Both the Tahoe League and Far West J4/5 alpine skiers concluded their seasons with solid results in their respective championships.
The Tahoe League Championships were held at Squaw Valley the last weekend in March. The weather was terrible on Saturday with rain, wind and snow. All of the kids were troopers to stick it out and power through a second-to-last start order after hundreds of athletes raced earlier.
The second run was moved up to save time and after running near last, Diamond Peak ran first on the second run, allowing the athletes very little time to warm up in the lodge after waiting hours at the top of the race course for their first run.
“The Diamond Peak kids proved they are some of the toughest on the hill,” said coach Johnny Albrecht. “I am extremely proud of how they skied, especially given the weather, conditions and start order.
“Sunday's weather was much better,” the coach continued. “After a long season, I witnessed some of the best skiing from our kids that I have seen all year. At the conclusion of a long season, all athletes had a charging attitude! It was great to see.”
Diamond Peak's Tahoe League champions include Aidan Pretti, Otto Albrecht and Andrew Donahue, who took fifth, 11th and 14th in the Boys' 7/8 division overall, and Alani Powell, who took 11th in the Girls' 7/8 division overall.
In the Boys' 9/10 division, Braydon Hock was 10th overall and Megan Smallhouse and Lucy Donahue placed 13th and 14th overall for the Girls' 9/10.
Stay tuned next week for results from the four-day J4/5 Championships at Northstar.