Prep alpine ski racing | Laker girls win final race, earn regular-season title
North Tahoe sophomore Francesca English claimed victory in the final Tahoe Basin League race of the regular season at Heavenly on Tuesday, helping lead the Lakers to both the overall and girls team win.
English finished with a two-run combined time of 55.33 seconds to lead the field of nearly 50 racers. Maureen Lebel, racing for Truckee, finished second in 58.98 and Mikaela Clothier of South Tahoe was third in 59.64.
The Lakers landed three girls in the top 10, as Jessica Tidd was fourth in a time of 59.7 and Bozhie Pokorny was sixth in 1:01, while Nicole Marinoff rounded out their top four scores with a 19th-place finish in 1:16. Sydney Lancaster was 20th (1:17).
Truckee’s girls recorded two top-10 finishes, with Sabrina Futral placing fifth in 59.82. Brittney Straw was 16th in 1:15 and Chelsea Mohun 17th in 1:16 for the Wolverines’ top four scores (the amount used toward the team result). Sarah Williams was 21st (1:17).
North Tahoe’s girls won the team competition with 198 points to runner-up Truckee’s 188 and South Tahoe’s 187. The Douglas girls were fourth with 159 points, followed by Whittell (158), Carson (108) and Incline (96), which did not have a full team of girls or boys.
The Laker girls also secured the regular-season title, with four wins and two second-place finishes in six races.
Nico Monforte led the Laker boys. He finished runner-up a split second behind Whittell’s Hughston Norton, who posted a winning time of 52.23 seconds to Monforte’s 52.27. Truckee’s Scotty Lebel took third in a time of 55.66.
Trailing Monforte were teammates Lucas Early, who placed seventh in 1:00, Garrett Driller, who recorded the fastest first run but finished 11th in 1:05, and Harrison Goss, who was 12th in 1:05. Tyler Olk was 13th in 1:05.
For the Wolverines, Nico Kuyper finished fifth in a time of 57.5 and was followed by teammates Colin Gerrard, who was ninth in 1:02. Four Truckee boys either did not finish or were disqualified, leaving them with only three scores.
South Tahoe, which placed four boys in the top 10, took the team win with 200 points to runner-up North Tahoe’s 196. The Whittell boys were third with 168 points, followed by Truckee (154), Douglas (128), Carson (94) and Incline (70). South Tahoe’s boys won the regular-season title, Truckee was second and North Tahoe third.
Between their boys and girls combined, North Tahoe won the overall with a score of 394 points. The Lakers were followed by South Tahoe (387), Truckee (342), Whittell (326), Douglas (287), Carson (108) and Incline (166).
South Tahoe won the overall regular-season title, while North Tahoe was second and Truckee third.
UP NEXT: The state championship races are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25-26, at Sierra-at-Tahoe.