South Tahoe alpine season wraps up with MVP award |

South Tahoe alpine season wraps up with MVP award

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Kendall Northrop didn’t get the glory of racing in her last Alpine race of the season for South Tahoe High School due to injury, but her work all season long paid off when she was awarded the league’s Most Valuable Skier of the Year.

Northrop had the most points of any prep girl this season. She was recently injured in a freak accident and received a slight tear in her knee, which won’t require surgery, but kept her out of competition this week.

STHS also had several athletes named all-league. For the girls, Kristen Royce, Leanna Apland and Casey Rise received the award and for the boys it was Sean Nelson and Kyle Kracht.

In individual racing results for the giant slalom Tuesday at Alpine Meadows, North Tahoe’s Michelle Parker finished first for the girls, followed by Miranda Funston of Tahoe-Truckee in second and Allison Jones of North Tahoe in third. No times were available.

For the boys, North Tahoe’s Travis Ganong finished first, South Tahoe’s Marty Harris was second and Russell Dodge of North Tahoe was third.

“It was a great day and the kids had a lot of fun. What more could you ask for to end a good season?” said STHS coach Jim Morgan. “The kids sacrifice all year long and we ask them not to go all out, to think about the team finish. Today they could go all out. It was all about the kids today, not about the team.

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“This is what high school sports is all about,” he added. “The kids were all smiling and having a good time. They were competing hard but also being friends. It was a really special day.”

Whittell senior Kim McGlothlin said her team sent one boy to the finals: James Rastello.

“It was a pretty good day. Our team didn’t do great, but we all had a lot of fun,” McGlothlin said. “It was a nice day out and we had some new snow from last night.”

Morgan is pleased that South Tahoe managed a second-place overall team finish on the season and he expects the team to improve next year.

“For a young team we are very happy with the way the season progressed,” he said. “I think we’ll have a really strong team next year, because we’ve got a bunch of young kids coming up who are looking really good and we’ll also have Kendall back. (North Tahoe) beat us in girls this year by one point, one lousy point. We’re going to give them a run next year.”