Lakers alpine squads continue to dominate
Truckee and North Tahoe’s alpine teams resumed action last week, competing at Heavenly Ski Resort for two runs of slalom racing off of World Cup.
The course was icy on Thursday, Feb. 8, presenting the skiers with a difficult challenge and knocking others out of contention all together.
As a team the North Tahoe boys remained unbeaten on the season, edging South Tahoe 202-201; meanwhile the Lady Lakers picked up their fifth win in six races this season.
“We are so proud of our athletes for their commitment to North Tahoe High School and the team. We have an incredible depth of talent on both the boys’ and the girls’ teams, and it is showing in the overall points standings,” said North Tahoe Head Coach Rob Sproehnle in an email to the Sun.
“Most importantly, we are glad to see the kids come out each week, give it their all, and have fun at the same time. We also commend the race departments at the host ski areas, both on the north and south shores, for holding these races in this challenging season.”
South Tahoe’s Luke Allen took the boys’ individual win with a total time of 48.73 seconds, topping Whittell’s Payton Norton, who finished with a total time of 48.95.
North Tahoe’s Trent Carter led the Lakers with a total time of 52.62 for a fourth-place finish. Guthrie Goss was next for the Lakers with a total time of 54.45 for sixth place. Goss also has the overall points lead for the season, leading Douglas’ Sean Dunkelman 322-315.
Teammate Kevin Tidd was next with a total time of 55.65 for seventh. Oliver Fralick and Bodie Hudson finished ninth and 10th, respectively, for the Lakers.
The Truckee boys’ squad brought just two skiers to the event, and struggled on the course with a disqualification and a 31st-place finish.
On the girls’ side, the Lakers edged tough South Tahoe and Truckee squads with 200 points. South Tahoe finished with 186 points, followed by Truckee with 185 points.
The Incline Highlanders may have knocked off the Lakers, with Belle Johnson (51.34) and Rachel Meyer (54.45) claiming the top two spots, but the team had just three skiers competing on the day (the top four skiers comprise a team score).
Truckee’s Danielle Dolan continued her strong season with a total time of 54.80 for third place. The Lakers then had the next two fastest skiers in Madeleine Roberts (54.80) and Reilly Scott (1:00.52). Truckee’s Hyla Staudenmeyer was next with a time of 1:03.73 for sixth.
Unfortunately, the North Tahoe girls suffered a major blow going into the state championships, losing their top skier Anna Yamauchi to a season-ending injury, according to Assistant Coach Gretchen Sproehnle, after competing in a big mountain competition in Canada.
The teams continued racing at Diamond Peak Ski Resort on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (results not available at time of press). Local athletes will then prepare for the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association State Championship on Feb. 27 – 28 at Alpine Meadows.
Bonneville, Just claim snowboarding wins
High school snowboarding wrapped up its regular season on Monday, Feb. 12, with giant slalom at Northstar California Resort.
On the girls’ side, Truckee’s Morgan Just put down the day’s two fastest run, dominating the field of 23 racers by nearly three seconds with a total time of 1:14.22. Placer’s Skyler Bray was next with a total time of 1:17.03. North Tahoe’s Bailey Hass was the next fastest local with a time of 1:30.79 for 10th place.
On the boys’ side, Truckee’s Caleb Bonneville claimed first place with the two fastest runs of the day. Bonneville was the only rider to break the 30-second mark on the course, finishing with a total time of 1:00.25. Truckee’s Zac Kuch also broke into the top 10 with a time of 1:11.43 for eight place.
The California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation Championships will be held at Northstar on March 5-9.
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