South Tahoe alpine ski ends season at TBSL state races; boys take second
The South Tahoe alpine ski team brought its 2014-15 season to an end in successful fashion at the Tahoe Basin Ski League state races last week. The regular season champion Vikings competed at state in back-to-back days at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Heavenly Mountain Resort, highlighted by strong individual performances a combined second place finish from the boys team.
The TBSL state championships were contested in three disciplines over two days at two different locations. The giant slalom and slalom races were held at Sierra-at-Tahoe last Tuesday, Feb. 23 with duals at Heavenly’s World Cup concluding the season the following day.
South Tahoe boys take team title in slalom, girls finish third
In the boys slalom event at Sierra-at-Tahoe, South Tahoe’s Austin Allen delivered a stellar performance en route to the individual state championship. The senior finished with a time of 55.13 over two runs to win by more than a second — as a team, the Vikings’ boys also brought home the championship.
Sophomore Tristan Deatherage was the Vikings’ next highest finisher in slalom, placing sixth by skiing a 1:02.20. Junior Alec Jobbins (eighth, 1:04.72) and senior Grant Swift (ninth, 1:04.77) each finished in the top 10 while earning points for South Tahoe.
Freshman Logan Langemeier (13th, 1:06.45), senior Bryce Kortge (19th, 1:20.71) and junior Garrett Knudson (20th, 1:21.40) also raced for STHS in the event. Junior Trenton Leonard was disqualified on both runs.
In the girls slalom, South Tahoe’s top finisher was Mikaela Clothier — the senior skied a 59.90 to place third. Incline’s Belle Johnson won the event with a time of 58.90 — the Vikings’ girls finished third in the event as a team.
Sophomore Rose McDonough also finished in the top 10, taking 10th with a time of 1:10.32. Seniors Natalie Allen (13th, 1:11.22) and Abi Killebrew (17th, 1:15.17) earned points for the Vikings at the event.
Freshman Lyndsey Allen (19th, 1:20.07), senior Jade Child (24th, 1:27.70) and senior Teagan Grant (26th, 1:31.51) completed both runs for South Tahoe in the slalom event. Junior Cassie Flynn was disqualified on her first run, and skied a 46.81 on her second attempt.
Vikings boys take second in giant slalom, girls place third
In the boys giant slalom at Sierra-at-Tahoe last Tuesday, Deatherage was South Tahoe’s top skier — he placed 12th with a time of 1:17.03 over two runs. As a team, the Vikings took second place — Whittell’s Payton Norton won the event by skiing a 1:08.14.
Leonard (15th, 1:18.22), Langemeier (16th, 1:18.37) and Jobbins (17th, 1:18.49) also earned points for the Vikings while finishing just more than a quarter of a second apart.
Swift (19th, 1:20.65), Knudson (24th, 1:26.57) and Kortge (27th, 1:33.35) completed the South Tahoe boys’ contingent in the giant slalom. Austin Allen earned a DNF.
Clothier topped the girls giant slalom for South Tahoe, skiing a 1:16.07 to finish in seventh place — her performance led the Vikings to a third-place finish. Johnson took the event to complete a first-day sweep at Sierra-at-Tahoe — the Highlanders’ skier finished her runs in 1:10.50.
McDonough was the Vikings’ next fastest finisher in the giant slalom, skiing a 1:21.85 to place 14th. Natalie Allen (16th, 1:23.06) and Killebrew (19th, 1:24.04) each earned points in the event while finishing inside the top 20.
Lyndsey Allen (21st, 1:25.07), Grant (27th, 1:36.83) and Flynn (29th, 1:36.83) competed in their second event on the day for the Vikings. Child rounded out the STHS contingent by placing 31st with a time of 1:39.07.
Allen earns runner-up at duals, Clothier comes in fourth
In Wednesday’s duals held at Heavenly’s World Cup, a pair of South Tahoe skiers earned top-four finishes. Austin Allen was runner-up on the boys side while Clothier took fourth in the girls bracket.
Austin Allen qualified as the sixth seed and made it all the way to the boys finals, where he lost to North Tahoe’s Lucas Earley. Two of his four victories came against South Tahoe teammates after being placed in a section of the bracket with five Vikings skiers — he beat fourth-seeded Jobbins in the quarterfinals and 27th-seeded Knudson in the first round.
Jobbins was the only South Tahoe skier to make the quarterfinals in the third race of the season held at World Cup. Swift (19th seed) and Deatherage (20th) each advanced to the second round before being eliminated while Langemeier (13th), Leonard (21st), Kortge (24th) and Knudson were eliminated in the first round.
On the girls side, Clothier took fourth place to finish fourth overall in state points. The 27th-seed advanced made it to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Cheyenne Brown of Truckee — in the third-place race, she fell to Incline’s Annika Hansen.
Natalie Allen (15th) and McDonough (17th) each advanced to the second round before being beaten by the event’s finalists — Brown eliminated Natalie Allen while top-seeded runner-up Johnson downed McDonough. Killebrew (19th), Lyndsey Allen (21st), Grant (26th), Child (28th) and Flynn (32nd) didn’t advance past the first round.
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