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2000: Not just another millennium

Andrew Becker, Sierra Sun

What will this year be memorable for? Certainly not for being the year before the actual millennium, record contract deals, another Yankees World Series win or Mike Tyson wanting to eat his opponent’s children. Let’s hope not, at least.

The Olympics, Serena Williams winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and, of course, Tiger Woods’ phenomenal year will be the things remembered, or at least should be.

Locally, there are plenty of things that will stick out in 2000.

On the international scene, the biggest news for Truckee was Daron Rahlves’ back-to-back wins on the World Cup circuit March 3 and 4 in Kvitfjell, Norway, making him the first American male to win a World Cup race since 1995.

Not quite as much in the limelight as Rahlves was another Truckee man, Jim Zellers, who became the first person to snowboard Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. But for all the major accomplishments on global and national scales, there were plenty of salient things that happened in the greater Martis Valley area.

The Tahoe Truckee High School boys’ varsity soccer team finished second to North Tahoe, coming one victory shy of a perfect season and the NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A Nevada state championships. Over 1,200 people participated in the Donner Lake Multi-Event Challenge and 5,000 spectators turned out for the Third Annual Buell Old Highway 40 Motorcycle Days, to name a few things. Here is a look back at some highlights of the sports year for 2000.

January

–Tahoe residents Shaun Palmer and Chris Hernandez win the Red Bull Ultra Cross at Squaw Valley USA.

–Squaw Valley also hosts the X-Games qualifier as 350 competitors vie for 11 spots.

–Shannon Bahrke earns fourth place in a World Cup freestyle event at Deer Valley, Utah.

February

–At the X-Games held at Mt. Snow, Vt., Truckee resident Kevin Jones wins a gold and a bronze medal while other Tahoe area residents Skogen Sprang (silver), Shaun Palmer (gold) and Anik Demers (gold) win medals.

–Tahoe Truckee High School boys and girls varsity Nordic teams finish second, Alpine team third in CNISSF championships.

March

–Kyle Rasmussen wins the overall title for the Ford Downhill Series, completed at Squaw Valley.

–The Great Ski Race from Tahoe City to Truckee, the largest Nordic race west of the Mississippi, has 850 entrants.

–Janez Demsar and Christy Kromer win the overall Lord of the Boards titles. Sugar Bowl’s Bill Hudson, who was a top finisher at the X-Games skiercross, wins the skiercross title for Lord of the Boards.

April

–Peter Lind upsets Bill Hudson for the Skiercross World Championships at Squaw Valley. Megan Brown wins for the women.

–For its 60th anniversary, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort brings back the Tiki Cup and Silver Belt races.

May

–TTHS boys’ track team finishes fifth in Nevada in NIAA/U.S. Bank competition. Boys’ golf takes second place.

June

–Truckee resident Allison Kreutzen takes 32nd place in Western States 100 ultramarathon.

July

–Les Bartlett wins the Trans Tahoe Regatta.

–More than 1,200 people compete in the Donner Lake Multi-Event Challenge.

August

–The Third Annual Buell Old HIghway 40 Motorcycle Days attracts 5,000 spectators and 350 participants.

–The LeMans style race, 24 Hours of Tahoe, is held at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

September

–The latest off road … er … craze, mountain unicycling, returns to Truckee-Tahoe area with days at Northstar-at-Tahoe and Lake Tahoe’s Flume Trail.

–Truckee’s Chris “Uncle E” Ernst brings his latest invention, “Lord of the Links” golf tournament, to Resort at Squaw Creek and Old Brockway Golf Courses.

October

–Boreal Mountain Resort is the first ski area in the nation to open in 2000.

–TTHS boys’ varsity soccer team downs North Tahoe High School on the way to an undefeated regular season.

–TTHS golfer Renee Trudeau recaptures the NIAA/U.S. Bank Nevada 3A title.

November

–In the Big Game, Truckee defeats No.1 ranked North Tahoe 25-14. Truckee loses in the first round of the play-offs.

–The Wolverines’ boys’ varsity soccer team carries an undefeated record into the Nevada 3A state championship game only to fall to the North Tahoe Lakers for the first time in four meetings. The girls’ team also falls to defending state champion North Tahoe.


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