Tahoe League ends on great note for South Shore skiers
With evening and morning temperatures not falling below the 40-degree mark accompanied with lots of sunshine and a night of rain, Diamond Peak Ski Area nearly had to cancel the final Tahoe League race of the season.
The Tahoe League Championships race, which was set for Diamond Peak Ski Area March 24 and 25, was quickly rescheduled at the last moment to Sugar Bow. Both Sugar Bowl Ski Team and the Diamond Peak coaching staff gave a joint effort in hosting the championship. Between their efforts of working on the course and having the weather cooperate, the race ran very smoothly.
The championships’ racing format ran a bit differently from the regular racing season. Rather than having two runs of slalom or two runs of giant slalom, the championships consisted of a slalom run, followed by one run of giant slalom. The two times were then combined for placing.
On Saturday, those under the age of 10 raced.
For the 7-8 girls, Brette Harrington was Heavenly Ski Foundation’s top finisher, placing fourth in slalom, sixth in GS and fifth in the combined. Teammate Aimee Pitcher was 19th and Kelly McLaughlin 24th.
In the 7-8 boys, Heavenly teammates Justin Smaine and Austin Norton battled it out for the overall championship title. Following the first run of slalom, Norton stood in second and Smaine fifth. While Norton held on to a top-three position, Smaine captured second overall following a super second run. Bryce Bennett of Squaw Valley won. Heavenly’s Grant Denny was 13th, Dillon McKean 16th, Alex Steves 19th, Luca Genasci 20th and Charlie Manoukian 30th.
In the 9-10 girls division, Margot Cutter landed on the podium with third-place overall after having a nearly flawless first run (second in slalom). Another strong showing was turned in by Christine Pulford, who was 16th; and Austyn Harrington, 29th.
In the boys 9-10 division, Dayne Carmichael placed 14th and Jake Manoukian 32nd out of a field of 79 boys.
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