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TTHS rakes in medals

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The Wolverines dominated the 6-kilometer 2000 California-Nevada Interscholastic Ski Federation (CNISF) All League High School Classic Championship Race held at Auburn Ski Club on Saturday, Jan. 22.

The team earned two first place trophies and one second place trophy at the race. A total of 95 skiers from nine schools competed in the CNISF competition. It was the final classic (diagonal striding) race of the season, and medals were awarded for outstanding performance in classic racing. The Wolverines overwhelmed the field by walking away with 20 individual medals.

Truckee boys’ varsity, lead by Louis Van Blarigan, placed first with 118 team points. North Tahoe placed second with 102 points and Nevada Union placed third with 95 points. Earning medals for the boys’ varsity team were Louis Van Blarigan, Andrew Van Blarigan, Justin Popov, Nick Sterling, Chris Waller, and John Coombs.

Truckee boys’ junior varsity, lead by Tom Kleffman and Ryan Popov, also placed first scoring 128 points. North Tahoe placed second with 109 points and Mammoth placed third with 95 points. Gathering medals for the boys’ junior varsity team were Tom Kleffman, Ryan Popov, Ian Bottomley, Willie Saltenberger, Brendon Harry, Doug Coombs, and Lyle Poulin.

Truckee girls’ varsity, led by Betsy Van Blarigan, placed second with 91 points. North Tahoe placed first with 108 points and South Lake Tahoe placed third with 55 points. Betsy Van Blarigan, Shannon Lankenau, Abbey Grimmer, Caitlin Oats, Kaitlin Steverman, and Kelly Collins earned medals for the girls’ team.

This race was well attended and featured a course which looped through the stadium for two laps. The race was followed by an awards ceremony and refreshments hosted by Auburn Ski Club.

“Having so many cheering spectators added a lot of excitement for the racers,” Truckee Head Coach Nancy Gordon said. “Because Nordic ski racing is such a demanding sport, I’m glad our team received so much recognition for their tremendous efforts.”

The Wolverines’ next race is at Tahoe Donner Cross-Country Center on Friday, Jan. 28 starting at 10:30 a.m. It is a 7-kilometer skate race.


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