Prep skiing | Truckee’s Ali Gerrard, Laker boys fare well in Heavenly slalom |

Prep skiing | Truckee’s Ali Gerrard, Laker boys fare well in Heavenly slalom

Steve Yingling and Sylas WrightTahoe Daily Tribune and Sierra Sun
Steve Yingling / Sun News ServiceNorth Tahoe senior Sal Monforte races to a third-place finish in the second of two Tahoe Basin League slalom races held at Heavenly this past Thursday. Teammate Zach Rickenbach won the afternoon race, while Garrett Driller finished runner-up. Truckee's Ali Gerrard recorded a first and second place on the day to lead the Wolverines.

HEAVENLY andamp;#8212; Doubleheaders are usually reserved for baseball and softball players, but this past Thursday the Tahoe Basin Ski League set up a twin bill of slalom racing at Heavenly Mountain Resort.TBL racers started a seven-hour day on the mountain with a two-run morning slalom race on World Cup, then followed that up with another slalom in the afternoon that served as the Emily Clothier Memorial Race.andamp;#8220;It was a long day. Five hundred twenty (runs). We got here at 7 to set the course, and weandamp;#8217;re just now pulling it down,andamp;#8221; said South Tahoe coach Mike Shreve as midafternoon had already passed. andamp;#8220;Itandamp;#8217;s as physical as mental, because typically we have two runs, and the kids take a break. Today it was pedal to the metal from the time they got here at 8 oandamp;#8217;clock.andamp;#8221;Truckee senior Ali Gerrard raced to first- and second-place finishes on the day to lead the Wolverines. Gerrard placed runner-up to Inclineandamp;#8217;s Grace Dolan in the morning, posting a two-run combined time of 1:05.25 to Dolanandamp;#8217;s 1:00.95. She then won in the afternoon by the slightest margins over South Tahoeandamp;#8217;s Maddie Bowman, as the top two racers were separated by a mere .10 with their two-run times of 1:05.3 and 1:05.4, respectively.North Tahoe, meanwhile, was led in the afternoon race by senior Zach Rickenbach, who headed a 1-2-3 sweep of the top three spots along with freshman Garrett Driller and senior Sal Monforte. After disqualifying on Run 1 of the first race, Rickenbach recorded the fastest times in both runs in the afternoon to win with a time of 54.38 seconds to Drillerandamp;#8217;s 56.18. Monforte was right on their heels at 56.52, and teammate Ryan Faye finished eighth in 1:01.0 and Alex Bourriague 20th. Tyler Olk was 23rd.Faye was the top Laker boy in the morning, finishing seventh in 1:03.08. Driller was 13th in 1:05.88, Daniel Longo 18th in 1:09.19 and Olk 24th. Freshman Bozhie Pokorny led the Laker girls in both races, as she finished third in the afternoon, posting a time of 1:07.2, and was seventh in the morning with a time of 1:18.21. Pokorny was trailed by teammate Lauren McLaughlin in 19th and Ivy Altick in 25th in the morning, while in the afternoon the Lakersandamp;#8217; Tannyr Pasvantis placed 12th in 1:19.8, McLaughlin was 18th and Altick 23rd.Marine Dageville was the second Truckee girl in the morning, finishing 10th with a time of 1:19.34, followed by Carly Mohun (1:24.97) in 15th, Hilary Robb in 17th and Betsy Davis in 26th. In the later race, Truckeeandamp;#8217;s Valerie Vaigjrt took 14th and Mohun 16th.For the Truckee boys, Tyler Delumyea finished third to South Tahoeandamp;#8217;s Michael Suglian and Whittellandamp;#8217;s Austin Norton in the morning race with a time of 57.91. Suglian posted a winning time of 55.67 and Norton 56.81. Zac Bush was the second Truckee finisher and eigtht overall in 1:04.15, while teammate Wil Clausen placed 11th in 1:04.50, Colin Gerrard was 20th and Cedric Dageville 25th.Delumyea also led the Truckee boys in the afternoon, as he finished fifth with a time of 57.32, while Nico Kuyper was seventh in 1:00.1 and Bush 11th in 1:02.4. Dageville was 19th and Jerrit Maher 24th.UP NEXT: Tahoe Basin League racing continues Wednesday at Diamond Peak.

North Tahoe senior Kelsey Wittels finished runner-up in the U.S.S.A. NorAm Hole Shot Tour Ski Cross event at Alpine Meadows this past Thursday. She went on to finish third on Friday.The Hole Shot Cross Tour is a competition designed to bridge the gap between the grassroots and World Cup level for ski cross and snowboardcross. The event featured skiers and snowboarders from across the U.S. and Canada.andamp;#8212; Information about Wittels and this event was submitted to

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