Truckee Alpine skiers win first league race
The Truckee High Alpine ski team established itself as the new power of the Tahoe Basin Race League after winning both the girls and boys giant slalom races in the opening race of the season at Alpine Meadows on Thursday.
“I anticipated we’d do well, but I was not sure if we’d win or not,” said Pat Mooney, co-head coach of the Wolverines. “This was an unbelievable result.”
In the boys race, the Wolverines claimed the first, second, fourth and fifth spots ” which went to Jake Perkins, Trevor Smith, Danny Kruck and Graham Collins “and their 184 points was two points off the perfect score of 186. North Tahoe’s Tyler Fidler finished third.
Truckee’s girls were equally impressive, finishing with 167 points and ahead of North Tahoe, Douglas, Incline, Whittell and South Tahoe. It was the exact order of teams for the boys race.
Brandie Macken of Truckee placed first, while North Tahoe’s Kaitlin McMillan and Danielle Smallman came in second and third. Truckee’s Shelby Macrorie was fourth.
The Wolverines took the top spot overall with a combined score of 362. North Tahoe was second with 333 points, followed by Douglas (254), Incline (202), Whittell (112) and South Tahoe (88).
Besides the solid individual results, Mooney credited the size of the Truckee team ” 39 racers represented the school ” for the overall win.
“A team that deep is going to be hard to beat,” he said.
Mike Shreve, assistant coach at South Tahoe, took notice of the Wolverines’ performance.
“What I saw today out of Truckee was reminiscent of South Tahoe five years ago,” he said. “We dominated everything, then it went from us to North Tahoe the last four years. Now it looks like Truckee will be that team for years to come.”
The next league race is Wednesday at Heavenly. The Douglas-hosted race was originally scheduled for Kirkwood, but the school found a better arrangement at Heavenly.
The Truckee and North Tahoe JV boys and girls squads dominated the competition Thursday, with Truckee boys taking the top four individual spots ” Max Salinger, Andrew Pado, Oliver Stull and Davis Souza ” and the girls finishing first and second ” Demi Carter and Jackie Stoesser.
North Tahoe’s Anja Whittels finished third, while Laker skiers took every slot from fourth through 10th. On the boys’ side, North Tahoe’s Bradon Alves was fifth.
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