Alpine team fourth in first comp |

Alpine team fourth in first comp

Matt Brown, Sierra Sun

The Truckee High School alpine ski team competed in its first of six races in the 2004 season Jan. 7, finishing fourth overall to earn three points toward the season points race.

The team with the most points after six races is awarded the overall league championship.

The North Tahoe High School boys’ and girls’ team completed a sweep in the race, held at Alpine Meadows, to jump ahead of the pack in the Tahoe Basin Ski League. North Tahoe breezed to first place easily over runner-up Incline High School by 43 individual points with 360 total. It scored 183 points in the boys’ division and 177 points in the girls’ division.

For North Tahoe, Mateja Lane had the best time (1:23.95), based on two combined runs, in the girls’ division, finishing a quarter of a second better than Miranda Funston, Truckee’s top performer of the day.

Olivia Rassuchine was Truckee’s next best performer, finishing 15th with a time of 1:35.93. The Truckee girls faired better than the boys, finishing with 142 points, 21 better than the boys (the closer to first a racer finishes, the more points they are awarded toward the overall team score).

Three North Tahoe boys – Robert Ramm, Casey Riva and Eli Osborne – rounded out the top three in the boys’ division. Two Incline skiers finished fourth and fifth. The top Truckee racer, Josh Begel, finished 12th with a time of 1:23.09.

Besides North Tahoe and Incline, none of the schools finished with over 300 points. Rounding out the placing, South Tahoe High School finished third, George Whittel High School fifth and Douglas High School sixth.

The next Alpine ski event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Heavenly. All five remaining races begin at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or

Tahoe Basin Ski League results at Alpine Meadows, Jan. 7

School Boys Girls Overall Place Points

North Tahoe 183 177 360 1 6

Incline 167 150 317 2 5

South Tahoe 117 152 269 3 4

Truckee 121 142 263 4 3

George Whittel 118 94 212 5 2

Douglas 118 74 192 6 1