Truckee wraps up skiing title
With two Tahoe Basin League skiing races on Thursday at Heavenly Mountain Resort, it was judgement day for the South Tahoe Alpine ski team in its quest for a league title. Truckee, though, stole the show by essentially clinching the regular season team title.
The Wolverines won both girls’ races, while the boys placed third in both races to give them a substantial lead in the points race going into next week’s regular-season finale at Diamond Peak. Unless Truckee finishes toward the bottom in the last race – and South Tahoe wins the final event – nobody can catch the Wolverines.
“Our fate was sealed today,” said STHS coach Mike Shreve. “I shouldn’t really say that because I am a ski coach and things can happen, but Truckee holds all the tiebreakers going into the final league race.”
In Thursday morning’s giant slalom hosted by Douglas, the Vikings took second in both the girls’ and boys’ races. Kim Smith took second to lead the STHS girls, while Lindsey Buchanan and Joleen Ferguson placed eighth and 10th, respectively.
The Whittell girls were led by sisters Brette and Austyn Harrington, who finished 23rd and 24th, respecitvely. Truckee’s Shelby Macrorie won the race.
In the boys’ giant slalom, South Tahoe’s Mike Suglian and Derek Holmgren placed third and fourth, respectively. Whittell’s Sean Sullivan was 21st to lead the Warriors.
Holmgren won Thursday afternoon’s slalom – his second individual victory of the season – for the Vikings. Suglian (sixth) and Chris Whatford (eighth) rounded out South Tahoe’s top 10 finishers. Ben Ward was 27th to lead the Whittell boys.
In the girls’ giant slalom, Areina Thomas, Emily Clothier and Buchanan finished 11th-13th for the Viking girls. Brette Harrington led the Whittell girls with her 19th-place finish.
South Tahoe is second in the combined team standings and Whittell is fifth going into next week’s race in Incline Village.
For more local results from Thursday’s races, see the Scoreboard on page 19.
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