North Tahoe’s Lady Lakers ride to second straight slalom win at Alpine Meadows
Top Five Girls
1) Faith Mora (Colfax) — 1:31.5
2) Nina Burt (North Tahoe) — 1:34.7
3) Hazel Kyle (Nevada Union) — 1:38.1
4) Morgan Just (Truckee) — 1:40.3
5) Jillian King (Davis) — 1:42.6
Top Five Boys
Tyler Suddjian (Colfax) — 1:16.2
Caleb Bonneville (Truckee) — 1:17.3
Ryan Donovan (Colfax) — 1:20.5
Ethan Vaughan (Placer) — 1:20.8
Zac Kuch (Truckee) — 1:21.4
The second round of high school snowboard racing returned to Alpine Meadows on Monday morning, and for the second consecutive week, the North Tahoe girls proved to be the fastest group on the mountain, riding to first place as a team.
Slalom racing was again held on the resort’s Kangaroo Run, but fewer gates in this week’s setup made for a faster course and shook up the results from last Tuesday’s California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Central Division II Snowboard season opener.
Colfax snowboarder Faith Mora picked up her first win of the season, topping the field of 32 girls by more than three seconds with a combined time of 1 minutes, 31.5 seconds. Mora was third in the season opener.
North Tahoe’s Nina Burt finished as the girls’ runner-up for the second consecutive week, posting the day’s fastest time on the blue course for a combined time of 1:34.7.
Last week’s winner, Truckee’s Morgan Just, finished in fourth place with a combined time of 1:40.3. Just and Mora were the only racers to finish the red course with a time under 46 seconds, but a time of 54.42 on the blue course knocked Just out of first-place contention.
As a team, the Lakers finished with a high score of 376 points to remain unbeaten on the year as a group.
North Tahoe’s other scoring riders were Imogen Strydom (1:47.0) in eighth place, Cami Carter (1:47.8) in ninth place, and Bailey Haas (1:53.5) in 13th place.
Placer was second with 363 points, followed by Nevada Union with 349 points. The Truckee girls finished with 326 points for sixth place.
On the boys’ side, Colfax snowboarder Tyler Suddjian gave the school a sweep of the day’s racing, capturing first place with a combined time of 1:16.2. Suddjian also led the Colfax boys to a second straight team win with a high score of 377 points. Truckee finished the race with 367 points for second place.
The winner of last week’s race, Caleb Bonneville, led the Wolverines with a second-place finish, finishing the morning with a combined time of 1:17.3.
Truckee’s Zac Kuch gave the school a pair of top-five finishes, posting a combined time of 1:21.4 for fifth place.
Truckee’s other scoring snowboarders were Austin Bullock in 10th place with a combined time of 1:28.3, and Emmanuel Valenzuela-Jones in 20th with a combined time of 1:33.5.
The North Tahoe boys’ finished in fifth with 336 points. Cali Vail led the Lakers with a combined time of 1:23.4 for seventh place. Wyatt Johannsson also cracked the top 20 with a combined time of 1:31.8 for 16th place.
High school racing will head to Boreal next Tuesday for the year’s first giant slalom event.
Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.