Alpine teams in first after five wins
Though the season is not over yet, the racers on the Tahoe-Truckee High School alpine ski teams have good reason to celebrate.
With another two wins last week, the teams continued their winning streak and locked in a first-place league finish, with only the league championship remaining as an obstacle.
In a night slalom race Feb. 11 at Heavenly, TTHS took on Whittell, North Tahoe, Incline and Douglas high schools, defeating each of them soundly with 354 points.
It came as the strongest showing from Truckee, which has been narrowly beating rival North Tahoe by as few as two points all season.
This win, however, was by a full 35 points, with Truckee beating North Tahoe’s 319. None of the other schools managed to break the 300-point mark.
Separately, the boys’ team combined for 185 points, while the girls scored 169, for 354.
Individually, the girls’ varsity race was won by North Tahoe’s April Mancuso, but strong showings from Quincy Young (second) and Megan Martin (fourth) were enough for the win.
“A couple of the (other schools’) skiers went down on the first run, which opened the door for us,” said TTHS head coach Jeff Froelich.
In the boys’ varsity race, Truckee’s triple-threat of Wes Thelen (first), Tyler Buschman (second) and newcomer Rudy Cross (third) swept.
The highest showing from a non-Truckee racer came from North Tahoe’s Jeremy Yurosek in fourth.
Despite non-Truckee wins individually in the girls’ race, Froelich explained the size of the TTHS team always contributes to meet wins.
“You’re not going to make it against us because we have so much depth,” said Froelich.
On Feb. 13, the teams raced at Alpine Meadows in a giant slalom-style event, this time edging North Tahoe by a mere two points, 356-354.
Truckee faced the same teams as the previous race, again with no schools other than TTHS and North Tahoe breaking 300.
At this race, the Truckee boys were beaten by North Tahoe 178-177, while the TTHS girls won 179-176.
North Tahoe’s Mancuso repeated her win in the girls’ varsity race, while Jenna Funston of TTHS was second.
Other Truckee girls placing well included Quincy Young (third), Emily Sterling (fifth) and Megan Martin (seventh).
In boys’ varsity, North Tahoe’s Marco Sullivan won, while Truckee’s Thelen took second.
“It’s phenomenal,” said Froelich. “We’ve been in this situation (close races) three times this year and we came out on top.”
A race was held Feb. 25 in Incline Village, but results were not available at press time.
The final race of the season is Tuesday, March 3, at Heavenly (10 a.m.).
League championships will be Thursday, March 5, at Alpine Meadows (10 a.m.).
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