Tahoe Basin Ski League | Johnson, Brown, Earley cap season with titles
The Tahoe Basin Ski League concluded with its championship races — a slalom, giant slalom and dual slalom — at Sierra-at-Tahoe and Heavenly on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the giant slalom (GS) at Sierra-at-Tahoe, Incline’s Belle Johnson raced to the individual title among girls with a two-run combined time of 1:10.50, while Truckee’s Cheyenne Brown placed second in 1:12.91.
Incline’s Annika Hansen was third in 1:13.23 as four Highlanders finished in the top 10, with Laurel Taylor (1:15.39) in sixth and Rachel Meyer (1:17.30) ninth. Incline’s Sami Lampe was 13th and Hannah Laurie 15th.
Anna Yamauchi (1:14.0) finished fifth for the Wolverines and was followed by teammates Hyla Staudenmeyer (1:18.90) in 10th, Emma Maiden (1:19.09) in 11th and Sarah Barrett (1:23.13) in 17th.
Emma Sproehnle led the North Tahoe girls with a 12th-place finish. Allie Doyle was 22nd for the Lakers, Nicole Marinoff was 23rd and Emma Appleton 25th.
In the boys GS, Whittell’s Payton Norton claimed the win with a time of 1:08.14. North Tahoe’s Lucas Earley placed second in 1:09.85, and Truckee’s Max Wingard rounded out the top three in 1:10.68.
North Tahoe racers took the next five spots, with Harrison Goss (1:11.55) in fourth, Austin Carr (1:12.12) fifth, Drew Austin (1:14.30) sixth, Quinn Earley (1:16.07) seventh and Ryan Conner (1:16.14) eighth.
Mitch Osborne recorded an 11th-place finish for the Wolverines and was trailed by teammate Jackson Schmidt in 13th and Aiden Danagher in 26th. Preston Hoff led the Incline boys with a 20th-place finish.
As she did in the GS, Johnson raced to the title in the slalom as well, posting a two-run time of 58.90. Incline teammate Annika Hansen finished runner-up in 59.64, and South Tahoe’s Mikaela Clothier was third in 59.90.
Brown (1:01.57) led the Truckee contingent in fourth, while Maiden (1:02.16) was fifth for the Wolverines, Barrett was 12th, Isabella Bono 25th and Frances Manthorpe 27th.
Taylor (1:08.91) placed ninth for the Highlanders, Meyer was 11th and Lampe 16th.
Sproehnle was the top North Tahoe skier in 14th place, Appleton was 18th and Marinoff 21st.
In the boys slalom, Austin Allen of South Tahoe captured the win with a combined time of 55.13. Wingard finished runner-up for Truckee with a time of 56.36, and Goss placed third for North Tahoe in 56.71.
Carr (57.57) placed fourth for the Lakers and was followed by Schmidt in 12th.
The championships wrapped up with the spectator-friendly duals at Heavenly on Wednesday.
In the girls duals, Brown won five head-to-head heats to claim the title. She defeated Johnson in the final heat and Clothier in her semifinal heat. Hansen beat Clothier in the third-place heat.
In the boys duals, Lucas Earley defeated all five racers he faced to win the title for North Tahoe, including his brother Quinn in the quarterfinal round. He beat Allen of South Tahoe in the final heat and his teammate Goss, who eliminated Wingard, in the semifinal. Norton was third and Goss fourth.
In the team results, Incline’s girls won the slalom, GS and combined titles, while Truckee’s girls won the duals and Incline was second. Truckee’s girls finished second to the Highlanders in the slalom, GS and combined.
Boys team results were not available.