Three South Shore skiers claim Tahoe League titles
April 4, 2009
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Erich Baumann and Stephan Drugan and Heavenly’s Payton Norton each won Tahoe League Championships last weekend at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
On Saturday, Heavenly’s Payton Norton, Sean Dunkelman and Nick Fischer nearly pulled off a boys’ 7-8 class podium sweep, as all were in the top 3 following the first run. Competition was fierce, but Norton led the charge with first-place combined time of 1 minutes, 27.58 seconds. Dunkelman took home second (1:24.84), while Fischer was fifth.
Drugan narrowly captured the giant slalom title on Sunday, beating Heavenly’s J.D. Buchholz by .19 seconds.
Baumann won the 15-and-over slalom race by .42 on Sunday with his two-run time of 1:31.10.
In the 9/10 boys’ slalom, Heavenly’s Dylan Gooding and Joseph Fry had solid finishes with fourth- and 11th-place results. Fry missed 10th place by .12 seconds.
The young Heavenly girls showed promise, as they broke into the top 15. Cypress Sell placed 13th, while Katie Fischer placed 22nd.
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“Our girls’ team is entirely new to racing this season. They have been gaining confidence and experience, and we expect to see that in their results next season,” said Heavenly coach Karl Johnson.
Then on Sunday, the Heavenly boys were at it again, with both the 7/8 and 9/10 boys landing on the podium. Norton landed in second (2:27.21) in the giant slalom for the 7/8 boys, with Fischer fourth (2:30.12) and Dunkelman sixth (2:31.99).
Heavenly 7/8s showed their depth with Gabe Kenney placing 17th. Michael Hartman of Diamond Peak won the giant slalom with a combined time of 2:25.88.
Buchholz then produced a second-place result in the 9/10 boys’ division with a combined time of 2:25.95.Gooding and Joseph Fry came in sixth and 15th.
In the season standings, it was Norton who won the overall title for the 7/8 boys followed by Nick Fischer in third. Buchholz took home third overall for the 9/10 boys. Madison Idso placed sixth overall in the 9/10 girls’ season standings.
On the first day, the 11-and-older race group competed in giant slalom down the Pioneer run at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
In the 11/12 boys’ class, Squaw Valley really put in down, taking first and second. Will Leonard finished with a combined time of 2:04.81 ahead of teammate Josh Inscoe (2:06.16).
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Tyler Cottrill barely missed the podium with a time of 2:08.19 landing him in fourth. Heavenly’s Austin Allen made a strong showing in seventh (2:11.46). Alec Lambres of Sierra-at-Tahoe raced his way into the top 10, placing in ninth (2:14.45). Trevor Chan of Heavenly just missed the top 10, finishing 12th (2:20.02).
Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Grant Swift finished 14th (2:20.55).
On the girls’ side on the 11/12 group, Kelsey Beattie of Mount Rose had the fastest time of the day with a 2:08.46. Taking second place was Prudence Sax of Alpine Meadows (2:09.64), and racing on her home hill at Northstar, Teagan Santin was third (2:11.83), tying with Auburn Ski Club’s Stephanie Scott. Katie Sears, who hails from Sierra-at-Tahoe, placed fifth with a time of 2:12.40.
In the boys’ 13/14 class, Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Reid Lambres finished a close second (2:04.84) behind Riley Polvorosa of Alpine Meadows (2:04.21). Alex Bourriage, also of Alpine Meadows, was third with a time of 2:05.01. Sierra’s Luke Daum placed 15th (2:20.04), while Heavenly’s Jake Gilman was 18th (2:26.19).
Nolan Leupp and Matthew Murray of Sierra-at-Tahoe raced into the top five in the boys 15-and-over class, finishing third (2:04.70) and fourth (2:06.47). The top two spots went to Sage Ridge Ski Team’s Charlie Manoukian (1:56.48) and Brandon Arner (2:02.36).
The girls’ 13/14 divison saw North Shore skiers dominate. Squaw’s Savannah Ryder won the race in 2:02.76 over teammates Lisa Lacampange, runner-up in 2:07.25 and fourth-place Alyssa Parsons 2:15.48. Sierra’s Sasha Smolgovsky placed eighth (2:16.96). Sierra Forvilly placed 18th (2:30.93) in her first race back after a severely sprained ankle.
Sierra-at-Tahoe had four girls place in the top 15 in the girls 15-and-over division. Kelsey Henderson was second (2:08.60) behind Auburn Ski Club’s Allison Gutierrez (2:07.70). Adriana Wong of Squaw was third with a time of 2:12.39, and Aimee Pitcher and Ewing Melissa, both of Sierra, were seventh and eighth. Teammate Sara Garey-Sage finished 15th.
On day two of racing, the different age groups swapped race hills and events with the older group racing slalom down the Surprise run at Northstar.
The 11/12 boys’ class provided an interesting race to say the least, with competitors so heated that more than half would not make it past the first run. Inscoe and Leonard took the top-two spots to go with the medals they won the previous day. Inscoe’s time of 1:35.63 was well ahead of his teammate (1:45.74) and the rest of the field. Chan ended the weekend with a fifth-place result (1:58.12), just ahead of fellow South Shore skiers Noah Palmieri and Samuel Neil of Sierra-at-Tahoe.
In the boys’ 13/14 class, Lambres added more hardware to his collection, finishing second (1:35.33) to Patrick Romano of Northstar-at-Tahoe (1:26.77). Daum squeezed yet again into the top 15, placing 15th with a time of 1:46.43.
Leupp finished fourth (1:36.86) and Matthew Murray eighth (1:44.45) in the boys’ 15-and-over class.
In the girls’ 11/12 class, Santin grabbed her second win (1:42.08), beating out Squaw’s Bozhie Pokorney (1:42.26) and Kelsey Beattie of Mount Rose (1:44.15). Sears raced her way to sixth place (1:46.85).
Squaw Valley had five in the top six of the girls’ 13/14 class. Smolgovsky prevented a Squaw sweep of the top five, placing fifth (1:48.92). Ryder led Squaw and the race with a time of 1:30.29. Earning 12th was Killeen (2:13.87).
Wong Adriana of Squaw moved to the top of the 15-and-over girls’ class with a total time of 1:34.29. Gutierrez was second (1:35.96), just ahead of Henderson (1:36.64). Sierra’s Melissa Ewing worked her way into fifth place (1:53.82).