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Vikings return to old stomping ground

David Gignilliat

Moving up a division certainly did not stop the South Tahoe High Alpine racing team from stomping its old foes during a Friday giant slalom race at Mammoth Mountain.

Viking skiers clearly dominated the morning races, as both the boys and girls squads placed six competitors in the top 10. Racers Cory Harris and Jon McKean finished first and second for the boys, respectively, while Jenea Apland and Amelia Edwards nailed down the top two spots for the Viking girls.

South Tahoe, three-time defending California-Nevada state champions, competed against members of the Super League in its first meet as a member of the Tahoe Basin League. The league includes Truckee, Incline, Whittell, North Tahoe and Douglas high school teams.

The Viking boys team, buoyed by the addition of several speedy freshmen, were also led by Trace Ramsey, sixth; Toby O’Brien, seventh; Chris Makowski, ninth; and Jeff Orr, 10th. The girls squad also showed its depth, as Beth Kirkland finished third; Launa Giordano, sixth; Alexis Rudd, eighth; and Katy Orr, 10th, to round out the Viking finishers in the top 10.

The next action for the South Tahoe Alpine racing team will be a giant slalom divisional race Jan. 6 at Alpine Meadows.

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