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Buchholz, Norton win Tahoe League races at Tahoe Donner

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On Feb. 28, more than 220 ski racers from around the lake flocked to Tahoe Donner in Truckee for a Tahoe League giant slalom.

Heavenly’s rising star J.D. Buchholz had a breakthrough win in the boys’ 9-10 class with a combined time of 1 minute, 27.69 seconds. Teammate Dylan Gooding wasn’t far behind in third place (1:30.24). The two were separated by Ross Tester of Squaw Valley (1:29.58).

Joseph Fry of Heavenly narrowly missed the top-10, finishing 12th, while his younger brother, Jesse, placed 32nd.

Leading the charge of the boys’ 7-8 class was Payton Norton of Heavenly, finishing in first with a combined time of 1:27.47. Nick Fischer, also of Heavenly, finished fourth (1:33.40) while teammate Gabe Kenney placed seventh (1:36.77). The top-3 was rounded out by Michael Hartman of Diamond Peak (1:30.10) and Zack Haas of Tahoe Donner (1:32.48). Heavenly’s Tim Novak finished 20th, Luke Allen 23rd, Gunnar Barnwell 25th and Sean Dunkelman finished 40th after taking an unfortunate spill on the second run.

Squaw Valley dominated the boys’ 11-12 class with finishers in the first and second spots. Joshua Inscoe took the win with a combined time of 1:26.01, while teammate Will Leonard wasn’t far behind with his time of 1:26.14. Mount Rose’s Matt Bush rounded out the podium, ending the day with a combined time of 1:26.55. Heavenly’s Austin Allen placed sixth at 1:31.59.

Jake Gilman, a newcomer to Heavenly’s ski team, made his presence know in the boys’ 13-14 class, finishing ninth in his first race of the season.

On the girls’ side, Amy Jo Hurt of Squaw won the 7-8 class (1:27.14), with Belle Johnson of Diamond Peak in second (1:29.17) and Nicole Guzhavin of Northstar third (1:34.62). Heavenly racers Katie Fischer, Cypress Sell and Teagan Williamson finished 14th, 16th and 21st, respectively.

The Diamond Peak girls made an impact in the girls’ 9-10 class, finishing first and second. Sami Lampe (1:29.48) led teammate Laurel Taylor (1:31.44) down the hill, followed by Squaw’s Sabrina Haechler (1:34.07). Samantha Forvilly of Heavenly finished 17th, while teammate Evaliisa Sippola narrowly missed the top-20, finishing 22nd.

Ayden Williamson of Heavenly grabbed her second top-10 of the season in the girls’ 11-12 class, placing 10th (1:38.48). The division was topped by Squaw’s Bozhie Pokorny (1:29.45) and Squaw’s Nicole Pendelton (1:30.42). Kelsey Beattie of Mount Rose finished third.

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