Vikings second overall in Tahoe Basin League Ski Championships
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Tahoe’s boys’ and girls’ varsity skiers finished second overall behind North Tahoe at the conclusion of the NIAA – Tahoe Basin League state championships held on Monday and Tuesday at Sierra-at-Tahoe. North Tahoe boys scored 424 points to South Tahoe’s 374 while North Tahoe girls’ scored 412 points to South Tahoe’s 382. Truckee High School’s boys and girls finished third (359 and 367 points respectively).
After Monday’s giant slalom event, the Vikings boys’ were in third place behind Truckee High School with a score of 172. North Tahoe’s boys led the giant slalom event with a score of 214 points aided by the first and third place finishes of Zach Richenbach (1: 26.46) and Nico Monforte (1:30.08.) Whittell’s Hughston Norton finished in second place while brother Austin finished 5th (1:30.99.) The top giant slalom skier for South Tahoe was senior Dillon McKeen, who finished tenth (1.33.86.) Also finishing for South Tahoe were Jason Elder, 13th (1:36.55), Mark Bergsohn, 15th (1:37.28), Tyler Cottrill (18th) 1:38.80, Brady Hiob, 20th (1:38.91), and Luca Genascie, 26th (1:48.27.)
The Vikings’ girls’ scored 189 points in giant slalom, placing second behind North Tahoe’s girls (214 points.) Incline’s Grace Dolan was the top giant slalom finisher for the girls with a time of 1:32.99. North Tahoe skiers Tenaya Driller (1:33.58) and Nikki Caravelli (1:34.07) finished second and third respectively. Danica Bunnett led the Vikings with her 8th place finish time of 1:40.27, followed by Katie Sears, 9th (1:40.57), Whitney Elder, 10th (1:41.77), Shannon Colleton, 12th (1:45.31), Ayden Williamson, 13th (1:45.52), Mikela Mangiaracina 14th, (1:47.07), and Melissa Smith, 15th (1:48.16). Whittell skiers Chelsea Pfotenhauer and Natalia Pinero finished 18th (1:52.53) and 23rd (2:01.68), respectively.
North Tahoe’s boys scored 210 points to South Tahoe’s 202 points to win Tuesday’s slalom event. North Tahoe’s Zach Richenbach took first place again, with a time of 1:07.68, followed closely by South Tahoe senior Michael Suglian (1:07.94.) North Tahoe’s Sal Monforte finished third (1:10.22.) Helping secure South Tahoe’s second place finish were Justin Smain, 5th (1:12.68), Luca Genascie, 8th (1:15.14), Brady Hiob, 11th (1:19.03), Jason Elder, 12th (1:19.13), Mark Bergsohn, 13th (1:19.37), Tyler Cottrill, 15th (1:23.31), and Dillon McKeen, 20th (1:30.34.) Whittell skier Austin Norton finished 6th (1:12.69) while teammate Matthew Schorr finished 18th (1:29.61.)
The North Tahoe girls led the slalom event with a total of 198 points, while Truckee earned 195 points and South Tahoe 193. Incline’s Grace Dolan led the girls once again with her first place finish time of 1:25.01. North Tahoe’s Jessica Tidd finished 2nd (1:25.10) while Truckee’s Morganne Murphey finished 3rd (1:27.70.) Madison Bowman led the Vikings with her 5th place finish time of 1:34.17. Other finishers for the Vikings were Danica Bunnett, 9th (1:39.63), Whitney Elder, 10th (1:42.09), Katie Sears, 11th (1:42.50), Shannon Colleton, 12th (1:47.28), Melissa Smith, 13th (1:48.30), Ayden Williamson, 14th (1:50.43), and Mikela Mangiaracina, 15th (1:51.41.) Whittell skier Sammy Brumbach finished 19th (2:01.85.)
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