South Tahoe Alpine team digs deep for win
Sugar Bowl’s unique European ambience greeted South Tahoe High, Colfax, Nevada Union and Placer for the first slalom race of the season Friday.
But what started as a beautiful day quickly turned challenging with high winds and bitter cold. South Tahoe had to dig deep and depend on the depth to win. And win the Vikings did, again sweeping all four events, capturing the boys and girls varsity and junior varsity Super League races.
“It is evident now, after winning last week’s giant slalom and Friday’s slalom, that we have a well-balanced team. Only time will tell if our athletes can maintain the mental edge needed to keep winning. But they sure made me proud today,” said a smiling Viking coach Mike Shreve.
John Kimbal of Nevada Union won the boys varsity event with a combined time of 1:29.95; second place went to Eric Smothers of South Tahoe, with a 1:37.57; and third to Jonathan McKean, STHS, 1:38.21. Other top 10 South Tahoe finishers were: Chris Makowski, seventh; Nick Abelow, eighth; and Nick Stoddart, ninth.
Due to course problems, the women’s event was limited to only one run. Megan Mickleson of Nevada Union won the event with a time of 48.56; second place went to STHS’s Launa Giordano with a 54.58; and fourth to the Vikings’ Katy with a clocking of 58.11. Other top 10 South Tahoe finishers were: Genn Bettencourt, fifth; Monica Renk, sixth; Trisha Froyum, seventh; and Alexis Rudd, eighth.
Led by Rich Scheller, who finished first, Viking junior varsity boys took seven of the top 10 spots. Other Vikings cracking the top 10 were Toby O’Brien, second; Mike Kiger, fourth; Tyler Alexander, sixth; Geoff Henderson, seventh; Greg Head, eighth; and Hank Ketelson, ninth.
The Viking JV girls were unchallenged, taking the top seven spots: Alicia Fuller, first; Toni Toreno, second; Jen Shreve, third; Winter Potter, fourth; Daisy Moore, fifth; Britt Ramsey, sixth; and Andrea Froyum, seventh.
South Tahoe will be at home this week for two races at Sierra-at-Tahoe, hosting the Super League for a giant slalom on Thursday followed by a slalom on Friday.
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