Heavenly’s young skiers hang with Tahoe League pack
Heavenly Ski & Snowboard Foundation’s ski team competed in the dual slalom at Diamond Peak Feb. 16-17, which concluded the first half of the Tahoe League Race Series.
During the weekend, 13 HSF skiers finished in the top 15 slots in 10 total races. Eight skiers finished in medal standing. Six skiers were disqualified and two did not finish.
Ages 14 and under
Racing on Sunday, Feb. 10, HSSF’s Hayden Fulstone finished second with a combined time of 58.53 seconds in the boys ages 14-and-under races. Teammate Keston Denny (58.95) finished third. Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Josh Benge (56.67) claimed first.
HSSF’s Lacey Leonard finished in medal standing at third place (1:12.80) in the girls races ages 14 and below. She was followed by HSSF’s Sydney Dufty and Katie Killebrew in fourth and fifth with times of 1:13.77 and 1:15.62, respectively.
Ages 12 and under
Tim Suglian (1:08.60) finished sixth in the boys 12-and-under race.
Andrea Killebrew (1:17.86) finished in 11th place in the girls 12-and-under race.
Ages 10 and under
In the boys 10-and-under races, HSSF’s Adam Laub (1:14.98) placed second, and in third Dillon Mckeen (1:15.13).
Not far behind were HSSF’s Tim Denny (1:15.42) in fourth and Kye Digrande in 10th (1:20.41).
In the girls races, Joleen Ferguson finished 35th and Kris Pfotenhauer 36th.
Ages 8 and under
In the boys race for 8 and under, HSF’s Grant Denny (1:16.19) took first place, followed by Squaw Valley’s Sam Dupratt (1:17.12). HSSF skier Charle Manoukian (1:20.09) finished third.
Courtney Norton finished third in the 8-and-under division Feb. 9 with a combined time of 1:18.72. She trailed Alpine Meadows skiers Mara Gould (1:16.33) and Haley Alvarez (1:17.76).
Teammates Lexi Brooks finished 27th, followed by Whitney Gardner, Rachel Laub and Whitney Elder in 31st-33rd, respectively, but the latter three were disqualified after missing gates.
“They inspect the courses and they know the gates are there, but they see the finish and they get excited,” said coach Raquel Norton. “They forget which side of the gate they are supposed to be on (and miss a turn).”
Each of the skiers race for higher point standings for an overall season finish. The championship race, which will occurs after the six TLRS competitions are over, will be at Heavenly Ski Resort.
The next race is set for Sunday, Feb. 24 and will split the bulk of TLRS racers between Alpine Meadows and Tahoe Donner.