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Nordic teams head for state; history favors Truckee

JAMIE BALL

The Tahoe-Truckee High School nordic teams won four of four races at a meet at Eagle Mountain over the weekend, clinching first place in league standings for the season.

At the 6.3K classic races, all four teams; boys’ varsity, girls’ varsity and boys’ and girls’ junior varsity won their respective races.

Boys’ varsity

In boys’ varsity, Jesse Steverman took first over Nevada Union’s Ian Case, with a time of 21.41, a full 10 seconds ahead of Case.

Truckee’s James Beauchamp was third in 21.56.

“James outsprinted Scott Hill (North Tahoe) and Spencer Archer (Truckee) to the finish for his strongest finish of the year,” said head coach Olof Carmel.

Carmel also had good words for Jesse Steverman.

“He’s improved his technique and worked hard to gain confidence with every race this season,” said Carmel.

Louis Van Blarigan was sixth.

The boys took this race with 109 points.

JV boys

In JV boys, Justin Popov of Truckee was just behind Nevada Union’s David McKay.

Still, the Truckee JV boys won the race with 108 points, beating Nevada Union’s 90 and North Tahoe’s 79.

Girls’ varsity

In the girls’ varsity race, Jenny Rassuchine remained undefeated with a nearly 30-second lead over North Tahoe’s Emily Robins.

Christina Harvey placed fourth with a time of 24:41.

Harvey was followed by teammates Kristy Davis and Elia Burrill.

The girls won the race with 84 points.

JV girls

The junior varsity girls were led by Amber Johnson and six other Truckee girls, including Kelly Collins (second) and Jana Bergen (third), who rounded out the top-10.

The JV girls took the win easily with 90 points. Nevada Union had 66 points and North Tahoe earned 42.

On Saturday, Feb. 28, TTHS will host the state championship at Auburn Ski Club, starting at 10 a.m.

Truckee will go for its fifth-straight state title at the championship.

“All four teams are skiing and racing very well and looking strong for next week’s state championship,” said Carmel.

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