championship. The boys field was stacked with 123 racers.
Lura, a senior veteran who won four of six league races leading up to the championship ” never finishing below second ” earned 250 points for his team out a possible 260 between the slalom and giant slalom races. Senior teammate Tyler Turpin also played a major role, placing 19th in the GS and ninth in the slalom for 234 points.
Lakers sophomore Ben Reilly contributed 188 points, placing 28th and 46th, and freshman Connor Waterman chipped in 101 points with a 30th place in the GS.
North Tahoe seniors also led the way on the girls’ side, as Justine Multon earned 239 points by finishing 15th in the GS and eighth in the slalom, and Heather McKenney collected 234 points by placing 18th and 10th.
Junior Jenna Burnside surprised the team with her best performance of the year, placing 12th and scoring 119 points in the giant slalom. Burnside had trouble in the second run of the slalom race, but freshman teammate Tara Turpin saved the day by scoring 99 points (32nd) in the slalom. Jamie Gross was only a half a second behind Turpin in total time for both races.
Both Lura and Multon made the All-State Team, with Lura capturing fourth in the top-10 combined and Multon 10th.
Truckee junior Kristen Harvey emerged as the Wolverines most consistent racer, winning the final regular-season slalom event and placing third on the All-State Team against a field of 93 of the state’s best girls racers.
Harvey placed third in Wednesday’s GS and third in Thursday’s slalom to earn 256 points out of a possible 260. Truckee senior Lauren O’Neil placed 27th and 29th, contributing 206 points, and senior Jen Bohlman was 44th in the slalom for 87 points.
In the boys’ competition, the Cowie brothers led the way for the Wolverines.
The older Cowie, junior Kevin, posted 21st- and 13th-place finishes to earn 228 points. Ryan, a freshman, placed 53rd and 47th. Michael Aguirre was 51st in the GS and Derrick Bohlman 75th in the slalom.
North Tahoe boys
Rider GS Slalom
Gavin Lura 6th 6th
Tyler Turpin 19 9
Ben Reilly 28 46
Connor Waterman 30 –
Kevin Cowie 21 13
Ryan Cowie 53 47
Michael Aguirre 51 –
Derrick Bohlman – 75
North Tahoe girls
Justine Multon 15 8
Heather McKenney 18 10
Jenna Burnside 12 –
Jamie Gross 53 40
Tara Turpin 58 32
Kristen Harvey 3 3
Lauren O’Neil 27 29
Jen Bohlman – 44