Prep Alpine skiing | Lakers dominate Tahoe Basin League state championships |

Prep Alpine skiing | Lakers dominate Tahoe Basin League state championships

Steve Yingling / Sun News ServiceNorth Tahoe senior Zach Rickenbach, shown in a regular-season race this year, won both the slalom and giant slalom titles at the Tahoe Basin League state championships at Sierra-at-Tahoe on Monday and Tuesday. His Lakers also swept the team titles.

After Day 1 of the two-day Tahoe Basin League state championships, there was little doubt which of the three lakeside schools was most stacked.The North Tahoe girls’ and boys’ ski teams swept through the giant slalom races at Sierra-at-Tahoe in dominant fashion on Monday, then repeated the performance the next day in the slalom to bring home six state championship trophies.andamp;#8220;It was pretty awesome,andamp;#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Scott Everist. andamp;#8220;The kids did so well in the GS race, we knew that for the combined we had a pretty good beat going into the slalom the next day. We lost a few to DQs, but then the other girls pulled it out.andamp;#8221;

It wasn’t even close the first day.Led by the first of senior Zach Rickenbach’s two individual state titles, the Laker boys placed four skiers in the top 10 of the GS while the top four Laker girls finished among the top five. That gave the boys the win over runner-up Truckee by a score of 214 points to the Wolverines’ 192. North Tahoe’s girls also posted a winning score of 214 points to easily beat South Tahoe’s 189. Combine the girls’ and boys’ scores, and the Lakers won the overall title with a total score of 428 points as Truckee came in second, at 364, and South Tahoe third, at 361.Rickenbach posted the fastest times on both runs to capture the GS win with a two-run combined time of 1:26.46. Hughston Norton of Whittell was second in 1:28.79, followed by North Tahoe sophomore Nico Monforte (1:30.08) rounding out the podium in third. They were trailed closely by Lakers Garrett Driller, who was fourth in 1:30.17, and Sal Monforte, who was sixth in 1:31.17. Alex Bourrigue was 16th.Truckee’s boys took the seventh through ninth positions, as Nico Kuyper finished seventh with a time of 1:31.55, Tyler Delumyea was eighth in 1:32.58 and Ei Tsuchida ninth in 1:33.59. Wil Clausen placed 17th and Cedric Dageville 19th.On the girls’ side, Incline’s Grace Dolan won the individual title both days. She posted a time of 1:32.99 in the GS, while four Laker girls finished on her heels. Tenaya Driller was runner-up in the race, posting a time of 1:33.58, while teammate Nikki Caravelli was third in 1:34.07, Kelsey Wittels fourth in 1:35.19 and Jessica Tidd fifth in 1:36.26. Freshman Bozhie Pokorny also recorded a top-10 finish, coming in seventh with a time of 1:38.38. Sydney Lancaster was 17th.Hailey Perkins led the Truckee girls with a sixth-place finish in the GS, posting a time of 1:37.33, while Whitney Reed was 11th in 1:42.93.

Riding his momentum from the day before, Rickenbach went on to record the fastest times in both runs of the Tuesdayandamp;#8217;s slalom race for a winning combined time of 1:07.68 to South Tahoe runner-up Michael Suglianandamp;#8217;s 1:07.94.Sal Monforte took third with a time of 1:10.22 and was followed by Driller (1:10.90) in fourth and Nico Monforte (1:18.43) rounding out the top 10. Delumyea led the Truckee boys in seventh place, posting a time of 1:14.08, while Zach Bush was 14th and Tsuchida 16th.On the girlsandamp;#8217; side, Dolan won with a time of 1:25.01. Tidd, a North Tahoe sophomore, finished runner-up in 1:25.10 and was trailed by teammates Caravelli (1:31.20) in fourth and Pokorny (1:38.39) in eighth. Tannyr Pasvantis was 16th and Lancaster 18th.Morganne Murphy led the Wolverines with a third-place finish in 1:27.70, while Reed was sixth in 1:35.15 and Perkins seventh in 1:38.15.When the final tally came in, the Lakers had captured the boysandamp;#8217; slalom title by a score of 210 points to South Tahoeandamp;#8217;s 202, and the girlsandamp;#8217; slalom title by a count of 198 points to Truckeeandamp;#8217;s 195. The Lakers took the combined title with a score of 408 points. South Tahoe was second at 395 and Truckee third at 362.andamp;#8220;They just crushed it,andamp;#8221; Everist said. andamp;#8220;It was terrific.andamp;#8221;Everist said he obviously was pleased with the results, yet he was more impressed with how the team came together in an effort to earn state title hardware for their school.andamp;#8220;Thatandamp;#8217;s what was kind of cool,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;They came out together because they wanted to win for the school. Skiing is normally such an individual thing, but thatandamp;#8217;s whatandamp;#8217;s kind of neat about the high school aspect, is that itandamp;#8217;s all about the team.andamp;#8221;

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