Manoukian leads South Shore at Tahoe League race |

Manoukian leads South Shore at Tahoe League race

Heavenly’s Charlie Manoukian led a solid group of South Shore skiers by winning the giant slalom at a Tahoe League race in the boys’ 11/12 year-old division on Sunday at Squaw Valley.

Manoukian’s combined two-race time of 1 minute, 4.52 seconds placed him higher than Heavenly teammates Sean Sullivan (fourth place), Erin Hardy (sixth) and Kory DiGrande (eighth). Sierra-at-Tahoe’s Tim Kelley finished in seventh place.

“These boys have been skiing consistently well in practice, so we’re glad that their results are now showing their efforts,” said Heavenly Ski Foundation coach John Allen.

In the boys’ 7/8 year-old division, Squaw took six out of the top seven places, but Heavenly’s Chad Kaassaamani grabbed a podium by placing second in a time of 43.38. Heavenly’s Harrison Bier finished in eighth place.

Heavenly’s female racers also proved to be strong contenders. Lindsey Martin won the 13/14-year-old division with a combined time of 1:08.48, followed by Sierra’s Olivia Franco second, Kim Smith in third and Jessica Chapman fourth.

In the girls’ 7/8 year-old division, Heavenly’s Brooke Norton placed second with a time of 47.03, less than a second behind winner Clare Carroll of Squaw. Norton’s teammate Riley Chapman broke into the top 10 by finishing in eighth place.

In the girls’ 9/10 year-old division, Heavenly’s Whitney Gardner and Andi Ebright placed third and fourth, respectively, behind two North Shore skiers. Sierra’s Naomi Kelley took sixth, while Heavenly’s Morgan Idso placed eighth.

“The girls are starting to come on strong,” said Heavenly coach Raquel Norton. “They are beginning to get serious and are competitive with one another and having that amongst teammates drives aggressiveness, which is needed in ski racing. We just hope they don’t kill one another in the process.”

In the boys’ 9/10 year-old division, the South Shore did its best to crack the top 10. Sierra’s Jared Lindner and Grant Fagen placed 12th and 17th, respectively, while Heavenly’s Nick Lackey, Pierce Bickert and Hugh Killebrew finished 13th, 14th and 18th, respectively.

The next Tahoe League race is a super-G this weekend at Northstar-at-Tahoe.

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