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South Tahoe second, Whittell fourth in TBSL

Tribune Staff Report

Boyd Dangtongdee / For the Tribune

ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. – The Viking boys’ and girls’ teams both finished second again in a Tahoe Basin Ski League Race, but again, it wasn’t enough to secure first place on Thursday at Alpine Meadows.

North Tahoe edged out South Tahoe by 3 points to take the top spot. The Lakers girls team finished first, while the boys team took third. North Tahoe had a combined score of 395, derived from combining the top four finishers on the boys’ and girls’ side, while their South Shore rival scored 392.

Whittell took fourth place, after both its boys’ and girls’ teams finished fourth. Truckee was the third place team.

“Boy was it ever close, but bottom line is we were two points behind North Tahoe on the day, which gave them an automatic victory on the Tahoe Basin League,” South Tahoe coach Mike Shreve said. “They’d have to take fourth place for us to beat them, and third place for us to tie them, and that’s pretty unlikely.”

Connor McKeen was the first Viking to finish on the boys side, in fourth. Austin Allen finished ninth, Chad Kaassamani finished 11th, and Connor Henderson was 16th for South Tahoe.

Hughston Norton crossed the finish line first for the Whittell boys, coming in at seventh.

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Kody Dangtongdee was 14th, followed by Avery Laub finishing 31st, and Spenser Buchholz finishing 33rd for the Warriors.

On the girls’ side, Maia Bickert led South Tahoe in second, followed by Mikaela Clothier in third for the Vikings.

Katie Sears was seventh and Ayden Williamson was 12th.

Whittell’s Michael Gardner was ninth, followed by Danica Bunnett in 11th. Chelsea Pfotenhaue was 21st and Colette Craig was 32nd for the Warriors.

The next meet for the Tahoe Basin Ski League in Monday at Heavenly.