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Heavenly Foundation sees more podium finishes in Tahoe League

South Shore’s Heavenly Ski Foundation landed 10 skiers in the top three out of more than 400 Alpine competitors ages 7-17 in the first Tahoe Basin Ski League giant slalom at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort last weekend.

The performance impressed HSF coaches, who felt many new competitors would finish further back in the pack.

“Sunday’s showing was especially exciting for us,” said Heavenly coach Garth Alling. “Many came to gain racing experience, and yet they went home with medals … There were a lot of smiling faces.”



Out of 42 HSF skiers approximately, half finished in the top 10.

The Tahoe Basin Ski League includes skiers from 13 ski teams in the Tahoe Basin, including Squaw Valley, Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl, Auburn and Alpine Meadows.




In the girls’ 7-8 age class, Lila Lapanja of Diamond Peak won with a combined time of 1 minute 39.37 seconds, followed by Heavenly’s Whitney Gardner (1:40.97) and Squaw’s Lena Andrews (1:41.08).

In the boys’ 7-8 age class, Heavenly skiers Hughston Norton (1:36.54) and Jordan Fuller (1:38.06) took the top two podium spots, followed by Squaw’s Max Hall (1:38.93).

With more than 65 skiers in both the boys’ and girls’ groups, the largest classes were those of the 9- and 10-year-olds. Alpine skiers Lizzy Kistler (1:39.49) and Yina Moe-Lange (1:39.81) took the top two posts over Forrest Peterson (1:39.94) of Squaw in the girls’ race.

In the boys’ race, Zac Salinger (1:31.41), of Squaw, won by nearly 3 seconds over Alpine’s Jake Scanell (1:34.57). Heavenly’s Mikey Suglian (1:35.68) finished runner-up in his second run to take third overall.

With more than 70 competitors in the boys’ 11-12 division, Sunday’s victory was heavenly for James Denny (1:13.53), of Heavenly. Auburn’s Will Havard (1:13.64) was runner-up and Max Salinger (1:14.25) of Squaw was third.

On the girls’ side, Sugar Bowl’s Merideth Plant (1:12.83) took first, followed by Squaw’s Kristina Rees (1:14.91) and Heavenly’s Margot Cutter (1:15.86).

Heavenly’s Andrea Killebrew (1:15.71) won the 13-14 age division ahead of teammate Sydney Dufty (1:16.92). Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Palla Teran (1:19.27) trailed by nearly 3 seconds to take third.

On the boys’ side, Alpine’s Brad Alvarez (1:14.37) finished first ahead of Heavenly’s Tim Suglian (1:14.96) and Auburn’s Luke Waitrovich (1:15.93) in third.

Heavenly’s Lacey Leonard won the 15-and-up age division, after the only other competitor in the division didn’t finish her second run.

On the boys’ side, Squaw’s Zoli Gluck (1:15.83) finished first, followed by Edelweiss Ski Team’s Pat Hartman (1:16.03). Neither of the two other competitors finished both runs.

The next ski race will take place Jan. 26 at Tahoe Donner Ski Area and Alpine Meadows. For more information see http://www.tahoebasinskileague.com.


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