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Hoefer leads Vikings in Nordic opener at Sugar Bowl

South Tahoe opened the California Interscholastic Ski/Snowboard Federation Nordic season Friday with a 5-kilometer race at the Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge Nordic Complex.

The Vikings have some young, new faces but it was senior Christopher Hoefer leading the way for the boys.

Hoefer finished the fast, hilly course in 14 minutes, 14 seconds, good for 11th place.

Cooper Anderson from North Tahoe led all racers and covered the course in 12:25, just outstretching Steffen Cuneo of Truckee.

Josh Novak was the other Vikings varsity skier and he came in 20th in 15:27.

The remaining Viking boys skied in the open division and they included Sam Evans (17:51), Rhys Davies 18:14, Zack Degischer 25:41, Raymond Charley 26:18 and David Moreno 26:24.

Junior Melanie Maher led the Viking girls with a 17th place finish on the same course. She crossed the line in 20:21.

Eliana Carney (22:00) and Clarice Ferguson (22:53) were the other varsity skiers.

In the open race, Sierra Dahl skied to a strong finish (23:46) and was followed teammate Emily Dilts (27:06).

“I was very proud of the way all the team skied,” said Vikings head coach Mark Hoefer. “This was our first race of the season, and for a few of the athletes, it was their first cross country race ever.”

South Tahoe is competing in league against seven other schools, including Colfax, Mammoth, Nevada Union, North Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Academy, Truckee and Expeditionary Academy.

The Vikings next will compete Friday, Jan. 18, in a classic, stride, event at Auburn Ski Club on Donner Pass.