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Tahoe-Truckee High captures state titles in basketball and cross-country

JAMES BALL

In the past week, one Truckee team proved it still reigns while another came from almost nowhere to steal the crown.

Nordic skiing

Last Saturday, the Tahoe-Truckee High School nordic teams, six in all from intermediate to varsity, each swept the California state championship at Auburn Ski Club, taking their fifth-consecutive state title.

Jenny Rassuchine, who ended a brilliant high school career in which she lost only a single race, won her fourth-straight state championship in the girls’ varsity race.

She also shattered CNISF records with her races, finishing her high school racing with a 28-1 record and leading the girls to 8-0 for 1998.

James Beauchamp led the boys to a hard-fought victory over rivals Nevada Union and North Tahoe.

The boys fought all year to stay ahead, finishing 5-3.

Though Nevada Union’ Ian Case finished first, the Truckee boys had enough depth to take the overall win.

Basketball champs

But the real story-book ending was the night before at Lawlor Events Center in Reno.

The TTHS boys’ basketball team, barely .400 in league play, sneaked past Boulder City and Moapa Valley to take on North Tahoe for the Nevada state championship.

It was the classic set-up, with a single player, Mike Detwiler, standing at the free throw line to tie the game at 50-50 and send it into overtime.

He hit the shot and 12 minutes of OT play later the TTHS boys rushed the floor, celebrating Truckee’s first state basketball title since 1982.

See complete stories on both championships in sports story.

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