Prep alpine skiing | Lakers 2nd, Wolverines 3rd in opening Tahoe Basin League race
South Tahoe handily won the opening Tahoe Basin Ski League race of the season on Thursday, a giant slalom held at Kirkwood, while North Tahoe finished second as a team and Truckee was third.
South Tahoe’s boys and girls both claimed first place for a combined team score of 405 points to North Tahoe’s 357. Truckee was third at 344, followed by Douglas (281), Whittell (274), Carson (267) and Incline (88), which had only two racers total.
Individually, Johanna Gur of North Tahoe recorded a second-place finish to lead the Lakers in the varsity girls’ race, as she posted a two-run combined time of 63.84 seconds to South Tahoe winner Maia Bickert’s 62.74. North Tahoe’s Sydney Lancaster finished 10th in 73.52 to help the Laker girls finish second with 187 points to the South Tahoe girls’ 212.
Lucas Early also posted a top finish for the Lakers, as he came in fourth in the varsity boys’ race with a time of 61.54. Hughston Norton of Whittell won the race in 59.38.
Truckee’s boys landed three racers in the top 10, led Wes Harrington in sixth place, to finish second behind South Tahoe as a team, 193-183.
Valerie Vajgrt’s 11th-place finish led the Truckee’s girls, who were third as a team with 161 points.
Aside from their two top-10 finishes, the Laker girls had six in the top 20, with Allie Doyle placing 13th in 76.22, Audrey Johnson 16th in 77.36 and Kami Abi-Nader 20th in 78.38. Truckee’s Karlie Mohun was 14th in 77.14 and Chelsea Mohun 18th in 78.29.
The Truckee boys had three racers in the top 10, with Harrington leading the way with a sixth-place finish in 62.70. Nico Kuyper was seventh in 63.01 and Zac Bush was 10th in 64.03. Ryan Faye of the Lakers placed 15th in 66.01, while teammate Chase Whitney was 19th in 66.93 and Austin Nall was 20th in 67.78.
North Tahoe competed without a number of its top skiers.