Truckee girls dominate for slalom title
The Truckee High girls ski team put itself in a good position to repeat as 4A champs on the first day of the Nevada State Championship.
Led by a first-place finish from senior Michelle Delumyea, Truckee’s girls swept the top three spots in Saturday’s slalom at Mount Rose to win the team competition over second-place South Tahoe.
The second half of the championship, a giant slalom originally scheduled for Sunday, was rescheduled for March 1 due to stormy conditions. The two days are combined to determine the overall individual and team champions.
“The girls did outstanding,” said Pat Mooney, co-head coach of the Wolverines. “It’s nice to see Michelle win. She barely got it, by less than a tenth of a second, but she really deserved it. She worked hard for it.”
Delumyea earned the girls’ slalom state championship posting a time of 71.42 between the two runs. She was followed closely by teammates Shannon Horn (71.49) and Hanna Casares (71.56) in second and third. Terra Maher finished eighth for the Wolverines in 74.28, while Ali Gerrard was 11th (75.34), Cami Straw 16th (78.95) and Jackie Stoesser 29th (90.56).
Truckee’s girls finished with 480 points to South Tahoe’s 446, as the Tahoe Basin Ski League schools took the top two spots. Reno of the Sierra League was third with 399 points, followed by Galena of the High Desert League in fourth (392), Carson fifth (327) and Damonte Ranch sixth (313). North Tahoe’s girls did not finish among the top two teams in the regular season and thus did not qualify as a team.
Individually, however, North Tahoe junior Christina Lane qualified and represented the Lakers well with a sixth-place finish in 73.84.
“Christina Lane did great,” said Laker head coach Scott Everist. “She’s been super consistent all year.” Everist said Kelsey Wittels and Callie Tomlinson also qualified individually but could not make it to Saturday’s race.
While Truckee’s girls appear to be the favorite entering the second half of the championship, Mooney said the Vikings are right on the Wolverines’ heels and cannot be overlooked.
“They’re certainly capable of winning again,” Mooney said of the Wolverines. “But it depends on who shows up, because there’s some conflict with Far West (races). And the South Tahoe girls are looking tough. It’s not like we can just show up and win the race. But if they all show up, we should win.”
The Tahoe Basin League also claimed the top two positions in the boys’ team competition, as South Tahoe took first with 470 points and Incline second with 425. Wooster of the Sierra League was third with 399 points, followed by Damonte Ranch in fourth (381), Galena fifth (367) and Reno sixth (346).
Neither Truckee nor North Tahoe’s boys qualified as a team.
Individually, three Laker boys placed in the top 20, with Sal Monforte finishing seventh with a time of 64.34, Zach Tomlinson 11th in 65.24 and Kevin Scardigli 17th in 68.48.
On the Truckee side, Max Salinger placed 12th in 65.31 and Matt Hardy 29th in 77.56. Mike Kruck also qualified but was injured and did not compete.
By the time the boys raced, “conditions were terrible,” Mooney said, explaining that the slalom course developed large ruts as the blowing snow softened the surface and reduced visibility.
Girls first day ” slalom
Pl. Team Points
1. Truckee 480
2. South Tahoe 446
3. Reno 399
4. Galena 392
5. Carson 327
6. Damonte 313
Boys first day ” slalom
1. South Tahoe 470
2. Incline 425
3. Wooster 399
4. Damonte 381
5. Galena 367
6. Reno 346
Truckee, North Tahoe girls ” Top-30
Pl. Racer Team Time Points
1. Michelle Delumyea Truckee 71.42 100
2. Shannon Horn Truckee 71.49 99
3. Hanna Casares Truckee 71.56 98
6. Christina Lane N. Tahoe 73.84 95
8. Terra Maher Truckee 74.28 93
11. Ali Gerrard Truckee 75.34 90
16. Cami Straw Truckee 78.95 85
29. Jackie Stoesser Truckee 90.56 72
Truckee, North Tahoe boys ” Top-30
7. Sal Monforte N. Tahoe 64.34 94
11. Zach Tomlinson N. Tahoe 65.24 90
12. Max Salinger Truckee 65.31 89
17. Kevin Scardigli N. Tahoe 68.48 84
29. Matt Hardy Truckee 77.56 72