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CNISSF snowboarding: Laker girls win state championship

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Submitted to the SunNorth Tahoe's Griffin Lancaster shows off the hardware he earned with a third- and seventh-place finish at the CNISSF State Snowboarding Championships last week.

The North Tahoe girls snowboard team captured the CNISSF combined state championship last week at Mount Shasta.

The Laker girls edged El Dorado by two points, 641-639, while Mammoth’s girls came in third with 636 points, followed by Placer (624), Oak Ridge (592) and Truckee, which took sixth with 591 points. A total of 27 girls teams from across the state competed.

North Tahoe placed second overall between its boys and girls teams, posting 1,258 points to El Dorado’s 1,323. Colfax was third (1,252 points) and Truckee 11th, with 980 points.

Junior Emily Ashbaugh finished ninth individually in the combined (slalom and giant slalom) to record the Laker girls’ only top-10 finish, which placed her on the All-State Team. Truckee’s Ruby Wood also earned recognition on the All-State Team with an eighth-place finish in the combined.

Wood placed sixth in the GS and 11th in the slalom, while Ashbaugh finished 10th in both the GS and slalom. Caty O’Connor of Placer captured wins in both events to take the combined state title.

In the slalom race, Kenna Bolt led the Laker girls with a sixth-place finish. She was followed by Ashbaugh in 10th, then Lexi Schumann in 21st, Kara Horn in 25th, Tara Turpin in 26th and Jamie Gross in 51st. For Truckee, Ariah Curtis trailed Wood in 13th place, followed by teammate Shauna Day in 27th.

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Turpin finished 18th in the GS race, Bolt was 20th, Schumann 26th, Taylor Lewis 37th and Horn 47th. Day took 29th for the Wolverines, and Curtis was 49th.

Griffin Lancaster recorded a fourth-place finish in the combined out of 104 racers to help lead the Laker boys to fourth place overall as a team.

Colfax’s boys won the combined with 687 points, and were followed by El Dorado (684 points), Union Mine (658) and North Tahoe, with 617. Truckee’s boys finished 15th with 389 points.

A total of 31 boys teams competed.

Lancaster posted the Lakers’ best individual finish in the two days of racing, as he took third behind Mount Shasta’s Ryan Geries and Colfax’s Austin Leal in the slalom, and was seventh in the GS.

Ben Reilly placed 11th for North Tahoe in the boys’ GS and teammate Clayton Doyle was 44th, while Ryan Cowie led the Truckee boys with a 14th-place finish, teammate Benny Rocha was 43rd and Austin McWhinney 100th.

Doyle was 20th in the slalom for the Lakers and Thomas Snow 24th, while Cowie again led the way for the Wolverines with a 29th-place finish. Rocha was 45th and McWhinney 85th.