Truckee owns basin league title; Jitloff, Young shine
Only a week after the Tahoe-Truckee High School alpine ski team won its sixth league race in a row along with the basin league title, two members of the team won individual honors at the Tahoe Basin Ski League championship on March 3.
At the dual head-to-head slalom meet at Alpine Meadows, TTHS’s Eric Jitloff and Quincy Young fought through elimination rounds to come out winners in the boys’ and girls’ championships, respectively.
The previous week at Diamond Peak, the Truckee team took a 351-348 win over rival North Tahoe, which had nipped at the collective Truckee heels all season.
Boys’ giant slalom
In the boys’ giant slalom race, Dan Gallaher (1:12.03) edged teammate Eric Jitloff (1:12.05) for first place, giving Truckee the win with 180 points to North Tahoe’s 176.
Wes Thelen and Tyler Buschman from TTHS finished sixth and seventh, respectively.
Girls’ giant slalom
Truckee sophomore Quincy Young (1:14.18) pushed ahead of Whittell’s Corky Novotny (1:15.18) for the win in the girls’ giant slalom.
Jenna Funston and Megan Martin took sixth and seventh, respectively.
Despite losing the race to North Tahoe (172-171), the Truckee girls’ earned TTHS enough points for the overall win, giving Truckee the basin league title.
A week later at Alpine Meadows, the racers squared off for the individual championships.
Again, it was Truckee racers placing first.
The race was in a professional format, whereby the 16 best times qualified for advancement.
Racers were then eliminated in a head-to-head challenge.
In the girls’ division, TTHS’s Young again won, beating out the 15 other qualifying racers.
North Tahoe’s Jennifer Scoville finished second, while Incline’s Meredith Kenney and Truckee’s Martin was fourth.
In the boys’ race, things looked good for Truckee, with Jitloff winning and Dan Gallaher placing second.
“As far as I can recall we haven’t had as good a season as this since the schools split,” said TTHS head coach Jeff Froelich.
Froelich said it was a credit to
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