South Tahoe skier places first in Heavenly singles race |

South Tahoe skier places first in Heavenly singles race

Despite several missing, upper-level skiers, the Tahoe Basic Ski League slalom race Tuesday at Heavenly Ski Resort drew a number of young competitors to the slopes and saw a first place by the South Tahoe team.

South Tahoe High School’s Kyle Kraut placed first in the individual boys’ division of the singles-course race with a two-run combined time of 1 minute and 1.91 seconds.

Kraut finished in second place on his first run of the day with a time of 30.04, but beat out North Tahoe’s Russel Dodge with a time of 31.87 on his second run. Dodge finished a close second in the event, followed by North Tahoe’s Robert Lane at 1:04.08 and Robert Ramm at 1:05.07. Bryce Wehan of Douglas placed fifth with a time of 1:05.27. George Whittell’s James Rastello came in sixth with a combined time of 1:06.53.

As a team, South Tahoe finished third behind winner North Tahoe and second-place finisher Tahoe Truckee, though the girls’ team finished first.

Many skiers were missing from the event for various reasons. North Tahoe is holding make-up finals this week due to the inclement weather of a month ago. A few others are competing in races around the world this month, including Whittell’s Holly O’Brien and South Tahoe’s Marty Harris, who are on the U.S. Ski Team’s Development Team competing in Lake Placid, NY.

“Marty was the only big gun I didn’t have,” said Jim Morgan, head Alpine coach for South Tahoe. “I did have two big-gun girls, though.”

On the girls’ side, Tahoe Truckee’s Brandy Barna finished first in both runs for a combined time of 1:00.06, while South Tahoe’s Kendall Northrop finished second with a combined time of 1:03.77, followed by Lili Palmieri of South Tahoe, who came in third at 1:07.19. North Tahoe’s Alec Drew and Michelle Parker rounded out the top five with respective times of 1:09.32 and 1:13.15.

Northrop and Palmieri were a major reason why the South Tahoe girls won the team title, but they had plenty of help.

“For the girls, it was a team effort that got them the victory today,” Morgan said, noting the performance of Kendall Northrup and Lili Palmieri, who ski for the Heavenly Ski Foundation, as well as team members Casey Rice, Grace Harding, Christine Royce and Leanne Apland. “They all pushed themselves. Instead of trying to gun for Brandy, trying to win the race, they said, ‘Don’t worry coach, we’re going to finish and get the team victory’, so that was really cool of them.

“The boys had a rough day,” he continued, noting that five South Tahoe boys failed to finish their first run, leaving only three skiers to carry the team. “My girls got them, so I’m really happy about that. We brought home the medals today.”

South Tahoe’s Courtney Royce finished first in the girls’ junior varsity division with a time of 1:30.55, and Eli Osborn of North Tahoe came in first for the boys’ junior varsity division at 1:09.79.

Whittell boys’ head coach Steve Vaughn praised the performance of his teams, despite missing top performer O’Brien.

“We came in fourth overall today, but there were some good performances, even though it was a tough day out there,” Vaughn said. “There were a lot of disqualifications on a lot of runs (and) many skiers didn’t finish.

“We had a senior, Kim McGlothlin, do really well. She came in 12th,” he said, adding praise for Rastello on the boys’ team, who finished sixth.

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