Reaching new heights in ’03: a year in Truckee sports and outdoors
— Several local skiers made a name for Truckee after earning places on the podium at various races. World super giant slalom champion Daron Rahlves won his third World Cup victory in Bormi, Italy, as well as taking third in another World Cup slalom race two weeks later. Later in January, he edged foreign competitors to become the first American to win at Hahnenkamm, Austria, in 40 years, a race that is known as the Super Bowl of downhill races. In Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Olympic medalist and World Cup leader Shannon Bahrke won a mogul race, while teammate Laurel Shannley, from Olympic Valley, joined her on the podium with a second place win, the first victory of her carrier.
— The Truckee High School Nordic ski team took first place in all four categories at Tahoe Cross Country. The varsity boys, varsity girls, jayvee boys and jayvee girls teams’ skiers took first – a sweep that was unprecedented for the THS team.
— Despite their small roster, the Truckee High School wrestling team took first, second and third places at the NIAA state championship tournament. THS was the smallest team at the tournament, with only five wrestlers, and they finished 11th out of 12 teams with 52 team points.
— After standing on the podium six times during the ski season, local downhill skier Daron Rahlves became the all-time best U.S. World Cup finisher. His last third place finish in Garmish, Germany put him in second in the downhill standing overall for the season.
— The men’s Sierra Nevada College ski team finished first in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association National Championship, and the women finished third after two key injuries to their team hurt their chances of capturing their 11th title.
— Squaw Valley skier Julia Mancuso took first place in the Super-G event and also gathered a bronze medal in downhill at the World Junior Championships in Puy St. Vincent, France. She followed that performance up later in the month with two gold medals (in downhill and Super-G) at the Chevy Truck U.S. Alpine Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
— Truckee skier Mike Akay won the speed skiing competition at the State Games in Mt. Hood Oregon and placed third in the all mountain extreme.
— Truckee High’s boy’s and girl’s swim teams won their first competitions of the season against North Valley.
— Truckee-resident Mimi Vadasz proves that 13 is her lucky number when she becomes the 13th woman to summit Mt. Everest.
— The Truckee High girls’ swim team wins its fourth straight league title after a commanding win against Bishop Manogue High School. The team had a strong showing at zones and state finals later in the month.
— After two big losses early in the month, the Truckee High boys’ varsity baseball team doesn’t make the playoffs. “I was disappointed with the games. I think we all were,” said coach Jason Estabrook.
— April snow storms left the girls’ varsity softball team with two home games the entire season. Although the team did not make it into the playoffs, they ended their season with the satisfaction of beating the North Tahoe Lakers in their double-header season closer at Truckee River Regional Park.
— Truckee High track and field has impressive individual showings in the 3A state finals at Foothill High School.
— The boys’ golf team takes third place in the state, finishing with a total team score of 815.
— The Truckee Outrigger Canoe Club wins two races in Monterey, Calif. The team of women practice in Donner Lake.
— Local amputee Dan Sheret began his 52-day, 3,200 mile bike ride across the U.S. to raise money for a BARR a group that supplies artificial limbs to those unable to afford them.
— Truckee Little League ends its regular season with the naming of all-star teams and home run and pitching contests.
— The Great Outdoor Games come to the Tahoe-Reno area.
— Renowned golfer Jack Nicklaus stops by Truckee to inspect the progress of the Old Greenwood golf course, the only Nicklaus Design course in the Tahoe area. Nicklaus in a series of visits lended his personal attention to the course that is scheduled to open July, 4 2004.
— Truckee High graduate Kevin Schlesinger, holder of numerous Truckee high school football records, received a full football scholarship to Northfield Mount Herman in Massachusetts.
— Truckee Little League All Stars beat All Stars from North Tahoe 17-7 in the Nevada Division 1 Little League Tournament in Reno.
— Nearly 1,500 competitors, including athletes from the world over, gathered to compete in the 23rd annual Donner Lake International Triathlon.
— Truckee Skate Park hosted the third annual Fly Freeride, where local and visiting skaters compared skate trick skills and were assessed by judges.
— Record crowds turned out to see bullriding, rodeo bull fighting, and team cow penning at the Truckee Rodeo.
— The girls’ varsity volleyball team looked strong in their season-opening win against Incline.
— The boy’s varsity soccer team opened up their season with three straight wins in a tournament, giving them confidence to face a schedule that included much tougher schools than the previous years.
— Reno and Tahoe residents interested in attracting the 2014 Winter Olympics to the Reno-Tahoe area joined to form the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition.
— Truckee high’s varsity football team exhibited strong defense in pounding Fernley to open up their regular season.
— Truckee residents Zach Beekler and Conrad Snover took third place and second place in their age groups in the locally hosted Nissan Xterra USA Championship triathlon. Six locals went on to compete in the Hawaii Xterra triathlon, with Snover finishing sixth in his age bracket.
— The Reno/Tahoe Wheelchair Tennis Team competed against wheelchair tennis players from around the world in the 18th Annual Tahoe Donner International Wheelchair Tennis Sectional Championship.
— Truckee’s football team barely won their homecoming game and maintained a perfect record, overcoming a strong performance by Lowry High to win 21-17. The Wolverines fell later in the month when pitted against Bishop Manogue Catholic, another undefeated team.
— After a 13-0 pasting of Right of Passage, Truckee’s boys’ soccer team shutout division-leading 4A Douglas High 3-0.
— Local paraplegic outdoor enthusiast, Mark Wellman, of Truckee, makes history with disabled friends Bob Vogel and Steve Ackerman. On their One-Off handcycles, a fairly new invention, the three men scale Utah’s White Rim Trail, over 100 miles of rugged terrain, without able-bodied assistance. They are the first paraplegics to accomplish the feat.
— The Wolverines ended their season in style with three league championships. The boys’ soccer team defeated North Lake Tahoe 1-0 to win the league title. The girls’ soccer team captured their league championship with a 2-1 win over North Lake Tahoe. And the Junior Varsity boys’ football team ended the year undefeated at 9-0 with their own title.
— Rob Curtis, the Truckee boy’s soccer coach, collected coach of the year honors for the Northern 3A division after leading his team through an undefeated regular season and a league title.
— The Wolverines faced a week of losses to close at the season as a run into the postseason ended for varsity football, which had defeated Dayton High to reach the second round of the playoffs, and the girls’ and boys’ varsity soccer teams. Sickness plagued both the football team and girls’ soccer team, who battled hard before losing close games. The varsity football team lost to Virginia Valley 21-28. The girls’ soccer team, coming off a regional championship win, lost to North Lake Tahoe in the state tournament, after a tie prompted a shootout. Boys’ soccer also lost to North Tahoe 2-0, ending their state championship bid.
— The basketball season opened for the Wolverines with a 45-31 win over Loyalton by the boys’ varsity in Josh Jansen’s coaching debut. The girls, however, opened shakily with a 34-52 loss to Loyalton.
— Tahoe gets its first NORCAL pewee hockey team, as the High Sierra Wild opened their inaugural season on the South Shore.
— With the snow falling regularly, Truckee High’s Nordic ski team opened their season with a dominant team and high hopes of repeating last year’s winning ways. Truckee’s wrestling team also began competition with added wrestlers, meaning the team would be able to fill more weight classes.
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