THS Alpine gets mixed results
The THS alpine team saw some great racing from the girls’ side of the team, but the boys’ side had a rough day Tuesday at Alpine Meadows. The skiers were given one try on the two side by side slalom courses and the top 16 in boys and girls made it to the finals.
In the finals, they raced in duals format with two races each, exchanging lanes in the second race so both racers would race once on the red course and once on the blue course.
“We’ve seen a lot of improvement, they’ve made it easy for me,” coach Pat Mooney said. “They’re having fun and getting better.”
For the season, the team finished third behind North Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe.
“We could have improved our team scores if we had more kids come out,” Mooney said.
The team is losing key seniors that helped with those team scores.
“Hopefully, we’ll get some freshmen that can fill their places.”
Miranda Munston showed up the competition and finished second for the girls after a neck and neck dual slalom heat against North Tahoe’s Michelle Parker, losing by a two-heat combined time of .603 seconds.
“I was just happy to make it to the finals,” Munston said. “It was a lot of fun.”
The final heat was close. The first between the two, with Munston on the slower blue course, lost by .578 seconds. On the second heat though, she had the faster red course, but Parker still managed to win by just .025 seconds. The combined difference was .603 seconds in Parker’s favor.
“I skied with Michelle the whole run,” she said.
It was only Munston’s third high school race this season because her Far West schedule conflicts with her high school’s racing schedule.
Cassey Wilson made it to the quarterfinals before being knocked out by the eventual fourth place finisher, Alec Drew of North Tahoe. Olivia Rassuchine and Andrea Roegiers both qualified for the 16-skier finals, but lost their first matches.
On the boys’ side, the day wasn’t as friendly. Josh Benge was the only Truckee skier to qualify for the finals, but he lost in the first round to South Lake Tahoe’s BJ Bacon.
Freshman skier Scott Horn said he could have finished better.
“Some regrets, but I had fun,” Horn said. “I could have pushed it more. I held back.”
Despite that, Mooney was satisfied.
“I feel very satisfied,” he said after the awards ceremony in Alpine’s lodge. “We had a good season.”