STHS boys win final league race |

STHS boys win final league race

Kyle Smaine won his second race of the season to help lead the South Tahoe boys’ Alpine ski team to a first-place finish in Tahoe Basin Ski League slalom on Thursday at Diamond Peak in Incline Village.

Derek Holmgren and Luca Gensaci finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Mike Suglian placed ninth, giving the Vikings four skiers in the top 10. Justin Smaine finished 11th to round out STHS’s scoring skiers.

“In the past, the girls have always had the pressure on them and delivered the goods,” said STHS coach Mike Shreve. “This year, the boys have really stepped up.”

South Tahoe tied with Incline for the boys’ regular season championship, but the Highlanders won the tiebreaker over the Vikings since they never finished below second. STHS placed third in a race earlier this season. The Vikings, though, were first in the team standings on Thursday, totaling 177 points. The Highlanders were next with 165 and were followed by Truckee at 143. Whittell’s Austin Norton placed 12th for the Warriors, who finished in fifth.

In the girls’ race, South Tahoe’s Joleen Ferguson placed fourth and Ashley Killeen was eighth to lead the Vikings to a third-place finish with 161 points. Truckee won for the sixth time this season, totaling 175 points, while North Tahoe was second with 174 points.

Brette Harrington was 31st for Whittell, which placed fifth as a team. Also for South Tahoe, Kim Smith and Emily Clothier were 11th and 12th, respectively.

The NIAA State Skiing Championships are Feb. 23-24 at Mount Rose.

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