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Tahoe series conclude with sunshine and ire

Darin Olde, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Errors and a scoring snafu don’t just happen in the Olympic finals. They happen right here at home, too.

After a scoring error that sent skiers home with the wrong results, South Tahoe high finished third for the day and tied with Tahoe Truckee for second place for the year in the Tahoe League Race Series on Tuesday.

South Tahoe skiers had gone home thinking they were the second-place finishers for the day and for the season, beating Tahoe Truckee with a one-point margin, 305-304.

Instead, Tahoe Truckee finished ahead of South Tahoe 306-304, and the two teams tied for second in the league.

North Tahoe, which cemented its dominance in the series Feb. 19 with a league point total that was unreachable by either school, led South Tahoe by 10 points, and Tahoe Truckee by 11 points prior to the concluding race. The runner-up and third place were the two places yet undetermined in the Tahoe-wide high school Alpine race series.

The league race for second place between South Tahoe and Tahoe Truckee was neck-and-neck at 20 to 19 going into the final race Tuesday at Heavenly Ski Resort. Both teams were competing for as many as six points if they walked away the winner.

But with North Tahoe leading again for the day, the two lake-side schools were battling between five or four points.

After miscalculating the score of two skiers, which left South Tahoe ahead 305 to 304, Tahoe Truckee coach Pat Mooney caught the mistake, and determined that Tahoe Truckee took second place for the day with 306 points, ahead of South Tahoe’s 304.

He called South Tahoe coach Jim Morgan and the league president to report the error.

The error was made when 14th- and 15th-place finishers from Tahoe Truckee, Chris Anderson and Tommy Rosario, were given places one less than they deserved.

The top skier in each race receives 48 points. The second-place skier receives 47, the third 46, and so on. But when the 14th- and 15th-place finishers were scored for Tahoe Truckee, they were given 34 and 33 points, instead of 35 and 34.

The tally was enough to miscalculate the total for the top four boys from Tahoe Truckee. The two-point error was enough to throw off the one-point margin that had South Tahoe ahead for the day.

After miscalculating the score of two skiers, which left South Tahoe ahead 305-304, Tahoe Truckee coach Pat Mooney caught the mistake, and determined that Tahoe Truckee took second place for the day with 306 points, ahead of South Tahoe with 304 points.

He called South Tahoe coach Jim Morgan and the league president to report the error.

The error was made when 14th and 15th place finishers from Tahoe Truckee, Chris Anderson and Tommy Rosario, were given totals one less than they deserved.

The top skier in each race receives 48 points. The second place skier receives 47, the third 46, and so on. But when 14th and 15th place finishers were scored for Tahoe Truckee, they were given 34 and 33 points, instead of 35 and 34.

The tally was enough to miscalculate the total for the top four boys from Tahoe Truckee. The two-point error was enough to throw off the one-point margin that had South Tahoe ahead for the day.

Morgan, who was ecstatic over the win, was disappointed to hear the news late Tuesday night.

“You could not wipe the smiles off the kids’ faces (Tuesday),” he said. “Now they are going to be wiping tears.”

But not all was lost.

He was still happy with the tie for second in the league and expressed understanding in the error.

“I’m very proud of (the kids) … they are the greatest group of kids that Mike (Shreve) and I have worked with.”


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