Hansen fourth in J1 Championships
Jamie Hansen of the Heavenly Foundation Ski Team rose to the occasion by placing fourth in downhill at the USSA/Rolex Junior I Olympic Alpine Championships on Wednesday at Jackson, Wyo.
Hansen of South Lake Tahoe finished less than a second from scoring a gold medal with her time of 1 minute, 17 seconds. Summer Owens of Jackson gave her hometown reason to celebrate by winning the gold in 1:16.02.
Jennifer Scoville of Tahoe City was third in 1:16.50.
Tahoe also placed two men among the top 5 in the downhill. John Lange of Olympic Valley came in fourth at 1:13.2, while Ryan Adams of Tahoe City grabbed fifth at 1:32.49.
Andrew Vinton of Salt Lake City, Utah, blazed to the gold medal with a clocking of 1:12.14.
It marked the second day of racing for the 17- to 19-year-old Alpine specialists. More than 150 racers are competing in downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom.
Racing continues today with the women’s super-G at Jackson Hole Resort.
Meanwhile, at Mammoth Lakes, Christine Novotny of Glenbrook secured her second top-5 finish with a bronze medal in the women’s GS at the Junior Olympic II gathering Monday.
Novotny’s two-run combined time was 2:04.49. Winner Brittany Kimble of Bend, Ore., crossed the finish line in 2:02.01. Megan Martin of Truckee finished fifth in 2:04.59.
Bruso tied for UC-Davis lead in wins
Even in defeat, Greg Bruso is pitching brilliantly for UC-Davis.
The 1998 South Tahoe High grad tossed six no-hit innings – with only a third-strike passed ball denying perfection – before San Bernardino rallied for four runs to beat Bruso, 4-3.
Before being lifted in the seventh inning, Bruso allowed four earned runs, four hits and two walks and struck out seven in the March 14 baseball game in San Bernardino, Calif.
The loss was Bruso’s first as a collegian, following three victories. Davis’ only freshman is tied for the team lead in victories with his 3-1 record. He also has a stingy 2.83 earned run average and has fanned 22 hitters in 28 2/3 innings.
Davis, which hasn’t played since a 6-5 upset of Sacramento State on March 16, opens a critical four-game series with defending NCAA Div. II West Region champion Chico State on Friday. Bruso is tentatively slated to pitch the final game of the series on Sunday.
Chico State and Davis brawled in a series last season, forcing the teams to forfeit their ensuing two games.
Davis, 18-10 overall, is fourth in the 11-team California Collegian Athletic Association with an 8-7 mark.
On Sunday, Sierra-at-Tahoe will host the Buddy Werner Invitational all-star race.
Buddy Werner is a national, amateur race program designed to give children the opportunity to experience the excitement and teamwork of competition. More than 300 racers from 25 teams are expected to participate. Competing teams include Mammoth, Mount Rose, June Mountain, Kirkwood, North Tahoe and Truckee.
Sierra is offering racers and coaches discount lift tickets for the day. The race will start at 10 a.m. on Lower Main. Due to the large number of racers, Lower Main will be closed during the race. The awards ceremony will be in the Aspen Cafe following the race.
The 10 fierce competitors of the South Tahoe Wrestling Club exceeded all expectations on March 19 in the Greco Roman tournament and the March 20 and 21 in the Nevada State Wrestling Tournament in Las Vegas.
In the Greco Roman style, all participants who entered received a medal. The place winners in the Friday Greco-Roman tournament were: First, Miles Wallace, Garrett Gibb and Brad Ross; second, Cavin Ross; fourth, Shawn Huddler; and fifth, Ryan Wallace.
Eight of the 10 place winners in the Saturday and Sunday Freestyle were: First, Miles Wallace, Zack Williams and Brad Ross; second, Garrett Gibb; third, Cabin Ross and Francisco Salas; and fourth, Cameron Roth and Gabriel Salas. Outstanding efforts were given by Ryan Wallace and Shawn Huddler, who were in very difficult weight groups.
Emotional and dramatic finishes were plentiful this past weekend.
Williams avenged an earlier loss in the day to come back for the title. Roth wrestled very competitively in his matches. Huddler showed tremendous strength in countering many moves and scoring handily. Wallace avenged his only freestyle loss of the year at the state tournament two times.His win-loss record for the year was 26 and 1. High school standout Cavin Ross took excellent technique and flexibility to his opponents, placing high in the tournament.
Ryan Wallace had the quickness to place respect in his opponents for future matches. First-year wrestler Gabriel Salas’ initial opponent was a five-time judo champion and six-time wrestling state champion.
The top six placers qualified to participate in the 1999 Western Regional and National Wrestling Championships. The high school-aged qualifiers will wrestle April 26-30, in Las Vegas, and the youth wrestlers will wrestle June 14-19 at Pocatello, Idaho.
The Western Regionals includes wrestlers from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Wrestling in the Western Regionals is the qualifying tournament for the National Championships in Waterloo, Iowa.
There are two postseason tournaments this season open to all who are interested in wrestling. Both tournaments will be in Reno. The first is the Reno World of Wrestling on April 10 and 11. The Reno World of Wrestling will be at the Reno Livestock Center and will host more than an estimated 1,700 wrestlers throughout the United States and from several different counties.
The next weekend, on April 17, the California Police Activities League State Wrestling tournament will be at the Reno Convention Center. The PAL Tournament team is open to all wrestlers on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe ranging from 8 years old to high school. There is no cost to practice, travel or wrestle in the tournament. There is also a free T-shirt for the competitors given at the tournament.
Practices are from 6:30 to 7:30, Monday and Wednesday nights, at the South Tahoe Middle School. For details, call David Borges, D.C. at (530) 544-5800.
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After more than 70 years of operating with a term deemed derogatory by many Native Americans, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows has changed its name to Palisades Tahoe.