Whittell’s Norton defends TBSL State giant slalom title, three Warriors compete at championships | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Whittell’s Norton defends TBSL State giant slalom title, three Warriors compete at championships

Anthony Gentile
Whittell sophomore Payton Norton slides down the hill in the TBSL State Championships giant slalom race at Alpine Meadows on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Courtesy Harry Lefrak / Lefrak Photography |

ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. — For the second straight season, Payton Norton delivered the Tahoe Basin Ski League giant slalom title. The Whittell sophomore defended his crown during the TBSL State Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Alpine Meadows — and was one of three Warriors to ski at state.

Norton skied a time of 1:02.53 over two runs to win the giant slalom title, delivering the fastest times of each run. He won by more than a second for his third victory of the 2015-16 season.

The TBSL season concluded with two days of state competition at North Shore resorts — on Wednesday, Feb. 24, skiers raced slalom at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. Whittell didn’t have enough competitors to score as a team, with Truckee’s boys and Incline’s girls winning team titles.

Freshman Gunnar Barnwell concluded a stellar debut season for Whittell with a 10th-place finish in giant slalom, skiing a 1:06.89. In the season finale slalom race at Diamond Peak, both Norton and Barnwell were disqualified.

Junior Madison Idso was the only racer for the Warriors on the girls side, and she capped the season with a pair of top-five finishes. Idso finished fifth in giant slalom with a time of 1:07.71 and took fourth in slalom by skiing a 59.71 — those results led to a fourth-place finish in combined points.

More state race photos are available at http://www.lefrakphotography.com.

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