Downhill skiers conclude season |

Downhill skiers conclude season

The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines’ alpine ski team fell short in the overall standings this season but had one more opportunity to showcase its talent at the Alpine Skiing Individual State Championships held at Diamond Peak on Feb. 29.

In a cut-throat format which eliminated all but the best 16 racers for the individual competition, Truckee skiers were their own worst enemies. Several qualified after the preliminaries but ended up pitted against one another in the competition bracket.

Stacy Cook, who finished the regular season with two consecutive wins, won the championship title. Cook, who qualified first after the preliminaries, breezed through the first two races before meeting teammate Kendra Windham in the semifinals.

Cook, named as Truckee’s most outstanding skier, defeated Windham, named the team’s MVP, by 2.311 seconds on the dual slalom course. Cook defeated North Tahoe’s Heather Allen in the finals for the title.

“Overall [Cook] had an outstanding season,” Head Coach Pat Mooney said. “She skied spectacularly well in the races in which she competed.”

Heidi Henderson also qualified, but was defeated in the first round.

Four boys qualified to race in the championships, but none advanced past the second race. Ryan Zarubin was Truckee’s fastest finisher in the preliminaries, finishing fourth, but was eliminated in the first round by teammate Tim Jitloff, who qualified 13th. Gary Cook advanced to the second race as did Mike Thomas.

Windham and Henderson were named to the all league team, both accumulating 170 points based on their two best slaloms and two best Giant Slalom. Gary Cook finished the season with 187 cumulative points and was named to the all league team along with Jitloff and Thomas.

“Although our overall standing wasn’t what we hoped, we had a successful season,” Mooney said. “The kids had a lot of fun, they skied their best and the season was pretty much free of problems, so it was fun for everyone.”

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