Prep Alpine skiing: State Championship postponed
The NIAA postponed the Nevada State High School boys and girls Skiing Championships until next Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 24-25.
By pushing back the state championship from its originally scheduled date this weekend, the Tahoe Basin Ski League may be forced to compete without some of its top skiers because of a Far West event at Mammoth Mountain next week.
Truckee co-head coach Paul Smith said the Wolverines’ best male and female skiers, Trevor Smith and Shelby Macrorie, will likely be in Mammoth instead of the state championship at Mt. Rose.
“Yeah, for our team we’ll probably lose our top two kids, because there’s a (Far West) speed week down at Mammoth from Monday through Thursday,” he said.
Advantage Northern Region Ski League, which combines with the Tahoe Basin League for the state championship. The leagues compete independently during the regular season.
The Truckee coach said the Northern Region originally was scheduled to hold its league championship at Mount Rose yesterday and today to determine who advanced to State. But because of soft snow conditions, the league rescheduled its championship until Saturday and Sunday, which is why the state championship was postponed.
Smith said if storms were to create poor conditions at Mt. Rose next Tuesday and Wednesday, the only other alternative would be to postpone State again until the following weekend, Feb. 28-29. But by then spring sports would be starting, creating even more scheduling conflicts for athletes.
“If it snows all week it could (be moved to the following weekend), but I think if that happened they might just cancel it altogether,” Smith said.
The top two teams and the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams out of the Tahoe Basin League earned a berth in the state meet.
On the girls’ side, Truckee and North Tahoe finished one-two in the standings and will represent the Tahoe Basin League, while South Tahoe and Truckee will compete on the boys’ side.
The following girls qualified individually: Whitney Gardner (Whittell), Ashley Kileen (South Tahoe), Hillary Sapp (Douglas), Kelsey Henderson (South Tahoe) and Joleen Furgeson (South Tahoe).
The following boys qualified: Zach Tomlinson (North Tahoe), Elliot Headley (North Tahoe), Grant Denny (Douglas), Adam Laub (Whittell) and Alexander Fulton (Incline).
The Northern Region takes its top two teams from the High Desert League and the Sierra League ” made up of mostly 4A schools ” as well as the top five individuals. They will be determined after the Northern Region championship this weekend.
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