Prep alpine skiing | Lakers, Wolverines sweep Tahoe Basin League titles
First place was reserved for the Lakers and Wolverines in the Tahoe Basin Ski League regular-season finale Monday at Heavenly.
North Tahoe skiers Francesca English and Nico Monforte captured individual wins in the boys’ and girls’ slalom races, while their Lakers secured the regular-season title in the team combined and girls’ competitions. Truckee’s boys, meanwhile, continued their hot streak with their third consecutive win to edge the South Tahoe boys by one point for the regular-season title.
In the boys’ race, Monforte claimed victory with a two-run combined time of 56.21 seconds. Truckee’s Patrick Romano finished second in 1:00.24, North Tahoe’s Lucas Early rounded out the top three in 1:00.26 and the Wolverines’ Wes Harrington was fourth in 1:02 and Nico Kuyper seventh in 1:04. Truckee’s Colin Gerrard and Will Clausen were 11th and 12th, respectively, and North Tahoe’s Garrett Driller and Ryan Faye were 16th and 24th.
With four skiers among the top 11, the Truckee boys took the win with 204 points to South Tahoe’s 188, which also lifted them the season title with 38 points to the Vikings’ 37. The North Tahoe boys finished third in the season standings with 33 points.
In the girls’ race, English raced to a first-place finish in a time of 1:02.42 to easily beat runner-up Whitney Gardner of Whittell, who posted a time of 1:05.11. North Tahoe’s Johanna Gur placed fourth in 1:08, while teammates Audrey Johnson and Sydney Lancaster were ninth and 13th, respectively.
Haily Perkins led the Truckee girls with a fifth-place finish in a time of 1:10. She was trailed by Truckee teammates Zoe Willis in 10th, Valerie Vajgrt in 14th and Chelsea Mohun in 18th to round out the Wolverines’ top four scores (the amount used for the team result).
The Laker girls took the team win with 201 points to runner-up South Tahoe’s 199. The North Tahoe girls won four of six races during the season to take the title with 40 points to the Vikings’ 37.
In the team combined (boys and girls), North Tahoe won the season title with 39 points, while South Tahoe came in second with 37 points and Truckee was third with 33. The Vikings took the combined win on Monday, posting 387 points to the 385 tallied by both North Tahoe and Truckee, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Lakers’ lead in the standings.