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The Tahoe-Truckee Wolverines alpine ski team, in its inaugural race of the season, claimed an overall third place finish, last Wednesday, and left feeling hopeful about the remaining competitions.

“Although our overall results may not show it, each of our racers skied well and finished well,” Truckee Head Coach Pat Mooney said. “I’m certain that as the season progresses, our racers’ results will improve and we’ll be leading the league.”

The Truckee boys finished in second place behind South Tahoe High School. Derek Phebus, with a sixth place finish, was the fastest skier for the Wolverines. Phebus finished the giant slalom courses at Alpine Meadows with a combined time of 1:05.61, exactly two seconds off winning racer Chris Little’s time.

Mike Thomas claimed the eighth place spot with a combined time of 1:05.69. Tim Jitloff finished 11th for the Wolverines and Johnny Kane came in 16th.

A number is assigned to each individual placing, with a number one ranking being awarded the highest score. There were 48 competitors in the event, so the individual finishing with the fastest time is awarded with 48 points. The second fastest time is awarded with 47, third with 46 and so on. The points assigned to the top four finishers on the team are added and that is how the Nordic races are scored.

Truckee’s boys finished with a cumulative score of 155, 20 points lower than South Tahoe, whose racers claimed three of the four fastest times.

North Tahoe finished in third place with a score of 152.

Truckee’s girls’ team had to settle for a fourth place finish.

Kendra Windham had a good showing, placing fourth out of 48. Her time of 1:09.92 was 5.62 seconds slower than the individual winner, Corky Novotny, who beat all competitors by at least five seconds. Windham finished just .39 seconds slower than the second place finisher.

Lindsay Anderson, Heather Phebus and Natalie Bergman were the three other fastest skiers for the Wolverines, finishing with 31, 25 and 24 points, respectively.

North Tahoe decisively won the girls’ competition with a cumulative score of 170.

In order to determine the overall winner, the boys’ and girls’ scores are added together and the highest point total wins. North Tahoe and South Tahoe tied for first place, each with 322 points, and Truckee finished third with 280 points.

“Although we lack the depth of previous years,” Mooney said, “the team finished third, and I’m certain they will step it up for the next race at Alpine.”

The team raced at Alpine Meadows yesterday, but the results were unavailable at press time.


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