Draw not on Whittell alpine ski’s side at Heavenly; Idso takes 3rd
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Already thin on depth, the Whittell alpine ski team didn’t get any breaks in the Tahoe Basin Ski League duals race at Heavenly Mountain Resort Wednesday. The Warriors skied to fourth place despite a rough draw, highlighted by a third-place finish from sophomore Madison Idso in the girls bracket.
“The first duals race is always kind of interesting,” Warriors head coach Patrick Kelly said. “Sometimes the draw doesn’t go your way.”
Idso earned the fourth seed with a 21.23 in time trials, and advanced to the semifinals before losing to second-seed and eventual runner-up Anna Yamauchi of Truckee. The Warriors’ top female skier so far this year, Idso just missed out on making the finals.
“Madison had a great race — she has been racing fantastic recently,” Kelly said. “I thought she had a good shot at getting into the finals — she had a little bobble at one of the last gates toward the bottom in the semis and didn’t hold onto her lead.”
In the consolation race, Idso beat Truckee’s Cheyenne Brown to earn a spot on the podium — South Tahoe’s Maia Bickert beat Yamauchi in the championship race. Idso reached the semifinals by beating a pair of teammates as part of an unlucky draw for Whittell.
“Madison, Kate and Cameron all drew each other in the same area — that doesn’t do us any good as a team,” Kelly said. “Sometimes your draw isn’t very good and you just have to deal with it.”
Idso, 13th-seeded junior Kate Krolicki (26.48) and 29th-seeded sophomore Cameron Ceglia (31.96) were each seeded in the same section of the girls’ bracket, allowing only one of the three to make it to the quarterfinals. Idso beat Ceglia in the first round and Krolicki in the second round to survive amongst friendly opposition.
Warriors senior Michael Garnder earned the sixth seed with a time trial run of 22.12, but the 2013 state champion in the event was upset in the first round. Senior Lauren George finished 33rd in time trials, missing the bracket by one spot.
On the boys side, a pair of Whittell skiers advanced to the second round. Senior Sean Noyes (28th, 30.78) stunned fifth-seeded Jackson Schmidt of Truckee in the first round while sophomore Kaven Peck (16th, 26.17) beat junior teammate Gabe Rusk (17th, 26.38).
Rusk, 24th-seeded freshman Warren Martineau, 26th-seeded freshman Andrew Carlisle and 31st-seeded Hilton Atherton were each eliminated in the first round — junior Matt Davis finished 35th in time trials after a fall. Freshman Payton Norton missed a second straight race with a foot injury suffered in Junior Olympic qualifiers two weeks ago.
“With our boys team there are a lot of kids that haven’t ski raced before that are picking it up as we go along — we had a lot of kids qualify and that was the first step,” Kelly said.
Whittell returns to action Monday at Heavenly for the second duals event of the season. Time trials are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
“A lot of these guys will be sharpening some edges and tuning their skies over the weekend to get ready for another firm course,” Kelly said.
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