South Tahoe alpine ski makes successful season debut
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. — In its season debut Monday, the South Tahoe alpine ski team got off to a successful start. The Vikings combined for a first-place overall finish in the first Tahoe Basin Ski League race of the campaign — giant slalom on a cold, windy day with limited visibility at Mammoth Mountain.
“Our team was amazing,” Vikings head coach Kristi Leonard said. “Our top athletes did an incredible job of supporting our new team members — and our experienced racers led us to an overall team victory.”
South Tahoe’s boys team finished tied for first with North Tahoe — both teams totaled 196 points. Douglas came in third with 176 points, Truckee took fourth, Whittell finished fifth and Incline was sixth.
Junior Alec Jobbins was the Vikings’ top boys finisher on Monday, placing fourth overall with a time of 1:14.98. Senior Austin Allen (sixth place, 1:15.22), sophomore Tristan Deatherage (ninth, 1:17.01) each placed in the overall top 10 — freshman Logan Langemeier (13th, 1:21.85) also earned points for South Tahoe.
Eight Vikings boys’ skiers raced at Mammoth Mountain on Monday. Junior Trenton Leonard placed 19th with a time of 1:26.81 while senior Bryce Kortge, senior Logan Brewer and junior Noah Solomon rounded out the South Tahoe contingent.
On the girls side, South Tahoe took second with 180 points — 31 points behind first-place Incline. Truckee finished six points behind the Vikings in third, North Tahoe placed fourth, Whittell took fifth and Douglas was sixth.
Senior Mikaela Clothier was the Vikings’ top girls skier at Mammoth Mountain — she placed sixth overall with a time of 1:19.45. Senior Natalie Allen came in ninth with a run of 1:23.96 — Sophomore Rose McDonough (16th, 1:28.62) and senior Abi Killebrew (17th, 1:28.68) completed South Tahoe’s top four.
Other Vikings’ girls racers on Monday included senior Teagan Grant, freshman Lyndsey Allen and senior Jade Child. Grant was South Tahoe’s next top finisher, placing 23rd with a time of 1:33.77.
“The victory is a team effort,” Leonard said. “(The support of my) long-time mentor of 20 years — former head coach Mike Shrieve — and assistant coach Rich Elder, together with the hard work of these athletes makes it all possible.”
South Tahoe returns to action Jan. 8 for a giant slalom race at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. It will be the second and last giant slalom race of the regular season.