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Koeck, Meagher ready for senior years

Jeremy Evans

After 2004-05 Nordic skiing season that saw both Greg Koeck and Jeff Meagher establish themselves among the region’s best, what will the South Tahoe seniors do for an encore this season?

Well, there’s not many more places Koeck and Meagher can go.

“Jeff and Greg, they should do very well again this year and probably finish among the top 10 like they did last year,” said STHS coach Scott Hudson, who is entering his second season with the Vikings. “They will even have a chance to qualify for Junior Olympics, although there is some very difficult competition out there. But they’ve been here before and know how to focus.”

Koeck, Meagher and newcomer Connor Alexander will get their first taste of competition on Friday when South Tahoe competes at noon in the Auburn Relays at the Auburn Ski Club. The season-opening race was originally scheduled for Dec. 16 but wet weather conditions damaged the club’s course.

“That’s the hardest thing is waiting and being patient,” Hudson said. “The relays are a good way to start the season. The kids are focused and looking forward to a great season.”

Just like last year, Hudson has only seven members on his team – three boys and four girls. Meagher, Koeck and Alexander will all race the varsity level, while the four girls will compete at the junior varsity level.

Returning for the girls are Kayla Hudson, Shayna Butler and Mary Kurek. All three racers made significant strides last season, with Kayla Hudson and Kurek placing among the 11 finishers in the final California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation meet of the season.

Coach Hudson is also welcoming the addition of Kate Lambdin, who starred for the South Tahoe girls’ cross country team during their 4A state title run in the fall.

“Kate is doing real well right now and is excited to see how her first race goes,” coach Hudson said. “Both Mary and Kayla were very successful last year at the JV level, and we’ll move them all up to varsity next season. I think one more year will make them that much better.”

The Vikings’ only home meet of the season is next Friday at Kirkwood.

STHS Nordic Glance

Date Race Time

Friday Auburn Relays Noon

Jan. 13 Kirkwood Freestyle Noon

Jan. 20 Truckee Sprints 10 a.m.

Feb. 3 North Tahoe Pursuit 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 10 Mammoth Lakes Classic 11 a.m.

Feb. 17 ASC Classic 2 p.m.

Feb. 18 CNISSF Championships 10 a.m.


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