South Tahoe Middle School enjoys strong Nordic season |

South Tahoe Middle School enjoys strong Nordic season

The South Tahoe Middle School Nordic team was 45 members strong this past season.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Tahoe Middle School Nordic team enjoyed a “great” season with a big help from the local businesses and students.

Seventh graders Sasha Pickett, Lana Meher and Suzi Novak wrote grants that helped the team size grow from 25 to 45.

Kirkwood Cross Country and Tahoe Cross Country and a cross country company in Minnesota all reached out with discounted gear which allowed the team to have plenty of equipment.

The girls’ team placed third in the league meet and were led by a strong performance from Deia Steinmetz who finished in fourth place.

Also for the girls, Alexandra Sokulsky was 15th, Ava Wolfe 16th, Sasha Pickett 17th, Maya Burkett 19th and Juniper Brand was 24th.

At the state meet, it was again Steinmetz leading the charge with a fifth-place finish.

Burkett was 18th, Sokulsky 21st, Rosie Klym 22nd, Wolfe 27th and Pickett was 29th.

The boys’ team came in fourth in the league meet with the strongest performance coming from Scott Yamoaka who finished 14th.

Also for the boys, Diego Vazquez was 28th, Hadrian Siano was 35th, Kai McClain was 41st and Simon Stafford was 43rd.

At state, Yamoaka earned 18th, Logan Robertson was 28th, Vazquez was 30th, Payton King was 33rd and McClain was 34th.

The team was supported this year by Vail Resorts, Ceasers Entertainament Corp., El Dorado Community Fund, El Dorado County Fund and Optimists of South Lake Tahoe were contributors to our team and we appreciate all their help.

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