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Truckee Home and Building Show set for May 25-26

For 27 years, the Truckee Home and Building Show has been bringing together everything one needs to build, remodel, redecorate, and landscape mountain homes. The show returns this year from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 25-26 at Truckee High School, 11725 Donner Pass Road.

Designed for local residents, and Tahoe vacation homeowners, the home show will introduce innovative ways to improve homes, and many of those options start in the kitchen:

Remodeling firm, elevation 6225, a first-time Home Show sponsor will have a complete luxury kitchen in its booth, so homeowners can actually see and feel a high-end Wolf stove and other top-of-the-line appliances. They’ll also offer a Virtual Reality 360-degree tour of one of the homes they’ve remodeled.

Expanded cabinet displays: Custom cabinet maker Interior Wood Design, now a show sponsor, will present three kitchen cabinet displays. Their project manager and a granite fabricator will be on hand to answer questions and offer inspiration.

Energy efficient solutions: Long-time sponsor, Truckee Donner Public Utility District, will be on hand to answer questions about efficiency in your kitchen and throughout the home. Stop by their display for a number of free energy-saving devices.

Home repairs: The Sierra had record-breaking snow fall this year. At the show you, repair specialists, from handyman to building contractor, will be available to discuss any needed repairs or projects.

Tiny homes: Learn more about some solutions to the affordable housing in the Tahoe/Truckee area.

Home technology: From the high-tech home automation system to the greenest technology for low-voltage snow melt systems, find out all Tahoe high-tech options.

Gardening and landscaping tips: With plenty of snowfall and lots of sunshine, gardening and landscaping in the Sierra climate is nothing like growing things anywhere else in California. Get tips for which trees, shrubs, and flowers grow best. Learn how to garden at this high altitude with a green house or a covered-raised plant bed.

Home décor: Ideas for the family room, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom, and more. On display will be many “must have” decorating accessories and furnishings to bring the mountain charm.

Expert advice: Talk to specialists face-to-face in construction, painting, home design, pest control, remodeling, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, green building, solar, kitchen, and baths.

Electrical safety presentations: There are thousands of electrical injuries and deaths every year in the U.S. Come to one of the eight Truckee Donner PUD “Learn or Burn” electrical safety presentations and learn how to be safe around electricity.

Bear deterrents: Professionals will be on hand to demonstrate systems designed to safely deter bears from entering you home and disturbing your property.

Much more: The show will also include displays for garage doors, windows, decking, roofing, bear bins, siding, gutters, countertops, insulation, woodstoves, fireplaces, water filtration, window coverings, closet systems, sunrooms, spas, windows, doors and hidden dog fences.

Source: Truckee Home and Building Show

Market Beat: On those trade war fears

The stock market has been volatile lately due to the lack of a trade agreement with China. The world’s two largest economies have not come to a meaningful agreement over trade and both have imposed tariffs on each other’s products.

Cycles of volatility are normal in the stock market. The market spends about 85% of the time rising in relatively low volatility and the other 15% of the time falling with high volatility. Volatility is measured by the historical standard deviation of the stock market.

Another measure of volatility is the implied volatility of the market looking forward. There is a stock market index called the VIX or volatility index, which is also referred to as “the fear index.” It is called the fear index because it rises when investors are nervous and falls when investors are confident and complacent. The VIX is calculated by measuring the implied volatility of nearby options on the S&P 500 index. The options get expensive when people are nervous because they will buy index puts for portfolio protection. The buying and the forward-looking uncertainty cause the prices of these index options to rise.

Investors face many different types of risk. Legislative and geopolitical risk are two of them. Legislative risk means that laws can change that affect certain types of investments. Geopolitical risk is similar except that it includes foreign countries.

The market does not like uncertainty and issues like the trade talks have the potential to worsen. The United States recently announced that it will increase tariffs to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, which are mainly consumer products. The US has also said that it may impose tariffs on another $300 billion worth of products.

China has responded by saying that on June 1st it will raise tariffs to 25% on $60 billion worth of U.S. products that include frozen fruit, vodka, peanuts, sugar, soybeans, wheat, chicken and turkey.

Larry Kudlow, an economic advisor to President Trump has said that, “both sides will feel the pain.” The stock market has been selling off because the tariffs will affect the margins of publicly traded U.S. companies. Their free cash flow is likely to be adversely affected which could have a negative impact on stock buybacks, dividends and acquisition activities.

Hopefully a reasonable resolution will be reached that works for both sides and the news driven market volatility that we’ve seen recently will subside.

Kenneth Roberts is a Truckee-based Registered Investment Advisor. Information is at his blog at http://www.sellacalloption.com or 775-657-8065. The mention of securities should not be considered an offer to sell or solicitation to buy investments mentioned. Consult your investment professional to understand the risks and/or how the purchase or sale of these investments may be implemented to meet your investment goals. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Truckee boys swim to state title, girls claim second

The Truckee boys’ swim team is again the fastest squad in the state.

The Wolverines swam to a second consecutive state championship on Saturday at the Carson Aquatic Facility, besting Southern League rivals Boulder City.

On the girls’ side, Truckee finished as runners-up, nearly toppling the perennial state champions, Boulder City.

“This team is a true team,” said Head Coach Jody Burrill following the meet. “They work together, they cheer everyone on … everybody’s important on this team, not just the top.”

Sophomore standouts

Truckee sophomores Kaikea Crews and Emma Purdy have been among the best swimmers in the state all season long, and during the meet were named Class 3A swimmers of the year by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Truckee sophomores Kaikea Crews and Emma Purdy have been among the best swimmers in the state all season long, and during the meet were named Class 3A swimmers of the year by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Kaikea Crews and Emma Purdy were named Class 3A swimmers of the year
Justin Scacco / jscacco@sierrasun.com

The two led the Wolverines at the state championship meet, winning a pair of individual gold medals.

Crews set a state record at the meet, regardless of class, in the 100-yard freestyle, finishing the event with a time of 44.99 seconds.

“It was a good swim,” said Crews. “It’s still a little bit off my best, (but) I’m happy with the 44.”

Crews went on to break his own state record in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 48.69.

Crews posted National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Swimming All-America times in both events.

Crews was also on Truckee’s winning 200-yard medley relay team. He closed the meet by anchoring the Wolverines’ 400-yard freestyle relay team, and nearly made up a significant gap between Truckee and race winners, Boulder City, during the final 100 yards.

“This meet is awesome … I get to race with my best friends, and just race our hearts out for our team,” said Crews.

“Boulder City is no joke. I’m bummed that I lost, but at the same time I’m happy for them, that they got us in that. It was a big battle. It’s always fun getting into a race like that”

The school’s other sophomore standout, Purdy, left the meet with three gold medals and a silver in her four events.

Purdy won the team’s first individual event of the meet with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall with a time of 24.92.

“The 50 is such a complicated race. There’s so many different components to it and if you have one mistake it really costs you the entire race,” said Purdy.

“Going into it, I just tried to be as focused and as calm as possible, so that I could perform my best under pressure.”

Purdy later won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.44, edging the field by nearly two seconds.

She also helped propel the girls’ 200-yard freestyle team a first-place finish, and was on the runner-up 400-yard freestyle team.

“The team, overall, swam really well in our relays,” said Purdy. “All of the girls, we came together and we definitely swam hard.”

‘The 50 free is in the Truckee bloodline’

Truckee senior Evan Opsal brought the team its other individual gold of the meet, and gave the Wolverines a sweep of 50-yard freestyle, finishing first in the race with a time of 22.88.

“Before the blocks I knew that I was the first seed, and that was the first time that’s ever happened,” said Opsal. “It didn’t feel real, and my heart was beating so fast. I just had to focus, and I took out my first 25 (yards) pretty fast — not as fast as I would’ve liked — but my last 25 (yards) definitely split the field apart. I’m happy with that last half of the race.”

Opsal, who often competes in triathlons, began as a distance swimmer at Truckee, before later transitioning to the 50-yard freestyle.

“I kind of just discovered my fast twitch over the years as I matured and got bigger and stronger,” said Opsal. “I got faster and faster, and mentally, it’s nice just to have a shorter distance … training for triathlons, the long distance swims during the summer kind of set it up for a good distance season, but as I was swimming during the season I kind of found my rhythm in the 50 free and the 100 fly. That’s what I stuck with, and it turned out really good.”

Opsal’s win marked the fourth year in a row the Wolverines have won the 50-yard freestyle. Truckee alumnus Cooper de Ryk won the past three state titles in the event.

“It’s really cool continuing with my friends’ legacies,” said Opsal. “Between my friend from Incline Kate (Rye) on the girls’ side, Emma Purdy, Cooper, and then my friend Gavin (Olsen) got second in it last year, it’s awesome to keep it alive. The 50 free is in the Truckee bloodline.”

Opsal was also on the first-place 200-yard medley relay team, and helped the 400-yard freestyle team to a second-place finish. Individually, he finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.44.

Also on the boys’ side, senior Noah Warren swam to a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:53.40. Warren also swam to a bronze medal in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 5:11.34. He was part of Truckee’s second-place 200-yard freestyle relay team and second-place 400-yard freestyle relay team as well.

Truckee junior Aaron Bronstone was third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.78. Bronstone later took third in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:05.13. Bronstone was also on Truckee’s winning 200-yard medley relay team and on the boys’ second-place 200-yard freestyle team.

Truckee junior Dylan Cole was second in the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 51.67.

Senior Jack Keith picked up a silver medal as part of Truckee’s 200-yard freestyle team. Freshman Diego Rodriguez was on the team as well.

The Truckee boys’ captured the state championship with a high score of 135 points to edge Boulder City by eight points.

“This year is particularly challenging for me with the senior boys (Opsal, Warren, and Keith), because they all started with me as non-club swimmers,” said Coach Burrill on Truckee’s three departing seniors. “They just rose and started swimming club their sophomore or junior years and just took off from there … and then here, Evan wins, and Noah swam out of his mind, he swam so fast. It’s just incredible.”

Truckee girls finish second

The Lady Wolverines combined to score 135 points for second place, finishing 11 points behind state champions Boulder City.

Ultimately, the championship hinged on the first race of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay, which ended in disqualification for the Wolverines.

“It could happen to anybody,” said Coach Burrill on the race. “It’s nobody’s fault, it just happened.”

The girls, however, rebounded in a big way, battling back to secure a second-place finish. In the next event, freshman Alyssa Hynes (2:05.87), junior Megan Darzynkiewicz (2:05.88), and sophomore AnnElise Cuneo (2:08.79) finished second through fourth, respectively, in the 200-yard freestyle. Cuneo later raced to a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:39.46.

Later in the meet, sophomore Caitlin Smith turned the 100-yard butterfly into a battle for first place, but was edged down the final 25 yards by Boulder City senior Rose Pouch. Smith would touch the wall with a time of 57.43 to break her own school record in the event. She went on to claim second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.07, and was on Truckee’s first-place 200-yard freestyle team, which finished more than eight seconds ahead of second-place North Tahoe with a time of 1:41.47. Smith was also on the second-place 400-yard freestyle relay team.

Truckee freshman Brooke Saathoff was on the 200-yard freestyle relay team as well, and individually, finished third in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.09. Saathoff picked up a silver medal as part of Truckee’s 400-yard freestyle relay team.

Sophomore Riley Madigan brought Truckee a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall with a time of 1:01.81. Madigan also earned a silver medal on the 400-yard freestyle relay team.

Junior Courtney Engberg helped propel the girls to a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

In diving, Truckee junior Kira Thomas captured gold, scoring 352.25 points as the Class 3A girls’ only diver at the meet in Carson Valley.

The Truckee swim team concluded the 2018-19 season as boys and girls’ Northern League champions, boys’ state champions, and girls’ runners-up.

“Everyone on this team is important,” said Coach Burrill. “And that’s one of the biggest things I’ve always pushed for. We’re not a one-man show. We’ve worked really hard to make this team feel inclusive. Everybody’s welcome.

“We’ve had kids that couldn’t even put their faces in the water, and by the end they’re in states earning points for their team. I’m so proud of them, as much as our top swimmers.”

North Tahoe claims four podium finishes

North Tahoe also had a handful of swimmers competing at the meet.

Freshman Sydney Whisler captured third place in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.62.

The girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay team of junior Casey Garrity, sophomore Delila Quinn, freshman Marina Hendricks, and Whisler finished second with a time of 1:50.08.

Junior Hunter Hoffman was third in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.93, and third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.69.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.

Pine Nuts: Too close to call

There I was, strolling jaunty-jolly across Tahoe Boulevard, without a care in the world, and with a song in my heart, when a young lady decided to mow me down. Perhaps she never saw me, but either way, it looked to be “curtains” for me, and I did not have time even to pray.

I heard my mother’s voice, “Honey, did you remember to change your underwear this morning, because you don’t want to enter heaven with dirty underwear. Oh, and by the way, on an outside chance, might you remember how to run? Because if you do, you should probably exercise that ability right now.”

Well, not only did I suddenly remember how to run, but I might have set an age group record for leaping at the same time, because somehow she missed me by a gnat’s eyelash. And though you could not have slipped an ace of spades between my girth and her grill, by the Grace of God I escaped the “Summons” and lived to fight another day.

I needed a straight shot, and would have gone in search of one had I any money on me, for my heart and my liver were huddled together hugging each other.

I now have this new lease on life, and feel a need to do something praiseworthy to justify my extra inning in this ballpark. I don’t know what that something might be, but I’m going to keep swinging for the fences until I find out or strike out.

Tonight I walked over to our neighborhood lounge to unwind a little, and wouldn’t you know, the couple sitting one table over was talking about that very incident, and I could hear their every word…

“Honey, you would not believe what I saw this afternoon on my way home from work. I was stopped at the light on Village when here comes this old guy, crossing with the light in front of me, and all of a sudden, along comes this vehicle, racing up Village, and it makes a hard left, directly into the path of this poor old guy. My jaw dropped and I sucked up all the air in the cab, assuming he was a goner for sure. But Honey, here’s the amazing thing. This old guy, I would guess him to be in his mid-70s, makes this Beamonesque leap … do you know what I mean by Beamonesque?”

“Not exactly, but I have an idea.”

“Well, back in the ’60s, when the long jump world record was being broken by an inch at a time, Bob Beamon broke the world record by nearly two feet, so today we describe a spectacular human feat as, ‘Beamonesque.’”

“So what did this old guy do that was … Beamonesque?”

“What did he do?! He leaped almost out of his clothes is what he did; picture a flea leaping off a dog, and he landed, by the hair on his chinny chin, out of harm’s way!”

“Well, I just hope he recognizes his narrow escape for the miracle it was …”

I asked the barkeep to buy that couple a drink, and as I got up to go I scribbled a note on a cocktail napkin and placed it on their table as I passed by …

“He does.”

Learn more about McAvoy Layne at http://www.ghostoftwain.com.

Jim Porter: Fraudulent Yelp posting protected under the law, ridiculous

You are all familiar with Yelp. Individuals with Yelp accounts offer reviews for ratings, which can be done anonymously.

You would think if someone posts a patently misleading, mistaken and even totally wrong review on Yelp, Yelp would pull it or print a correction. You would think.


Yelp user “Birdzeye B” from Los Angeles posted a very negative one-star review about a southern California law firm. Afterwards an equally over-the-top inaccurate posting was made by Birdzeye, later identified as Ava Bird.

The maligned lawyer sued Bird for liability, obtaining a default judgment for over a half million dollars. The trial court ordered Yelp to remove Ava Bird’s “Birdzeye B” postings. Yelp refused to do so. In fact, Yelp sued the wrongfully maligned lawyer.


Yelp’s primary defense was that section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 gave it immunity. That Act in part reads: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider …”

Yelp claimed it was merely a conduit; a place to post other’s comments, Ava Bird was “the publisher or speaker.” How convenient.

The trial court ruled against Yelp as did the Court of Appeal. Yelp appealed to the California Supreme Court.


The Supreme Court analyzed court cases interpreting the Communications Decency Act writing: “The immunity provisions within section 230 have been widely and consistently interpreted to grant broad immunity against defamation liability for those who use the Internet to publish information that originated from another source.”

The Supreme Court concluded Yelp is a provider or user of an interactive computer service and the reviews were provided by another person — Ava Bird. No Yelp liability. The Supreme Court at least had the common sense (or guilt) to express reservations about Yelp’s posting defamatory statements, writing: “The prospect of blanket immunity for those who intentionally redistribute defamatory statements on the internet has disturbing implications.” Oh really.

Under the name of free speech, Yelp prevails allowing it to republish offensive and fraudulent material with immunity.


Several justices dissented writing in part: “We conclude instead, section 230 (of the Communications Decency Act) does not endow an interactive service provider (Yelp) with absolute immunity from complying with a court order that includes injunctive relief simply because [Yelp] functions as a publisher.”


I wrote a Law Review in 2013 ranting against internet ranters. I concluded with this: “The lesson here is when you are ranting away under a pseudonym or your name, make your point but rant crazy-style like an illiterate madman who should not be taken seriously. That should get you out of any defamation lawsuit. It has come to that. It is a crazy, crazy world, and the crazier you are, the nastier you can be – with impunity.”

Of course, Trump wasn’t around in 2013, but rereading the last line of my 2013 column, he certainly comes to mind.

Jim Porter is an attorney with Porter Simon licensed in California and Nevada, with offices in Truckee and Tahoe City, California, and Reno, Nevada. Jim’s practice areas include: real estate, development, construction, business, HOA’s, contracts, personal injury, accidents, mediation and other transactional matters. He may be reached at porter@portersimon.com

Cartoon by Killbuck

Championship Saturday: Truckee, North Tahoe athletes vie for state titles

Student-athletes from North Tahoe and Truckee will be on the diamond, track, and in the pool today competing for state championships.

Local track and field athletes have already claimed gold in a number of events during the first day of competition in Las Vegas at the Nevada State High School boys & girls Track & Field Championships.

The Wolverines are coming off a solid performance at regionals, and opened the two-day meet at Desert Oasis High School by striking gold in a pair of relay races. Sophomore Alia Sinoff, freshman Jasmine Harris, senior Zoe Brunings, and senior Ava Seelenfreund teamed up to take first place in the 4×100 meter relay with a time of 50.23 seconds.

Junior Isabella Terrazas, junior Deanna Sunnergren, freshman Petra Kidd, and sophomore Lauren Tanner captured first place in the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 9:30.37.

Freshman Nynke Propstra finished fifth in high jump, clearing 4 feet, 8.00 inches.

On the boys’ side, junior Montana Montgomery finished in second place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:31.95. Senior Calin Laine set a personal record in the event, finishing with a time of 4:36.29 for fifth place.

Athletes from North Tahoe picked up several gold medals during the first day of the meet. Seniors Josii Johnson and AJ Hurt captured individual first-place finishes to lead the Northern League champion Lady Lakers.

Johnson finished in first place in the 1,600 meters with a personal-record time of 5:37.05. Senior teammate, Ella Car was second, also setting a personal record with a time of 5:43.94. Senior Jillian Ferre was fourth in the event with a time of 5:44.84 for a personal record.

Johnson, Ferre, Carr, and freshman Alex Twomey struck gold in the 4×800 meter relay, dominating the race by more than 20 seconds with a time of 10:43.84.

Hurt’s first-place finish came in long jump where she set a personal record with a leap of 16 feet, 1.75 inches. Hurt also set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing the event in second with a time of 16.94.

The Lakers’ 4×100 meter relay team and 4×200 meter relay team of freshman Alexa McPherson, sophomore Annika Johnson, sophomore Reilly Scott, and sophomore Mika Parra finished each event in third place. Parra was also fifth in the 100 meters with a time of 13.42.

On the boys’ side, junior Nikolas Burkhart, senior Joe Pierce, sophomore Connor Johnston, and senior Riley Hacker teamed up to win the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 8:36.05.

Senior Dillon Hudson finished third in the 100 meters with a time of 11.38.

North Tahoe’s 4×100 meter relay team and 4×200 meter relay team each finished in fourth place.

The track and field state championships will conclude today.

The Truckee baseball team has picked up wins in the first two days of the Class 3A state championship tournament, and will vie for a second consecutive state title this morning against Churchill County. The four-team state tournament will conclude today at Virgin Valley High School in Mesquite, Nevada.

Swimmers from Truckee are coming off a third consecutive sweep of the boys and girls’ regional titles, and will return to the water this afternoon in Carson City to compete against the state’s best. A handful of North Tahoe swimmers will be racing for state championships as well.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Swimming & Diving Championships will be Saturday, May 18. Diving will be held at the Carson Valley Swim Center in Minden, beginning at 9 a.m. Swimming will be at Carson Aquatic Facility in Carson City, and will begin at 1 p.m. Admission to the meet is $10 for adults, $5 for students, and children ages 8 and younger get in free.

Full postseason coverage:

Wolverines baseball claims Northern championship

Truckee track and field athletes break school records, claim gold at regionals

Lady Lakers win track league title; boys finish second

Truckee swimmers sweep regional titles

North Tahoe golfers finish fourth at state

Truckee boys win state golf championship — first title since 2009

North Tahoe golfers finish fourth at state

The North Tahoe golf team made the long trip to the Nevada-Utah border earlier in the week to compete in Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A-1A State Boys Golf Championship.

Calm conditions and warm weather greeted the state’s top players for the two-day tournament, which kicked off last Monday at the par-72 Toana Vista Golf Course.

Players teed off from the white tees (5,980 yards) to begin play on Monday, and then from the blue tees (6,520 yards) for Tuesday’s final round of play.

The Northern League champion Lakers were led during the tournament by senior Murphy Scott, who finished as state runner-up for the second straight year. Scott carded an 18-over-par 162 during the two rounds, finishing his season at North Tahoe with an individual Northern League championship and a state runner-up finish. Lake Mead’s Marcus Dolinar won the state championship with a 156.

As a team Whittell put together a strong two days of golf to win the state title, combining to shoot a 169-over-par 745 to top The Meadows by 10 strokes. West Wendover was third with a 757 to edge North Tahoe by one stroke.

Sophomore Stephan Hatch was second among North Tahoe golfers, carding a 191. Freshman Ryder Smith was next with a 197, followed by sophomore Everett Grass with a 209 and freshman Emerson Willers with a 211.

“We can get nothing but better between now and next season,” said second-year Head Coach Kevin Coes on the young Lakers team.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard announces team nominations for 2019-20

U.S. Ski & Snowboard recently announced nominations for its teams ahead of the 2019-20 season. Athletes on A Teams receive the most support in terms of training and financial help from their respective sports going into next season. Athletes on lower teams receive less funding and often rely on the help of donations to make it through the season. An official announcement for teams will be made in the fall. Local athletes from the Truckee-Tahoe area and Mammoth Lakes include:


A Team

Bryce Bennett (Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley Ski Team)

Travis Ganong (Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley Ski Team)

B Team

Keely Cashman (Strawberry, Squaw Valley Ski Team)

AJ Hurt (Carnelian Bay, Squaw Valley Ski Team)

Nina O’Brien (Edwards, Colo., Squaw Valley Ski Team)

Luke Winters (Gresham, Ore., Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy)

Development Team

Ainsley Proffit (St. Louis, Mo., Sugar Bowl Ski Team & Academy)

Alix Wilkinson (Mammoth Lakes, Squaw Valley Ski Team)


Halfpipe Pro Team

David Wise (Reno)

Brita Sigourney (Carmel)

Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe)

Carly Margulies (Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team)

Abigale Hansen (June Lake, Mammoth Mountain Freeski Team)

Slopestyle Rookie Team

Cody LaPlante (Truckee, Squaw Valley Freestyle and Freeride Team)


D Team

Hannah Halvorsen (Truckee, Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center)


Halfpipe Pro Team

Toby Miller (Truckee)

Chloe Kim (Torrance, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)

Maddie Mastro (Wrightwood, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)

Halfpipe Rookie Team

Tessa Maud (Carlsbad, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)

Slopestyle / Big Air Pro Team

Judd Henkes (Lo Jolla, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)

Ryan Stassel (Anchorage, Alaska, Auburn Ski Club)

Brock Crouch (Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)

Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe)

Hailey Langland (San Clemente)

Slopestyle / Big Air Rookie Team

Dusty Henricksen (Mammoth Lakes, Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team)


Nate Holland (Sandpoint, Idaho)

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.

Lady Lakers win league title; boys finish second

The North Tahoe girls’ track and field team raced past six other squads last weekend in Fallon to capture the Class 2A Northern League championship.

The Lakers boys’ team nearly made it a clean sweep for the program, but finished as runners-up, ending the meet one point behind league champions Coral Academy of Science — Reno.

Senior Josii Johnson led the Lady Lakers during the two-day meet with gold medals in each of her four events. Johnson captured a pair of individual titles and also anchored a pair of first-place relay teams. She took first place in the 800 meters with a time of 2 minutes, 32.70 seconds, and won the 1,600 meters with a time of 5:45.14. Johnson also ran on the Lakers’ winning 4×400 meter relay and 4×800 meter relay teams.

Senior Ella Carr teamed up with Johnson during the two relay races, and also won gold in the 3,200 meters with a time of 13:06.12. Carr was second in the 1,600 meters with a season-best time of 5:54.04.

Senior AJ Hurt brought the North Tahoe girls their final individual first-place finish, taking the win in triple jump with a mark of 32 feet, 10.75 inches. Hurt was also third in long jump with a leap of 32 feet, 10.75 inches, and second in the 100-meter hurdles, setting a personal record with a time of 16.99.

Senior Jillian Ferre was on both of the Lakers’ winning relay teams. She also took second in the 800 meters with a season-best time of 2:36.78.

Also earning gold from relay races were sophomore Reilly Scott and freshman Alex Twomey.

Sophomore Mika Parra set personal records in the 100 meters with a time of 13.22 and in the 200 meters with a time of 27.79, finishing each event in second place. Sophomore Annika Johnson set a personal record in triple jump with a mark of 29 feet, 8.00 inches to claim third place.

As a team, North Tahoe finished with 163 points to top runners-up Incline, who finished with 147 points. The girls set 12 personal records at the meet and had 19 finishes that qualified for this weekend’s state championship meet. The top four finishers in each event earned a berth into the state meet in Las Vegas.

On the boys’ side, sophomore Etienne Bordes brought the team its only individual gold, taking first in the 800 meters with a personal-record time of 2:04.88.

North Tahoe’s 4×400 meter relay team and 4×800 meter relay team each posted first-place finishes. Senior Joe Pierce ran on both teams, and also finished with a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 meters with a time of 11.43 and in 400 meters with a time of 51.39. Pierce set personal records in both events.

Junior Nikolas Burkhart also picked up a pair of first-place finishes from relay events, and was second in the 300-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 43.25.

Senior Riley Hacker was on two of the Lakers’ winning relay teams as well. Hacker also finished second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:04.98.

Senior Dalton Lamberth and sophomore Connor Johnston were the other two runners on Truckee’s first-place relay squads.

Individually, senior Corey Joslin took second in the 3,200 meters with a time of 10:34.21 to set a personal record. Senior Dillon Hudson set a personal record in the 200 meters with a time of 23.48 to finish in third.

The Lakers were edged in the meet 136-135 by Coral Academy. The boys set 17 personal records at the meet and had 14 top-four finishes heading into this weekend’s state meet.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Nevada State High School boys & girls Track & Field Championships will be held Friday and Saturday at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com.