Alpine ski team finishes season in third
From one week to the next, this Slalom to that GS, the bragging rights to the honor of “best skiers in the basin” bounced around from Truckee to North and South Lake Tahoe. On Feb. 28 at Kirkwood, the last Slalom race of the season delivered the honor to the North Tahoe High School Lakers for the second year in a row.
After a season of intense competition, the Wolverine varsity Alpine ski team once again settled for third place behind top league finisher North Tahoe and second place South Tahoe.
Mirroring the standings of last year’s season, TTHS found themselves two steps down from the throne of league glory and looking toward next year.
In the final race, the Wolverine boys’ and girls’ teams finished second behind girls’ champ North Tahoe and boys’ team leader South Tahoe.
Miranda Funston was the top finisher for the Wolverine ladies, taking second place overall with a combined score of 1:03.76. Cassy Wilson grabbed seventh for TTHS, followed by Jamie Bond in eleventh and Kim Smith in fourteenth to round out the top 15 spots.
Finishing the day in third place overall, Derek Phebus was the fastest Wolverine skier with a combined time of 1:00.02. This strong standing kept the boys team in the running as only one other skier finished among the top 15 racers. Tommy Kelly landed in thirteenth for his 1:08.91 effort, but Truckee came up just short of South Tahoe for the coveted win.
Finishing the season in high spirits despite a somewhat disappointing finish, the top 16 male and female qualifiers were determined at Alpine Meadows on Tuesday morning. These racers abandoned thoughts of team accomplishments or frustrations and hit the slopes one more time in pursuit of individual honors.
Qualifying for TTHS were: Stacey Cook, Miranda Funston, Jamie Bond, Kim Smith, Gary Cook, Tim Jitloff, Shane Collins and Joe Auckenthaler.
Defending her Tahoe League Champion title, Stacey Cook rose to the occasion and skied hard all day long, ultimately defeating South Tahoe’s Kristin Royce for the win.
Unfortunately for Cook’s teammates Kim Smith and Jamie Bond, both girls had to face Cook in the initial rounds of the competition and therefore did not advance past the second round.
In a greatly improved performance over last year, the Truckee boys ended the day with second and third place wins. The 2000 Championships witnessed the elimination of every Wolverine skier by the second round. Gary Cook worked to change history, losing only in the final round to South Tahoe’s Chris McKean to claim second place overall.
Shane Collins also improved his individual standing with a solid third place performance after a consolation round win over Laker skier Jake Cohen. Both Stacey Cook and Mike Thomas received honors from the Tahoe Basin Ski League as the League’s Most Valuable Players – this was the second year the honor has been bestowed on Cook. Gary Cook also received All League honors for his consistently strong skiing throughout the 2000/2001 season.
Although Coach Pat Mooney and his team have taken their last bus ride at the crack of dawn this season, the young Wolverine squad will be intact next year and looking to take over the league title.
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