Prep skiing | Lakers sweep Tahoe Basin League slalom event
The Laker boys’ and girls’ ski teams swept the final Tahoe Basin League race of the regular season at Diamond Peak on Wednesday.
North Tahoe seniors Sal Monforte and Zach Rickenbach finished 1-2 in the boys’ race while four Laker girls recorded top-10 finishes on the day to give the Lakers the boys’, girls’ and overall wins over runner-up Truckee. South Tahoe was third.
The Truckee girls came up just four points shy of North Tahoe, 207-203, while the Laker boys won with 206 points to Truckee’s 194. The Lakers posted a combined team score of 413 points. Truckee had 397 points and South Tahoe 373, followed by Carson (246), Douglas (239), Whittell (195) and Incline (181).
Monforte won the slalom race with a two-run combined time of 44.71 seconds to Rickenbach’s 45.00. Nico Monforte finished fourth for the Laker boys with a time of 46.38, followed by Ryan Faye (50.52) in 15th.
The North Tahoe girls were particularly impressive, said Lakers coach Scott Everist, explaining how they captured the win with only five racers.
Jessica Tidd finished third overall behind Incline’s Grace Dolan and Truckee’s Ali Gerrard, posting a time of 48.98 to Dolan’s 47.62 and Gerrard’s 48.61. North Tahoe senior Kelsey Wittels finished fourth in 51.29 and was followed by teammates Bozhie Pokorny (55.67) in sixth and Tannyr Pasvantis (1:01.11) in eighth.
and#8220;We were really happy with the girls,and#8221; Everist said. and#8220;We had only five girls and they still ended up winning it. The kids did what they needed to do.and#8221;
Gerrard, who’s been consistently in the top three all season, winning a race the previous week, was trailed by Truckee teammates Hailey Perkins, who took fifth with a time of 55.49 and Whitney Reed, who was seventh in 57.73. Valerie Vaigjrt and Marine Dageville finished 11th and 12th, respectively, and Carly Mohun was 20th.
In the boys’ race, Truckee skiers grabbed the seventh through 10th positions, with Ei Tsuchida leading the way in seventh with a time of 47.83. Zac Bush was eighth in 48.18, followed by Tyler Delumyea (48.18) in ninth and Nico Kuyper (48.42) 10th. Cedric Dageville placed 14th.
The NIAA-Tahoe Basin League state championship meet is scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 1 at Sierra-at-Tahoe.