Lakers shred to victory
The North Tahoe High snowboard team won its second consecutive CNISSF race, a slalom at Squaw Valley USA, on Tuesday.
The Lakers took the top spot with 383 points between their boys and girls teams.
Colfax was second with 371 points, followed by Placer (352), Nevada Union (343), Truckee (282), Davis (253) and Bear River (196).
While the race was scheduled to be run as a slalom, North Tahoe head coach Mort Nyberg said Squaw Valley organizers set up the gates farther apart than the average slalom course due to soft snow conditions. As a result, the course on Exhibition, which had only 10 gates, ran more like a giant slalom or super G, Nyberg said.
This affected some of the riders who brought shorter, slalom-racing boards.
“They thought it would be real soft (snow) and the kids would chew it up,” Nyberg said of the race organizers and their decision to space the gates. “It ran like a GS-super G. But the kids have got to learn to adjust to things like that.”
And they did, Nyberg said, especially North Tahoe senior Gavin Lura, who placed first in the boys’ competition with a combined time of 49.75 between the two speedy slalom runs.
Laker senior Tyler Turpin finished fifth in 51.03 and was followed by teammates Connor Waterman in 15th (55.15), Griffin Lancaster 19th (55.89) and Ben Reilly 20th (55.90).
The Cowie brothers, Kevin and Ryan, the way for the Truckee boys, finishing 10th in 53.96 and 16th in 55.56. Nyberg pointed out that Ryan Cowie rode a hard-boot setup for the first time.
On the girls’ side, North Tahoe senior Justine Multon placed second with a combined time of 52.20 ” less than a second off the winning time of 51.34 set by Placer’s Caty O’Connor. Multon was followed by teammate Heather McKenney in sixth (56.51), Lexi Schumann 12th (61.72) and Jamie Gross 13th (62.56).
The North Tahoe coach was impressed with the Lakers’ top results.
“Gavin has been riding really well this year,” he said, “and Justine is also racing well. She’s coming along. I’m stoked for her.”
Nyberg, who helps coach the brand new Truckee squad, also was pleased with the Wolverines’ results, as junior Kristen Harvey led the team with a seventh-place finish in 56.96. Teammate Jen Bohlman finished ninth in 59.30 and Lauren O’Neil rounded out the top-20 with an 18th-place finish in 63.79.
“Each race they’re getting better and better,” Nyberg said of the Wolverines. “They’re willing to learn, too, so that’s a good thing.”
The next CNISSF race, a giant slalom at Alpine Meadows, will he held on Monday at 10 a.m.
1. North Tahoe 383
2. Colfax 371
3. Placer 352
4. Nevada Union 343
5. Truckee 282
6. Davis 253
7. Bear River 196
1. Gavin Lura, NT (49.75)
5. Tyler Turpin, NT (51.83)
10. Kevin Cowie, Tr. (53.96)
15. Connor Waterman, NT (55.15)
16. Ryan Cowie, Tr. (55.56)
19. Griffin Lancaster, NT (55.89)
20. Ben Reilly, NT (55.90)
2. Justine Multon, NT (52.20)
6. Heather McKenney, NT (56.51)
7. Kristen Harvey, Tr. (56.96)
9. Jen Bohlman, Tr. (59.30)
12. Lexi Schumann, NT (61.72)
13. Jamie Gross, NT (62.56)
18. Lauren O’Neil, Tr. (63.79)