Viking girls win state titles
The Tahoe Basin Ski League held its state championship races in all three disciplines Monday at Squaw Valley and Tuesday at Alpine Meadows.
South Tahoe’s Maia Bickert and Mikaela Clothier took a close 1-2 in the slalom races with combined times of 1:01.20 and 1:01.49 respectively. Truckee’s Cheyanne Brown placed third with 1:04.57 and Incline’s Emily Donahue rounded out the top four with the time of 1:08.71.
In the boys slalom, North Tahoe’s Garrett Driller took first place with a combined time of 57.88 and South Tahoe’s Connor McKeen placed second with 1:00.13. Third went to Truckee’s Max Wingard with 1:02.46 and fourth went to North Tahoe’s Ryan Connor with 1:03.01.
In the team standings, South Tahoe girls cruised to first place with 117 points and beat second-place Incline who had 89. Whittell came in third with 88.
North Tahoe took first place in the boys standings with 118 points followed by Truckee with 101 and South Tahoe came in third with 86.
In the giant slalom, Bickert took first with the combined time of 1:28.92 followed by Whittell’s Madison Idso with 1:30.38. Brown came in third with 1:31.27 just edging out Clothier who finished fourth with 1:31.66.
Driller placed first in the boys giant slalom with a combined time of 1:27.75 with Addison Dvorcecek of Truckee at his heels with 1:21.95. Lucas Early from North Tahoe placed third with 1:26.37.
Whittell’s girls team won first in the giant slalom with 105 points beating South Tahoe by three points and finished with 102. Incline came in third with 83.
On the boys side, Truckee and North Tahoe tied for the top spot with 114 points and South Tahoe finished third with 100.
Duals were the final races held Tuesday, and Bickert completed her sweep of states with a first place finish. Whittell’s Michael Gardner came in second and Brown came in third.
For the boys, Addison Dvorckel of Truckee finished first followed by Grant Dunkleman of Douglas and Driller of North Tahoe. South Tahoe’s senior Grant Fagen finished fourth, the best result of his career.
In the team scores, Whittell girls placed first in duals with 86 points followed closely by South Tahoe with 83 and Incline was third with 60.
North Tahoe boys finished with 97 points putting them in first place for duals. South Tahoe finished second with 88 and Truckee was third with 79.
In the overall team scores, South Tahoe girls finished in front with 302 points and, with the win, earned the overall state championship. Whittell came in second with 279 and Incline was third with 232.
North Tahoe boys won with 329 points followed by Truckee with 294 then South Tahoe with 274.
“It wasn’t a landslide by any one team,” said South Tahoe head coach Mike Shreve. “It’s improving the depth of the league.”
With the close of the season, South Tahoe held its end of year banquet Wednesday night. Team awards were handed out in three different categories. The team dedication and attendance award was given to Sierra Bedwell for girls and Trent Leonard for boys. Rookie of the year was awarded to Bedwell for girls and Tristan Deatherage for boys. For the most improved award, the coaches look at one individual between the girls and boys team and recognized Logan Brewer as the recipient.
After a 20-year career, Mike Shreve retired and passed the torch on to Kristi Leonard as the new head coach of South Tahoe’s alpine ski team.