South Tahoe alpine ski captures team titles at Alpine Meadows slalom, Heavenly duals
In different disciplines and on different mountains, the South Tahoe alpine ski team delivered a pair of first-place finishes five days apart in the Tahoe Basin Ski League. The Vikings won the team title in duals at Heavenly Mountain Resort on Tuesday, Jan. 19, five days after tying for first in slalom at Alpine Meadows.
At Heavenly on Tuesday, South Tahoe captured the crown with 305 points. The Vikings’ girls team finished first with 175 points while the boys team took second with 130 points.
Senior Tatum Whatford delivered South Tahoe’s best individual performance at the first duals event of the season. Whatford took second, falling in the championship to Incline’s Belle Johnson.
Junior Rose McDonough, junior Sierra Bedwell and sophomore Lyndsey Allen also earned points for the Vikings on Tuesday, each advancing to the quarterfinals. Junior Alle Balme and freshman Summer Furrer both won their openers before falling in the second round; senior Cassie Flynn and freshman Jordan Malkus were each eliminated in the first round.
On the boys side, Truckee’s Max Wingard beat Douglas’ Danner Hillman for the individual title — the Wolverines took home the team championship. South Tahoe’s best finishes came from senior Alec Jobbins and junior Tristan Deatherage, who each reached the quarterfinals.
Freshman Luke Allen, senior Noah Solomon and sophomore Weston Swift all advanced to the second round for the Vikings while senior Trenton Leonard, sophomore Logan Langemeier and senior Griffin Hobson were each eliminated in the first round. In junior varsity duals, South Tahoe delivered a sweep courtesy of senior Janez Demsar, junior Nick Coolbaugh and freshman Aaron Johnson.
Last Thursday, Jan. 14, South Tahoe tied with Truckee for the team championship in slalom at Alpine Meadows — both teams finished with 392 points. The Vikings won the girls team title and finished second in points on the boys side.
Whatford again finished runner-up to Belle Johnson, skiing to second place with a time of 1:34.0. Whatford was one of three South Tahoe girls to place in the top 10, helping the Vikings (202 points) to a narrow victory over Incline (196) and Truckee (195).
McDonough was South Tahoe’s next-best skier, finishing fifth with a time of 1:37.2. Lyndsey Allen took ninth by skiing a 1:40.8 and Bedwell placed 10th with a time of 1:40.9.
Furrer (17th, 1:54.6), sophomore Gabbi Fisher (18th, 1:56.9), Balme (22nd, 2:00.4) and Flynn (25th, 2:10.3) also raced for South Tahoe at Alpine Meadows. Thirty-five girls completed both runs in the slalom event.
In the boys race, South Tahoe’s top performance came from Jobbins. The senior took sixth with a time of 1:27.5.
Deatherage finished just behind Jobbins in seventh, sporting a time of 1:27.9. Luke Allen (12th, 1:32.7) and Langemeier (13th, 1:33.1) also earned points for the Vikings in the slalom event.
Leonard (16th, 1:34.8), Swift (17th, 1:37.4), Solomon (18th, 1:38.4) and Johnson (27th, 1:47.7) rounded out South Tahoe’s contingent. The Vikings finished with 190 points, seven behind event-winner Truckee.
South Tahoe returns to action Monday, Jan. 25, for duals at Heavenly. The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.
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