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Wolverines off to hot start

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunMatt Hardy of Truckee competes in the Giant Slalom race hosted by North Tahoe High School at Alpine Meadows Thursday.
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Led by a first-place performance from sophomore Hanna Casares, the Truckee High Alpine ski team won the opening Tahoe Basin Ski League race a giant slalom at Alpine Meadows through a steady mist on Thursday.North Tahoe placed third overall with 298 points to Truckees 343. South Tahoe was second (304), Incline fourth (236), Douglas fifth (224) and Whittell sixth (197).The Wolverines took the top spot in the girls competition with 179 points, followed by the North Tahoe girls with 150 and South Tahoe with 145. On the boys side, Truckee and Incline tied for first with 164 points apiece. South Tahoes boys were next, posting 159 points, followed by North Tahoe with 148.Individually, Casares posted a winning time of 1:21.41 between the two runs more than a second faster than second-place Hillary Sapp of South Tahoe (1:22.67).Right on Casares heels were teammates Michelle Delumyea and Shannon Horn, who finished third and fourth in 1:23.11 and 1:23.29. Truckees Cami Straw placed ninth (1:26.02) to round out the top-10, and Ali Gerrard was 11th (1:26.69) and Terra Maher 12th (1:27.12). Freshman Kelsey Wittels led the way for the Laker girls with a fifth-place finish in 1:23.40. She was followed by teammates Christina Lane in eighth place (1:25.81) and Callie Tomlinson in 14th (1:28.11).In the boys race, North Tahoe freshman Sal Monforte placed fourth in 1:21.28 less than two seconds behind winner Derek Holmgren (1:19.74) and was followed by teammates Kevin Scardigli (sixth, 1:22.56) and Zach Tomlinson (14th, 1:24.80).Truckee sophomore Trevor Smith led the Wolverines with a fifth-place finish in 1:22.31. Teammates Max Salinger was seventh (1:22.90), Graham Collins eighth (1:24.18) and Michael Kruck 12th (1:24.49).The Wolverines received six points toward their season total with the win. South Tahoe earned five points and North Tahoe four.

See tomorrows Sports andamp; Outdoors for results from Mondays slalom at Alpine Meadows. Next up is a slalom at Heavenly on Jan. 22.


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