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1998: A look back at the year of Truckee Wolverine domination and the people who made it happen

This week’s issue of Sports Illustrated asks the question, what was the best sports year ever?

For Truckee, there is little doubt that 1998 will be remembered as the year of the Wolverine. Not the year of the Laker or the Highlander or the Miner or the Pirate or the Eagle or the Dust Devil: the year of the Wolverine.

In what was, perhaps, Tahoe-Truckee High School’s grandest year of domination, six TTHS teams won state titles: the boys’ nordic ski team, the girls’ nordic ski team, the boys’ basketball team, the girls’ golf team, the girls’ soccer team and the varsity football team.

1998 was also the year which saw several school in Nevada attempting to kick Truckee and North Tahoe out of the NIAA. But a vote failed to garner the needed two-thirds and the issue died for another year, at least.

1998 was also a good year for area athletes outside of the prep arena. Squaw Valley skier Jonny Moseley captured mogul gold at Nagano, positioning him as America’s next hero. Truckee’s Daron Rahlves performed well in downhill events, proving that he will be ready to shine at Salt Lake City in 2002. Marcus Nash led the U.S. nordic skiers to a respectable finish on the grueling cross-country terrain at the Olympics in February.

Sit-skier and Truckee resident Candace Cable traveled to Nagano in the spring for the Paralympics, outshining many of the world’s greatest disabled skiers.

1999 would do well to take heed from 1998: you’ve got to work hard to get to the top.

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