South Tahoe alpine ski takes 2nd at Heavenly duals; Allen wins boys title
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe alpine ski team took the hill in its own backyard for the second time in five days last Monday — and delivered another individual championship. Vikings’ senior Austin Allen won the boys title as part of a second-place finish for STHS in the Tahoe Basin Ski League event held on Heavenly Mountain Resort’s World Cup.
Allen defeated North Tahoe’s Harrison Goss for the championship, the winner five days ealier in duals at Heavenly — North Tahoe’s Ryan Conner took third place. Allen was seeded second in time trials after skiing a 22.81.
Sophomore Tristian Deatherage (ninth, 25.17) was the next-best finisher for South Tahoe, advancing to the second round. Junior Trenton Leonard (11th, 26.32), freshman Logan Langemeier (14th, 26.57), junior Garrett Knudson (27th, 30.20) and senior Bryce Kortge (29th, 31.58) each made it to the first round — junior Alec Jobbins earned a disqualification in time trials.
In the girls bracket, a pair of South Tahoe skiers reached the quarterfinals — senior Mikaela Clothier (third, 24.42) and sophomore Rose McDonough (eighth, 25.89). Incline’s Annika Hansen won the girls championship, defeating Whittell’s Madison Idso in the finals — Warriors’ skier Michael Gardner took third.
South Tahoe senior Teagan Grant (19th, 30.63) and junior Cassie Flynn (22nd, 31.67) were each eliminated in the first round Monday. Senior Jade Child earned a did not finish in time trials.
The Vikings finished with 229 points, 29 points shy of event-winner Incline. South Tahoe’s boys took second behind Douglas while STHS’ girls team placed fourth.
In the boys junior varsity race, South Tahoe swept the podium, produced all four semifinalists and delivered the top six runs in time trials. Second-seeded sophomore Lex Merrifield beat top-seeded senior Logan Brewer for the championship, with fifth-seeded sophomore Nick Coolbaugh taking down fourth-seeded sophomore Jackson Kuzmik for third place.
South Tahoe returns to action next Wednesday in a TBSL slalom race at Diamond Peak. The race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
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