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TTHS skiers win both races in giant slalom

JAMIE BALL

The Tahoe-Truckee High School alpine ski teams started off their respective seasons with wins last week.

In a meet last Friday at Alpine Meadows, the boys’ and girls’ downhill teams combined for 349 points in the giant slalom, edging North Tahoe by four points.

Boys’ varsity

The boys’ varsity team took overall best boys’ team in the meet, which pitted it against North Tahoe, Douglas High, Whittell and Incline. The total score was 179 points.

Truckee’s Dan Gallaher finished second, just behind North Tahoe’s Marco Sullivan. Gallaher’s combined times for two runs were 59.65.

The top-10 was rounded out by Erik Jitloff (third, 61.46), Wes Thelin (fifth, 62.72), Mike Thomas (seventh, 64.65).

Tyler Buschman (eighth, 65.20), Brian Lowrance (ninth, 65.56) and Ryan Zarubin (10th, 66.10).

Jason Waters finished 16th with a combined time of 67.62.

Though Sullivan won for North Tahoe in individual times, Truckee came away with the win as a team. Seven of the top-10 finishes came from Truckee racers.

“Dan and Erik looked good and there are some fast underclassmen coming up,” said co-coach Pat Mooney. “The boys’ team has a lot of depth.”

Girls’ varsity

The Truckee varsity girls posted the second-highest score with 170. North Tahoe had the highest score at 177.

Finishing behind North Tahoe’s Jenn Scoville and April Mancuso, Truckee’s Megan Martin (third) turned in a combined time of 64.259 in the giant slalom.

Also in the top-10 was Emily Sterling (sixth, 67.03), Katie Linette (eighth, 69.45), Rita Moring (ninth, 69.51) and Jenny Shaffer (10th, 70.13).

Heather Phebus placed 19th with times combining for 77.33 and Sarah Ford was 22nd with a time of 79.33.

Team previews

Mooney said while he expects good things from both teams the boys may be have better results this year simply because they outnumber the girls.

Where the boys have nine racers and seven alternates, the girls’ team has just eight racers and one alternate.

On the girls’ team, Mooney said Quincy Young (who did not compete due to a Far West race held the same day), Jenna Funston and Martin should show well.

Out of the blue

He also said there have been a few surprises from returning skiers.

“Katie Linette just came out of nowhere this year,” Mooney said. “She finished eighth, which is great for her.

“Also the new girl, Emily Sterling, not only finished well, but she’s aggressive and a real pleasure to watch ski.”

The competition

Last year, Truckee won the league championship, which is the highest they could advance because there is no state championship for alpine skiing.

Mooney said competitors which look particularly tough this year include North Tahoe and Incline.

“Marco Sullivan (North Tahoe) looks very strong,” Mooney said. “This guy will be racing World Cup this year. They have some very fast skiers there. We hope when our Far West skiers are away at races that theirs are, too.”

The recent meet drives home this point.

“Four points is nothing. I’m sure future races will prove just as close,” Mooney said.

Incline frequently has top racers on the course, as well, Mooney said.

“Douglas and Whittell have racers that can compete, and it wouldn’t surprise me if their racers finish well,” Mooney said.

North Tahoe has been the team to beat for the past 12 years, and Truckee has proven, at least in one meet, it can compete with them.

Training

Barring bad weather, the alpine teams are practicing every day.

Mooney said when the teams are gate training, they are working on initiating turns correctly, balance, maintaining a high line and facing down the hill.

He said at other times, the teams work on balancing drills.

“Without balance nothing else happens,” Mooney said.

Looking ahead

The races scheduled for Monday were canceled due to heavy, wet snow storms pounding the Sierra.

The next races are set for Jan. 28 at Mount Rose. A rare night meet at Heavenly on Feb. 11 will bring a dual format, head-to-head slalom race.

Junior varsity

Results from the junior varsity races follow.

Girls: Megan Minnick (second, 79.46), Natalie Bergman (third, 82.20) and Katie Stock (sixth, 88.72).

Boys: Pat Cerceau (second, 70.23), Ryan Desmond (fourth, 71.35), Nikolai Travis (sixth, 72.40).

Kevin McGovern (11th, 75.63), Zack Lannoy (12th, 75.81) and Justin Platt (15th, 76.79).

TTHS skiers win both races in giant slalom

By JAMIE BALL

Sierra Sun

The Tahoe-Truckee High School alpine ski teams started off their respective seasons with wins last week.

In a meet last Friday at Alpine Meadows, the boys’ and girls’ downhill teams combined for 349 points in the giant slalom, edging North Tahoe by four points.

Boys’ varsity

The boys’ varsity team took overall best boys’ team in the meet, which pitted it against North Tahoe, Douglas High, Whittell and Incline. The total score was 179 points.

Truckee’s Dan Gallaher finished second, just behind North Tahoe’s Marco Sullivan. Gallaher’s combined times for two runs were 59.65.

The top-10 was rounded out by Erik Jitloff (third, 61.46), Wes Thelin (fifth, 62.72), Mike Thomas (seventh, 64.65).

Tyler Buschman (eighth, 65.20), Brian Lowrance (ninth, 65.56) and Ryan Zarubin (10th, 66.10).

Jason Waters finished 16th with a combined time of 67.62.

Though Sullivan won for North Tahoe in individual times, Truckee came away with the win as a team. Seven of the top-10 finishes came from Truckee racers.

“Dan and Erik looked good and there are some fast underclassmen coming up,” said co-coach Pat Mooney. “The boys’ team has a lot of depth.”

Girls’ varsity

The Truckee varsity girls posted the second-highest score with 170. North Tahoe had the highest score at 177.

Finishing behind North Tahoe’s Jenn Scoville and April Mancuso, Truckee’s Megan Martin (third) turned in a combined time of 64.259 in the giant slalom.

Also in the top-10 was Emily Sterling (sixth, 67.03), Katie Linette (eighth, 69.45), Rita Moring (ninth, 69.51) and Jenny Shaffer (10th, 70.13).

Heather Phebus placed 19th with times combining for 77.33 and Sarah Ford was 22nd with a time of 79.33.

Team previews

Mooney said while he expects good things from both teams the boys may be have better results this year simply because they outnumber the girls.

Where the boys have nine racers and seven alternates, the girls’ team has just eight racers and one alternate.

On the girls’ team, Mooney said Quincy Young (who did not compete due to a Far West race held the same day), Jenna Funston and Martin should show well.

Out of the blue

He also said there have been a few surprises from returning skiers.

“Katie Linette just came out of nowhere this year,” Mooney said. “She finished eighth, which is great for her.

“Also the new girl, Emily Sterling, not only finished well, but she’s aggressive and a real pleasure to watch ski.”

The competition

Last year, Truckee won the league championship, which is the highest they could advance because there is no state championship for alpine skiing.

Mooney said competitors which look particularly tough this year include North Tahoe and Incline.

“Marco Sullivan (North Tahoe) looks very strong,” Mooney said. “This guy will be racing World Cup this year. They have some very fast skiers there. We hope when our Far West skiers are away at races that theirs are, too.”

The recent meet drives home this point.

“Four points is nothing. I’m sure future races will prove just as close,” Mooney said.

Incline frequently has top racers on the course, as well, Mooney said.

“Douglas and Whittell have racers that can compete, and it wouldn’t surprise me if their racers finish well,” Mooney said.

North Tahoe has been the team to beat for the past 12 years, and Truckee has proven, at least in one meet, it can compete with them.

Training

Barring bad weather, the alpine teams are practicing every day.

Mooney said when the teams are gate training, they are working on initiating turns correctly, balance, maintaining a high line and facing down the hill.

He said at other times, the teams work on balancing drills.

“Without balance nothing else happens,” Mooney said.

Looking ahead

The races scheduled for Monday were canceled due to heavy, wet snow storms pounding the Sierra.

The next races are set for Jan. 28 at Mount Rose. A rare night meet at Heavenly on Feb. 11 will bring a dual format, head-to-head slalom race.

Junior varsity

Results from the junior varsity races follow.

Girls: Megan Minnick (second, 79.46), Natalie Bergman (third, 82.20) and Katie Stock (sixth, 88.72).

Boys: Pat Cerceau (second, 70.23), Ryan Desmond (fourth, 71.35), Nikolai Travis (sixth, 72.40).

Kevin McGovern (11th, 75.63), Zack Lannoy (12th, 75.81) and Justin Platt (15th, 76.79).


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