Prep skiers get a tune-up
South Tahoe, Truckee and North Tahoe finished one, two, three in the opening Tahoe Basin Ski League race of the season Monday at Alpine Meadows.
Held on Alpine’s Kangaroo run, the giant slalom event served as a preseason warm-up race, and did not count toward the league standings, said North Tahoe head coach Scott Everist.
Both Everist and Paul Smith, Truckee’s co-head coach alongside Pat Mooney, said their skiers understandably showed signs of rust in the snowy conditions.
“It was the first time they’ve ran on gates, so I think the kids were pretty hesitant,” Smith said. “Most teams have had a little time on the snow but not much on gates.”
Truckee and North Tahoe also were missing skiers who are competing all week in Far West races at Mammoth Mountain.
The Vikings took the top spot overall with 338 points, edging the Wolverines (337) by a single point, while the Lakers placed third with 289. Douglas was fourth (287) and Whittell fifth (199). Incline did not compete.
Truckee finished first in the boys race with 178 points. South Tahoe was second with 168, followed by North Tahoe (140), Douglas (76) and Whittell (76).
On the girls’ side, South Tahoe won with 170 points. Truckee was second with 159, followed by Douglas (158), North Tahoe (149) and Whittell (123).
Individually, Truckee senior Michelle Delumyea placed first in the girls’ competition by more than a second with a combined time of 1:06.14 between the two races. Teammate Terra Maher finished fourth in 1:08.11.
Truckee’s Melissa Popnoe was 14th in 1:13.93 and Shawn Robb 16th in 1:14.09.
North Tahoe’s girls captured ninth through 11th place, as well as the 15th spot. Taylor Pasvantis led the charge with a ninth-place finish in 1:10.87, followed by Christina Lane in 10th (1:10.91), Callie Tomlinson 11th (1:11.46) and Adrienne Ash 15th (1:14.01).
In the boys’ competition, Truckee skiers Michael Kruck, Matt Hardy and Louis Breuner placed second, third and fourth, while teammates Max Salinger, and Duncan Lowder were ninth and 11th.
Kruck posted a combined time of 1:05.30, more than two seconds off South Tahoe skier Derek Holmgren’s winning time of 1:03.04. Hardy posted a time of 1:06.27, Breuner 1:06.39, Salinger 1:07.34 and Lowder 1:07.67. Other Wolverines breaking the top-20 were Andrew Pado, who placed 16th in 1:09.79, and Jehren Boehm, who was 18th in 1:10.26.
North Tahoe junior Kevin Scardigli led the Laker boys with a fifth-place finish in 1:06.59, while Ian Hughes, a newcomer to the team, Everist said, finished 10th in 1:07.41.
Junior Zach Tomlinson posted the next-best North Tahoe result after Hughes, finishing 19th in 1:10.27. He was followed by teammates Kyle Lowis (22nd, 1:11.75) and Dan Longo (23rd, 1:12.29).