North Tahoe snowboarders win regular-season championship
North Tahoe senior Gavin Lura and Truckee junior Kristen Harvey each rode to first-place finishes in the final CNISSF regular-season snowboard race at Boreal Mountain Resort on Monday.
The Lakers, winners of four of six league races, placed second as a team in the slalom race with 364 points, while Colfax captured the top spot with 375 points.
North Tahoe easily won the Central II Snowboard Division regular-season championship, accumulating 2,308 points to Colfax’s 2,123. Placer finished third with 2,044 points, followed by Nevada Union (2,020), Davis (1,837), Truckee (1,581) and Bear River (1,038).
The State Championship, which will be held at Northstar-at-Tahoe from March 4-6, will feature seven divisions and 35 teams from throughout California, with teams traveling from as far away as Lake Arrowhead and Mount Shasta.
On Monday, neither North Tahoe nor Truckee was at its best, as both teams were missing several racers who were away on Ski and Skate Week. Nevertheless, three North Tahoe girls and two Truckee girls cracked the top-10, while two Lakers pulled off the feat on the boys’ side.
For Lura, the win marked the senior’s fourth of the season, as he took the top spot with a combined time of 73.57 between his two runs. Paul Kamisky of Davis was second in 76.00. Trailing Lura was teammate Tyler Turpin, who finished ninth with a time of 81.79, then Charlie Bauder (18th), Clayton Doyle (30th) and Connor Waterman (32nd).
For the Truckee boys, Ryan Cowie led the way with a 12th-place finish in 87.64, while brother Kevin Cowie placed 16th and Derrick Bohlman 37th.
Harvey, who placed fourth in a giant slalom at Northstar last week, led the girls’ field with a combined time of 77.52. Nicole Porata of Placer was second in 80.40 and Truckee’s Jen Bohlman placed 10th in 92.32.
North Tahoe senior Heather McKenney led her girls’ team with a sixth-place finish in 87.57. She was followed by teammates Justine Multon in seventh and Jenna Burnside close behind in eighth. The Lakers’ Tara Turpin was 13th, Jamie Gross 16th, Lexi Schumann 25th and Emily Ashbough 26th.
1. North Tahoe 2,308
2. Colfax 2,123
3. Placer 2,044
4. Nevada Union 2,020
5. Davis 1,837
6. Truckee 1,581
7. Bear River 1,038