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Fergusons lead STHS ski team

Jeremy Evans

Justeen Ferguson led four Viking girls that finished among the top-12 racers by placing third and South Tahoe High finished third in the team standings at a Tahoe Basin Ski League slalom race on Tuesday at Heavenly Mountain Resort.

Ferguson finished with a combined two-race time of 1 minute, 10 seconds. Joleen Ferguson placed seventh (1:15.71), Sydney Dufty 10th (1:19.11) and Arana Thomas 12th (1:19.53) for the Vikings.

South Tahoe’s Kim Smith was in sixth after the first run but had a bit of bad luck in the second run and finished 16th.

“The girls were outstanding,” said STHS assistant coach Mike Shreve. “Kim Smith showed the most amazing second effort. She missed a gate on the second run and showed what team sportsmanship is all about by hiking back up and finishing the course.”

North Tahoe’s Jessie Poulsen won the girls’ race in 1:03.44 and Truckee’s Brandy Macken was second in 1:05.64. North Tahoe finished first in the team standings and was followed by Truckee, South Tahoe, Douglas, Whittell and Incline.

Whittell’s Natalie Rastello placed eighth in 1:16.92, while the Warriors’ Meri Johnson, Austyn Harrington and Danielle Daly placed 21st, 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

“I felt all right about the race,” Rastello said. “I was a little bit late on a bunch of the gates. It went pretty well. I am just having fun with it again like last year.”

In the boys’ race, South Tahoe’s Tim Suglian was the high South Shore male skier, finishing in sixth place in 1:09.12. Douglas’ Holden Sapp won the race in 1:02.94. Whittell’s R.J. Gardner also placed in the top-10, coming in seventh behind Suglian in a time of 1:09.84.

The Warriors’ Jeremy Bahr-Worley was the next local racer as he finished 14th in 1:14.19. Jeremy White was the Vikings’ next best racer after Suglian with his 21st place finish (1:22.55).

“Tim Suglian really pulled it together,” Shreve said. “He had a big bobble and still did well. A lot of our usual guys are studying for their finals to continue in their Far West racing, so we had a major exodus today with our boys. But it gave our younger guys with less experience a chance and they learned some things.”

The next league race is a giant slalom next Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Alpine Meadows.


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