Proud to Say: Bowman flies into semifinals |

Proud to Say: Bowman flies into semifinals

This has been a whirlwind of a week for South Tahoe’s Maddie Bowman. The superpipe freeskier lost a role model in Sara Burke who passed away from injuries while practicing the very sport Bowman competes in. She’s in Killington, VT. at the Winter Dew Tour this weekend, finishing third on Friday in the semi-finals, just behind the Squaw’s Brita Sigourney. She’s competing in the finals on Saturday, hoping to best her fourth place finish earlier this year in Colorado. And next week she’ll be competing at the Winter X-Games.

I had a chance to chat with Bowman on Thursday, and needless to say, she was bummed about Burke’s passing. But judging by her results on Friday’s race, the South Tahoe senior was able to focus and finish with a solid run to launch her into the finals.

Prior to her semi-final run, Bowman said she really didn’t have much expectations.

“I’m not quite sure yet. I think I’ll do pretty good, but I’m having some troubles with the pipe, but I’m working my hardest right now to get everything worked out.”

We’ll see how things go on Saturday, but it looks like she might of figured it out.

Another South Shore and Sierra at Tahoe rider, Kyle Smaine, had a tremendous qualifier. He finished second on Thursday, less that three points off of first. In fact after his first run, he was in first place. But he faltered on Friday, finishing close the bottom in the semi-finals.

(Editor’s note: Bowman finished first at the Dew Tour, putting her in the lead for the freeski Dew Cup.)

The Tahoe Invitational proved to be a big success, for the teams and South Tahoe Amateur Hockey Association. The Grizzlies had four teams in the tourney, with two of them playing in the championship game. The Pee Wees were able to extract revenge on the Santa Rosa team. Last year as squirts, Tahoe lost to the Flyers in a shoot out. This year, they put the game away with four goals in the first period. It was the first time a Tahoe team had won in the tournaments seven year history.

Fourteen teams attended the tourney, and prior to it, the STAHA estimated that it would bring in over 1,000 people. I had a chance to chat with STAHA president Phil Sorenson as it was winding down, and he said it was a great way to spend Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

Tim Parsons and myself will be calling all South Tahoe boys’ basketball home games for the rest of the season. We will be broadcasting them over the Internet, on the Tribune’s site, in a Internet radio format. Parsons will be handling the play-by-play, while I chime in here and there with some color. We’ll also be transitioning the Tribune Sports Talk to this format, which will air on Thursdays at Noon.

We’re very excited by this. It’s another way we can contribute to the South Shore sports scene, and offer those not able to attend the game a chance to catch the action. So be sure to tune in during South Tahoe home games, which are on Tuesday’s and Friday’s (not every Tuesday and Friday, just home games), starting around 7 p.m.

Don’t think we’re leaving Whittell out though. We would really like to broadcast their games as well, but have run into trouble with being able to secure an Internet connection there. So if you’d like to hear Warrior games, give them a call and let them know.

It’s championship weekend in the NFL, and much to the delight of our the readers, the San Francisco 49ers are favorites to go to the Super Bowl. The betting lines have them at 2.5 point favorites, while on the Tribune’s online poll, 66.22 percent of voters are pulling for them. Surpassingly the Giants are second, though they sit at 13.51 percent. The Patriots are next, followed by the Ravens. Be sure to head to to vote.

I think all four teams have a really good chance to go to the Super Bowl. A lot of people are saying the Giants are hot, but what does that make the Niners? They’re riding volcanic temperatures after beating the Saints and are just as pumped for this matchup. If you look on the AFC side of things, the Patriots are on a 13 game win streak, while the Ravens are probably one of the more talented teams left in the playoffs defensively.

I’m not going to pick any winners here, it’s just too close to call for myself. But on Friday, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan picked the Raves and Giants to head to Indianapolis. That might be the best thing for the Niners and Patriots, as he obviously been off the mark all season with his own team.

Joe Proudman is the sports editor at the Tahoe Daily Tribune. You can reach him at

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