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Truckee skiers developing

Matt Riddle

The Truckee High alpine team is coming into the year with a young line-up and a lot of talent splitting time with Far West competition.

Coach Pat Mooney is banking on his younger skiers to develop a little more and give other Lake Tahoe schools a run for the money.

“It’s going to be tough to win any championships because we’re so young, but we can,” he said. “Results could be anywhere.”

A recent conflict has come up with the week’s worth of snow days from before Christmas vacation. School schedules had to be redone with the lost time. Now there’s a race two days before finals next week.

Another schedule conflict comes into play with skiers that also ski for Far West, like Brandie Barna.

“She’ll make three races for us this year,” Mooney said. “I won’t be surprised to see her win a couple races.”

That’s two out of three.

For the developing skiers, getting better should just come naturally.

“It’s laid-back. I think the team will improve,” sophomore Olivia Rassuchine, a first year skier for THS, said. “Everyone has a great attitude, no matter what you place, as long as you tried hard, it can be good.”

As far as advancing their skills, there is no one specific area that needs work.

“All-around improvement,” junior Sara Ortman said. “If people put in the effort we’ll see results.”

And more kids could equal better scores.

“If we could get more kids to come out, we could do better in League,” Mooney said. “It’s not too late to sign up.”

The races this year are split into three Giant Slaloms and three Slaloms. Last year, Truckee tied with South Lake Tahoe for second behind North Tahoe.

Jan. 8, the team had a GS at Alpine Meadows. The total team score was 275, good for third place behind South Lake Tahoe at second and North Tahoe at first. Josh Benge led the boys with a 10th place finish, followed by Pat Hartman at 14th. Miranda Funston led the girls with an eighth place finish, followed by Rassuchine at 15th, Kim Smith at 16 and Cassey Wilson at 17th.