Gabe Kenney leads the Heavenly charge
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The recent storms hampered the efforts of race crews, canceling a Far West race Saturday and postponing a Tahoe League race to a future date. However, both Alpine Meadows and Diamond Peak were able to host races on Sunday, with Alpine seeing nearly 260 Tahoe League competitors. Sunday’s race was a “split” race in which the field of competitors are split with half racing in one location, and the other half racing at another (such as Alpine Meadows).
“There were some stand out performances,” said HSF coach Raquel Norton. “But one of the most exciting ones was watching Lauren – not only make all the gates on each of her runs, but that she placed 15th.”
Lauren Bailey was Heavenly’s lone 11/12 year-old girl competitor, completing her first race ever in the Girls 11/12 class.
Gabe Kenney was Heavenly’s top finisher, and atop the Boys 9/10 podium, with a 3rd place finish (1:18.34) with teammate Sam Ward cracking the top 10 with 7th place. Chris Raczek of Alpine was the winner (1:16.31) and Chase Martin of Mt. Rose was 2nd (1:17.99). Heavenly teammates Lucas Kassity, Conner Funke and Warren Martineau were 16th, 19th, and 26th.
Heavenly 11/12 Boys showed up in force with Trent Funke leading the way with an 8th place followed by Corey Huber in 10th. Brother Connor Huber wasn’t far behind in 18th and teammate Logan Langemeier was 20th. “There was a lot of good skiers today. Our guys skied well. Especially MJ.”
Jacqueline Dufty, HSF Coach, commented on her sole 7/8 Boy competitor, MJ Allen, for placing 15th out of a field of 50 boys. “He apparently made a deal with his Dad; if he placed top 15, he might get a pair of twin tips,” laughed Coach Dufty.
Additional Heavenly athletes competing in the Giant Slalom were Fiona Ritchie placing 26th in the Girls 7/8 age group, followed by Kate Kassity in 28th and Annie Ferguson 29th.
Diamond Peak was also able to host their race for Far West athletes with the older J4 athletes racing up top whereas the younger athletes (J5) race course could be viewed from the main deck of the lodge. For the J4 boys Nelson Bedient of Diamond Peak was at the top of the podium with teammate Winston Pretti 2nd, followed by Squaw’s Dominic Salvo in 3rd. Heavenly’s Tristan Deatherage was 12th and Madison Idso was 25th for the Girls.
Northstar’s Sean Kelly was atop the leader board producing two solid runs (1:25.42) to take the win for the J5 boys. Sugar Bowl’s Cameron Smith (1:26.08) was 2nd and Heavenly’s Payton Norton (1:26.44) was 3rd. Sean Dunkelman, also of Heavenly, had a solid performance placing 14th. Heavenly athletes Nick Fischer placed 29th, Gunnar Barnwell 37th, and Luke Allen 41st.
“The sun came out, the kids did a little bit of powder skiing and had a great day of racing.” said HSF coach John Allen. “What else could you ask for?”
Heavenly’s Cypress Sell also made a top 15 performance with a 14th place in the J5 Girls class. Sell’s teammate Katie Fischer was 39th.
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