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Quality not quantity makes up Whittell ski team

There is an old saying, it’s not the quanitity of something, it’s the quality that makes the difference.

That can be said for Whittell High’s alpine ski team.

With only about six skiers on both the boys and girls sides, the Warriors are not the biggest team in the Tahoe Basin Ski League, but they may have the most fun.



“We’re young and hope to have a nice time out there,” Warrior coach Mike Kiger said.

Returning for the boys team are juniors Ben Johnson, who was the top Warrior to finish at Mammoth Lakes on Dec. 20, and Sean Weatherston.



“They were both pretty good for us last year,” Kiger said. “They’ll do well again this season.”

Joining Johnson and Weatherston on this year’s squad are freshman James Rastello and junior Brett Schussel. Both are expected to add depth to the squad.

“Traditionally, we’ve had a tough time staying with North Tahoe, Truckee and Incline,” Kiger said. “But this year, we’ll be OK on the boys’ side.”

For the girls, however, it will be a learning experience throughout the season. Loaded with freshmen and sophomores, the Warriors will be hard-pressed to replace Corky Novotny, who graduated in the spring.

“Basically we’re really young,” Kiger said. “We’re just looking to improve each week.”

Anchoring the young group of skiers are freshmen Jeanette Bak, Ashley Daw and Brooke Schussel, as well as sophomores Kim McGlothlin and Kathy Kiger.

The Warriors hit the slopes today for the first time this season when they travel to Alpine Meadows for the TBSL opener. Whittell will then host a race Jan. 24 at Heavenly Ski Resort.

“It will be interesting (today),” Kiger said. “We’re also looking forward to the 24th, that’s our opportunity to show our fans our ability.”


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