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Tahoe stunned by second place

Charles Levinson, Tahoe World Staff

As the Nordic end of season rankings came down that perennial scapegoat, the system, this time was truly to blame.

North Tahoe’s fastest were stunned to finish the season ranked second. The rankings were derived from each racer’s four best finishes. Tony Bozzio, the basin’s dominant free-heeler all year, had three first place finishes and one second place finish, but finished in second place for the season, behind Truckee’s Nick Sterling.

Sterling had one first place finish and three seconds and won the league.

“I don’t know what the deal is,” Bozzio said. “It’s totally ridiculous.”

Even Sterling conceded that it hadn’t quite worked out fairly.

“It’s certainly not the best way to do it but it was too late to change it,” he said.

The point system works by assigning a point value to each place. If there are 25 racers in a race then first place gets 25 points, the second place finisher 24 points and so-on.

Sterling won the league by taking first place in a race with more competitors.

Despite benefiting from the current system, Sterling has vowed to show up at the meeting during the offseason to push for a change to the scoring system. North Tahoe coach Dianne Miller said she expects all to agree that there is a need for change.

No proposals have been formally put forth, but Miller told the Tahoe World she will propose revising the current system and give the first place finisher a score of one, the second place finisher a score of two, etc. Final results would be unaffected by race size in such a system. Any changes will be discussed and voted on during the offseason.

Junior varsity racer, Amanda Kimmey finished the season in first place overall, and was the only North Tahoe skier to do so.

As a team North Tahoe placed second overall for the season. Truckee placed first.

The Nordic season concluded Saturday with State Championships at the Auburn Ski Club. In blistering, cold conditions, North Tahoe struggled.

Tony Bozzio, the top finisher for the men, and Laura Spohr, the top for the women, finished third and seventh, respectively. For the junior varsity, Amanda Kimmey and Brian Hobbs each finished third.

“It was just a bad day,” Spohr said. “It wasn’t my day. It wasn’t anybody’s day.”

Truckee’s Kara LaPoint took first at the State Championships and first overall on the season. Coach Miller said, Spohr should have had the first place overall crown, but Spohr said she didn’t think it was overly unfair.

Spohr finished the season in second place overall with two first place finishes,a second and a fourth. LaPoint had two firsts and two thirds.

Bozzio, Spohr and Nicky Henriques will be departing March 2 for the Junior Olympics in Marquette, Mich.


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