Prep Alpine racing: Truckee girls earn state berth
Truckee’s girls finished second behind South Tahoe in the Tahoe Basin Ski League to earn a team berth in the state meet Feb. 20-21 at Mt. Rose.
Competing in an unusual double-race finale last Tuesday at Sierra-at-Tahoe, South Tahoe cinched the boys’, girls’ and overall Tahoe Basin Ski League championships, while the Whittell and Truckee boys finished tied for second place and#8212; and the final state seed. But the Warriors received the league’s second ticket to state based on their winning a race and the Wolverines’ best result a second.
Despite not qualifying as a team, the Truckee boys had five skiers earn wildcard spots to compete individually at state. Trevor Smith will compete in the giant slalom, Nico Kuyper in slalom and GS, Tyler Delumyea in the GS, Zac Bush in the slalom, and Brandon Craddock in the slalom.
North Tahoe qualified two boys and one girl to compete at state, as Nico Monforte will race as a No. 1 seed for the boys in both the slalom and GS, Ryan Faye will compete in slalom, and Kelsey Wittels will race in both slalom and GS for the girls.
The final Tahoe Basin League boys standings, including points, were South Tahoe winning its second straight title with a total of 35 points, followed by Whittell, 26; Truckee, 26; North Tahoe, 21, Douglas, 11; and Incline, 8. For the girls, South Tahoe earned its first trip to the Nevada state meet with a total of 35, followed by Truckee, 29; North Tahoe, 26; Douglas, 15; Whittell, 13; and Incline, 8.
Wittels posted the best individual finish among the Lakers and Wolverines in last Tuesday’s dual races, which featured a slalom and GS due to an earlier postponement at Diamond Peak. Wittels finished fifth in the GS and sixth in the slalom, while Truckee’s Ali Gerrard was seventh in both races to lead the Wolverines.
Danielle Smallman, Hanna Casares and Whitney Reed finished 11th, 12th and 14th, respectively, for Truckee in the GS, and Karlie Mohun was 20th. For the Laker girls, Taylor Pasvantis was ninth, Emily Nall 16th, Tannyr Pasvantis 17th and Jana Lane 19th.
In the slalom, Casares finished 10th and Smallman 11th, followed by Reed in 16th. Taylor Pasvantis took 13th for North Tahoe, Tannyr Pasvantis was 19th and Lane 20th.
Pierson Souza led the Laker boys with a fourth-place finish in the GS, while Monforte took seventh in the race and Faye 20th. Delumyea led the Truckee boys in 10th; Kuyper was 11th, Smith 12th and Craddock 15th.
North Tahoe’s Sal Monforte placed sixth in the slalom, Faye was 12th and Nico Monforte 16th, while for Truckee, Craddock finished eighth and Stein Retzlaff 13th.
and#8212; Steve Yingling contributed to this report.
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