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Diamond Peak athletes complete busy weekend of racing

This past weekend was an exceptionally busy and productive one for the Diamond Peak Ski Team.

The J3s went to Mammoth for the third in a series of Junior Olympic Qualifiers and are anxiously awaiting word on who has been invited to compete in the national event March 17-18 in Montana.

Four Diamond Peak J4/5 athletes were invited to compete in the Sugar Bowl Performance Camp and the remaining J4/5s competed in a technical kombi race at Alpine Meadows.

In addition, Diamond Peak hosted a split Tahoe League giant slalom race on Saturday and the team saw two first-place finishes and 17 top-10 finishes on home turf.

Diamond Peak’s Aidan Pretti took the first-place trophy for 7/8 boys, with Otto Albrecht and Andrew Donahue taking fourth and fifth, respectively. For the 7/8 girls, Alani Powell took fourth.

Moving on to the 9- and 10-year-olds, Diamond Peak’s Brent Wolf and Braden Hock both took the podium for second- and third-place trophies while Jackson Weinberger and Marek Hlubecek skied to fifth- and sixth-place finishes.

For the 9/10 girls, Megan Smallhouse took the first-place trophy with a big smile. Her teammates Lucy Donahue, Zoe Klenke and Katie Johnson also earned some hardware, finishing eight, ninth and 10th, respectively.

In the 11/12 boys’ division, Daniel D’Olympio and Matthew Galosh were on the podium in second and third place while Noah Cleary and Jeff Miller took fifth and seventh place. For the 11/12 girls, it was Sophia Holm on the podium with a second-place trophy and Anya Bensing took sixth for Diamond Peak.

The J4 Performance Camp is an invitation-only event and Diamond Peak athletes did well in three days of fierce competition against the top J4s from the North, South and Central Far West Divisions.

Emily Donahue and Belle Johnson finished 13 and 14th in the women’s Super G on Friday. Both girls stepped it up on Saturday, with Johnson racing to second place and Emily Donahue fourth in the ladies’ slalom.

On Sunday, both of these girls kept their momentum going with Johnson taking fifth place and Donahue skiing to 13th place in the GS. Casey Delaney and Winston Pretti of Diamond Peak were also invited to the camp, and both athletes skied very well. Delaney and Pretti took fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the men’s super G on Friday.

On Saturday, Delaney took fourth place again in the slalom. Sunday’s GS was particularly slick and Pretti took sixth and Delaney 10th.

— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@tahoebonanza.com.

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